Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., EPOBiology-Neurobiology, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1996
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, Regis University, Denver, 2014
  • M.S., Physical Therapy, University of Southern California-Los Angeles, 1977
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1969
  • A.S., Pre-physical therapy, Mesa College, Grand Junction, 1967

 

Certifications and Expertise

Expertise
  • Neurological Disorders: stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson’s disease

Clinical Specialization

  • Management of Neurological Disorder

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Sections on Education, and Health Policy and Administration, Academies of Neurology and Geriatrics, Reference Committee (2016-2017)
  • Colorado Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association, Governmental Affairs Committee

 

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Motor Control/Motor Learning
  • Balance and Exercise: Assessment and Interventions for Neurologic Conditions and in Older Adults
  • Practice and Education in physical therapy

Recent Publications

Mulligan NF, Tschoepe BA, Smith MB. (2014). Balance Retraining in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Highlights of Intervention Strategies that Hold Promise in Physical Therapy Practice. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 2014; 30(2): 117-126. DOI: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000015.

Smith MB, Mulligan N.  (2014). Peripheral Neuropathies and Exercise. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 2014; 30(2): 131-147. DOI: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000013.

Recent Presentations

MacDonald CW, Mirza S, Smith MB. Manual Therapy in the Aging Population - It's Never Too Late! American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Section Meeting San Antonio, TX. Educational Session presentation. February 14-17, 2017

Smith MB, Barnes C, Wahab J, Bailey P, Blankespoor E, Buessing T, Miesbauer K, Patis C, Prewitt C, and Rauert C.  Does dual task treadmill walking activate spinal circuitry in people with Parkinson’s disease? American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology). San Antonio, TX. Poster presentation. February 14-17, 2017.

Smith MB, Barnes C, Wahab J. Does dual task treadmill walking activate spinal circuitry in people with Parkinson’s disease? APTA Combined Sections Meeting. San Antonio TX, February 2017.

Smith MB, Littmann A. Progressive Reactive Balance Training Effects on Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015.

Barnes C, Tschoepe B, Smith MB, Littmann A, Brossart R, Brown J, Ellefson S, Fred J, McFadden R, Tschoepe J. High Intensity Backward Walking Treadmill Training for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Indianapolis, IN: Poster. February, 2015.

Awards and Recognition

Grants
  • Anemaet, W. K., Smith, M. B., Hammerich, A. S., & Tschoepe, B. A., Development of a multi-factorial Fall Risk Index for community dwelling older adults using OASIS-C data, OASIS Answers, Inc., $5,000, 2011
  • Anemaet, W. K., Smith, M. B.. Hammerich, A. S. & Tschoepe, B. A., Development of a multi-factorial Fall Risk Index for community dwelling older adults using OASIS-C data, Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, $5,000, 2011

Recognition

  • Rueckert Hartman College of Health Professions, Mentorship award, 2016
  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA), 2015
  • Bob Doctor Service Award, Colorado Chapter APTA, 2011
  • National State Legislative Leadership Award, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 2011

Community Involvement and Service

Service to University and College
  • School of Physical Therapy, Awards Committee, 2014-current
  • School of Physical Therapy, Faculty Search Committee, 2015-2016
  • RHCHP, Interprofessional Education Committee, 2014-2015
  • RHCHP, Committee on Rank, 2011-2014
  • Regis University, Institutional Review Board, 2010-2013

Service to Profession

  • Manuscript Reviewer- Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 2013-present
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Reference Committee 2006-2009; Key Contact- Federal Governmental Affairs program 2000-2004; Board of Directors 1999-2002; Nominating Committee 1995-1997.  
  • Colorado Chapter, APTA- Mile High District Chair: 2005-2009; Chapter President: 1990-1994; Chief Delegate/ Delegate- APTA House of Delegates: 1982-1999, 2003-2011. Provided testimony- Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care, 2015; Testimony before State Board of Physical Therapy, 2014; Testimony before Colorado HEWI and Senate Health Committee re: Sunset Review of Physical Therapy, 2010-2011.

Service to Community

  • Body In Balance, 9Health Fair: 1989-present
  • Salvation Army Food Bank: 2007-2009, 2011-2014
  • 40th Bomb Group Scholarship Committee: 2000-2008