Professional Bio


  • BA, University of Denver, 1999
  • DPT, Creighton University, 2002

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Certifications and Expertise

Clinical Certifications

  • PT – Physical Therapist
  • GCS – Geriatric Certified Specialist
  • Certificate of Health Service Administration
  • CAPTE – Commission of Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education, onsite reviewer

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Geriatric, Home Health and Education Sections
  • APTA’s Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESig)
  • Clinical Education Forum (CEF), Chairperson

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Clinical Education
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Interprofessional Education and Simulated Healthcare Education

Recent Publications

Brooks MJ, Holm SE, Thomas S, Rich AJ. (2017). Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse through Interprofessional Engagement and Education. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 16(1), Article 9.

Thomas SM. (2017). Defensible Documentation. Advanced Competency in Home Health. APTA Home Health Section. 

Thomas SM. (2016). Interprofessional Learning in the Workplace: A Mixed Methods Approach in Physical Therapy Clinical Education [dissertation] Omaha: Creighton University. 

Thomas, S & Myers K. Challenges to Acute care Clinical Education and Beyond. Colorado Acute Care and Rehab Special Interest Group with Clinical Education Forum. Denver, Colorado. January (22,) 2015.

Recent Presentations

Rich, AJ, Thomas, SM. Promoting Change in Perceptions of the Interprofessional Healthcare Team for the DPT Student through Engagement and Education about the Opioid Crisis. To be presented at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT conference, Orlando, FL. June, 2018.

Thomas, SM. Interprofessional Education during Clinical Internships. Northwest Intermountain Conference. Nov 2017.

Brooks MJ, Holm SE, Thomas SM, Rich AJ. Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse through Interdisciplinary Intervention. Health, Wellness & Society International Conference. October 2017. 

Davis, AM, Thomas, SM, Myers, K, Bilyeu C. Inter-University Exploration of the Collaborative Model in Physical Therapy Clinical Education: the Impact on the Clinical Instructor Experience. Educational Leadership Conference. June 2017.

Thomas, SM. Catalysts for and detractors from interprofessional learning during physical therapy internships. Educational Leadership Conference. June 2017. 

Thomas SM, Brooks MJ, Holm SE, Rich A. Utilizing Interprofessional Engagement to Address Opioid Misuse and Abuse. Presented at the National Academies of Practice. Philadelphia, PA. March, 2016.


Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession

  • Site visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE)
  • Editor, Today in PT magazine, 2008 - present
  • Chair, Clinical Educator's Forum
  • Editor, Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership

Service to Community

  • Project Homeless, Spring 2013
  • 9Health Fair, Nov 2013