Tamara Struessel, DPT, MT, PT, OCS
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program

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Graduate Schools :
  • MS, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (2002)
  • DPT, University of Colorado Denver (2006)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Pittsburgh (PA) (1991)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • J. Warren Perry Award, For the best reviewed article of the year published in the Journal of Allied Health (2020)
  • Feitelberg Journal Founders' Aware, Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2012)
  • Outstanding Physical Therapist for State of Colorado, 2009, Colorado Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association (2009)
  • Bob Doctor Service Award, Colorado Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association (2007)

Teaching

  • Associate Professor (2005)
    School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Publications

  • Carmichael, Joel; Flynn, S; Struessel, T; Bini, S; Bade, M; Stevens-Lapsley, J. App-based Home Exercise after Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Pilot Study. APTA CSM Feb 2022. San Antonio, TX.
  • Adams RB, Dudley JT, Struessel TS. Physical therapy to address fall risk in an individual with neurofibromatosis. Physiother Theory Pract. 2021 Jan 26;:1-9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33497265
  • Sawyer E; Gorman I; Eigsti H; Struessel T. Financial Literacy: Are Matriculating DPT Students Prepared to Manage Their Debt? Colorado Chapter APTA Rocky Mountain Conference and PT Expo. September 2021
  • Struessel T, Sleddens N. Enhancing the Patient Experience through Innovative Quality Improvement Education. APTA Educational Leadership Conference. Atlanta, GA Fall 2021
  • Sawyer E; Gorman I; Eigsti H; Struessel T. Financial Literacy: Are Matriculating DPT Students Prepared to Manage Their Debt? Colorado Chapter APTA Rocky Mountain Conference and PT Expo. September 2021.
  • Struessel TS, Van Zytveld CR, Forster JE, Gisbert R, Nordon-Craft A. Knowledge and Attitudes of Physical Therapy Students Across a Longitudinal Healthcare Systems-Focused Patient Safety Curriculum. J Allied Health. 2020 Summer;49(2):105-113. PubMed PMID: 32469370
  • Struessel T, Van Zytveld C. Forster J, Gisbert R, Nordon-Craft A. Knowledge and Attitudes of Physical Therapy Students across a Longitudinal Healthcare Systems-Focused Patient Safety Curriculum. Combined Sections Meeting. Feb.15, 2020
  • Struessel T, Forster J. VanZytveld C. Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Experiences During Clinical Education: Patient Safety, Error, and the System. Journal of Physical Education. 2019:33(1),3-15.
  • Kohl K, Ferguson T, O'Malley S, Struessel TS. A Community-dwelling Older Adult with Concurrent Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Peripheral Neuropathy: A Case Report. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2019:17(2), Article 14.
  • Better Together: Over 10 years of Student PT/PTA Collaborative Learning. Struessel T; Reina L; Sage L; Nordon-Craft A.
  • Student experiences with error reporting during clinical education. Struessel T, Van Zytveld C.
  • Cognitive, Neurologic, and Processing Challenges and Strategies after Hip Hemiarthoplasty of an Adult with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Burkhardt S, Van Zytveld C, Struessel T.
  • Mission Possible: Maximizing Student Engagement In Your Business Content. Sawyer E, McDevitt A, Struessel T.
  • Characteristics of a young, low functioning phenotype in total knee arthroplasty rehabilitation. Christensen J, Kittelson A, Loyd, B, Forster J, Struessel T, DelGiorno J, Thigpen C, Stevens-Lapsley J.
  • Struessel T, Rodriguez J, VanZytveld. Advocating for a Systems Approach to Enhance Patient Safety in Physical Therapy Practice. Health Policy Administration-Professionalism Administration Leadership. January 2017.
  • Struessel T, Nordon-Craft A. A Case Report Describing Multiple System Effects of Breast Cancer, Bilateral Mastectomy and Reconstruction: Implications for Physical Therapist Practice. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Jan/Apr 2017.
  • Bade MJ, Struessel T, Dayton M, Foran J, Kim RH, Miner T, Wolfe P, Kohrt WM, Dennis D, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Early High-Intensity Versus Low-Intensity Rehabilitation After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Sep;69(9):1360-1368. PubMed PMID: 27813347
  • Bade M, Struessel T, Dayton M, Foran J, Kim R, Miner T, Wolfe P, Kohrt W, Dennis D, Stevens-Lapsley J. Early High-Intensity Versus Low-Intensity Rehabilitation after Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27813347
  • Van Zytveld, Chelsea R., Jennifer W. Rodriguez, and Tamara S. Struessel. "Lessons Learned from a Major Near Miss: A Case Report Including Recommendations to Improve Future Patient Safety in Rehabilitation." Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice 14.3 (2016): 5.
  • Judd D, Struessel T, Eckhoff D; Dayton M; Stevens-Lapsley J. Strength and Functional Outcomes after THA and TKA: A performance based, longitudinal study. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. San Diego, CA. January 21 – 24, 2013.
  • Student Perception of Applying Joint Manipulation Skills during Physical Therapist Clinical Education: Identification of Barriers. Journal of Physical Therapy Education
  • Does Delay in Total Knee Arthroplasty Impact Post-operative Performance? A Case-based Illustration Journal of Knee Surgery
  • Shenk J, Carlson B, Struessel T, Nordon-Craft A. The importance of medical monitoring and modification of exercise prescription in physical therapy for patients with anorexia nervosa: a case report. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Chicago, IL; February 2012
  • Elliott J, McDevitt A, Nordon-Craft A, Struessel T. Recognizing psychosocial, physical and systemic effects of breast cancer treatment on recovery from elective Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Case Report. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Chicago, IL; February 2012
  • Student Perception of Applying Joint Manipulation Skills during Physical Therapist Clinical Education: Identification of Barriers. Journal of Physical Therapy Education
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Professional Memberships

  • Department of Regulatory Agencies, State of Colorado, Physical Therapy Board, Board Member
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Member
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Member

Practice Locations

Physio Pro
3801 E Florida Ave
Suite 330
Denver, CO 80210
303-370-2670

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Board Certification
  • APTA Board of Specialties - Orthopaedics, Board Certification (2002)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Rehabilitation Therapy - Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
Clinical Interests
Orthopedic Physical Therapy

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MS, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (2002)
  • DPT, University of Colorado Denver (2006)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Pittsburgh (PA) (1991)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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