Deborah Stetts

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center 100P
2085 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
dstetts@elon.edu (336) 278-6189

Brief Biography

Dr. Stetts is an Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Elon University, where she teaches professional students in the area of musculoskeletal management. Current research interests involve the use of real-time ultrasound imaging to examine abdominal muscle performance in select patient populations. Dr. Stetts is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. She has over 23 years of service as a physical therapist in the United States Army working in a variety of clinical, academic, and administrative positions. Dr. Stetts completed her DPT from Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University in 2003, a Master of Physical Therapy from the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in 1981, and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1976. She completed  a residency in Advanced Orthopaedic Manual Therapy at the Kaiser Physical Therapy Program, Hayward, CA in 1990. Her professional experience and training have been primarily in orthopaedic and manual physical therapy.

Education

Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona; Doctor of Physical Therapy, August 2003

United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA; Master of Strategic Studies, June 2000

Kaiser Physical Therapy Program, Advanced Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Hayward, CA Advanced Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, 1989 - 1990; Certificate of Completion, December, 1990

U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Master of Physical Therapy, November 1981

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA;  Bachelor of Science with Honors; Health and Physical Education,  May 1976

Employment History

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Education. Elon University, Elon, NC; January 2005 - present

Chief, Physical Therapy, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA, March, 2004 – December, 2004

Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service,Chief, Physical Therapy, Tripler Army Medical Center,Honolulu, HI 96819, July, 2001 – March, 2004

Chief, Physical Therapy, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia, August, 1999 – July, 2001

Director, United States Army Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency, Assistant Chief, Physical Therapy, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, July, 1997 – August, 1999

Co-Director, U.S. Army Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency, Brooke Army Medical Center. Fort Sam Houston, Texas, September, 1996 – July, 1997

Clinical Supervisor/Instructor ,U.S. Army Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, August 1995 – August, 1999

Assistant, Academic Coordinator for Clinical Education, Associate Status, Baylor University, Academy of Health Sciences, United States Army - Baylor University Master’s Degree Program in Physical Therapy, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, September, 1992 – September, 1996

Courses Taught

DPT 614 Foundations of Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Management 
DPT 616 - Biomechanics and Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I 
DPT 618 - Biomechanics and Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction III 
DPT 619; Clinical Seminar III

Current Projects

Freund J. Stetts D. Trunk structure and performance, balance, and gait in persons with Multiple Mclerosis. In progress.

Stetts D, Carpenter G. Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated; 2014.

Grants Awarded

1. 2011 Elon University Faculty Research and Development Grant, $5,250, to support research project, “Trunk Structure and Performance, Balance and Gait in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis”.

2. Elon Faculty Research and Development Committee Award (2010): One Semester Sabbatical and $5000.00 to support work on Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach.2009

3. 2009 Elon University Faculty Research and Development Grant, Co-author, $1600 to support work on "Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach.

4. 2005 Elon University Faculty Research and Development Grant, Co-investigator, $12,700, 'The use of ultrasound imaging to measure trunk muscle performance in persons with hemiparetic stroke.”

Publications

  1. Freund J, Stetts D. Continued Functional Recovery of an Adult with Cerebellar Ataxia .  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2013;29(2):150-158(159).
  2. Freund J,  Stetts D.  Use of trunk stabilization and locomotor training in an adult with cerebellar ataxia: A single system design. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2010; 26(7):447-458.
  3. Stetts D, Freund J, Allison S, Carpenter G. A rehabilitative ultrasound imaging investigation of the lateral abdominal muscles in healthy older adults. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2009; 32(2):16-22.
  4. Freund J, Stetts DM, Swisher C, Carpenter G. Examination of the Transverse Abdominis Using Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging in an Individual Post-Stroke. Annual Conference and Exposition, American Physical Therapy Association, June 11-14, 2008, San Antonio, Texas. Available at: http://www.apta.org/AM/abstractsPt.cfm?m_id=17257. Accessed June 17, 2008.
  5. Ayotte N, Stetts D, Keenan G, Greenway E.   Electromyographical analysis of selected lower extremity muscles during five unilateral weight bearing exercises. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2007;37(2):48-55.
  6. Ayotte N, Stetts D, Keenan G, Greenway E.   Electromyographical analysis of selected lower extremity muscles during five unilateral weight bearing exercises. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2007;37(1):Abstract 36.
  7. Stetts DM. Home Study Course 11.2, Current Concepts in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Monograph: Patient Examination Orthopedic Section, APTA, July, 2001.
  8. Majkowski GR, Jovag BW, Taylor BT, Taylor MS, Allison SC, Stetts DM, Clayton RL.  The Effect of Back Belt Use on Isometric Lifting Force and Fatigue of the Lumbar Paraspinal Muscles.  Spine. 1998;23:2104-2109.
  9. Bryan J, McClune L, Romito S, Stetts D, Finstuen K. Spinal Mobilization Curricula in Professional Physical Therapy Education Programs.  Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 1997;11: 11-15
  10. .Clarkson E, Camerson S, Osmon P, McGraw C, Smutok, M, Stetts D, Underwood F. Oxygen Consumption Heart Rate and Rating of Perceived Exertion in Young Adult Women During Backward Walking at Different Speeds. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1997;25:113-118.
  11. Myatt G, Williams G, Baxter R, Dougherty R, Halle J, Stetts DM, Underwood F.  The cardiopulmonary costs of backward walking at selected speeds.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1995;21:132-138.
  12. Long MA, Stetts DM. Stress Fractures of the Femoral Neck Orthopedic Nursing. 1985; 4(3). Hughes L, Stetts DM.  A Comparison of Ankle Taping and a Semi-rigid Support. The Physician and Sports Medicine. 1983;11

Presentations

  1. Freund J, Stetts D, Magill J, Fedorcha M, Hardison A, Long K, Vallabhajosula S, Trunk Endurance Tests in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis: Reliability and Comparison to Healthy Matched Controls. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, 2014.
  2. Freund J, Stetts D, Hill A, O'Daniel, Stobie M. An Intervention of Trunk Stabilization and Locomotor Training in a Patient with Ataxia.  2009 APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, NV February 9-12, 2009.
  3. Freund J, Stetts DM, Swisher C, Carpenter G. Examination of the Transverse Abdominis Using Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging in an Individual Post-Stroke. Annual Conference and Exposition, American Physical Therapy Association, June 11-14, 2008, San Antonio, Texas.
  4. Stetts DM, Freund J, Allison SC, Carpenter G. A Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging of the Abdominal Drawing-In Maneuver in Healthy Older Adults.  North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Fall Chapter Meeting, October 19-20, 2007, Greensboro, NC.
  5. Freund J, Stetts DM, Swisher C, Carpenter G. Examination of the Transverse Abdominis Using Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging in an Individual Post-Stroke. North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Fall Chapter Meeting, October 19-20, 2007, Greensboro, NC.
  6. Stetts D, Ayotte N, Keenan G, Greenway E. Electromyographical Analysis of Selected Lower Extremity Muscles During Five Unilateral Weight Bearing Exercises. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Boston, MA, February, February 12-18, 2007. 
  7. Stetts D, Ayotte N, Keenan G, Greenway E. Electromyographical Analysis of Selected Lower Extremity Muscles During Five Unilateral Weight Bearing Exercises. Proceedings Fall Chapter Meeting of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, October 6-8 2006.

Professional Activities

1. Stetts D, Carpenter G. Manual Physical Therapy Examination and Treatment of the Aging Adult. Elon Physical Therapy Alumni Celebration. Friday, October 9, 2009, Elon, NC.

2. Carpenter G, Stetts D. Treatment Based Classification for Low Back Pain. North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference, April 24-26,  2008, Greenville, NC.

3. Carpenter G, Stetts D. Treatment Based Classification for Low Back Pain. Catawba Valley Regional Medical Center, August 23, 2008.  Hickory, North Carolina

4. Stetts D, Carpenter G. Presentation: Direct Access Physical Therapy Services.  2007 North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Insurers Forum 'The Physical Therapy Code”: Unlocking the Mystery. Highpoint, NC. February 9, 2007.

5. Stetts D. Center for Human Movement Sciences, Alamance Regional Medical CenterOpen House " Ultrasound Imaging Demonstrations (2006)Stetts D. Abdominal Muscle Function in Individuals with Low Back Pain.Elon Open House for DPT Program (2005), Elon, NC

Service Activities

1. School of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee (2012- present)

2. DPT Library Liason (2012 - present)

3. Elon University Library Committee (2009 " 2010)

4. Presented at Elon's Open House for prospective DPT students (2005, 2007, 2009)

5. Member/Vice Chair Elon University Institutional Review Board (2006 " 2008)

6. Elon Representative to the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Scholarship and  Loan Fund Committee - Member (2005 " present)

7. DPT Student Awards Committee (2009 " present)

8. Clinical Education Subcommittee (2005 - present)

 

Professional Development

Therapeutic Exercise Part A: Restoration of Neuromotor Control for the Cervical Spine. Medbridge Education, August 28, 2013.

Rehabilitation of the Overhead Throwing Athlete, Medbridge Education Aug 7, 2013.

Corrective Exercise Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine,  #1451942, August 3, 2013.

Restoring Shoulder Rotation Before Elevation, July 9, 2013, 2 hours, Motivations, Inc Webinar.

M1- Basic Training in Graston Technique, IASTM, May 18-19, 2013; Charlotte, NC

Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex: An Evidence Based Approach. April 5-6, 2013, Fairfax, Virginia.

Manual Therapy of the Upper Quarter, Medbridge Education, Feb 22, 2013.

Hand, Wrist, Elbow, Summit Professional Education, August 19, 2012, Cary, NC.

Evidence-based Rehabilitation Following Rotator Cuff Repair, ASES, August 18, 2012, Durham, NC.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certification Course, July 29, 2012, Durham, NC.

NCPTA Fall Conference, October 20-22, 2011, Greensboro, NC.

An Introduction to the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Spinal Pain. May 12, 2011. Online EIM Institute for Physical Therapy.

Integrating Evidence-Based Practice into the DPT Curriculum, March 2, 2011, Elon University, Elon, NC, .

Recent Advances in Evidence Based Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder, Online Seminar. Oct – Nov 2010.

AAOMPT 2010 Annual Conference, October 6-10, 2010, San Antonio, Texas.

HVLA Thrust Manipulaiton of the Spine, Pelvis & Thorax, June 26-27, 2010. Virginia Beach, VA.

Differential Diagnosis of the Upper Quarter, October 27, 2009. Educata, Inc

Rehabilitation of the Scapula, Lexington, KY. July 17-18, 2009.

2009 APTA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. June 11-14, 2009

2007 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (CSM 2007), Boston, MA; 2.1 CEU, Feb  14-18, 2007

Evidence-based Intervention for Lower Extremity Disorders, Dec 2006 Charlotte, NC; Josh Cleland, PhD, PT

12th Annual AAOMPT Conference, Charlotte, NC; 1.65 CEU, Oct 2006

APTA Vision 2020, Philadelphia, PA; Oct 2006

Initial NHI Human Subjects IRB computer-based training course, Sep 2006

Elbow, Wrist, Hand Function and Rehabilitation, 1.6 CEU, Aug 2006 Atlanta, GA; Carolyn Wadsworth, MS, PT, OCS, CHT

Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes, 1.6 CEU, Aug 2006 Duke University, Durham, NC; Shirley Sahrmann, PHD, PT, FAPTA

Biomechanics of Foot, Ankle and Lower Extremity, 2.4 CEU, Jul 2006 Atlanta, GA; Brian Hoke, DPT, SCS PT

2006: Annual APTA Conference, Orlando, FL; 2.1 CEU, June 2006

Motor Control and Exercise, 1.6 CEU, Ottawa, Canada June 2-3, 2006; Linda Joy-Lee, PT; Diane Lee, PT

Diagnosis of Mechanical Dysfunction and Stability Retraining of the Hip1.4 CEU, Richmond, Virginia, February 26-27, 2006; Mark Comerford, PT

Lumbo-Pelvic Hip Complex: An Integrated Approach, 2.1 CEU, Milwaukee, Wisconsin January 13-15, 2006, Diane Lee, PT; Linda Joy-Lee PT

Clinical Application of Real Time US Imaging in Rehabilitation: Lumbo-Pelvic Region 1.6 CEU, Biosound Esaote,  Indianapolis, IN; November 12, 2005; Jackie Whitaker, PT

Part B: Cervical and Thoracic Spine – 2.1 CEU The McKenzie Institute USA; March 18-20, 2005; Robert Medcalf, PT, MDT  

Evidence Based Practice – 1.1 CEU Elon Unversity, Elon, NC; March 2005; Steve Allison, PT, PhD

CSM 2005 – 2.5 CEU; February 24-27, 2005

Awards

Military Awards for service and achievement at various assignments: 1 Legion of Merit, 6 meritorious service medals, 2 army commendation medals, 1 army achievement medal and the Surgeon General's 'A” designator for overall outstanding competence in physical therapy.  Received the Order of Military Medical Merit for distinguished service recognized by the senior leadership of the Army Medical Department.