DHS, MS, PT, University of Indianapolis
MS, University of Massachusetts
BS, University of Michigan
OCS, Orthopaedic Certified Specialist
Stacie Fruth is an associate professor in the professional program and a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist. She teaches Clinical Skills I and II (documentation, patient examination, interventions, manual therapy) and Clinical Skills Assessment, which culminates in a comprehensive practical examination the students must pass at the end of the first year. She also coordinates two comprehensive written examinations which students must pass at the end of the first and second year. Stacie is the manager of physical therapy services at the University of Indianapolis-sponsored Sutphin Center for Clinical Care, a teaching clinic that serves un- and under-insured patients with a wide variety of diagnoses. She also practices in the Methodist Hospital emergency department. Stacie is a member of APTA, INAPTA, and the APTA Education and Health Policy and Administration sections. Her clinical interests include PT in the emergency department, sports medicine, orthopaedics, and biopsychosocial conditions. Congratulations to Stacie for being the 2009 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year!
Although service (particularly international) is Stacie’s passion, she has published a variety of research studies, including a case report on a patient with rib pain, the prevalence and impact of amenorrhea in high-level athletes, the cardiovascular benefits of Dance Dance Revolution, the prevalence of patient education within physical therapy sessions, and two studies specific to evidence-based practice. Stacie has presented internationally at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (Washington, D.C. and Vancouver, British Columbia) and at an international conference in South Africa. She has also given a variety of platform and poster presentations nationally and at the state level. Stacie completed doctoral research through a qualitative and quantitative exploration of physical therapy practice in the emergency department which represents her current focus of research. She has been awarded over $20,000 in grant money through the University of Indianapolis to complete research and scholarly projects.