• Karen_Grossnickle_headshot_sizedforwebPosition: Assistant Professor/Director of Clinical Education​
  • Department: School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
  • Campus Address: Health Professions Building 1219
  • Phone: 989-774-2858
  • Email: gross1ke@cmich.edu
  • Courses:
    PTH 617 - Clinical Pathophysiology I
    PTH 633 - Clinical Education I
    PTH 634 - Clinical Education II
    PTH 655 - Teaching & Learning
    PTH 790 - Clinical Research I
    PTH 792B - Clinical Decision Making in Advanced Therapeutic Exercise
    PTH 832 - Clinical Education IV
    PTH 890 - Clinical Research II
    PTH 894 - Issues and Practice In Women's Health Physical Therapy
    PTH 932 - Clinical Education V
Doctor of Health Science, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis
M.S. in Physical Therapy, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
B.S. In Exercise and Health Sciences, Alma College, Alma, Michigan

Certificate of Gerontology, Center for Aging and Community, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
Survivorship Training and Rehab Certified Clinician, Oncology Rehab Partners, LLC.
Certificate in Women's Helath Physical Therapy, Texas Women's University

Association Memberships/Offices Held
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association
  • Education Section and Special Interest Group of Clinical Education, APTA
  • Special Interest Group - Clinical Education, MPTA
  • Section on Women's Health, APTA
  • Section on Orthopedics, APTA
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor, APTA
  • Advanced  Credentialed Clinical Instructor, APTA
  • Past-Editor, Shorelines, Membership Newsletter, MPTA

Honors and Recognitions

President's Award, Michigan Physical Therapy Association, 2012

Sigma Phi Omega National Academic Honors and Professional Society for Gerontology in Higher Education, Delta Mu Chapter, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Diamond Award, Michigan Society of Association Executives, Print Newsletter, Budget less than $1 Million, Michigan Physical Therapy Association, Editor, Karen E. H. Grossnickle, M.S., P.T. Shorelines Newsletter. September, 2009

Professional Development Award, Faculty Center for Excellence, Central Michigan University, 2003

Phi Beta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa

Kees Goebel Medical Award for Professional Excellence, 1993

Perkins J, Boyer A, McLeish A, Grossnickle K. Idiopathic scoliosis and pelvic floor dysfunction.   International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 2012;19(2): 106-110.  
Hammer, R.L., Perkins, J., Grossnickle, K.E.H. (2008). Exercise in Pregnancy. In N. Gleicher, U. Elkayam, M.I. Evans, R.M. Galbraith, S.A. Gall, & B.M. Sibai, (Eds), Principles and practice of medical therapy in pregnancy.  Chicago: TM-Publishing. (no longer in publication)
Research Poster Presentations
Riepen K, Grossnickle, K, Mostrom E. "Using a Visual Activity Schedule for Schol-based Physical Therapy to Improve Transitions between Activities for a 5-year-old Child with Severe Autism." Poster presentation accepted and presented for 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, Indiana. February 7, 2015.

Warsinske A, Grossnickle K. "A Multi-Treatment Approach for a Patient with Chronic Venous Insufficiency Ulcers and a Failed Skin Substitute Allograft." Poster Presentation accepted and presented for 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, Indiana. February 5, 2015.

Myers M., Denovich K., Grossnickle, K. "A Comparison of Pelvic Floor Muscle Responsiveness in Nulliparous Young Women With and Without Asthma."  Poster presentation accepted for 2011 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. February 9-12, 2011.

Denovich K, Myers M, Grossnickle K. Central Michigan University. "The Responsiveness of Pelvic Floor Musles Among Young Women With and Without Asthma." Poster presentation at 2010 Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Meetings, Thompsonville, Michigan. October 15-19, 2010.

Grossnickle, K.  Central Michigan University.  "Use of a Flexicurve Measurement Instrument As One Outcome Measure For A Female With Osteoporosis."  Poster presentation at 2008 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Nashville, Tennessee. February 6-9, 2008.

Grossnickle, KE. MidMichigan Medical Center-Clare, Clare, MI. "Physical Therapy Intervention for a Woman Following Radical Vulvectomy Secondary to Cancer of the Vulva." Poster presentation presented at the 2002 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Boston, Massachusetts. February 22, 2002.
Research Areas
Clinical Education
Women's and Men's Health Issues - Pelvic Health, Clinical Measurements for Lymphedema
Therapeutic Neuroscience Education

Clinical Practice Areas
Orthopedics, Women's and Men's Health Issues - especially pelvic floor dysfunction, pain, and incontinence, Manual Therapy