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Portrait of Melinda Oxenford

Melinda Oxenford

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Educational Background

B.S. in Pre-Professional Studies with a Minor in Theology, University of Notre Dame, 1998

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Creighton University, 2001

Teaching Philosophy

Interaction and engagement. Build trust and relationships. Appreciate and support the whole student, not just the student’s understanding of the course material. All of these contribute toward retention, wellness, and the likelihood that a student will share the same compassion with someone else.


Professional Background

I have worked as a physical therapist in numerous states and settings for over 20 years.  As is typical, my curiosities and interests have evolved over my career.  My areas of expertise are in the worker’s compensation/industrial safety realm as well as management and compliance in the world of billing and outpatient therapy.  My interests are in industrial safety, wellness, non-spinal chronic pain, and working with the independent and assisted living populations.  Teaching has often been a professional requirement for me, so I have been prepping for this point in my career for years!

Courses Taught

  • Issues in Health Care
  • PT Management I & II
  • Intro to PT Exam
  • Clinical Practicum
  • PT 101

Certifications and Memberships

  • APTA Member
  • Iowa-Illinois Safety Council Board of Directors
  • Multiple Industrial Wellness, Safety & Prevention Specialty Trainings
  • Stretch It Out Trainer
  • Selected Presentations

    I have spoken at numerous employers, safety conferences, insurance and risk management companies and work comp symposiums in Iowa as an individual and co-presenter on topics just as Job Site Analysis, Work Comp Case Closure, Knee Injury and Prevention, Shoulder Injury and Prevention, Home Office Setup, and Telehealth.