Janet L. Mutschler, PT, DPT, MHS

The focus of my teaching philosophy is to facilitate student-centered learning.  My goal is for each student to develop skills in independent, critical thinking as well as efficient and effective clinical skills.  I believe in providing a positive learning environment which encourages each student’s personal development in order to reach his or her full capacity. 



  • DPT- Post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2010), University of Indianapolis (IN) 
  • MHS-Master of Health Science (1998), University of Indianapolis (IN) 
  • BS Physical Therapy (1984), University of Maryland Eastern Shore (MD)
  • BS Education- Biology (1984), Shippensburg University (PA)  


Educational and Clinical Experience/Expertise 

  • Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy Department, Alvernia University (2016-2019)
  • Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1998- 2015)
  • Salisbury Hand and Physical Therapy Center, Salisbury, MD (PRN: 2004 -  2013) 
  • McCready Hospital, Crisfield, MD  (PRN: 1998- 2001)
  • Easter Seal Rehabilitation Centers: Georgetown, DE (1994 – 1998), Salisbury, MD  (1996 – 1998)    


Scholarship/Research Interests 

I have pursued clinical and research interests in the field of motor control with a special interest in sensory processing affecting functional performance. One aspect of my scholarship has focused on the investigation of evidence-based aquatic physical therapy interventions utilized for the restoration of functional mobility in adults and children with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.   


Awards/ Certifications 

Certified Trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructors Program (CCIP).  (2002- present) 

Pediatric Clinical Specialist- PCS  (2000 – 2010)                                                       Certification awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties 



Peer-Reviewed Publications/Presentations 


Key-note Presentation:  


The Future in Rehabilitation 

Aquatics and Robotics: Unique Exercise Options for Individuals with Spinal Cord Dysfunction 

Sponsored by: The Rehabilitation Research Center of the University of Maryland Institute of Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.   

Baltimore, MD   April 2014 


Education Session Presentation: 


The Integration of Evidence-based Practice, Clinical Reasoning, and Therapeutic Exercise Principles in an Aquatic Physical Therapy Educational Module for Entry-level Physical Therapy Students 

APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CMS) 

San Diego, CA    Feb. 2006 


Poster Presentation and Published Abstract:  


The Effects of Aquatic Physical Therapy on Cardiovascular Fitness and Self-Concept in Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome 

The Fifth World Congress on Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia 

Portand, OR   Sept. 2001  


Contact Info

Janet L. Mutschler, PT, DPT, MHS



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