Wayne State University
Sara F. Maher PT, DScPT, OMPT

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

Sara F. Maher PT, DScPT, OMPT

Chair, Health Care Sciences



Office location

EACPHS, Room 2252


  • Director (Academic), Physical Therapy, Department of Health Care Sciences
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Physical Therapy, Department of Health Care Sciences

Degrees and Certifications

  • Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT), Oakland University, 2006
  • Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Oakland University, 2004
  • Master of Physical Therapy, Wayne State University, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Science, Wayne State University, 1997
  • Bachelor of Music, Western Michigan University, 1990
  • Educational Leadership Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association, 2014
  • Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, Back School of Atlanta, 2001

Positions and Employment

  • Associate Professor, Oakland University, 2012-2014
  • Assistant Professor, Oakland University, 2006-2012
  • Graduate Assistant, Oakland University, 2005
  • Physical Therapist in numerous orthopedic sites throughout Michigan, 1999-2014

Areas of Expertise

  • Workplace and performance injuries (prevention and treatment)
  • Treatment of wounds
  • Therapeutic Modalities

Recent Publications

  1. Sebelien C, Stiller C, Maher S, Qu X.Effects of implementing Nordic hamstring exercises for semi-professional soccer players in Norway. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice.2014;26(2)91-97.
  2. Maher S, Halverson J, Misiewicz R, Reckling T, Smart O, Benton C, Schoenherr, D. Low-frequency ultrasound for patients with lower leg ulcers due to chronic venous insufficiency: a report of two cases. Osteomy Wound Management. 2014;60(2):52-61.
  3. Maher S. The effects of engagement activities on pre-physical therapy students across one semester of class. Student Engagement and Experience Journal. 2013;2(2). ISSN(online)2047-9476. DOI 10.7190/seej.v212.65
  4. Beckman J, Krauss J, Maher S, Qu X. Instability training using a combination of home exercises and redcord for the management of low back pain in pre-professional ballet dancers: A case series. Journal of Dance & Medicine Science. 2013;17(1):24-33.
  5. Maher S, Dorko L, Saliga S. Linear scar reduction using silicone gel sheets in individuals with normal healing. Journal of Wound Care.2012;21(12):1-6
  6. Maher S, McGlothlin C. Does implementation of a minimal lift policy change job satisfaction levels and number of workers compensation injuries among direct care staff? A case study in an extended care facility. Journal of Safety, Health, and Environmental Research. 2011;7(2):31-38.
  7. Maher S, Gioannini A, Koslowski S, Puszczewicz A, Swanson J. Isolated exercises versus standard treatment for the shoulder in an industrial setting. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2011; 23(3):154-160.
  8. Kava KS, Larson CA, Stiller CH, Maher S. Trunk endurance exercise and the effect on instrumental performance: A preliminary study comparing Pilates exercise and a trunk and proximal upper extremity endurance exercise program. Music Performance Research. 2010; 3(1):1-30.
  9. Maher S, Kondratek M, Krauss J, Creighton D, Qu X. Postgraduate orthopedic manual physical therapy residents physical responses to peer practice of cervical manipulation. Journal of Physical Therapy Education.2010; 24(2):35-44.
  10. Maher S, Creighton D, Kondratek M, Krauss J, Qu X. The effect of tibio-femoral traction mobilization on passive knee flexion motion impairment and pain:A case series. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2010; 18(1):29-36
  11. Maher S. Is low-level laser therapy effective in the management of lateral epicondylitis? [Evidence in Practice.] Physical Therapy.2006; 86(8):1161-1167.

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