Michael Lebec, PT, PhD

Michael Lebec Associate Professor and Director of the Flagstaff Mountain Program
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Flagstaff Campus
Phone: 928-523-9971
Fax: 928-523-9289
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Primary teaching area

Integumentary Therapeutics, Therapeutic Exercise, Evidence Based Practice

Primary Research Area

Physical Therapy Education

Primary clinical area



Mike Lebec has been a member of the Northern Arizona University Physical Therapy faculty since 2003. He has worked in a variety of practice environments including outpatient orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation, aquatics, and inpatient acute care settings. From 2000 – 2003, he served as a full time staff therapist in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Carondelet Hospital in Tucson, AZ. This program was among the first to offer full time physical therapist service in the Emergency Department and was featured in the September, 2000 issue of PT magazine. Since joining the faculty at Northern Arizona University he has worked to promote the benefits of this emerging practice through participation on national task forces, delivery of presentations at national conferences, and publication of peer reviewed literature. As a consultant, he has aided in the development of multiple Emergency Department Physical Therapy programs across the nation. Mike’s other area of research focus is in utilizing unique instructional methods to maximize learning and engagement among physical therapy students. Areas in which he has contributed to the NAU PT program curriculum include Musculoskeletal Therapeutics, Clinical Anatomy, Foundations of Physical Therapy Examination, Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Exercise, and Physical Therapy Documentation.