Michael Lebec, PT, PhD

Michael Lebec 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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Michael Lebec, PT, PHD

Associate Professor and Director of the Flagstaff Mountain Program

Flagstaff Campus

Phone: 928-523-9971


Personal Page

Professional Interests

Dr. Lebec is the Director of the Program in Physical Therapy at the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus.  His primary clinical area is musculoskeletal practice but from 2000 – 2003, he served as a full time staff therapist in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Carondelet Hospital in Tucson, AZ.  Since joining the faculty at NAU, the majority of his scholarly efforts have been focused on Emergency Department Physical Therapist practice and assessing methods which maximize student learning and engagement.

Education and Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with Specialization in Science Education, Web-Based Learning, Learning via Technology, University of Arizona, 2003

Master of Physical Therapy, Slippery Rock University, 1997

Master of Science, Biology, St. Bonaventure University, 1993

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Grove City College, 1990

Teaching Area / Courses Taught

PT 510   Foundations of Physical Therapy Evaluation

PT 525   Clinical Anatomy I

PT 580   Integumentary Therapeutics (Therapeutic Modalities) PT 582   Therapeutic Exercise

PT 621   Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II

PT 670   Health Care Systems I (Physical Therapy Documentation)

Select Publications / Professional Presentations

Lebec, M. Kesteloot, L., Overcoming Content-Associated Challenges Using Attention-Focused Methods, Journal of Excellence on College Teaching, 26(3), 25-36, 2015

Lebec, M., Cook, K., & Baumgartel, D. (2014). Overuse Injuries Associated with Mountain Biking: Is Single-Speed Riding a Predisposing Factor? Sports (Open Access), (2), 1-13, http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4663/2/1/1, January 2014.

Kesterloot, L., Lebec, M., Physical Therapist Consultation in the Emergency Department:  A Multiple Case Report Describing Three Arizona Programs, Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy,  3(3),  December, 2012.

Lebec, M., Extended scope physiotherapists in the emergency department: One step further, Expert Commentary, Physical Therapy Reviews, 15(5): 420, Fall 2010.

Lebec, M., Cernohous, S., Tenbarge, L., Gest, C., Severson, K., Howard, S., Emergency Department Physical Therapist Service:  A Pilot Study Examining Physician Perceptions, Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 8(1), January, 2010.

Lebec, M., Jogodka, C., The Physical Therapist as a Musculoskeletal Specialist in the Emergency Department, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 39(5), May, 2009.

Lebec, M., Luft, J., A Mixed Methods Analysis of Learning in Online Teacher Professional Development:  A Case Report, Online Journal for the Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education, (7)1, March, 2007.