Mary Fisher

Contact Information

  • Email: Mary Fisher
  • Phone: 937-229-5617
  • Location: Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 209E

Curriculum Vita

Mary Insana Fisher

Associate Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty

Courses Taught

  • HSS 465 Physical Therapy Seminar
  • DPT 967 Advanced Therapy I: Clinical Pathology
  • DPT 977 Advanced Therapy I: Clinical Skills Lab
  • DPT 987 Advanced Therapy I: Clinical Issues Seminar
  • DPT 988 Advanced Therapy II: Contemporary Practice Issues
  • DPT 993 Research III
  • DPT 994 Research IV
  • DPT 995 Research V

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • M.S., Physical Therapy, Boston University
  • B.A., English, Wittenberg University

Licensures & Certifications

  • Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Ohio
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association

Professional Activities

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Member since 1989
  • APTA Section Membership: Oncology, Secretary; Orthopedic; Women's Health; Research

Service Activities

  • University of Dayton Institutional Review Board (IRB): Member, Medical Subcommittee Member
  • University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program: Faculty Council, Admissions Committee, Curriculum Review Committee, Fellowship Committee
  • St. Paul Parish
  • St. Brigid School
  • Frequent speaker at area breast cancer support groups

Research Interests

Dr. Fisher's latest research addresses functional problems that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer experience after treatment. This includes studying the effects of lymphedema – swelling from a buildup of lymphatic fluid – in the arms of women who have been treated for breast cancer. This condition, often painful, can increase the likelihood of infection, reduce extremity function and diminish quality of life. Dr. Fisher’s work examines both prevention and management, addressing connections between activities such as yoga, weightlifting and everyday activities to strength, endurance and arm volume.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • Fisher MI, Lee J, Davies C, Geyer H, Colon J, Pfalzer L Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes: A Systematic Review of Outcome Measures for Functional Mobility. Rehab Onc. 2015 33(3) 19-31. View article >>
  • Stout NL, Harrington SE, Pfalzer LA, Fisher MI. Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Clinical Examination and Outcomes Assessment. Top Geriatr Rehabil, 2015; 31(4) 258-272. View article >>
  • Fisher MI, Davies C, Colon J, Geyer H, Pfalzer L. Oncology EDGE: A Systematic Review of Strength and Muscular Endurance Measures in Prostate Cancer. Rehab Onc. 2015; 33(2) 37-44. View article >>
  • Donahoe-Fillmore B, Fisher MI, Brahler CJ. The Effects of Home-Based Pilates in Healthy College-Aged Females. J Womens Health Phys Therap. 2015; 39(2) 83-94. DOI 10.1097/JWH.0000000000000031. View article >>
  • Suckow DW, Brahler CJ, Donahoe-Fillmore, B, Fisher MI, Anloague PA. The Association Between Critical Thinking and Scholastic Aptitude on First-time Pass Rate of the National Physical Therapy Examination. J Stud Phys Ther Res 2015; 8(1). View article >>
  • Fisher MI, Davies C, Beuthin C, Colon G, Zoll B, Pfalzer C. Breast Cancer EDGE Task Force Outcomes: Clinical Measures of Strength and Muscular Endurance: A Systematic Review. Rehab Onc, 2014; 32(4)6-15. View article >>
  • Fisher MI, Donahoe-Fillmore B, Leach L, O’Malley C, Paeplow C, Prescott T, Merriman H. Effects of Yoga on Arm Volume among Women. View article >>
Nationally presented posters
  • Fisher MI, Levy E, Harrington SE, Stout, NL, Gerber, NL, Pfalzer, L. Screening and Examination for Early Identification of Shoulder Impairment in a Prospective Surveillance Model for Women with Breast Cancer. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Anaheim, CA. February 2016.

  • Harrington SE, Fisher MI, Levy E, Stout, NL, Gerber, NL, Pfalzer, L. Cluster Impairments in Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer within a Prospective Surveillance Model. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Anaheim, CA. February 2016.

  • Harrington SE, Fisher MI, Levy E, Stout NL, Gerber N, Pfalzer L. Breast Cancer Survivors’ Pectoralis Minor Length: Outcomes of Prospective Surveillance. 92nd Annual Conference, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dallas, TX, October 25-30, 2015.

  • Harrington SE, Fisher MI, Levy E, Gerber N, Pfalzer L, Stout NL. Breast Cancer Survivors’ Self-Reported Symptom Distress and Limitations in Activities and Participation: Outcomes of Prospective Surveillance. 92nd Annual Conference, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dallas, TX, October 25-30, 2015.

  • Fisher MI, Pfalzer L, Levy EW, Harrington SE, Gerber NL, Stout N. A Comparison of the Scapular Flip Test Between Women with Breast Cancer and Healthy Controls. World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Singapore. May 2015.

  • Fisher MI, Pfalzer L, Levy EW, Harrington SE, Gerber NL, Stout N. A Comparison of the Upper Limb Lift Test Between Women with Breast Cancer and Healthy Control Subjects. World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Singapore. May 2015.

  • Fisher MI, Huang MH, Hile E. Breast Cancer EDGE: Clinical Measures of Functional Mobility, Balance, and Peripheral Neuropathy. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN. February 2015.

  • Fisher MI, Donahoe-Fillmore B, Ford M, Cho M, Morris O, Feucht K, Merriman, H. Yoga in Women with Breast Cancer Related Upper Extremity Lymphedema: Effects on Arm Function, Arm Volume, and Balance. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN. February 2015. Abstract published in Rehab Onc 2015; (33)1: 76-77.

  • Pfalzer LA, Fisher MI, Davies C, Harrington SE. Prostate Cancer EDGE: Clinical Measures of Muscular Endurance and Strength, Functional Mobility, and Quality of Life. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN. February 2015.

  • Fisher MI, Donahoe-Fillmore B, Ford M, Cho M, Morris O, Feucht K, Merriman, H. Effects Of Yoga On Arm Volume, Quality Of Life, Self-Reported Arm Function, Shoulder Motion, And Balance In Women With Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema. National Lymphedema Network 11th International Conference, Washington DC. September 2014. Abstract published in conference proceedings.

  • Fisher MI, Uhl TL, Langenkmap T, Schulze L, Weible S. Typical Measures of Upper Extremity Function in Adult Women. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, NV. February 2014. Abstract published in Rehab Onc 2014; (32)2: 29. Also presented at OhioHealth Focusing on Excellence Conference, May 2014.

  • Drouin J, Fisher MI, Harrington S, Morris S. Oncology Section Edge Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes: Clinical Measures of Strength, Endurance and Quality of Life in Individuals Treated for Breast Cancer - A review of available assessment and outcome measures and their psychometric properties. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, Las Vegas, NV. February 2014.