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J ohn Henry Gassler III, PT, DPT, MS, GCS
D.P.T., Physical Therapy 2012
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, Texas

M.S., Anatomy 1982
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
B.S., Physical Therapy 1975
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
A.A., Pre-Physical Therapy 1973
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

H. S. Diploma 1970
Chaminade College Preparatory
Hollywood, Florida

Licensure Information/Registration Number

Physical Therapy License
 Tennessee #1809 1988 - present
 Texas #1201417 2010 - present

National Provider Identifier
 #1164640215

Professional Certifications

Geriatric Clinical Specialist #2029 1998 – present
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Certified Clinical Instructor 2006 – present
American Physical Therapy Association

Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult 2010 – present

Section on Geriatrics, American Physical Therapy Ass'n

Employment and Positions Held


Assistant Professor (tenure track) 2010 - 2013
Department of Physical Therapy
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, TX 79698

Assistant Professor 2010 – present
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Provo, UT 84606

Adjunct Instructor 1995 – 1998
Department of Physical Therapy
Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN 37209

Assistant Professor (tenure track) 1991 – 1993
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Assistant Professor (tenure track) 1982 – 1988
Department of Physical Therapy
University of New England
Biddeford, ME 04005

Graduate Teaching Assistant 1978 - 1981
Department of Anatomy
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA 30912


Physical Therapist (weekend and prn) 2011 - 2013
Northern Oaks Living and Rehabilitation Center
Abilene, TX 79603

Physical Therapist (part-time) 2011 - 2013
Hendrick Hospital Housecalls (Home Health)
Abilene TX 79601

Physical Therapist 1993 - present
Clinical Educator 2007 - 2010
Facility Rehabilitation Coordinator 1998 - 2007
Physical Therapy Director 1993 - 1997
National Healthcare Corporation (NHC)

Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Present responsibilities:
 Evaluation and treatment of patients in skilled care units (prn)
 Evaluation and treatment of home health patients (prn)
 Member of company-level Medicare appeals team (prn)

Physical Therapist (Weekend) 1992 – 2010
Maury Regional Medical Center
Columbia, TN 38401

Physical Therapist 1988 – 1991
TheraCare Rehabilitation Center and
TheraCare Home Health Agency
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Physical Therapist (Weekend) 1987 – 1988
Mercy Hospital
Portland, ME

Physical Therapist (Part Time) 1983 – 1985
York County Health Services (Home Health)
Saco, ME

Physical Therapist (Part Time) 1978 – 1982
St. J oseph Hospital Home Health Agency
Augusta, GA

Physical Therapist (Weekend) 1978 – 1981
University Hospital
Augusta, GA

Assistant Chief Physical Therapist 1976 – 1977
Pembroke Pines General Hospital
Pembroke Pines, FL

Physical Therapist (Part Time) 1976 - 1977
Gold Coast South Home Health Agency
Hollywood, FL

Physical Therapist (Part Time) 1976 – 1977
United Cerebral Palsy Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Physical Therapist 1975 – 1976
Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations

Gassler J H, O'Connell D, Brewer J : Cerebral Vascular Anatomy and Hemodynamic Applications
to Patients with Neurological Impairments and Dysfunctions. (platform) APTA Annual
Conference, Tampa FL, J une 8, 2012

Gassler J H: Fusion of endocranial skull sutures (platform). APTA Annual Conference, Las Vegas,
NV, 1988; TPTA Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, 1992. Abstract published in Phys Ther
68(5):813, 1988

Gassler J H, Kirby ML: Electrical recording of embryonic chick motility (platform). Southern Society
of Anatomists Annual Conference, Augusta GA, 1981. Abstract published in Anat Rec
199:296-297, 1981

Gassler J H, Kirby ML, Stoney SD: Shaking stimulation accelerates hatching times in chicken
eggs (poster). Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, 1980. Abstract
published in Neurosci Abstr 6:641, 1980

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Gassler J H: The effects of shaking stimulation on the developing chick embryo. Masters Thesis,
Medical College of Georgia, 1982

Gassler J H, Kirby ML: Effects of shaking stimulation on prenatal chick behavior. Neurosci Abstr
7:74, 1981

Non-Peer Reviewed Presentations

Physical Skills for Caregivers, The Dynamics of Elderly Caregiving Annual Conference, School of
Nursing, Middle TN State University, Murfreesboro TN, 1996, 1997

Positioning for Children with Handicaps, Annual Early Intervention Conference, Tennessee Early
Intervention Network for Children with Handicaps, University of the South, Sewanee, TN, 1990

Continuing Education Workshops/ Lectures Conducted

Brewer J , Gassler J H,:Functional Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy – A Hemodynamic
Emphasis. Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Antonio TX 10/27/2012

Gassler J H: Anatomy of the Wrist and Hand. HSU Physical Therapy Dept Lunch N Learn Series,
Abilene TX, 4/10/2012

Cardiopulmonary Considerations for the Geriatric Patient, NHC Clinical Residency Program,
Murfreesboro, TN; CEUs approved by TPTA (March 2009, March 2010)

Gait Analysis and Training for the Geriatric Patient, NHC Clinical Residency Program,
Murfreesboro, TN; CEUs approved by TPTA (September 2009)

Cardiopulmonary Considerations for the Geriatric Patient, NHC Regional Therapy Conferences,
Gatlinburg, TN (Oct 2008); Charleston, SC (J an 2009); CEUs approved by TPTA and SCPTA


Therapy Interventions for the Low Functioning Geriatric Patient, NHC Regional Therapy Meeting,
Franklin, TN, 2003

The Elderly Learner, NHC Patient Care Conference, New Orleans, LA, 1998

Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Knee Joint, NHC Regional Physical Therapy Meeting,
Nashville, TN, 1997

Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Hip Joint, NHC Regional Physical Therapy Meeting, St. Louis,
MO, 1996

Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Shoulder Joint, NHC Regional Physical Therapy Meeting, St.
Louis, MO, 1996

Multidisciplinary Approach to Dining (team presentation), NHC Patient Care Conference, Atlanta,
GA, 1995

Neuroanatomy Review and Motor Control and Physical Therapy, NHC Regional Physical
Therapy Meeting, Sarasota, FL, 1994

Motor Control and Physical Therapy, NHC Regional Physical Therapy Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1994

Differential Diagnosis of Peripheral Nerve Lesions, East District TPTA Meeting, Chattanooga, TN,

Functional Anatomy of the Shoulder Girdle, presentation with cadaver dissection as part of
Shoulder Rehabilitation with Sandy Burkardt, PT, PhD, Las Vegas, NV, 1988

Topics in Gross Anatomy – Laboratory Seminar Series, anatomy review using cadaver
specimens, University of New England, Biddeford, ME, 1984-1987

Anatomical Review of the Upper Limb, Maine Chapter APTA Annual Meeting, Portland, ME, 1986

Functional Neuroanatomy Revisited, University of New England, Biddeford, ME, 1985

Anatomical Review of the Lower Extremity, presentation utilizing cadaver specimens, as part of
Cyriax Approach to Lower Extremity Evaluation and Treatment with Len Pare, PT, University of
New England, Biddeford, ME, 1984

Neuroanatomy Review, as part of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, with J udith Kimball, OTR,
PhD, Portland, ME, 1982

Membership In Scientific/Professional Organizations

 American Association of Clinical Anatomists 2011 – present
 American Physical Therapy Association 1974 – present
Member -Education Section 2011 – present
-Geriatric Section 1993 – present
- Neurology Section 1992 – 1994

- Pediatrics Section 1992 – 1993
 Southern Society of Anatomists 1978 – 1982
 Sigma Xi 1980 – 1982

Community Service

 Brotherhood of St. Andrew (Men's Club), Heavenly Rest Church 2010 – 2013
President – 2011–present
 Handbell Choir, Church of the Heavenly Rest, Abilene TX 2011 - 2013
 Trail Maintainer, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, GSMNP 2008 - 2010
 College Career Day Speaker, Blackman HS 2003 - 2004
 J udge, Regional HOSA Competition 2001 – 2003,2011
 Choir and Handbell Choir, St. Rose Catholic Church 2000 - 2002
 Oakland HS J ROTC Booster Club (Treasurer, 1998-2000) 1996 - 2000
 Oakland HS Band Booster Club 1996 - 1998
 Cason Lane Elementary School PTO Board 1995 - 1996
 American Heart Association Neighborhood Volunteer 1994 - 1995
 Lector, St. Rose Catholic Church 1994 - 1997
 Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America 1993 - 2001
 Cub Scout Den Leader, Boy Scouts of America 1990 - 1991
 Northfield Elementary School PTO Board 1990 – 1991

Service to the University/College/School on Committees/Councils/Commissions

Service at Hardin-Simmons University
 Library Committee 2011 – 2013
 Department Admissions Committee 2010 - 2013

Service at Tennessee State University
 Professional Advisory Committee 1998 - 2010
 Department Admissions Committee 2001 – 2007

Service at University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
 Department Admissions Committee 1991 - 1992
 Client Screening, TN Early Intervention Network 1991 - 1992

Service at University of New England
 Institutional Review Board for Use of Human Subjects in Research 1984 - 1988
 Employee Benefits Committee 1984 - 1988
 Faculty Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate (Chair 1986-1988) 1984 - 1988
 Secretary, Faculty Senate 1985 - 1987
 Chair, Ad Hoc Health Center Fee Committee 1985
 Library Expansion Committee 1984 - 1985
 Curriculum Committee, College of Health Sciences 1982 - 1985

Service to Professional Associations
 Secretary, East District, Tennessee Physical Therapy Association 1992
 Nominating Committee, Maine Chapter, APTA 1987 - 1988

 Quality Assurance Committee, Maine Chapter, APTA 1982 - 1987

Honors and Awards
 Physical Therapy Excellence Award, NHC 1998
 Physical Therapy Honor Award, NHC 1994, 1995
 Teacher of the Year, College of Health Sciences, UNE 1983

Teaching Responsibilities

Hardin-Simmons University (2010-present)
 Clinical Anatomy I and II 2010-2013
 Neuroscience I (with lab) 2010-2013
 Geriatrics portion of Lifespan course 2012-2013
 Pharmacology 2010-2013
 Primary Care Physical Therapy 2010-2013

Rocky Mountain University (2010-present)
 Neurodegenerative Diseases in Aging 2010-2013

Tennessee State University (1995-1998)
 Movement Science (lecture and lab) 1995-1996
 Basic Neuroscience (lecture and lab) 1997
 Electrotherapy lab 1996-1997
 Foundations in Physical Therapy (lecture and lab) 1998

University of Tennessee – Chattanooga (1991-1992)
 Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Neurological 1991-1992
Dysfunction – Adult and Pediatric
 Pathophysiology of the Nervous System 1991-1992
 Pathophysiology of Acute Care Disorders 1992
 Human Growth and Development 1991-1992
 Human Neuroanatomy 1992
 Senior Seminar 1992

University of New England (1982-1988)
 Gross Anatomy (lecture and dissection lab) 1982-1987
 Neuroscience (lecture and lab) 1983-1988
 Kinesiology (lecture and lab) 1982 (lab -1985-1987)
 Research Methods 1985-1987
 Research Project 1984-1988
 Assisted in Problems of the Musculoskeletal (1983-1985, 1988),
Neurosensory (1983), and Cardiopulmonary (1985) System courses
 COM gross anatomy lab 1982

Other Lectures/Presentations/Training
 Sensory Assessment, NHC Clinical Residency Program, 2009
 Mentor for two geriatric clinical residents, NHC Clinical Residency Program,

Murfreesboro, TN, 2009-2010
 Medicare Documentation, Physical Therapy Program, Tennessee State University,
Nashville, TN, 2009
 Medicare Documentation, 3 hour mandatory in-service for NHC therapists, Manchester
NH, and Columbia, SC, 2008
 Guest lecturer, Anatomy, Cedar Hall High School, 2003
 Electrotherapy (11 hours) Sports Medicine curriculum, Middle TN State University,
Murfreesboro, TN, 1998
 Laboratory Instructor, Kinesiology, OT curriculum, UNE, 1985-1987
 Laboratory Instructor, Anatomy and Physiology, Department of Life Sciences, UNE,
 Guest Lecturer – Use of Physical Agents in Medicine to third year class, UNE College of
Osteopathic Medicine, 1985
 Guest Lecturer – Postural Analysis and Gait Analysis to second year class, UNE College
of Osteopathic Medicine, 1982

Recent Continuing Education Attended

Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference San Antonio TX, Oct 25-27, 2012

American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, Tampa FL J uly 6-9, 2012

Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Chicago IL Feb 9-12, 2012

Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, Houston TX Oct 27-29, 2011

American Association of Clinical Anatomists Annual Conference, Columbus OH J uly 12-16, 2011

Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans LA Feb
10-13, 2011

Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, Arlington TX Oct. 22-23, 2010
 Overuse Injuries of the Extremities
 Stress Management for Physical Therapy Students

NHC Patient Care Conference - yearly company conference with continuing education classes on
topics related to care of geriatric patients in skilled and long term care environment ,12-13 class
hours per year, various locations, 1993-2009

Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult, Section on Geriatrics, APTA, Montgomery, AL, 2009
 Course 1 – Introduction and Examination
 Course 2 – Exercise Prescription and Consensus Guidelines
 Course 3 – Special Populations, Complementary Exercises, Motivation, Drug and
Nutritional Considerations

Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, Nashville, TN, 2008

Physical Therapy Management of the Patient with CVA, Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN,

Geriatric Gait Analysis and Treatment, Speaker: J oan Edelstein, PT, Milwaukee, WI, 2004

Physical Therapy Management of the Medically Complex Geriatric Patient, Speaker: Carole
Lewis, PT; GREAT Seminars, Charleston, SC, 2001

Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, Seattle, WA, 1999

Focus: Geriatric Physical Therapy, Section on Geriatrics, APTA, Dallas, TX, 1997

Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, Dallas, TX, 1997

Physiological Monitoring for Enhanced Control of Movement and Posture, Speaker: Steve Wolf,
PT, PTAG and TPTA Combined Chapter Meeting, Gatlinburg, TN, 1996

Rehabilitation/Restorative Care in Long Term Care Settings, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago,
Chicago, IL, 1995

Geriatric Rehabilitation: Outcomes Measurement, Evaluation, and Clinical Implementation,
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 1995

Geriatric Orthopedics, Speaker: Carole Lewis PT, GREAT Seminars, Nashville, TN, 1994

Physical Therapy Treatment Effectiveness for Older Persons, White House Conference on Aging,
APTA, Alexandria, VA, 1994

Assessment and Treatment of Balance Disorders and Vertigo, Speaker: Susan Herdman, PT,
Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN, 1993

Creative Interventions With the Alzheimer’s Patient, Business Network, Nashville, TN, 1993

Introduction to NDT Approach to Hemiplegia, Speaker: Isabelle Bohman, PT, TPTA Annual
Conference, Nashville, TN, 1992

Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration: Merging Concepts in Neurological
Rehabilitation, Speaker: Patricia Montgomery, PT, TC Thompson Children’s Hospital,
Chattanooga, TN, 1991

“If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Exercise” – Facilitating Maximal Patient Function Through the
Pulmonary System, Speaker: Mary Massery, PT, TPTA Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, 1991

New Concepts in Assessment and Treatment of the Neurological Patient, Speaker: Pam Duncan,
PT, Therapeutic Educators, Detroit, MI, 1991