Dr. Grubler holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wheeling Jesuit College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Shenandoah University. She has over 19 years of clinical experience primarily in the out-patient orthopedic and industrial rehabilitation settings, but has practiced in the acute care, skilled care and home health settings as well. Dr. Grubler joined the faculty at Wheeling Jesuit University in 2008 as an Adjunct faculty member for the Clinical Science II course. As of January 2009, she holds the full time position of Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE). She is responsible for the Clinical Education component of the program. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and teaches the Physical Therapy Science course in Term II and Term VI, the Clinical Education Stream courses, Integrated Seminar, Research Training Seminar and Service Learning I and II.
Dr. Grubler holds a license in the state of West Virginia and has been an employee of Wheeling Hospital since 1998 where she continues her clinical practice on a casual basis. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a member of the Education, Federal Physical Therapy, Orthopedic and Health Policy and Administration sections; a member of the West Virginia Chapter of the APTA and serves as the Chair of the Education committee; WJU representative to the 3 Rivers Academic Consortium; WJU Faculty contact to APTA's Student Assembly; an APTA Beginner and Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor; an APTA credentialed CCIP trainer for the Beginner Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program; and is a member of the Nominating Committee for the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Grubler's principle topics of scholarly activity include professional behaviors, clinical education, international clinical education, service learning, community outreach and orthopedic topics. She is currently working on: a study correlating the Professional Core Values self assessment and the CPI; a study looking at manual versus modality treatment for patients with reports of low back pain and patients' reports of pain, episodes of care and number of additional episodes of care; a study investigating the reliably and validity of the CHEK pelvic inclinometer; and a study designing and implementing a Fire Fighter Fitness-Wellness Initiative. She also provides physical therapy services at Wheeling Jesuit University in the Department of Physical Therapy's pro-bono Care Clinic on a part time basis.
Dr. Grubler currently resides in Wheeling with her husband and three children.
Recent Presentations: The Effects of Local, Regional and International Service Learning on Clinical
Performance of Physical Therapy Students. Ruby, C, Grubler, K, Lam, H. Accepted forpresentation at the Fifth International Service Learning Symposium. November, 20-22, 2013. Western Cape, South Africa.
The Effects of Lower Extremity Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Interventions on the Gait Pattern of an Adult with Developmental Dyspraxia: A Case Report. Accepted for a Poster presentation at the WV Chapter of the APTA Spring Conference. Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, WV. April 26-28, 2013.
Using Problem Based Learning Educational Strategies in Educational Curricula and in Clinical Practice. Concurrent educational session presentation of the APTA Education Section at the national APTA Combined Sections Conference. January 21 - 25, 2013. San Diego, CA.