Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty & Staff


Kristine Grubler, PT, DPT

Dr. Grubler is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

She 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.  Her clinical experience is primarily in the out-patient orthopedic and industrial rehabilitation settings, but she has practiced in the acute care, skilled care and home health settings.

Dr. Grubler joined the faculty at Wheeling Jesuit University in 2008 as an Adjunct Instructor for the Clinical Science II course.  She served as the Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Therapy from January 2009 through October 2017. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and teaches the Physical Therapy Science, Basic Science, Integrated Seminar, Service Learning I and II, and Research Training Seminar courses and serves as the Term II Coordinator. 

Dr. Grubler holds a license in the state of West Virginia. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a member of the Education, Orthopedic and Health Policy and Administration sections; a member of the West Virginia Chapter of the APTA and currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee; an APTA Beginner and Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor; and is a credentialed trainer for the APTA Beginner Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program. She is active in the profession at the state and national levels and has served on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association, the APTA Education Section and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) National Consortium of Clinical Educators.  She also served as Chair of 3 Rivers Academic Consortium during her tenure as Director of Clinical Education.

Dr. Grubler’s principle topics of scholarly activity include professional behaviors, inter-professional education, service learning, community outreach and orthopedic topics. She has presented her scholarly work at the state, national and international levels.

Dr. Grubler currently resides in Wheeling with her husband and three children.


Recent Presentations:

  • The Impact of the Problem Based Learning Pillars on Clinical Education Experiences for Doctor of Physical Therapy Students.  R.L. Haley, K.M. Grubler, R. Donovan, B. Kemperman, D. Sparks.  ELC 2016 October 8, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.  Poster presentation.
  • Drnach, M, Grubler, K. The identification and support of a student’s goals for an international service-learning experience.  Round Table Discussion Presentation. 6th International Symposium on Service Learning.  Service-Learning as a Global Interdisciplinary Movement: Transforming Communities and Higher Education.  May 28 30, 2015. Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Professionalism of Doctor of Physical Therapy Students over the Course of Clinical Education. Poster Presentation at the WV Chapter of the APTA Spring Conference. Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, WV.  April 5-6, 2014.
  • 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.