Tracey Wagner

Assistant Professor DPT, PT

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy 

PT 711 Patient Client Management - Musculoskeletal I
PT 712 Patient Client Management - Musculoskeletal II
PT 716 Patient Client Management - Musculoskeletal III
PT 719 Physical Agents and Electrotherapy
PT Capstone 720, 703, 704 - Case Report

About Me

Prior to joining the core faculty at Samuel Merritt University in the fall of 2017, I worked in clinical practice at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California for 17 years in the outpatient orthopaedic setting. My practice involved orthopaedic and vestibular rehabilitation as well as mentoring and teaching in residency and fellowship programs for 10 years. I have been influenced by European approaches in physical therapy, and have taken various continuing education courses at the Prague School of Rehabilitation in Prague, Czech Republic. With an interest in the global community of physical therapists, I have also enjoyed teaching continuing education courses for Movement Links, Inc. in Malaysia and Japan as well as in the US.


Movement Science Fellowship, Southern California Kaiser Permanente 2007  Manual Therapy Fellowship, Southern California Kaiser Permanente 2006 Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency, Southern California Kaiser Permanente 2005 DPT Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona California 2013 MPT Mount St Mary’s University, Los Angeles California 2000 BA University of Colorado 1986 I am a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. For more information about the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapy follow this link! In addition, I hold an Advanced Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation. 

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching across a broad spectrum of levels ranging from entry level to mentoring and teaching in post-professional residency and fellowship programs. I am passionate about integrating concepts of clinical reasoning as well as concepts related to the human movement system across all levels of education. 

Scholarly Interests

My scholarship interests are related to the study of human movement with a specific interest in the coordination and role that the diaphragm and intra-abdominal pressure play in spinal stabilization and movement impairments. 


Wagner, Behnia, et al. “Strengthening and Neuromuscular Reeducation of the Gluteus Maximus in a Triathlete with Exercise-Associated Cramping of the Hamstrings: A Case Report.” J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010;40(2):112-119.

Rundell SD, Davenport TE, Wagner T. Physical Therapist Management of Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain Using the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Phys Ther. 2009;89:82-90

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association: I am a member of The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and The Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy 

Honors & Awards

California Physical Therapy Association's 2010 Clinician Research Publication Award