Michelle M. Reilly, PT, DPT, OCS
Michelle M. Reilly, PT, DPT, OCS

Michelle M. Reilly, PT, DPT, OCS

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha Campus


  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist

Academic Appointments


  • Physical Therapy


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • PTD 502: Patient Management I
  • PTD 506: Integrated Laboratory I
  • PTD 516: Integrated Laboratory II
  • PTD 526: Integrated Laboratory III
  • PTD 611: Differential Diagnosis


Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorodo, Michelle moved to Omaha in 2002 to attend Creighton where she studied exercise science.  She attended Creighton for physical therapy school and received her DPT in 2008.  She completed the residency in orthopedic physical therapy at Creighton in 2009 and received her orthopedic specialization in 2010.  She has 10 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics with a practice focused primarily on post operative rehabilitation and musculoskeletal disorders of the lower quarter. 
Michelle has a passion for dancing, especially ballet and she specializes in the physical therapy treatment of performing artists.  She is currently the physical therapist for American Midwest Ballet, the only professional dance company in the state, and have been working with the company since its inception as Ballet Nebraska in 2010.  Additionally, she provides onsite physical therapy coverage for traveling performance companies that tour in the Omaha area.  
Michelle started her career in academica in 2009 at Clarkson College, teaching in their physical therapists assistant program until 2016.  At Clarkson, she taught musculoskeletal content and therapeutic exercise, as well as functional anatomy.  At Creighton, her role includes acting as the lab coordinator for the first year of the curriculum as well as teaching Patient Management I and Differential Diagnosis.  Her scholarly agenda focuses on the teaching/learning of clinical reasoning as well as the physical therapy treatment of performing artists.

Publications and Presentations


  • Reilly M, Knight H, Black L, Peterson J and Furze J. Expanded assessment of clinical reasoning skills in physical therapist students. Poster presented at: Creighton University Assessment Symposium, October 26; Omaha, NE, 2018., 2018
  • Reilly M, Beran-Shelpler K and Paschal K. Leading through innovation in laboratory teaching: a new twist on an old concept. Platform presented at: American Physical Therapy Association Education Leadership Conference, October 14; Jacksonville, FL, 2018, 2018

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning related to clinical reasoning
    Physical Therapy treatment of performing artists

Current Research Projects

  • Development of a Clinical Reasoning Learner Blueprint
    Short Term Effects of IASTM on Lower Quarter Muscle Stiffness

Grant Funding Received

  • Reilly M, Barr, JB, Furze J, Knight H, Peterson J, Niski J, Black L and Jensen G. Teaching, Learning and Assessing Clinical Reasoning: Developing a Learning Blueprint. Teaching and Learning Center Faculty Development Grant. 2019. $2000. Role: Co-Investigator.