In this episode, Jimmy chats with Michael Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA about the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Jimmy enjoys a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, while Michael’s beer of choice would be a Schlafly Oatmeal Stout.

Michael is a professor of Physical Therapy and the Department of Radiology Division of Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He serves as the chair of the Scientific Committee and Vice President of the Foundation for Physical Therapy. His own area of research investigates musculoskeletal problems associated with diabetes, particularly prevention of amputation in this population. Additionally, he has been the principle investigator on numerous NIH grant training programs, and is passionate about helping to develop the next generation of physical therapy researchers.

Highlights include:

  • What IS the Foundation for Physical Therapy (#Foundation4PT) and what does it do?? (3:11)
  • Shout out to Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT, PhD from Marquette University for starting #TheChallenge. Are you on the list? (5:22)
  • The people doing the research are helping you even if you aren’t doing research yourself, with a shout out to Steve Tepper, PT, PhD for sharing how (6:25)
  • Michael’s own jumpstart in research provided by the Foundation (7:27)
  • The next generation (#nextgen) success story of Kendra Cherry-Allen, PT, DPT and her research on ischemic conditioning (10:13)
  • The rigorous application process and it’s importance for both applicants AND donors (15:18)
  • Shout out to Dr. “Fast” Stanley Paris, still on his #RideforPTReserach across the country, putting his posterior where his mouth is (19:10)
  • What’s going on in the Foundation? (21:15)
  • CoHSTAR Center of Excellence directed by Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA – has received $2.5 million ($500,000/year) from the Foundation!
  • For the FIRST TIME in the Foundation’s history: over $1 million will be given away this year!

For more information about the Foundation for Physical Therapy, visit the website:

For updates on Dr. Stanley Paris’ progress as he continues his #RideforPTResearch, visit or stay tuned for his upcoming check-in call from the road!