Dr. Marcia K. Himes


Physical Therapy

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Physical Therapy
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Himes’ clinical practice is focused on the treatment of individuals with cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. She has a special interest in geriatrics and the identification and prevention of fall risk. Dr. Himes serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education and assists with the direction of six clinical education courses. She volunteers as a faculty mentor to students in the MSU DPT pro-bono clinic and also serves on the department admissions, curriculum, and scholarship committees.




  • DHSc, University of Indianapolis
  • DPT, Missouri State University
  • BS, Biology, Missouri State University
  • AAS, Physical Therapist Assistant, NEO A&M College


  • ABPTS, Board-Certified Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Clinical Specialist
  • APTA Geriatrics, Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
  • AAMC, Medical Education Research (MERC)
  • LSVT Global, LSVT BIG
  • PESI, Fall Prevention Specialist
  • APTA, Credentialed Clinical Instructor


  • PTE 707 Medical Human Anatomy
  • PTE 711 Professional Issues I
  • PTE 744 Patient Management: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Problems
  • PTE 760 Management of Research Projects
  • PTE 880 Research Seminar

Professional experience

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Missouri Physical Therapy Association
  • Southwest District of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association
  • APTA Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
  • American College of Cardiology

Research and professional interests

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Himes, MK, Robinson, BS, Shaw, JL, Dehan, J, Daniel TE, Keller, JD. Can a portable balance system predict fall risk in community-dwelling older women? Journal of Allied Health, August, 2020.
  • Shaw, JL, Robinson, BS, Himes, MK, Holland, L, Mosley, G, Kraft, C, & Mulcahey, R. (2018, March). Does hands-on guarding influence performance on the Functional Gait Assessment? Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, July/September, 2020.
  • Himes, MK, Moore, ES, Robinson, BS, Daniel, TE. Do lower extremity strength and lower extremity blood flow predict the score on the Functional Gait Assessment in patients enrolled in Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation? Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, April, 2019.
  • Himes, MK, Moore, ES, Robinson, BS, Daniel, TE. A predictive study of fall risk in Cardiac Phase II Rehabilitation Patients. ProQuest and UIndy ScholarWorks, University of Indianapolis, September 7, 2017.


  • Physical therapy student perceptions of older adults
  • Normative values of the BalanceTutor treadmill
  • Whether the use of vestibular laboratory testing equipment can effectively guide treatment for individuals with impaired balance