Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004, and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. Her publications and interests focus on linking motor behaviors to breathing and/or postural mechanics in both pediatric and adult patient populations. Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 750 professional presentations in 48 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 13 countries worldwide.
Mary's DSc research was conducted under the guidance of world renowned PT researcher, Dr. Paul Hodges, (Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia), as well as Dr. Victoria Moerchen (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI), and Dr. Marshall Hagins (Long Island University, NY, NY). The aim of Mary's research was to establish a link between the glottis (upper airway) and postural stability (balance) and was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Professional Highlights: Dr. Massery has received the American Physical Therapy Association's highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring one's "outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy" and the honorary Linda Crane Memorial Lecture. Dr. Massery has delivered keynote and major addresses on topics such as cystic fibrosis & posture, neuropulmonary deficits, pectus excavatum (chest deformities), and the connections between posture & breathing for: the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England; the Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Conference in Brisbane, Australia; the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Meeting in Galway, Ireland; the International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, Canada; and the Conference on Posture and Mobility in Coventry, England; as well as numerous presentations at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meetings across the USA.
Patient Appointments: Mary sees patients on a limited basis at two Chicago suburban clinics. She encourages the patient's primary therapists to attend the consultation to promote better carry-over at home.
Read a one-page overview of Mary's breakout session "Posture and Pain: Can't We Deal With This Later?", at the Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc's 2010 National CF Family Education Conference; written by Shelby Cass, in the CFRI news (Fall 2010 issue, page 5). Click here for the article.
Dr. Massery's private practice was featured on the cover of the American Physical Therapy Association's national magazine in July 2006as part of a larger story on cardiovascular & pulmonary PT practices. Click here for the whole article.
Read a full page commentary of Mary's "If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function" continuing education course by Jackie Comeault, PT, in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Manitoba Branch Newsletter of June 2005 (volume 15, issue 4, page 4).
DVD AVAILABLE: Respiratory Management of the Patient With Quadriplegia,
an educational DVD written by Mary Massery, PT and Frederick Schneider, MEd, PT at