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Mary Ellen Oesterle, PT, EdD

Title: Department Head
Phone: 706-867-4589

Office: Health and Natural Sciences 469, Dahlonega
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Dr. Oesterle serves as the department head of the Physical Therapy Department in the College of Health Sciences and Professions at the University of North Georgia. She has over 35 years experience in higher education and physical therapy.

Courses Taught

  • Clinical Problems VII: Mgmt Multi-Syst Impairments
  • Clinical Physiology II: Exercise Physiology


  • BS, Biological Science, Purdue University, 1977
  • BS and Certificate, Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, 1978
  • MS, Exercise Physiology with Physical Therapy Emphasis, University of Kentucky, 1983
  • EdD, Exercise Physiology, University of Kentucky, 1988

Research/Special Interests

Research and Training Grants Submitted/Awarded

  • “Analysis of Skeletal Muscle Regeneration in Cytokine Knockout Mice” MCG Intramural Grant PI Fall 2002 27,000 (not funded)
  • “Age and Disease Related Changes in Human Walking” Collaborator NIH 2004 $525,000 (not funded)
  • “Effects of Iontophoresis with Dexamethasone on Adrenal Function” PI $2500 (Funded by EMPI Corporation) 2000
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatographic Determination of Dexamethasone in Blood Following Phonophoresis” Co-investigator for Physical Therapy Foundation Grant $15,000 (not funded)
  • “Fibromyalgia, Rhinitis and Insulin-Like Growth Factors” Co-investigator for Health and Human Services Public Health Grant $586.075 (not funded)
  • Effects of Soreness Inducing Exercise on CK, CRP and Complement in Women with Fibromyalgia” East Carolina University Faculty Grant $1,500 (funded)
  • Evaluation of the Dose-Response of Ketoprofen Gel in the Relief of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness” Consultant for Marion Merrell Dow Multicenter Project $21,000 (funded) 1992
  • “Effects of Phonophoresis with Dexamethasone Phosphate on Adrenal Function” East Carolina University Faculty Grant $935 (funded) 1990

Special Interests

  • Animal Rescue
  • Photography
  • Tennis


Publications in Refereed Journals

  • ME Oesterle, DP Currier, ST Smith, KK Mitts, LM Werrell, TC Chenier: Effect of varying the ratio of electrically induced muscle contraction time to rest time on serum creatine kinase and perceived soreness. JOSPT 13(6): 310-315, 1991
  • ME Oesterle, DP Currier, RC Franklin: The effect of one session of muscle soreness weight lifting exercise on WBC count, serum creatine kinase and plasma volume. JOSPT 13(6): 316-321, 1991
  • ME Oesterle, MS Chamness, LL Smith, TC Chenier, CS Sizemore, M Rogers, K Forgione: Effects of isokinetic soreness-inducing exercise on blood levels of C-reactive protein and creatine kinase. JOSPT 16(5): 208-214, 1992
  • ME Oesterle, MS Chamness, TC Chenier, GC Mosteller, LA Barrow: A comparison of isokinetic eccentric exercise on delayed-onset muscle soreness and creatine kinase in the quadriceps versus the hamstrings Isokinetic Exerc Sci 3(2): 68-73, 1993
  • LL Smith, MH Brunetz, TC Chenier, MR McCammon, JA Houmard, ME Oesterle, RG Israel: The effects of static and ballistic stretching on delayed onset muscle soreness and creatine kinase. Research Quarterly 64(1): 103-107, 1993
  • ME Oesterle, LL Smith, L Inscoe, BP Macke, MR McCammon , TC Cheier: The metabolic cost of continuous passive motion exercise, Med Exerc Nutr Health 3:180-184, 1994
  • ME Oesterle, TC Chenier, L Brauninger, H Cook, S Harris: Effect of positive heel inclination on posture. JOSPT 21(2): 94-99, 1995
  • ME Oesterle, ST Smith, TC Chenier, RC Franklin: Effect of phonophoresis with dexamethason on adrenal function. JOSPT 22(3): 103-107, 1995
  • ME Oesterle, T Conner-Kerr, M Chamness, RR Kelly, T Hodge, TC Chenier: Assessment of minor muscle lesions: The accuracy of Cyriax’s diagnosis by selective tension paradigm. JOSPT 24(3) 122-129, 1996
  • TA Conner-Kerr, ME Oesterle, J Kerr, S Smith and RC Franklin: Phonophoretic delivery of dexamethasone to human transdermal tissues: A controlled pilot study. Eur J Phys Med Rehabil 8(1): 19-23, 1998
  • ME Oesterle, T Conner-Kerr: An Analysis of Posture and Back Pain in the First and Third Trimesters of Pregnancy, JOSPT 28(3): 133-138, 1998
  • TA Conner-Kerr, PK Sullivan, J Gaillard, ME Oesterle and RM Jones: The effects of ultraviolet radiation on antibiotic resistant bacteria in Vitro: Ostomy/Wound Management 44(10): 50-56, 1998
  • RKY Chong, ME Oesterle: Initial evidence for the mixing and soft assembly of the ankle, suspensory and hip muscle patterns. Exp Brain Res, 136: 250-255, 2001

In Press

  • TA Conner-Kerr, ME Oesterle: Current perspectives on therapeutic ultrasound in the management of chronic wounds: A review of evidence: Chronic Wound Care Management and Research

In Preparation

  • ME Oesterle, High Heels and Balance Control - A Comparison of High Heel Step-Up-and-Over Performance Between Young and Elderly Women.

Books and Chapters

  • Wound Care Secrets “ Systemic Medicines for Infectious Wounds” RC Franklin and ME Franklin, May 2002

Work Experience

  • 1978-1980  Staff PT - Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 1986-1998  Assistant Professor to Tenured Associate Professor - East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • 1998-2004  Associate Professor - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • 2004-2011  Self-Employed Pediatric Physical Therapist - Pediatric Therapeutic Interventions, Inc. (Early Interventions) Augusta, GA
  • 2011-2012  Self-Employed Pediatric Physical Therapist (Early Interventions) Augusta, GA
  • 2012-2015  CEO and practicing Physical Therapist - Freedom Therapeutic Interventions, LLC Augusta, GA
  • 2015-present  Department Head & Professor - University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

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