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About Mary Insana Fisher

Mary Insana Fisher, PT, PhD, OCS, CLT, associate professor, joined the faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Dayton in 2008. Her latest research addresses functional problems that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer experience after treatment. This includes studying the effects of lymphedema – swelling from a buildup of lymphatic fluid – in the arms of women who have been treated for breast cancer. This condition, often painful, can increase the likelihood of infection, reduce extremity function and diminish quality of life. Dr. Fisher’s work examines both prevention and management, addressing connections between activities such as yoga, weightlifting and everyday activities to strength, endurance and arm volume.

Dr. Fisher is licensed physical therapist with more than two decades of clinical experience; a Board-certified orthopedic specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; and a certified lymphedema therapist.

* Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky
* M.S., Physical Therapy, Boston University
* B.A., English, Wittenberg University

* American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), member since 1989
* APTA Section Membership: Oncology, Orthopedic, Women’s Health, Research; secretary, Oncology Section
* Ohio Physical Therapists Association (OPTA)


2008 - Present Associate Professor, University of Dayton Department of Physical Therapy
August 2010 - July 2016 Assistant Professor, University of Dayton Department of Physical Therapy

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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences Scholarship Award for Tenured Faculty


  • HSS 465: Physical Therapy Seminar
  • DPT 993-995: Research III-V
  • DPT 967: Advanced Therapy I: Clinical Pathology
  • DPT 977: Advanced Therapy I: Clinical Skills Lab
  • DPT 987: Advanced Therapy I: Clinical Issues Seminar
  • DPT 988: Advanced Therapy II: Contemporary Practice Issues

Contact Information

Phone: 937-229-5617
Office: Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 209E
Address: Department of Physical Therapy, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-2925


Lymphedema (4)

Oncology rehabilitation (15)

Limb function among breast cancer survivors (9)