Sara E Bills, PT, DPT, GCS

Assistant Professor and Associate Director

Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420

Academic Appointments:
Associate Director, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2020-present
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center: March 2014-present

DPT: Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 2004
BS: Education, Teachers College, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2001
Credentialed Clinical Instructor: American Physical Therapy Association, 2010
Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist: American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, 2009

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 510, Physical Agents (course coordinator/instructor)
PHYT 511, Integumentary Physical Therapy (course coordinator/instructor)
PHYT 512, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy (course coordinator)
PHYT 610, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (course coordinator/instructor)

Scholarly Activity:
Research interests: development of clinical practice guidelines in burn rehabilitation and the use of simulation in an entry-level cardiopulmonary physical therapy course.

Publications and Presentations (last 5 years):
Alonso WW, Kupzyk K, Norman J, Bills SE, Bosak K, Dunn SL, Deka P, Pozehl BJ. Negative attitudes, self-efficacy, and relapse management mediate long-term adherence to exercise in patients with heart failure. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2021. doi:10.1093/abm/kaab002.

Norman JF, Kupzyk KA, Artinian NT, Keteyian SJ, Alonso WS, Bills SE, Pozehl BJ. (2019). The influence of the HEART Camp intervention on physical function, health-related quality of life, depression, anxiety and fatigue in patients with heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. doi:10.1177/1474515119867444

Sleddens N, Becker BJ, Bills S, Click Here! E-Learning Modules for Innovative Instruction and Learning. Accepted for the APTA Educational Leadership Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 6-9, 2016.

Nedelec B, Parry I, Acharya H, Benavides L, Bills S, Bucher JL, Cheal J,  Chouinard A, Crump D, Duch S, Godleski M, Guenther J, Knox C, LaBonte E, Lorello D, Lucio JX, Macdonald LE, Kemp-Offenberg J, Osborne C, Pontius K, Yelvington M, de Oliveira A, Kloda LA. Practice Guidelines for Cardiovascular Fitness and Strengthening Exercise Prescription After Burn Injury. Journal of Burn Care & Research Vol 37 (6):335-403, e501-e601, 2016. Abstract

Power Surge: Never underestimate the impact of positive energy. March 2014,

Bills S, Schifsky H. Lower extremity interventions for the burn patient. Midwestern Region Burn Conference Rehabilitation Workshop, Minneapolis, MN, October 10, 2012

Member, American Physical Therapy Association: 2001-present
Member, APTA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section
Co-Chair, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, Eastern District: 2013-present
Secretary/Treasurer, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, Eastern District: 2011-2013
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association: 2001-present
Member, American Burn Association: 2007-present
Member (appointed), Membership Advisory Council, American Burn Association, 2013-2017
American Heart Association volunteer
Matt Talbot Kitchen volunteer