Professional Bio

Education
  • Ph.D., Health and Behavioral Science, University of Colorado-Denver, 2013
  • Post Doctorate work in Neuromuscular Physiology, University of Colorado, 2006
  • D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2003
  • M.S., Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2000
  • B.Bus.Studies, Finance & Accounting, Maimi University, 1992
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Expertise & Certifications

Clinical Certifications
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-NSCA, 2000
  • CPR Certified-American Red Cross, since 1988
  • Pilates Instructor and Rehabilitation Specialist-Polestar

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Delegate, House of Delegates 2008-2012, Acute Care, Orthopedic and Geriatric Sections
  • Colorado Chapter APTA, past-President, 2009-2012
  • North American Spine Society, 2010-2012

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Osteoarthritis
Rehabilitation outcomes in chronic disease and aging
Fall risk and prevention/intervention
Behavioral contributions to physical therapy outcomes
Cardiovascular and resistance exercise assessment, prescription and training in older adults
Evaluation of teaching methodology to improve student outcomes

Recent Presentations

Hammerich AS, Anemaet WK, Brown K, Evens K, Kohnen J, McCluskey R, Peloquin C, Watkins D. (2014) The Development of a Comprehensive Older Adult Screening Tool To Detect Decline in Community Dwelling Older Adults. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hammerich AS, Anemaet WK, Alade S, Brentin S, Burch T, Carlos J, Carpenter E, Chalupa M, Cornish R, de la Paz A, Cresswell L, Flores M, Friedman A, Henderson L, Lindstrom K, Moberg M. (2014) The Effects of Combination of Resistance Training and Aerobic Exercise on Psychosocial Measures in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Anemaet WK, Hammerich AS, Alade S, Brentin S, Burch T, Carlos J, Carpenter E, Chalupa M, Cornish R, de la Paz A, Cresswell L, Flores M, Friedman A, Henderson L, Lindstrom K, Moberg M. (2014) The Effects of Combination of Resistance Training and Aerobic Exercise on Cardiovascular Status, Strength, Balance, Gait, and Function in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis (OA). American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., Ellison, N., Nelson-Wong, E. (2013). Effect of learning preference and lecture handouts on student performance. Teacher-Scholar Forum, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado.

Nelson-Wong, E., Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., Ellison, N. (2013). Influence of lecture handout completeness on student learning in a physical therapy curriculum. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, California.

Anemaet, W., McPoil, T., Hammerich, A. (2013). Variations in foot posture and mobility in individuals with knee osteoarthritis.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Akuthota V, Hammerich A, Mintken P, Cleland J, Whitman J, Singh J, Knight E, Santo K. (2012). Effectiveness of Physical Therapy as an Adjunct to Epidural Steroid Injections in the Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Anemaet, W.K., Scherer, S., Shaw, K., Hammerich, A.S., Cocchiarella, K., Driller, J., Lovato, A., Massie, D., Schaberg, A., Welch, S., Wilson, M. (2012). The effect of physical therapist instruction at an adult fitness park on gait, balance, strength, and flexibility in older adults. APTA Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Hammerich, A., Anemaet, W.K., Bridge, P., Pohlman, E., Whitman, J. (2012). Oswestry Disability Questionnaire in predicting walking ability in persons with lumbar spinal stenosis. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Nemetz, K., Neel, E., Tidwell, T., Caldwell, D., Guenther, J., Willenbrecht, J., Eller, S., Anemaet, W.K., Hammerich, A. (2012).  Benefits of Resistance Training for Older Adults with Knee OA. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Hammerich, A., Anemaet, W.K., Caldwell, D., Eller, S., Guenther, J., Neel, E., Nemetz, K., Tidwell, T., Willenbrecht, J. (2012). The effects of resistance training on strength, cardiovascular status, function, psychosocial status, and physical activity parameters in community-dwelling older adults with knee osteoarthritis. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL

Hammerich, A., Anemaet, W.K., Shonsey, R., Torres Nixon, L., Hashiro, E., Dills, P., Hermsen, A., De Graaf, N., Trujillo, B. (2012). Assessing Psychosocial Outcome Measures In Community Dwelling Older

Hammerich, A., Little, C., MacDonald, C., Anemaet, W.K. (2011). Aging Joints. APTA Annual Meeting, National Harbor, DC.

Hammerich, A.S. Miller, J., Cage, C., Maes, A., Turner, S. Mohr, F., Schmitt, E., Anemaet, W.K. (2010). Analysis of practice determining length of stay in acute care, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Awards & Recognition

Grants
  • Hammerich, A., Eigsti, H., Marcisz, N., Nelson-Wong, E. Qualitative Analysis of Different Lecture Slide Completeness in Physical Therapy Education: Student and Faculty Perceptions. ($980.59), Regis University, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC) Faculty Research Grant., $993.60, 2012
  • Hammerich, A., Anemaet, W.K., Fola, A., Brady, L., Brentin, S., Burch, T., Carlos, J., Carpenter, E., Chalupa, M., Cornish, R., De la Paz, A., Fischer, L., Flores, M., Friedman, A., Lindstrom, K., Moberg, M. A comparison of aerobic and strengthening exercise for community dwelling older adults with knee osteoarthritis. Regis University Faculty Sponsored Projects and Academic Research Council (SPARC) Grants Program, $500, 2012
  • Hammerich, A., Anemaet, W.K., Whitman, J., . The Relationship Between Measured Physical Function to Reported Physical Function and Overall Health Status in Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, School of Physical Therapy Spine Grant Fund, $750, 2011-present
  • Anemaet, W. K., Smith, M. B., Hammerich, A. S., & Tschoepe, B. A., Development of a multi-factorial Fall Risk Index for community dwelling older adults using OASIS-C data, OASIS Answers, Inc., $5,000, 2011 
  • Anemaet, W. K., Smith, M. B., Hammerich, A. S., & Tschoepe, B. A., Development of a multi-factorial Fall Risk Index for community dwelling older adults using OASIS-C data, Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, $5,000, 2011
  • Hammerich, A. Area Grant Proposal for Enhancing Fall Prevention Through Development of a Multi-factorial Risk Assessment and Intervention Strategy, Rueckert Hartman College of Health Professionals Council on Research Faculty Workload Relief Grant (3.0 Credit Hours), 2011 
  • Hammerich, A., Anemaet, W.K, Smith, M.B., Tschoepe, B. Development of a Fall Risk Index for Community Dwelling Older Adults using OASIS-C Data,  Regis University Faculty Sponsored Projects and Academic Research Council Grants Program, $5,000, 2010 
  • Hammerich, A., Anemaet, W. K., Nemetz, K., Neel, E., Tidwell, T., Caldwell, D., Guenther, J., Willenbrecht, J., Eller, S. The Effects of Resistance Training on Strength, Cardiovascular Status, Function, Psychosocial Status, and Physical Activity Parameters in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis,  Regis University Faculty Sponsored Projects and Academic Research Council (SPARC) Grants Program, $500, 2010 
  • Hammerich, A., Torres Nixon, L., Hashiro, E., Trujillo, B., Shonesy, R., Dills, P., Hermsen, A., DeGraaf, N. Psychosocial Mediators in Physical Activity, Regis University Faculty Sponsored Projects and Academic Research Council Grants Program, $500, 2010 
  • Cleland, J., Hammerich, A., Mintkin, P., Akuthota, V., & Whitman, J., Epidural Steroid Injection versus Epidural Steroid Injection and Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise in the Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Randomized Clinical Trial, Orthopedic Section American Physical Therapy Association, $40,000, 2008-present 
Recognition
  • Outstanding Physical Therapist Award, American Physical Therapy Association Colorado Chapter, 2012
  • Bob Doctor Service Award, American Physical Therapy Association, Colorado Chapter, 2012