Rochester, Minnesota




Aaron B. Rindflesch, P.T., Ph.D., NCS, is an education and rehabilitation researcher. He has published both qualitative and quantitative research on patient education, the effectiveness and use of rehabilitation equipment, and the education of student physical therapists in the clinical and academic settings.

Focus areas

  • Patient education. Dr. Rindflesch has reported on common strategies used by physical therapist patient educators, creating a grounded theory to explain the practice.
  • Effectiveness and use of rehabilitation equipment. Dr. Rindflesch's research on cervical orthoses quantifies the skin interface pressure produced by commonly available collars when worn. Dr. Rindflesch also reported the results of a case series of patients using an innovative wheelchair seating intervention: the thoracic suspension orthosis.
  • Education of student physical therapists in the clinical and academic setting. Dr. Rindflesch uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to report on several aspects of clinical and academic education in physical therapy. Using qualitative research, he describes the ideal clinical experience from the student physical therapist's perspective. Quantitatively, he summarizes the educational, clinical and financial benefits and disadvantages of using a unique model of clinical education — the Mayo Clinic collaborative model — in physical and occupational therapy. Dr. Rindflesch has also identified preadmission variables that predict licensure examination outcomes in physical therapy.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Rindflesch hopes that through his research the best care will be delivered and the best equipment will be used for patients participating in rehabilitation. He aims to research patient, clinical and academic education in order to train student physical therapists using education strategies that are effective and evidence based.


Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
  2. Assistant Professor of Medical Education


  1. Fellowship - The Fellowship in Education Leadership (FEL) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a 13-month program that addresses the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to function as directors within physical therapy education and leaders in higher education. Its nine on-line modules and immersive sessions are delivered in a trimester format and guided by content expert faculty, fellowship mentors, and the program director. The fellowship also incorporates institutional mentorship for fellows and requires a leadership project. American Physical Therapy Association
  2. PhD - Work, Community, and Family Education with Specialization in Adult Education University of Minnesota
  3. MPT Physical Therapy Program, Mayo Clinic School of Health-Related Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. BA - Biomedical Science St. Cloud State University

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