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Lucas VanEtten

  • Associate Dean for College Performance and Professional Learning

About Me:

Lucas VanEtten is a board certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy with a clinical background in orthopaedic and sports medicine. He has worked collaboratively with athletes ranging from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete. He has been involved with post-professional residency and fellowship training of physical therapists since 2012, and now serves as a residency and fellowship site reviewer for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

Lucas completed his MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2018, with an emphasis on leadership development and strategic planning. He has brings experience as a professional business coach and hospital system administrator to the MSU College of Nursing. In previous roles he has overseen development of a broad range of rehabilitation service lines, including audiology, physical & occupational therapy, speech therapy, chiropractic, orthotics/prosthetics, recreational therapy, and creative arts therapy.

His research interests have included lower extremity rehabilitation, predictive analytics in patient behaviors, and the development of therapeutic alliance.


Michigan State University: Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology 2002
University of Florida: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2006
The Ohio State University: Masters of Business Administration, 2018

Interest Areas:

Sports medicine and orthopaedics
Communication & therapeutic alliance
Strategic planning & operational excellence
Coaching for compassion
Interdisciplinary collaboration



Mansfield C, Rethman K, Stephens J, Di Stasi S, VanEtten L, Briggs M. "The Association and Reliability of the Frontal Plane Projection Angle During the Lateral Step-Down Test on Knee Function in Patients with Patellofemoral Pain." The Knee. 2022 Jun 1; 36:87-96.

VanEtten L, Briggs MS, DeWitt J, Mansfield CJ, Kaeding CK. "The Implementation of Therapeutic Alliance in the Rehabilitation of an Elite Pediatric Athlete with Salter-Harris Fracture: A Case Report." International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2021.

Briggs, M; Ulses, C; VanEtten, L; Mansfield, C; Ganim, A; Hand, B; Quatman-Yates, C. "Predictive Factors for Patient's Failure to Show Up to Initial Outpatient Physical Therapy Evaluations." Physical Therapy Journal 2020.

Mansfield, M; Spech, C; Rethman, K; Clagg, S; Ingle, A; Largent, A; Vatti, T; Morrow, M; VanEtten, L; Briggs, M. "Moderate Reliability of the Lateral Step Down Test Amongst Experienced and Novice Physical Therapists." Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2020.

Mansfield C, VanEtten L, Willy R, Di Stasi S, Magnussen R, Briggs M. "The Effects of Needling Therapist on Muscle Force Production: A Systematic Review." J Orthop Phys Ther. 2019.

George A, VanEtten L, Briggs M. "Dry Needling for Female Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Case Series." Journal of Women's Health. 2018; 42(1): 8-16.


Honors & Awards:

  • 2022 VISN 8 Innovation Award: Frailty Rehabilitation Program 2015 Ohio Physical Therapy Association Most Outstanding Physical Therapist 2009 University of Florida Physical Therapy Program Outstanding Achievement Award 2006 Michigan State University Outstanding Senior Award 2006 Michigan State University Kinesiology Department Outstanding Senior