Sonya Irons, P.T., D.P.T., C.C.S.
Phone: 402.413.4511

Mailing Address:
Movement and Neurosciences Center
Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South Street
Lincoln, NE 68506

Professional Interests
Sonya Irons, PT, DPT, CCS, is a physical therapist at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, splitting her time between research in the Movement and Neurosciences Center and providing patient care. Dr. Irons is board certified (2007) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy (CCS) and reviews manuscripts for Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. She serves as the Student Therapy Program Leader for Madonna. Dr. Irons holds two faculty appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor at Creighton University and Adjunct Faculty at University of South Dakota. Her research interests include cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy— specifically exercise interventions for persons with disabilities and chronic medical conditions.

Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award (2014). Mayo School of Health Sciences Alumni Association, Rochester, MN
Angel Wings Award (2013). Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE
Alumni Professional Development Award (2013). Golden Key International Honour Society, Atlanta, GA
Emerging Leader Award (2012). American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA
Harry E. Settles Contributor of the Year Award (2012). University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Distinguished Young Alumna Award (2009). South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Doctor of Physical Therapy (2010). Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Physical Therapy (2003). Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN
Bachelor of Science (2001). South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Selected Articles

Burnfield JM, Cesar GM, Buster TW, Irons SL, Pfeifer CM (2018). Walking and fitness improvements in child with diplegic cerebral palsy following motor-assisted elliptical intervention. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 30(4):E1-E7. DOI: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000541.

Burnfield JM, Buster TW, Pfeifer CM, Irons SL, Cesar GM, Nelson CA (2018). Adapted motor-assisted elliptical for rehabilitation of children with physical disabilities. ASME Journal of Medical Devices, published online ahead of print, September 26, 2018. DOI: 10.1115/1.4041588.

Burnfield JM, Pfeifer CM, Kwapiszeski S, Irons SL, Buster TW, Cesar GM (2018). Impact of ICARE training speed and motor assistance on cardiovascular response. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, published online ahead of print, September 10, 2018. DOI: 10.1097/CPT.0000000000000098.

Pfeifer CM, Rowan D, Buster TW, Cesar GM, Irons SL, Burnfield JM (2018). Design and validation of a heart rate and speed monitoring device with the ICARE. ASME Journal of Medical Devices, published online ahead of print, August 29, 2018. DOI: 10.1115/1.4041337.

Irons SL, Brusola GA, Buster TW, Burnfield JM (2015). Novel ICARE Intervention Improves Six-Minute Walk Test and Oxygen Cost for an Individual with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 26(2):36-41.

Burnfield JM, Irons SL, Buster TW, Taylor AP, Hildner GA, Shu Y (2014). Comparative analysis of speed's impact on muscle demands during partial body weight support motor–assisted elliptical training. Gait and Posture, 39(1):314–320.

Irons SL, Hoffman JE, Elliott S, Linnaus M (2012). Functional outcomes of patients with sternectomy after cardiothoracic surgery: A case series. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 23(4):5-11.

Lahman D, Low H, Irons SL, Ekstrum J (2011). Improving confidence and competence for first year physical therapy students through a focused blood pressure educational program. Journal of Student Physical Therapy Research, 4(2):48-58.

Pollentier B, Irons SL, Manfredi CB, DiBenedetto AM, Loton D, Seyler RD, Tych M, Newton RA (2010). Examination of the six minute walk test to determine functional capacity in people with chronic heart failure: A systematic review. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 21(1):13-21.

Anderson, SL (2006). Physical therapy with patients with HIV/AIDS. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 17(3):103-109.

Svien L, Anderson S, Long T (2006). Research in pediatric physical therapy: An analysis of trends in first fifteen years of publication. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 18(2):126-132.