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Cortni Krusemark, OTD, OTR/L

Cortni Krusemark

Program Director of Occupational Therapy, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: (712) 279-5581
Office Location: Mayfair Room 107


  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences, Wayne State University
Cortni Krusemark


Cortni Krusemark, OTD, OTR/L is the Founding Director of the developing Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program and Assistant Professor at Briar Cliff University. She has been employed by Briar Cliff University since June 2019. While developing the entry-level OTD program, Dr. Krusemark also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in several courses including: DPT 600: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy, DPT 601: Neuro-Rehabilitation, and DPT 620: Clinical Conditions. She is also Course Instructor for HSC 505: Normal Lifespan Development and a guest lecturer for HSC 520: Behavior Sciences for the Health Care Professional. Dr. Krusemark serves as a research advisor for HSC 560: Scholarly Project in Rehabilitation Professional as well as HSC 660: Scholarly Project for the Rehabilitation Professional.

Dr. Krusemark graduated summa cum laude from Wayne State College with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Sciences. She attended graduate school at Creighton University where she received, with honors, her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. In 2009, she was employed as an Assistant Professor at Creighton University where she taught courses in foundations of occupational therapy, neuro-rehabilitation, and rural native therapy practices. She served as Chair for several committees and assisted with a curricular redesign in 2012-2013. Other previous employment includes Lead Occupational Therapist and Clinical Education Director at a long-term care and subacute neuro-rehabilitation center for 5 years, and an occupational therapist and Director of Rehabilitative Services at the Omaha/Winnebago Indian Health Services for 10 years. During her clinical practice, Dr. Krusemark has served as a clinical instructor and mentor for graduate and undergraduate student in the clinic and the community settings.

Scholarly, Dr. Krusemark has presented multiple peer reviewed abstracts at both state and national conferences on the topics of occupational therapy practice in rural areas and web-based instructional programs on best practice in the use of electronic health records. She has presented multiple professional presentations on the topics of sensory processing and mental health, management of chronic pain, and the effects of FASD on Native American Communities. Dr. Krusemark has been a member of various interprofessional grant teams with grants that have been funded totaling over $500,000. Most recently, Dr. Krusemark was selected to participate in and complete the Academic Leadership Institute through the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Dr. Krusemark has served leadership roles for several professional and community organizations, including, but not limited to, President and member of Pi Theta Epsilon and registered lobbyist for the Nebraska Occupational Therapy. She serves on the Briar Cliff Doctor of Physical Therapy Advisory Board and has served on the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Grassroots Initiative Committee, Briar Cliff Occupational Therapy Exploratory Committee, and Diabetes Committee for the Whirling Thunder Wellness Program. Currently, Dr. Krusemark serves her community as Vice President of the Dixon County 4-H Board, Club leader for the Willis 4-H Feeders, Coach for youth volleyball and basketball teams, Christian Educator for Salem Lutheran Church, and a collaborative participant with the Siouxland Human Investment Partnership to address homelessness and addiction in the Sioux City community.