Mike Costello

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Mike Costello

Mike Costello.

Michael Costello PT, DSc, OCS, MTC is an associate professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Ithaca College, where he teaches courses addressing psychosocial aspects of patient care and the management of orthopedic conditions. He was the founding Director/Coordinator of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and the Spine Fellowship Program at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, where he continues to mentor and teach courses related to clinical reasoning, management of spinal conditions, clinical application of pain sciences, and manual therapy. His research explores the management of nociplastic and peripheral neurogenic pain conditions, including the use of Tai Chi in rehabilitation. His clinical practice focuses on the management of individuals with persistent neuromusculoskeletal pain conditions and performing artists.

Research Focus

  • Chronic/persistent pain conditions
  • Spinal Pain
  • Performing Arts Rehabilitation 
  • Tai Chi in Rehabilitation


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Clinical Science, Ithaca College 1996
  • Master of Science (MS) Physical Therapy, Ithaca College 1997
  • Doctor of Science (DSc) Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions 2012