Faculty and Staff


Our DPT program features an accomplished research scholar faculty who have achieved success in empirical research related to PT practice and academia.

Dr. Bhupinder Singh PT, PhD
Dr. Bhupinder Singh PT, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Graduate Rehabilitation Sciences
Program Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Education and General Information 
Dr. Bhupinder Singh is the founding program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Manchester University Fort Wayne. He has completed his Ph.D. in physical rehabilitation sciences from the University of Iowa and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. He is an American Physical Therapy Association credentialed clinical instructor and has completed the LAMP leadership program. He is currently pursuing an APTA fellowship in higher education leadership. Dr. Singh is a licensed physical therapist in multiple states including Indiana.

Teaching Interests 
Dr. Singh has a keen interest in PT academia – teaching and continuous learning, with a true passion for teaching and grooming future generations of physical therapists for clinical practice and PT research. He enjoys teaching functional kinesiology, gait analysis and evidence-based PT courses for the DPT curricula. However, his most significant research interest lies within gait and biomechanics and how obesity impacts joint mechanics and cardiorespiratory fitness. 

Work Experience
Dr. Singh joined the DPT Program at California State University at Fresno as an assistant professor right after completing his Ph.D. and worked for eight years before accepting the founding program director position with the DPT program at MU. He attained early tenure alongside actively engaging in student mentorship, institutional and professional service, scholarly and grant activities.

Research Interests
Dr. Singh believes in the credibility of evidence-based practices and hence, practices the same. He regularly attends and presents at national and international conferences, including APTA CSM, ACSM annual meetings, World Congress and World Physiotherapy Congress. Likewise, he has published in multiple high-impact journals in gait, biomechanics, obesity, 3-dimensional analysis and PT academia.

He founded and served as the director of the Gait Analysis Movement Evaluation Lab at the California State University, Fresno. The laboratory utilizes 3-dimensional motion analysis wireless technologies to measure joint stresses and muscle activation patterns. The lab has received funding from local and federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation. In addition, Dr. Singh is passionate about working within underserved populations and ran a successful multidisciplinary pro-bono amputee clinic in California.

Awards and Achievements
Dr. Singh received the Outstanding Advisor Award, Exceptional Levels of Service to Students Award and Promising Faculty Award at his previous institution. 

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Dr. Frank Aerts PT, DSc

Associate Professor of Doctor Physical Therapy Program

Dr. Frank Aerts’ personal mission is to “continuously strive to attain life’s fullest potential and to help others achieve theirs”. As an educator, his priorities are assisting students in their growth and becoming physical therapists who strive for clinical excellence.

Education and General Information

Frank graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, Physical Therapy Program in 1990. He obtained his Doctor of Science degree from Andrews University in 2012. Frank is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) and holds specialization certifications in: Certified Blood Flow Restriction Training, Clinical Vestibular Therapist, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, Certified Manual Physical Therapist, Certified Medical Exercise Therapist, Certified Health Care Manager, Certified Cardiac Physical Therapist.

Teaching Interests

Since 2012, Frank has taught as adjunct faculty in the Andrews University DPT and DSc programs including courses in therapeutic exercise prescription, pathokinesiology, biomechanics, and physical therapy administration. Frank teaches continuing education courses internationally on the Medical Exercise Therapy - Assessment and Intervention Frameworks. A common trait throughout all the courses is the drive for an evidence-based and patient-centered approach to clinical practice.

Work Experience

Frank has 30 years of experience in physical therapy, practicing in different clinical settings including private practice, hospital inpatient and outpatient, skilled nursing, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Frank has experience as an administrator including private practice owner, director of rehabilitation, and executive director of the orthopedic service line.

Publication and Research Interests

He is the primary author of Inter-rater Reliability of Sustained Aberrant Movement Patterns as a Clinical Assessment of Muscular Fatigue (2016) published in The Open Orthopedics Journal Frank co-authored the textbook: Hand-Held Dynamometry - Guidelines for Daily Clinical Practice (2018 - ISBN: 978-164316219-5). His main research interests include the implementation of the International Classification Framework in daily clinical practice, including the adaptation of a biopsychosocial and aetiology-neutral assessment and intervention approach to chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Specifically, his interest lies in the establishment of a biopsychosocial classification, a “Functional Range of Motion Profile” and a hand-held dynamometry “Strength Profile”.


Frank is volunteer PEDRO rater for clinical trials. PEDRO is a partnership, established in 1999 by a small group of physiotherapists, both clinicians and academics. It is now based in the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District. Its mission is to maximize the effectiveness of physiotherapy services by facilitating the clinical application of the best available evidence.

Dr. Ball is the Director of Clinical Education for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Edward Ball, PT. DPT

Director of Clinical Education of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Assistant Professor of Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Edward Ball is a graduate of the Trine University DPT program and a graduate from the Brown Macke College PTA program.  He was in the second cohort of each program as they were both developing programs.  These experiences have given him a unique appreciation and fondness of the challenges of the accreditation process and learning curve of new programs.   

Since graduation, Ed has primarily practiced in the orthopedic outpatient setting, but has worked PRN in the skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation settings.  With eleven years of clinical experience as well as multiple full time clinical rotations in PTA/PT school, Ed has developed an appreciation for the importance of having meaningful clinical experiences and mentorship for both students and new clinicians.

Ed is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) and a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT).  He is also an APTA certified clinical instructor (CCI).  Ed values the importance of continuing growth as a professional with both education and research.  He is looking forward to expanding his research areas of interest and collaborating with students and clinicians.  

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Dr. Thomas Ruediger, DPT DSc

Associate Professor of Doctor Physical Therapy Program

DPT students will likely have 50,000 patient encounters over the span of their profession. Tom’s mission is to help students become better versions of themselves and graduate to be exceptional health care providers that improve the human condition..

Tom is a graduate of the US Army-Baylor University Physical Therapy Program in 1998. His Doctor of Sciences degree is from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. His Doctor of Physical Therapy is from the University of Montana.

He spent his first eight years as a physical therapist in the U.S. Army. In that capacity, he served as a direct access provider with clinical privileges of referral to other medical providers, and he ordered diagnostic imaging (X-ray, MRI with and without contrast, CT scintigraphy), ENMG studies, blood and urine laboratory profiles and limited pharmacy formulary. He is a dual ABPTS board certified clinical specialist in sports (SCS) since 2018, and orthopaedic (OCS) since 2002. He is also a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist. Since 2006, his practice has consisted primarily of sports performance enhancement in recreational and competitive athletes, with a sub-specialty in adult runners.

For the last 14 years, he has held a full-time teaching position. His research has included deployment related performance improvement in U.S. Army infantry, cervical motion and strength in high school athletes (related to concussion), VO2 changes under different cadence conditions in high school and adult runners and dry needling for athletic performance.

He was a member of the Specialty Academy of Content Experts of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists from 2010-2022.


Holly Sheets, PTA
Administrative Assistant

With seven years of clinical experience as a physical therapist assistant, Holly joins the Manchester DPT team as the administrative assistant. She earned her associate degree as a physical therapist assistant from Brown Mackie College and her bachelor's degree degrees in health science from Kaplan. She also holds several certifications in Functional Movement Screen I (FMS) I, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) I, Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP), Various Maitland Manual Therapy courses.