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Faculty and Staff

Faculty

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.

Director of DPT Program
Manchester University
10627 Diebold Rd, Fort Wayne, IN
260-470-2677

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.

Service
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. 




Dr. Ball is the Director of Clinical Education for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Ed Ball

Director of Clinical Education for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
260-470-4086

Dr. Edward Ball is the director of clinical education at Manchester University Fort Wayne. He comes to Manchester from Indiana Physical Therapy where he served as a senior therapist at the Decatur, Ind., location. The vast majority of his clinical experiences has been in the orthopedic outpatient setting, however, he has worked in skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation. His passion is rehabbing the overhead athlete and the anterior cruciate ligament repair athlete. He also enjoys working with the diverse diagnoses that are provided in an outpatient setting.

Dr. Ball highly values the importance of continuous improvement and education to provide the best available care and education for patients. Since graduating from Trine University with his DPT in 2018, he has earned several certifications, including the following:

  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT)
  • Certified Dry Needling (MDNC)
  • Certified Blankenship Functional Evaluation (CBFE)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) I & II
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) I
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) I and Medical 2
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI) I
  • Recently sat for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam

With his 10 years of experience as a physical therapist assistant and physical therapist, along with his clinical and integrated clinical education experiences in seven semesters as a student, Dr. Ball values the importance of clinical experiences in preparing students for successful careers in the field of physical therapy. He has plans to continue his education to obtain a Doctor of Education degree, which will further improve his skills in academics and research communities.

Dr. Ball brings a wealth of experience and expertise from the clinical aspect, as well as a unique experience of being involved with two developing programs as a student. He has had the privilege of mentoring numerous students throughout his career as a clinical instructor, fueling his passion for teaching and preparing him to be an advocate for students at Manchester.




Portrait of Tom Ruediger, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Manchester University
Thomas Ruediger

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
260-470-2748

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.




Staff

Sheets-Holly
Holly Sheets, PTA
Administrative Assistant
260-470-4069

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.