Meet our Faculty
Max Baumgartner, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Max Baumgartner is a graduate of The University of Toledo physical therapy program. He also holds a Master's degree in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Nova Southeastern University's School of Computer and Information Sciences.
He is an ABPTS-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), a certified manual therapist (MTC), and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). During his 21 years as a licensed physical therapist, he has served in a variety of roles. At the Medical College of Ohio's CARF accredited Rehab hospital,he worked with patients with spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurologic disorders. As the senior physical therapist for the Spine Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, he collaborated with orthopedic and neurosurgical spine specialist to evaluate and treat a variety of patients with acute and chronic spine conditions. As an on-site consultant and clinician for a Walgreens distribution center, his role was to evaluate, treat and prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries. As an physical therapist in both private and hospital-based outpatient clinics he has worked to reduce pain and improve the mobility of individuals in every age group.
Dr. Baumgartner has 13 years of academic experience including service as a faculty member and department chair. Max served as assistant professor at the University of Findlay from 1999-2004. He was Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Owens Community College before joining the faculty at the University of Toledo in 2007. While there he served in several leadership roles including the faculty senate executive committee. He was appointed Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Trine University in January 2013.
Kimberly Beran-Shepler, DPT, OCS
Director of Clinical Education
Kimberly Beran-Shepler attended Creighton University where she received a BS degree in Health Sciences and her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. In 2007, she completed an APTA credentialed Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency. She has been a certified Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy since 2008.
During her career she has practiced in various outpatient orthopedic settings and was a clinic director for several years. She has pursued her passion for teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Clarkson College where she has developed and taught courses on topics such as pathophysiology, therapeutic exercise, and clinical documentation.
Dr. Beran-Shepler's research interests include the development of clinical expertise in physical therapy residency programs, the effectiveness of intramuscular needling as an intervention for migraines, and the relationship between scapula stability and shoulder injuries in young throwing athletes.
Thomas Ruediger, PT, MPT, DSc, OCS, ECS
Thomas Ruediger is a graduate of The US Army-Baylor University physical therapy program. His Doctor of Sciences degree is from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Dr. Ruediger is a dual ABPTS board certified clinical specialist: Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and Electrophysiologic Clinical Specialist (ECS). He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His practice consists of both orthopaedic clinical care as well as performance enhancement in recreational and competitive athletes. He spent his first 8 years as a Physical Therapist in the US Army before moving to Fort Wayne after retiring from the Army. For the last 6 years he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan – Flint. He is currently acting in a consultant role as a visiting Assistant Professor but plans to return to Fort Wayne to join the faculty full-time in Fall 2014.