Staff – Physical Therapists
Timothy M. Schell, PT
Slippery Rock University, Mayo Clinic
Timothy M. Schell was born and raised in Sharpsville, PA. During his youth, Tim was involved in sports and enjoyed the competitiveness and camaraderie that accompanies athletics. After graduating from Sharpsville Area High School, Tim furthered his education at Slippery Rock University majoring in Biology. It didn’t take Tim long to decide that Physical Therapy was his calling and after graduation from “The Rock” in 1974, Tim received his certification in Physical Therapy from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, 1976.
Tim’s first job was at Pattie A. Clay Infirmary, Richmond, KY from 1976 through 1977. His next position was with Grove City United Community Hospital in 1977 where he was the Director of Physical Therapy for six years. It was while he was holding that position that he noticed a need in the Grove City area for an outpatient physical therapy clinic. In 1983 Tim founded TMS Physical Therapy to be on the cutting edge in treatment for patients of all ages who were hurting and in need of rehabilitation. Around the same time, Tim founded the sports medicine program for Grove City Area School District and provided care for 20 years to the high school athletes and continues rehabilitating many of the area’s athletes. Today, TMS Physical Therapy is the frontrunner of this profession in the Grove City area, employing 20 full time personnel. The size of this facility has grown from 1200 square feet to 7200 square feet including the area’s only therapeutic pool. Wow, not bad for starting out with just an idea!! TMS has been able to grow because of Tim’s compassion, gentleness and kindness that also shine in the people he employs. Some may think Tim is a perfectionist, however, isn’t that the kind of Therapist you want working with you?
Tim has never been satisfied with sitting still and now owns two physical therapy clinics and is in partnership with five other clinics in the northwest PA area. When not practicing physical therapy full time, Tim can be found at workshops and conferences fine tuning his skills. In December 2004, Tim received his Direct Access License that allows him to evaluate and treat a patient in physical therapy without a referral from the patient’s primary physician for up to 30 days. There is never a time when Tim is not learning. According to Tim, “when you feel you have nothing more to learn, then it is time to retire”. Tim is a member of American Physical Therapy Association, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, Northwest Physical Therapy District and the Physical Therapy Provider Network. If he has any spare time, you may see Tim on the local links, as he is an enthusiastic golfer.
We are glad that you decided to come to TMS Physical Therapy and we know that you will not find better care or a better staff at any other clinic. Sit back and relax, you are going to “Experience the Healing Touch”.
William J. Lurty, PT
Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Northeastern University
BS, Certificate, M. Ed
Bill Lurty came to TMS Physical Therapy in 1985 from the Erie Physical Therapy Association. Bill has become a fixture at TMS and his fellow employees look to him for advice and his sense of humor keeps everyone on their toes.
After high school graduation in Pittsburgh, Bill attended Slippery Rock State Teacher’s College in Slippery Rock, PA where he received his Bachelor of Science in Health Education. Before furthering his education, Bill spent two years in the military in the Special Services of the United States Army. Upon completion of his military duties, Bill then received his Certificate in Physical Therapy from D.T. Watson School of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He later attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA where he received a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Administration.
Bill’s professional experience includes being the Chief Physical Therapist at the Goodwill Industries in Pittsburgh and Staff Physical Therapist in Columbia Hospital also in Pittsburgh. He then moved to the Erie, PA area where he worked for the Visiting Nurses Association in an outpatient setting. Bill further developed a new physical therapy department at St. Vincent Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Erie, taking the department from the drawing board to completion. Upon completion of this project Bill became Executive Director of Children’s Comprehensive Outpatient Center followed by owning his own clinic until moving to Grove City, PA.
Here at TMS, Bill is the Director of the Aquatic Program. Our aquatic patients enjoy Bill’s easy yet persuasive manner. In Bill’s younger years he could be seen on the diving boards of the local swimming holes and he can still do a mean back flip.
Bill has three sons, one daughter and five grandchildren who are the love of his life. We are so lucky to have Bill as part of Team TMS.
Timothy M. Earman, DPT
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, Proyecto Linquistico Fransisco Maroquin
Tim Earman, DPT graduated from Indiana Area High School, Indiana PA class of 1983. In December of 1989 Tim went to Proyecto Linquistico Fransisco Maroquin, Antigua, Guatemula Spanish Language School: Certified Bilingual; May of 1990 he received a Diploma of Missiology from Maryland Bible College and Seminary in Baltimore MD; May 1996 received his B.S. in Pre Medicine from Indiana University of PA. Tim graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in July 2001. Whew! and he is only 40 years old.
Tim’s professional experience includes working with the Greater Grace World Outreach, Baltimore MD, preparing for his missionary work in Central and South America. Upon returning to the United States Tim enrolled at Indiana University of PA studying Biology pre med. While in college Tim worked with the Commonwealth Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation, as a computer technician trouble shooting systems and doing upgrades for newly acquired banks. After graduation from I.U.P. Tim took a few years off from furthering his education and went to Caracas, Venezuela where he worked for Western Atlas International. While in Venezuela he was responsible for training all personnel in Health Safety and Environmental Protection protocols. Tim returned to the United States to attend Slippery Rock University Physical Therapy Program.
“Tim E”, as the staff at TMS affectionately calls him, wanted to become a physical therapist because of the ties to sports/athletics while allowing him to have a dynamic job. Every day and every patient brings new, unique challenges and gives the opportunity to interact with a multitude of personalities.
Upon receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Tim was hired by Affiliated Rehabilitation Center as manager of three clinics including the successful opening of Slippery Rock Physical Therapy. In 2004, Tim Schell was fortunate to be able to bring him back to Grove City as a staff therapist.
When not at work, spending time with his wife Kim and son Michael, Tim can be found on the local golf courses from April through September. The Earman’s live in Grove City and are happy to call Grove City and TMS Physical Therapy home.
Tim looks forward to meeting and working with you; with all his experiences he has many stories to tell…
Benjamin Tokar, MPT
Ben joined the TMS staff in March 2006. He is a native of Greenville, Pennsylvania and graduated from Greenville High School in 1993. While at Greenville Ben participated in football and track. While recovering from a broken leg, he was first exposed to physical therapy. He was impressed with the knowledge and compassion a therapist must have to ensure a patient maximizes their functional level. Consequently, Ben decided to pursue a career in physical therapy at Duquesne University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Science and a Master of Physical Therapy. While at Duquesne Ben also participated in ROTC and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Army Medical Specialist Corps.
After graduating from college Ben worked in West Virginia, Idaho, and Maryland giving him experience treating a diversity of conditions in a variety settings. His specialty is orthopedics, but he is comfortable treating a variety of patients.
When not at work, Ben enjoys spending time with his family and doing all things outdoors. He is especially fond of fly fishing and hunting upland birds with his springer spaniel “Gus.” Ben is happy to make his home in western Pennsylvania and looks forward to helping you.
Brodie L. Whitley, DPT, CLT
East Tennessee State University,
Slippery Rock University, BS, Doctorate
Brodie Whitley joined TMS July 2008. She is a native of Grove City and graduated from Grove City High School in 2001. She graduated from East Tennessee State University cum laude in 2005 with a bachelors of science in Exercise Physiology. She continued on with her education and recently received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in May of 2008. She was at the top of her class graduating suma cum laude. While attending high school, Brodie was active in women’s tennis, danceline, cheerleading, show choir, and track. She continued her cheering career as part of the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers cheer/dance squad.
While earning her doctorate degree Brodie completed several internships focusing her work in women’s health and lymphedema. She worked at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and for CRS Cranberry Township women’s rehab. While working there she gained experience with urinary and fecal incontinence, pregnancy, pelvic pain issues, and lymphedema. She also treated acute patients on the orthopedic and transitional care units in the hospital. Brodie’s other internships were completed at Sherwood Oaks retirement center in Cranberry Township, and at Health South Physical Therapy on Redlands Community College in El Reno Oklahoma. There she was involved in the sports medicine and college athletics program.
Brodie’s passion is women’s health and treating those suffering from the diagnosis of lymphedema. She has attended an intense training course to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist which she completed in July of 2008. She hopes to assist those in search of quality care to treat and manage the diagnosis of lymphedema in the northwestern PA area. Brodie has been a member of the APTA since 2005 and is a member of the women’s health special interest group as well.
In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband Nate and her family. They enjoy being outside, playing tennis, attending sporting events, and going camping. She hopes to become active in the Slippery Rock Crisis Pregnancy Support Center and give a helping hand. She is looking forward to meeting you and serving you in any way she can!
Vicki McBryan graduated from Temple University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She is native to Grove City, where she grew up and graduated from high school. In fact, Tim Schell was her first contact in the field of Physical Therapy. She volunteered during her high school years for Tim at the Grove City hospital. Her interest grew, and she initiated her prerequisite classes toward Physical Therapy School at Slippery Rock University.
Vicki loves working with people, especially the older population, mostly because they have a lot of experience and share a lot of wise advice.
Vicki began her career at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA as a staff physical therapist in a variety of rotations including acute care, burn unit, home health, and outpatient care. After fighting the cold and snow famous to Erie, she got married and moved to Butler, PA. She worked in the VA Medical Center as the acting Chief in the Physical Therapy Department.
Following the VA Center, she began working for Butler Physical Therapy emphasizing outpatient rehab, home health, and nursing home coverage. In 1989, Vicki took some time off to start a family, and returned to Grove City. To keep herself involved in her love of Physical Therapy, she has worked for TMS as a part time Physical Therapist in home health and aquatic physical therapy. In addition, she also worked in the area’s nursing homes when needed.
Vicki has found that working in the therapeutic pool has been her favorite venue for working toward her patient’s goals in Physical Therapy. She loves challenges!!
Jeremy Baker, PT, DPT
Slippery Rock University
Jeremy became part of the staff at TMS January 2012. He is from West Middlesex, PA and graduated from WMHS in 2002. Jeremy matriculated to Slippery Rock University to study Biology, and in 2006 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He continued his studies at The Rock and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2008.
Jeremy’s clinical experiences have been primarily focused on outpatient rehabilitation with an emphasis on orthopedics and sports medicine. He has gained valuable experience throughout his career while working alongside senior clinicians who are leaders within the orthopedic/sports medicine community in Tennessee, central Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He has also been recognized by the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for his clinical knowledge and expertise. As a result, Jeremy is well qualified to take care of your specific problem whether it be getting back to normal daily life or competitive athletics.
Both, Jeremy and his wife, Shannon, are Grove City residents. In his spare time, you can find him spending time with family and friends as well as enjoying the outdoors while running, mountain biking, hiking, and hunting.
He looks forward to meeting you and helping you overcome your injury or problem.