Staff – Physical Therapists

Timothy M. Schell, PT

Slippery Rock University, Mayo Clinic
BA, Certificate

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”.

Timothy M. Earman, DPT

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, Proyecto Linquistico Fransisco Maroquin
BS, Doctorate

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…

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.

Michael Tarr, PT, DPT

Duquesne University

Mike joined the TMS staff in September of 2016 as a new graduate from Duquesne University. He grew up in Shaler Township, a suburb just north of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Shaler Area High School in 2010. He entered Duquesne University in the fall of 2010 pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, with the ultimate goal of obtaining his DPT, which he earned in 2016.

Mike has had experience working in a multitude of settings during his clinical training including Sports Medicine, Acute Surgical Care, Skilled Nursing, and Long-term Rehab. He participated in Cadaveric Research with two of his professors during his time at Duquesne that was presented at the Combined Sections meeting of the APTA in Indianapolis. He and a colleague presented the research at Duquesne University’s Graduate Research Symposium in the fall of 2015.

In his spare time Mike enjoys spending time with his family. In the summer months you can find him outside running with his dog Higgins, golfing, playing tennis and working in the yard.

He looks forward to working with you as part of your healthcare team to get you back up and running at 100%.

To maintain the level of care that is required from the therapists at TMS Physical Therapy, the professional staff is required to attend continuing education classes yearly. Each of the physical therapists also has Direct Access Licenses.

As of December 2004, our Physical Therapists have been licensed through the State of Pennsylvania for Direct Access. Direct Access allows a physical therapist to treat a patient without a referral/prescription for up to 30 days from the date of the first treatment. Due to the newness of Direct Access, not all insurances may pay for the visits. We still ask that patients check with their own insurance companies to ensure their insurance will pay/self pay for the visits through Direct Access or if a prescription/referral is required.