WVC Grad Andrew Kleinschmidt, PT, MPT
Andrew Kleinschmidt and his wife, Joni are the proud parents of sons, Chandler-5, and Chase-1.
Involvement in College Activites
As a student at Wabash Valley College, Andrew Kleinschmidt was one of the most involved students on campus and excelled in the classroom. Andrew received his Associate in General Studies in May 2004 and transferred to the University of Evansville where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy (BSPT) and a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree in December 2008.
While at WVC, Andrew was an active member of Student Senate, a member of the Peer Counselors Community and Academic Mentoring Program, member of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, and was the recipient of the WVC Achievement Award and Dean’s Academic Honor Award in the Spring of 2003. Students and faculty alike could always depend on Andrew’s volunteer service for campus and community projects.
Continuing with his leadership role, Andrew served as President of the Physical Therapy Club at the University of Evansville, as well as a Student Representative at the Combined Sections Meeting APTA and Student Lab Assistant in Gross Anatomy Cadaver Dissection. He also was the recipient of the “Outstanding Leadership” Certificate of Recognition at the University of Evansville.
Andrew’s professional experience includes: Director of Rehabilitation Services, March, 2012-Present at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel in which he complemented his former duties as a staff physical therapist with the additional supervisory and management roles of director, including, but certainly not limited to, the management of a multi-discipline rehabilitative staff, payroll, budgeting, productivity analysis, billing and coding, insurance rules and regulation, staff education, patient and employee relations, marketing, human resources, and scheduling. He also serves as Staff Physical Therapist, Center Coordinator for Continuing Education at WGH, with a specialized focus in orthopaedic and spinal manual therapy. While attending the University of Evansville, Andrew served as a Rehab Aide at WGH.
A “Career Snapshot” of Andrew Kleinschmidt includes 5 years of clinical practice with emphasized focus in manual therapy and spinal manipulative techniques; 2 years experience as director of growing hospital-based orthopaedic therapy practice overseeing physical, occupational, speech therapies, and cardiac rehabilitation; Managed 20 staff through significant growth as a result of additional providers, namely a sports medicine physician and a second orthopaedic surgeon; Continuing education advancement through partnerships with the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Orthopaedic Section of APTA; Anticipating future enrollment in courses pursuant to a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is actively involved in the Southern District of Illinois Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedic and Health Policy & Administration Sections and the AAOMPT and actively serves as Assembly Representative for the Southern District of the IPTA. He is a Certified APTA Clinical Instructor and enjoys passing along skills and clinical expertise to future practitioners.
Reflecting on his career, Andrew had the following comments…. “My current career as a professional healthcare provider has provided the privilege to influence the lives of many people, both clinically and professionally. In the past five years I have learned much about the working arena and have been involved in critical decision-making each day, primarily as a physical therapist and department director of a growing hospital-based orthopaedic rehabilitation clinic. I have been blessed with a unique opportunity to positively impact our clients both directly through hands-on intervention and indirectly by providing our staff the tools and resources necessary to provide high-quality rehabilitative services to the patients we serve.”
WVC - The Right Choice
Commenting on WVC’s influence on his career choice, Andrew noted…. “In many ways, WVC was integral in my decision-making process and education background in order to be successful as a graduate physical therapy student at the University of Evansville. I spent many long days at Wabash, with caring bioscience and ancillary professors who were passionate about their impact on future clinicians, practitioners, and professionals. As most life science students would confirm, Don Leynaud, professor of biosciences, took an interest in my path towards a degree in physical therapy and, along with pushing me educationally, offered a tremendous amount of his personal insight and wisdom through the transfer process. Those days at WVC prepared me well for my core curriculum. I have spoken to many students who chose to complete their undergraduate degrees at a four-year school. I’ll just say, following the majority of those conversations, I was quite thankful I chose the path of building my educational foundation at WVC.
Qualify education, affordable cost– It just makes sense!