Dr. John Schmitt received a Bachelor of Science from Central College in Pella, Iowa, followed by an M.S. in Organic Chemistry and a Graduate Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. After practicing outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy for 11 years, he returned to graduate school and was awarded a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Minnesota in December, 2002. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has been involved in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice since 1986. He has a certification in manual therapy from the Institute of Physical Therapy in St. Augustine, FL.
He joined the Faculty at St. Catherine University as an assistant professor in 2001. He was promoted to associate professor in 2007, and received tenure in 2009. His primary teaching areas are research methods, evidence based practice, and outpatient orthopedics.
His ongoing research interests involve the methods used for measurement of physical disability and functional outcomes in clinical populations, and the study of risk factors for musculoskeletal overuse injuries. He is currently serving as chair of the St. Catherine University Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is a co-chair of the Research Committee for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a member of the International Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Thearpy.