Matt Kuster

Dr. Matthew D. Kuster is a Professor in the Exercise Science department.


Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Doctor of Physical Therapy, 1996 Scholarly Project – Plyometrics South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota Bachelor of Science:  Athletic Training, 1993 Graduated with Honors Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota Associate in Arts Degree, 1991 Graduated with Honors

Professional Experience

  • Physical Therapist, Immanuel Saint Joseph – Mayo, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Physical Therapist, Wenger Physical Therapy, North Mankato, Minnesota
  • Physical Therapist, RehabCare Physical Therapy, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Physical Therapist, Orthosports Physical Therapy, McAllen, Texas
  • Physical Therapist, TrailsWest Physical Therapy, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Physical Therapist, New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Athletic Trainer, HealthSouth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Student Athletic Trainer, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota


  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, Physical Therapy License 6811
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, Registered Athletic Trainer 1885
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Certified Athletic Trainer


Bethany Lutheran College
  • Chair Exercise Science Department
  • Chair Health & Human Performance Division
  • Chair Biology Department
  • Faculty Athletic Representative
  • On call Athletic Trainer
  • Author - Human Biology Major
  • Author – Exercise Science Major
  • Chair – IRB Committee
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
  • Chairman
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Usher
  • Physical Therapist

Teaching Philosophy

I teach many of the human biology courses within the biology major. I believe it is my role to lead students to begin bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice. I offer a unique perspective as I have been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1996 in addition to my role as a professor at Bethany Lutheran College. Many examples of conceptual science can be explained and applied though the use of clinical cases that I have experienced in the clinic. I want to pass that knowledge and experience on to you as a student. In addition, my goal is to pass on a love of life-long learning. Learning can be so much fun!


I love to play golf and enjoy Bethany athletics as I was a Bethany student-athlete many years ago.

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