Our staff at Rehab Specialists is comprised of licensed physical, occupational and speech therapy professionals who are experts in the knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the biomechanics of the body. We know how to help you get out of pain and back in action. The master clinicians at Rehab Specialists are trained or certified in the McKenzie method as well as certififed in orthopedic manual therapy (COMT) along with several other specialty techniques, and have extensive experience in managing complex neurological and Orthopedic conditions. Each clinician has specialized training as well as years of experience. We believe in giving individual attention to each of our patients. Our therapists have worked closely with area surgeons in developing post-operative rehab protocols and are considered experts in the field.
John Stephen PT, PPD, Cert. MDT, COMPT Clinic director for Rehab Specialists
John is a master clinician (PT) specializing in advanced Orthopedic manual techniques. He received his Post-Professional Clinical Doctorate in 2006 with a concentration in advanced Orthopedics. He graduated as a physiotherapist in the early 90's and has over 24 years of clinical expertise. Dr. Stephen is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. With extensive experience in treating back and neck pain with radiating symptoms, he has an active interest in sharing his expertise through mentoring. He and has taught numerous courses. Dr. Stephen is McKenzie certified and has extensive Orthopedic manual training in extremities and spine. He is certified in spinal manipulative therapy in Ireland through Manual concepts, Australia and a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMPT). He has worked with area surgeons and physicians in developing evidence-based protocols for Orthopedic, Neuro-Surgical and sports medicine conditions. Dr. Stephen's research interests include interventions for peripheral neuropathy and he has successfully developed an evidence-based protocol for treating peripheral neuropathy.
Andrew J Fate - MSPT, MBA, COMT Current administrative director for Rehab Specialists, LLC
Andy has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Grand Valley State University in 2002 and an MBA degree from Cornerstone University. Andy has extensive experience as an Orthopedic manual physical therapist and is a dedicated clinician. He is a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT)Andy's patients often describe him as a very caring and compassionate therapist who often goes above and beyond to make patients better. Andy is currently one of the few LSVT certified clinicians in SW Michigan and has expertise in treating Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Andy also has Mckenzie, manual, geriatrics and sports medicine training. Andy is certified in rock taping ( Kinesio taping) and rock blades ( Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization)
Amy Rogers -DPT,CBIS, COMT Clinical Supervisor/ Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Amy graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. Amy is the clinical supervsior for Reahb Specialists and helps with day to day clinical operations. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and has spent a vast amount of time treating the post-concussion syndrome. She is Mckenzie trained and certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) for spine and peripheral joints. Amy also has experience working with vestibular and balance disorders, oncology rehabilitation as well as general neurological conditions. Amy is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Amy is a life-long learner who is dedicated to providing the best care for her patients, and truly enjoys working as a Physical Therapist.
Maribeth Henry - DPT,CLT, COMT
Maribeth graduated with a doctor of physical therapy degree in 2008. Maribeth has experience in orthopedic, sports medicine and general neurological conditions. She is a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) and Mckenzie trained. She sees both outpatient and home health patients. She is a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) for the spine and peripheral joints.
Allyson Lowis - DPT,COMT
Allyson graduated from Central Michigan University with her doctor of physical therapy degree. She has had experience working with vestibular disorders, concussions, orthopedics, and specifically working with dancers. In addition, Allyson is a licensed massage therapist with 4 years of experience. Allyson is a life-long learner and is Mckenzie trained. Allyson is certified in LSVT specializing in Parkinson's. She recently got certified as an orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) for spine and peripheral joints. She is very caring and enjoys working as a physical therapist. She currently leads the performance arts and dance rehab program for Rehab Specialists.
Alicia Marsh -DPT
Alicia graduated from Rosalind Franklin University with a doctorate in physical therapy. She has experience working with amputees, general neurological disorders, vestibular and balance disorders, lymphedema, and chronic or phantom pain using Graded Motor Imagery. Alicia will be obtaining her certification in McKenzie treatment and orthopedic manual therapy. She is a dedicated learner who strives for optimal patient care. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys being outdoors, playing recreational sports, and time with her dog, Sage.
Megan Bly - DPT, CLT Clinical Compliance auditor
Megan graduated with a doctor of physical therapy degree in 2010. Megan has experience in orthopedic, sport medicine and general neurological conditions. Megan currently helps with clinical compliance and quality assurance for both clinic and home health.
Sarah Stephan - LPTA
Sarah has been a physical therapist assistant for over 19 years and she has extensive experience in treating Orthopedics, sports medicine and geriatric patients. Sarah has both Mckenzie and Orthopedic manual therapy training with a strong background in evidence-based practice. She is currently pursuing an advanced manual therapy certification and will be completed later this year. Sarah has experience in helping women with musculoskeletal issues during pregnancy and is a strong team player. She is a very dedicated and caring clinician. Sarah is certified in LSVT BIG, specializing in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders. Her recent advance training includes thoracic, rib conditions and TMJ.
Greg Tharge - PTA, CIMT,COMT Community Liason
Gregg is a certified manual therapist and has solid expertise in manual therapy. He graduated in 2005 as a PT assistant from Kellog Community College and became certified in Integrated manual therapy in 2009. Gregg is the center coordinator for clinical education and has been awarded the Outstanding Clinical Instructor award 5 times. Gregg also teaches with Great Lakes Seminars as an assistant instructor. His expertise includes sports medicine, spine, complex sacroiliac joint issues, vestibular rehab (BPPV), and pediatric orthopedic injuries. He is Mckenzie trained and the current community liaison. Gregg recently got certified as an orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) for the spine and peripheral joints. Gregg is a very compassionate and caring therapist who often goes above and beyond for his patients. Gregg is a soccer coach and works closely with athletes.
Joe Richmond -PTA,COMT
Joe is a PT assistant and graduated from Kellog Community College. He has experience in treating geriatrics and neurological conditions. Joe also has experience working with lumbar radiculopathy patients and general orthopedic conditions. Joe is very passionate about his work and enjoys working with both outpatient and in-home patients. Joe recently got certified as an orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) for the spine and peripheral joints.
Tracy Fate MA, CCC-SLP Speech language Pathologist
Tracy graduated from Western Michigan University in 2001 with her Master’s in Speech Pathology and has been a dedicated speech language pathologist for over 16 years. She has worked with a diverse population including pediatrics, young adults, and geriatric clients, and has treated many challenging diagnoses in her career. She has worked in rehabilitation hospital settings treating both inpatients and outpatients, skilled nursing facilities, and schools. Tracy has completed training and received certification in Vital Stim Therapy for dysphagia. She has performed videofluoroscopies to determine safest oral diets and appropriate dysphagia treatments. Tracy enjoys staff and family education on various topics that improve communication, cognition and lifestyle. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, walking her two small dogs, and reading.
Julianne Bomia Speech Language Pathologist
Juli graduated with her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from Eastern Michigan University in 1997. She has extensive experience in providing excellent outpatient speech services to a variety of patients including patients with stroke, voice problems, swallowing deficits, traumatic brain injury, concussion and other neurological disorders. Her biggest passion is treating concussions, head injuries and helping people get back to school and work. She is also a home health SLP provider. In total, she has 21 years experience and is dedicated to her patients' progress.
Keri Story MS, OTR/L ,CLT Occupational Therapist
Keri graduated as a non-traditional student with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 2014. She has experience working with orthopedics diagnoses and neurological conditions including stroke recovery. Since graduating she has become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist for Upper Extremities and teaches at WMU in the Gerontology Department. Keri also specializes in low vision rehab. She has been married for over 20 years, has 3 adult children and loves volunteering within her community. Keri looks forward to helping you achieve as much independence as possible and treating injuries in a way that will reduce pain and promote health.
Lisa Buddemeier OTL, LSVT Occupational Therapist
Lisa graduated from Western Michigan University in 1999 and was certified with the National Board for Occupational Therapy in 2000. She has 19 years experience working in outpatient rehabilitation. She was formerly employed with Bronson Hospital specializing in Neurorehabilitation and has a great amount of experience and training with Stroke Rehabilitation, Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and visual disorders associated with neurologic conditions. She has been LSVT BIG certified since 2012. She also treats various types of upper extremity orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries. In her free time she enjoys spending time watching her children play sports as well as traveling and staying active outdoors. She feels that the best part about her job is helping others acheive their personal goals and improving their level of independence.
Adam Osmun - BA Manager
Adam Osmun is the business manager for Rehab Specialists since 2013. Adam has over 15 years of working in the healthcare with a focus in rehabilitation. Adam graduated with Bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Hope College. He has worked with area surgeons assisting patients in their recovery process.
Nicole Arnott - LMT Front desk Coordinator, Massage Therapist
Nicole is the front desk coordinator and she has more than 12 years experience with medical office customer service. She handles scheduling, payments and customer service. Nicole is also a licensed Massage Therapist with over 11 years of experience. She graduated from Everest Institute specializing in Swedish, Deep tissue, Trigger point & Relaxation massage techniques. She has worked in the health care field for over 12 years and is very passionate about helping people on their healing journey!
Andrea Wetzel LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
Andrea is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from Olympia Career Training Institute in 2006. Andrea has 12 plus year of experience as a massage therapist and has extensive experience working with people who have musculoskeletal issues. She specializes in deep tissue and trigger point work as well as Swedish massage focusing on stress reduction. Her biggest career joy is helping people achieve their highest quality of health.
Brindlea Peterson Patient Care Coordinator
Brindlea is the Patient Care Coordinator for Rehab Specialists. She has four years experience in customer service and is studying pre-medicine at Western Michigan University. Her role includes helping patients, organizing clinic open houses, and being a smiling face around the office! Her favorite part about this job is watching the amazing progress patients make in their physical therapy journey.