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Physical therapy practice opens clinic

January 31, 2018
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Lisa Otterbein-Bolek
Lisa Otterbein-Bolek. Courtesy Northern Physical Therapy

A physical therapy practice has opened its eighth clinic in West Michigan.

The latest location of Northern Physical Therapy is in a 1,400-square-foot space in Comstock Park, at 4615 West River Dr., across from Fifth Third Ballpark.

The clinic opened this month.

Northern Physical Therapy, which is based in West Michigan, is co-owned by Gina Otterbein, PT and Janis Kemper, PT.

“Comstock Park is a community we’ve always called home,” said Otterbein, who was born and raised in Comstock Park.

“As we began to establish relationships with local health care providers and business owners, we felt we could make an impact and positively contribute to the community.”

The new clinic houses a full-time physical therapist and full-time exercise physiologist to treat people who are suffering from back or shoulder pain, post-surgery recovery, arthritis, knee or foot pain and chronic pain.

There is also a team of sports rehabilitation experts who are equipped to work with patients on sprains, strains, localized pain and sports injuries.

Later in the year, Northern will offer its most popular fitness classes, including RunFit 5k training.

The clinic director is Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, who is a McKenzie certified therapist and has more than 12 years of experience specializing in back pain.

Otterbein-Bolek lives in Walker and saw a need for quality physical therapy in the Comstock Park area, so when an opportunity to direct the location came about, she “jumped on board.”

The practice is continuing to hire, as “several more locations” are anticipated to open across West Michigan in 2018.

Northern Physical Therapy joined the Ivy Rehab Network in 2017.

Founded in 2003, Ivy Rehab Network is a network of multiple brands of more than 90 outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinics in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast.

With backing from the Chicago-based middle-market private equity firm Waud Capital Partners, Ivy Rehab plans to continue growing in the U.S.

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