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Doctor opens rehabilitation practice

May 8, 2019
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Grand River Rehabilitation reception and waiting area
Courtesy Grand River Rehabilitation

A former Mary Free Bed doctor has opened a private practice in town.

Dr. A.J. Rush, a physiatrist, opened Grand River Rehabilitation this winter in Grand Rapids, at 412 Plymouth Ave. NE, where he specializes in seeing kids and adults with disabilities or chronic pain.

The 3,000-square-foot space includes a waiting room with a side area for kids containing toys and books, three ADA-accessible bathrooms, a wheelchair-accessible entrance, five offices and four treatment rooms.

Rush completed minor cosmetic upgrades to the space, and he has hired an office manager and a medical assistant.

The cost to start the business was not disclosed. Commercial Bank was used for financing.

Rush is sharing the space with his wife, speech pathologist Shana Rush, who’s the owner of Rush Pediatric Neuropsychology, which deals with pediatric neuropsychological evaluations, behavioral health and communication assessments.

She has three employees.

Rush Pediatric Neuropsychology moved from a space in Grand Rapids Township, at 550 E. Beltline Ave. SE.

A.J. Rush spent the previous five years as medical director of pediatric clinics for Mary Free Bed. Before that, he spent about eight years working with his wife at Mary Free Bed as a pediatric physiatrist.

When Shana Rush went into private practice about three years ago, he said her success and positive work-life balance changes showed him that opening his own practice could work.

Rush said the biggest reason for opening his own practice was to have more flexibility in his daily schedule.

“People with disabilities are often rather medically complicated and dealing with several different issues simultaneously,” Rush said. “It's very hard to know ahead of time how much of my time a patient is going to need. With more control over my own schedule, I'm able to give patients what they need, while not getting too frustrated or stressed myself.”

He holds a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Iowa and an M.D. from the Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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