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Specialized Physical Therapy Services and High Powered Sports Performance Training for the Athlete and Active Individual

We now offer Functional Dry Needling! One of only a few clinics in Michigan to do so. Click HERE to learn more about Functional Dry Needling.

Mission Statement: At Elite Physical Therapy and Sports Performance we strive to bring a new level of quality and excellence to the professions, approaching each patient and athlete as an individual, developing treatment and training programs suitable to that individual’s needs and goals.

Elite Physical Therapy uses a movement based approach to identify and target the patient’s pain and most significant movement limitations to speed the rehabilitation process. This evidence based approach not only addresses the patient’s pain, but also identifies problems away from the painful site that could ultimately be the cause of your symptoms or making you more vulnerable to future injury.

Manual therapy is another critical component to improve joint mobility, tissue mobility, and facilitate improved movement and function. We utilize joint mobilization and manipulation techniques, as well as the Graston Technique and Functional Dry Needling to address to soft tissues and relieve pain.

We EXPECT to see improvement in significantly fewer visits using our individualized and targeted approach! Most patients only require 1-2 visits per week.

Elite Sports Performance is a high performance training facility designed for serious athletes, and individuals of all ages who don’t take their health and active lifestyles for granted. We’ve combined science and experience to offer the most innovative and proven training methods anywhere in Northern Michigan. We’re all about getting stronger, developing speed and power, and creating bullet-proof athletes.

Testimonials

“I highly recommend Elite Physical Therapy. Trust me, I’ve seen many PT’s, and they are the best!” – T.S.

“I feel like a rock star! I just ran 3 miles and my leg feels great, the best it’s felt in a long time. The dry needling really works!” – L.H.

Staff Bio:

Joe Heiler MSPT has been practicing physical therapy since 1998, and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He was one of the first in the country to become certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and has also been certified as a Functional Movement Specialist, USA Weight Lifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, and Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Golf Fitness Instructor.

Joe is certified in the use of Graston Technique (GT) and is a lead instructor with that organization teaching basic and advanced courses. He is currently the only provider in the Grand Traverse Area. GT is a method of soft tissue mobilization used to break up scar tissue to relieve pain and improve myofascial and muscle tissue mobility. Joe has also had the privilege of training the medical staffs of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Graston Technique.

Joe is also the owner and content manager of the popular sports physical therapy site: SportsRehabExpert.com, the #1 online resource for sports and orthopedic rehabilitation and injury prevention. Through his work on the site, he has had the opportunity to meet, and learn from, some of the best clinicians and strength and conditioning professionals in the world. Joe has also been invited to speak at a number of physical therapy and sports performance conferences throughout the Midwest.

Joe has been blessed to be able to work along side his beautiful wife Melissa, who is the office manager. He also has three great kids that keep him running when he’s not focusing on conquering the physical therapy/sports performance world!

Jesie Bott, ATC, LMT has been practicing Athletic Training since 2005 in physical therapy and high school settings. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, where she had experience working with the Women’s Volleyball and Basketball Teams, as well as the Track and Field Team. She also had rotations with Hudsonville and Rockford High Schools. Jesie is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment and the Graston Technique. She believes in treating her patient’s thoroughly, to achieve the desired outcome in the shortest amount of time possible.

Jesie is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and practices here at Elite.

Lydia Case, ATC, CKTP has been practicing Athletic Training since 2006 in physical therapy and high school settings. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University, where she had experience working with the Men’s football and hockey teams. Before transferring to NMU Lydia ran track & field at Aquinas College, but also worked with the Women’s volleyball and Men’s basketball teams at Aquinas. Lydia is a certified Kinesio Taping Practioner(CKTP). She believes that every patient and athlete is unique and that their treatment and workouts should be tailored specifically for their individual needs in order to achieve their best outcome. In her free time Lydia enjoys spending time with her family and running.

Kristy Ockert, MSPT, CKTP has been practicing physical therapy since 2002 in the outpatient setting. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Health Promotion from Michigan State University and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Kristy is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practioner (CKTP) and enjoys treating a wide variety of patient populations including post-operative, athletes, and patients with spinal dysfunctions. She has enjoyed furthering her education with a Pilates specialization and various manual techniques including Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Muscle Release Technique (MRT) and Myofascial Release (MFR). Kristy is passionate about providing one on one care to her patients and taking into account all pieces of their individual health puzzle for restoring optimal wellness and return to function.

Mitch Babcock SPT is a final year Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate from the University of Michigan – Flint. Mitch received his Bachelor’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University in Mitch BabcockExercise Science and pursued his passion for movement and exercise to the graduate level. Mitch is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), as well as a RockTape FMT Level II professional. He has also spent time with clinical rotations in a manual-based orthopedic clinic in mid-Michigan, a sports clinic in Charlotte, NC, and an outpatient neurological rehabilitation clinic in mid-Michigan. With a passion for full human optimization, Mitch is ready to help you get moving, get out of pain, and get back in the game.

 

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