Gina Otterbein, our co-owner and physical therapist, is among the 25 nominees for the 2011 Lakeshore Athena Award, which is presented annually to recognize women who demonstrate excellence and creativity in their profession, devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, and actively support women in realizing and achieving their full leadership. Here, Gina is pictured with Carrie Borchers (fellow Athena nominee), and Andrea Snyder (who nominated both women for the award), at the awards reception.
Gina is a Coopersville resident, physical therapist, and co-owner of Northern Physical Therapy. She believes in giving back to her community and does so by volunteering her time with the Rotary Club of Coopersville, St. Michael’s Church, the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce, and is the Event Chair for the Del Shannon Car Show. She also sits on committees for both the Michigan Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Gina stated: Women today wear many hats, maintaining duties as business leaders, organizational leaders, mothers, mentors, coaches and friends.... all of which can be overwhelming at times. I try to help other women learn how to handle the balance of all these terrific roles.
As noted by both the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce officials, the Athena Award program is not a competition, but rather a celebration of excellence where the honor of the award is in the nomination.
Gina is pictured at the awards luncheon with Gary Lutz of IT Resource, Andrea Snyder of STUDIO3TWENTY, and Carrie Borchers of IT Resource.