Monthly archive for April 2011

New Certifications = More Advanced Care

Congratulations are in order for two of our therapists who recently achieved advanced certifications in their respective fields.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Certificate

Terri Jeurink, a Physical Therapist at our Coopersville Clinic has received her Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Certificate from the Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

This certification recognizes the specialty of pelvic floor rehabilitation, including evaluation and treatment for men and women who may have urinary incontinence (leakage), urinary frequency or urgency, bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain. To obtain the certification, Terri had to complete three different classes and competency exams held by the APTA, collect letters of reference, and complete a case report within 1 year after completing the necessary courses.

“I am passionate about helping people feel better, especially when it comes to issues that affect their everyday lives. Obtaining my Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Certification will allow me to better assist those patients and help them feel good again.” Jeurink says.


Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certificate

Susan Roemer, a Physical Therapist at our Wayland Clinic has received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Certificate from the American Physical Therapy Association.

To acquire the certification, Susan had to demonstrate extensive knowledge in the field of orthopedic physical therapy through experience (of which she has 8 years), continued education, and passing a rigorous exam that tests her intricate clinical knowledge of orthopedic tests, problem solving, assessment, evaluation and treatment skills.

“While attaining the OCS certification I acquired new techniques for diagnosing and treating orthopedic conditions, which has helped me to treat patients more efficiently and effectively” Susan said.

Great job Susan & Terri! Your continued education will help our patients get back to feeling good!

Lose Weight & Keep It Off

The holidays are over and a new year is here. For many
of us it’s the time of year we strive to drop the unwanted pounds that
we gained eating all those holiday treats. If your resolution is to lose
weight, there are some things to consider.

First, losing weight requires a combination of diet modification plus
exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 200-300
minutes of physical activity per week to lose weight. To maintain weight
loss, you should continue with 60-90 minutes of moderate-intensity
activity per day (Dietary Guidelines for Americans). A combination of
aerobic exercise (walking, running, biking) and resistance training
(weight lifting, resistance bands) will help you maintain a healthy
weight. In addition to exercise, you may need to make dietary changes to
achieve your weight loss goals. The Surgeon General recommends that you
eat from every food group with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole
grains and low fat milk. You should also include lean meat, poultry,
fish and foods low in saturated fats in your diet.