Daily archive for October 27, 2015

From the Couch to a 5k :: Race On

Just 12 months ago I never imagined I’d be able to run a 5k, even though it was something I had always wanted to do. I’m 55 years old and was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. I’ve tried a few couch to 5k programs in the past, but without the accountability of others I never fully completed any of them. When I was introduced to Northern Physical Therapy’s RunFit program and saw the opportunity to train with a group, I signed up. Nothing to lose, right?

After a few hard weeks, I’m happy to say that I completed the entire RunFit program. The group was fun and they gave me the encouragement to keep going. The morning of our 5k I was so nervous, “could I really do this?” I wondered. My goal was to run the entire race without walking, and I did it! Running across the finish line was an exhilarating feeling, not only had I finished, but I came in several minutes under my goal.

Running the race was hard work but whenever I felt like slowing down I thought about my younger sister who was having several health issues. I told myself that after everything she has had to endure, I could do this.

Gina Otterbein and Marcia ran the Katty Shack 5k together in 2015.

Its been just a few months since my first 5k and I’m thrilled to say I have since completed 2 more. I’ve set a goal for myself of running one 5k race each month. I love supporting great causes through the races, and I’m seeing the benefits of my continued workouts, which include yoga, and of course, running. I plan to continue my routine with the hopes that I’ll be healthier in my golden years, and be able to keep up with my energetic grandkids.

I found that by setting a goal and being persistent, it is possible to do anything!

Feeling Good :: A Knee Injury and Physical Therapy

As any business owner knows, its a wonderful feeling when you receive praise from your customers, clients, and patients. Over the last year we’ve had the privilege of treating a great guy. When Officer Scott Drumm of the Kentwood Police Department suffered a knee injury at work, he chose Northern for his treatment. We were humbled and delighted when we received a letter from him in the mail expressing his gratitude for our organization. We’ll let Scott share his story from here.

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Upon injuring my knee at work I chose to have my therapy treatment done at Northern Physical Therapy in Wayland. I was able to use Northern to prepare for surgery and work through a program that my physical therapist, Matt Casterline, and my doctor, Dr. Kyle Randall, set up to ease my recovery time post surgery. After surgery, Matt placed me on a plan to get me back to feeling 100%. The road was long and painful, but was made easier with Matt’s hard work.

Matt treated me with the best care and advice and I really owe it to him for getting me back to work in such great shape. With all of my ups and downs through my recovery, he took each hurdle I gave him and worked through it with a smile. 

Since I had been coming to Northern two to five days a week for nine months and I had witnessed nothing but a professional and caring staff. The days I was unable to work with Matt, due to schedules, I had the opportunity to work with Susan McCourt and Erin Willett and together, we didn’t miss a beat – every hour was just as productive as the last. With all of the time I spent at Northern, I got to see a lot of different interactions with your patients by your staff and I’ve been very impressed. As you know, the majority of your patients are elderly and many have special needs. There was not a single time that I noticed your staff not treat them with the utmost respect and care. Needless to say, I’m very impressed and would feel very comfortable to have my own grandparents attend your facility.

Cassie Andersen and Bridget Martz were also very impressive. The care they took to make sure the physical therapists could concentrate on their patients and work in a very clean environment was very important to me. When I would have problems with my schedule, they made it very easy to make changes and work out a solution. I also witnessed them on numerous occasions drop everything they were doing to help a therapist with a client. What a great team effort!

I want to thank you for hiring such great staff and running a class act organization.
Respectfully yours,
Officer Scott Drumm
City of Kentwood

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Thank you Scott, for taking the time to share your story with us, and with others. We appreciate your genuine gratitude for our business, and that you chose Northern as your provider of choice. It was truly a pleasure to help you!