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A Heart-Warming Service Project

Grand Rapids Physical Therapy Month

There’s no better way to celebrate Physical Therapy Month than by doing a fun service project. Earlier this month we assembled our team and made 16 blankets to donate to a local organization that supports children in need.

D.A. Blodgett has been helping children by preventing abuse and neglect since 1887. Whether a child is living in their home, foster care, with their adoptive family, or in residential treatment, D.A. Blodgett is there to restore their happiness, dignity, and belief that their dreams aren’t out of reach. Their mission is so powerful, we felt genuinely compelled to donate our service project to their organization this year.

“I love that we’re able to help a local organization that helps so many kids and families in times of crisis. We may not be able to hug all those families in need but these blankets can be a close substitute.” – Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, Physical Therapist

National Physical Therapy Month was designed to raise public awareness of the many health benefits offered by physical therapy, to people across the United States and around the world. We love using this month as an opportunity to serve others. In addition, we enjoy getting our team together and giving our time to a worthwhile cause.

“Being an adoptive parent myself, I know how instrumental this organization is for our foster kids here in Michigan, many times these kids don’t have many belongings so to be able to provide them with a new, warm blanket is something I know they will cherish.” – David Sefton, Physical Therapist & Area Director

Physical Therapy Service Project

“A blanket serves as not just a source of comfort to many children, but as a source of love and security. To be able to provide kids with these feelings is something I’m honored to be a part of. Thank you, D.A. Blodgett, for allowing us to serve you and the many children you support!” – Shelby Ruiter, PC

Kids physical therapy in Grand Rapids

“This was a simple service project but those blankets may stay with some of these kiddos for a very long time!” – Gina Otterbein, Physical Therapist & Regional Director
Pediatric physical therapy in Grand Rapids

Thank you to D.A.Blodgett for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful organization. This was truly a heart-warming experience for our entire team.

If you have a young one who is in need of pediatric physical therapy, look no further than Northern. We have a special place in our hearts for children of all ages. Click to schedule a free screening today.

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

Physical therapy for kids

For the past few weeks we’ve been raising money for Crutches 4 Kids, whose mission is simple and high impact – to help children move. 50 million children around the world are in need of crutches but lack access to them.

Due to debilitating infectious diseases, chronic conditions, armed conflict, accidents, and natural disasters these children are unable to walk. Under these circumstances, when a child can’t walk they can’t attend school, play with friends, or access food and water without assistance.

Crutches 4 Kids works to bridge the gap between the abundant supply of crutches and mobility devices in the U.S. and the staggering demand globally. They’re working to liberate and empower children with physical ailments and disabilities around the world. These children are often victims of trauma, abuse, disease, or inadequate healthcare systems. By providing them with access to crutches, Crutches 4 Kids, enables self-sufficiency, increased participation in communal life, and an improved sense of self-worth.

When given the opportunity to volunteer with this awesome organization, the answer was a quick yes! For every $50 we raised, we could provide crutches and transform the lives of three children. To put our own spin on things, we decided to get creative with our fundraising efforts. At the end of the competition the entire organization raised $13,052.68 and collected over 650 sets of crutches and walking devices!

Allendale had a bake sale and pop can drive.

Caledonia hosted a raffle to coincide with their one year anniversary party.

Cedar Springs had a bake sale.

Comstock Park performed exercises, chosen by their patients, for every dollar donated.

Coopersville hosted an ice cream social and walking taco bar.

Physical therapy for kids in MuskegonMuskegon physical therapists and their team collected donations while offering patients and friends a delicious milk and cookie bar.

Sparta team members took a pie to the face, all to help the kiddos!

Wayland did one burpee for every dollar donated. At the time this article was published they were up to 416!

Crutches are a rare and valuable commodity in many parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As a result of high cost, lack of government planning and limited resources, inaccessible medical centers, and a lack of in-country supply, less than 10 percent of those in need of crutches in impoverished areas of the world have access to them.

Since inception, Crutches 4 Kids has collected over 10,000 crutches, canes and walkers and distributed them to over two-dozen countries including Haiti, Ghana, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru, Senegal, and Tanzania.

We’re so pleased to be able to help such a great organization. Learn more about them online at And, if you have questions about physical therapy for kids and how we can help, we’d love to talk!


Read how two of our team members traveled to Guatemala to provide crucial physical therapy treatments to a number of people in remote villages. They were able to change the lives of adults and provide physical therapy for kids as well.

Grand Opening at New Lowell Physical Therapy Clinic

Let’s Celebrate Together! Join us February 16, 2017, from 5:30-7pm at our newest clinic at 2050 W. Main in Lowell. Our open house will feature fitness tips, drinks and appetizers, and the chance to win a Fitbit, wireless Earbuds, and gift certificates! We’re now accepting new patients at our Lowell clinic, plus, we offer free consultations. Stop by the open house to learn more!