Physical Therapy News

New Physical Therapy Clinic in Caledonia

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our company, it seems as though the timing couldn’t be better to welcome a tenth location to our family. On September 4, 2018, we’ll be opening a brand new physical therapy clinic in Caledonia, MI!

New Physical Therapy Clinic in CaledoniaThe sign is up…that means it’s official!

Our new office is located at 9321 Cherry Valley Avenue, and will be open 7am – 7pm most days so it’s convenient to stop by before or after work for an appointment. We’ll also be offering free injury consultations with a physical therapist as well as pre-operative assessments. By taking advantage of these complimentary services you can get expert advice and easily see if physical therapy is the right option for you!

New Physical Therapy Clinic in CaledoniaDenise Jongekrijg is a physical therapist in Caledonia

Our new facility will be led by clinic director and physical therapist, Denise Jongekrijg. Denise truly enjoys spending time with, and getting to know each and every patient so she can make every experience a positive one. In addition to being a physical therapist, Denise is a Certified Mulligan Practitioner and has taken continuing education courses in treating Vertigo.

In our new Caledonia clinic you’ll find all the services you’ve come to know at our other locations. Our physical therapy team will be helping people who are suffering from back pain, shoulder and neck pain, or any type of discomfort that might be chronic or as a result of an injury or surgery. We’ll also have a team of sports rehabilitation experts who will be equipped to work with both student and adult athletes on sprains, strains, foot and ankle pain, or post surgery recovery.New Physical Therapy Clinic in Caledonia

We’re doing a complete overhaul on the space to prepare for our grand opening!

We’re looking forward to serving the Caledonia community by helping you feel great and return to doing the things you love! Be on the lookout for our community open house invitation – we’d love to have you stop by and see what Northern is all about!

We’re currently scheduling new patients, and after the September 4 opening we will be offering most appointments within 24 hours, as well as complimentary injury consultations with a physical therapist, even if you don’t have a prescription. Our Caledonia clinic will have early morning and evening hours, and will accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Give us a call at 616.528.8388.

If you’re looking for a physical therapist in the Caledonia or Middleville area, we’re here to help you feel great and get moving again!









Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Others

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Others

Can you change someone’s life today?

When you surround yourself with good people who put others first, believe in the idea of a team, and all work towards the same common goal, you set yourself up for success. Northern Physical Therapy is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year and co-owners Janis Kemper and Gina Otterbein are taking some time to reflect on the path that brought them here.

“After 30 years of working in this field, I can honestly say I still love this profession,” said Kemper. “I find it so gratifying to see a patient come in on crutches and a few weeks later walk without an assistive device or a limp – physical therapy works!”Celebrating 25 Years of Serving OthersKemper and Otterbein became business partners over 15 years ago when they purchased Northern Physical Therapy. What may have seemed like an unlikely partnership, quickly proved to be a recipe for success that would grow the company to it’s current 10 clinics, with the hopes of adding a few more in the future.

“Going into PT I didn’t see myself being a business owner, but some stroke of the universe brought Gina and I together. If I’m the peanut butter she’s the jelly, I’m the yin and she’s the yang… you get the idea,” jokes Kemper. “Our strengths are opposite and while Gina has said she feels lucky to have such a great clinician as a business partner, the truth of the matter is I’m lucky to have a partner that has such a great knowledge of business!”

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving OthersWhile the two women may have different strengths when it comes to running a business, they do have one thing in common, and that’s attracting like minded people who share their passion for helping others.

Julie Blodgett is the Clinic Director of the Sparta location, but she’s also Gina’s older sister, and the person who inspired Gina to become a physical therapist. Julie knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to serve others.

“In high school I participated in a career observation day with a physical therapist who was working with a med school student that suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident. The therapists were helping him to regain his ability to sit without support and use his arms again. This experience had a great impact on me, as these therapists were providing hope and help to someone that had just had a catastrophic, life-changing event. At that moment I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do.”

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Others

“Northern feels like home to me. I love being part of a team that is universally committed to doing our best work in order to provide excellent care for our clients. It gives me joy to help people become a better version of themselves, and working for a company that supports this and is “all about the people” feels like I am home.” Julie Blodgett

Alongside Julie in Sparta is Cathy DeBerti, who also felt the calling to physical therapy in high school. As a lifeguard at the community recreation center, Cathy was teaching a seven year old girl who had downs syndrome how to swim. Working with the young girl led her to pursue a career in the field of physical therapy. Cathy has been with Northern for 13 years and she values the way the leadership embraces the differences in each team member. She explains, “there are a lot of clinicians working for Gina and Janis and we’re all different, we all have different ways of treating. Those differences are encouraged, we’re never expected to be, act, or treat the same, we’re all led to feel good about what we bring to the table.”

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Others“Gina and Janis have taught me that you will do great work if you’re passionate about what you do. In the end the results will speak for themselves.” Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, Physical Therapist and Clinic Director in Comstock Park/Grand Rapids

As Northern has continued to grow, Otterbein and Kemper have placed special emphasis on mentoring team members to bring out the best in them, and give them the ability to advance in the organization.

Cedar Springs Clinic Director, David Sefton, has learned from Otterbein and Kemper that leadership is about serving others well. He notes that when you look to the interests of others and use empathy, you can accomplish great things with your team.

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Others

“I love empowering patients to see their potential. We have immense challenges in life, and there is grace in discovering our bodies’ abilities to heal, overcome, and transform as we move forward.” David Sefton, Physical Therapist and Clinic Director in Cedar Springs

Sefton recalls an experience working with a patient who had overcome cancer and was experiencing severe knee pain. Sefton empathized with the patient, who was discouraged about having to go through another surgery. They worked together before and after the surgery, and the patient showed extreme progress. Recently Sefton received a thank you card from the patient that included a photo of him skiing. This unexpected memento was a reminder of how much joy you get from helping patients live their life to the fullest again.

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Others“I love watching the patient’s transformation inside and out as they struggle and grow through therapy to achieve their physical goals.” Diana Painter, Physical Therapist in Cedar Springs

While patient care has always been the top priority at Northern Physical Therapy, getting out in the community is a close second. Northern has strategically chosen mainly rural settings for most of their clinics. Being in a small community allows them to really get involved, get to know community members, and make a positive difference.

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Others“When I hear a patient’s story I feel honored knowing I get to play a small part in their journey to recovery. It’s so rewarding seeing people on their discharge day, knowing they’re finally able to get back to their normal routine.” Jessica Valiquette, Patient Coordinator in Coopersville

Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, Clinic Director in Comstock Park, says “being committed to your community is key because you have to serve others before thinking about yourself.” This mentality is shared by others and is at the forefront of all that Northern Physical Therapy stands for.

In addition to serving on various school, community, Rotary, and Chamber of Commerce boards, team members are often encouraged to volunteer time with organizations that are meaningful to them. Julie Blodgett adds “I absolutely love that our staff and families volunteer for the Miracle League by buddying up with a youth baseball player to assist and cheer them on during the game. These kids are so fun to be around and I am certain that I get more out of this special event than I actually give.”

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving OthersAs Otterbein reflects on the idea of 25 years she can’t help but think about the reason she comes to work every day. “We have a way of energizing, inspiring and supporting each other in so many ways. I’ve also witnessed countless patients who’s lives have changed because we’ve supported them in an effort to achieve something great. The impact of that combined with knowing how much better I feel personally, because of working with our physical therapists for my sports rehab issues makes me want to share how much physical therapy can help anyone on their path to recovery, health, or greater fitness.”

Northern Physical Therapy excited to announce the opening of their 10th west Michigan clinic in Caledonia on September 4, 2018. If you’re experiencing pain and are looking for exceptional care that’s close to home, schedule a complimentary injury consultation with a physical therapist at any Northern Physical Therapy clinic. More information can be found at

Lowell Week on eightWest + A BIG Announcement

More than one third of adults take prescription pain medications on a daily basis and while those pills can be great for relieving short term pain, the side effects from taking them long term can be startling.

Ashley VandenBerg, physical therapist and Lowell Clinic Director, stopped by the studios of WOOD tv’s eightWest and talked with Rachael Ruiz about how physical therapy treatment is different than taking prescription pain medication for things like pelvic pain, sports injuries, knee osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, and various other conditions.

Lowell Week on eightWest + A BIG AnnouncementMany people don’t realize that physical therapy can be a safe alternative to prescription pain pills. While there is a time and place for prescription pain medications, if taken in combination with physical therapy you can decrease pain even faster.  Oftentimes with patients we see the pills simply masking the pain, but not solving the problem; physical therapy can address what’s causing the issue and work towards a permanent solution.

Announcing Our 10th Clinic!
Also in this segment, Ashley had the opportunity to reveal the location for our 10th clinic, which will be located in Caledonia! If you’re looking for quality healthcare closer to home, our new Caledonia physical therapy clinic is opening September 4 and we can’t wait to start serving this great community! Our new office is located at 9321 Cherry Valley SE, Suite D, and will be open 7am – 7pm most days so it’s convenient to stop by before or after work for an appointment. Stay tuned for more exciting details.



View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV and eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Lowell and Caledonia Physical Therapy
If you’re looking for a physical therapist in the Lowell or Caledonia area, consider scheduling a free consultation so we can take a look at what’s bothering you. It’s an informative, no commitment appointment, and a great way to test the waters if you’re not sure if physical therapy is right for you. We work with people of all ages, at all levels. Schedule your free consultation today!



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Allendale > 6173 Lake Michigan Dr.
Caledonia > 9321 Cherry Valley
Cedar Springs > 308 S. Main
Comstock Park > 4615 W. River Dr.
Coopersville > 25 Conran
Grant > 17615 W. Moore
Lowell > 2050 W. Main
Norton Shores > 6022 Harvey
Sparta > 31 Ida Red
Wayland > 709 West Superior


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