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An Exciting New Partnership

We’ve got some very exciting news to share – we’re partnering with Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy!

An Exciting New Partnership

We’ve always focused on providing you the best experience and highest quality of care, with options that are close to home. This partnership is the next step for us because we’ll have access to new technology and even more great programs and treatment options.

An Exciting New Partnership

Next time you’re experiencing pain, or need treatment after a surgery or injury, please consider Northern. As our new partnership evolves, management support will be handled by Ivy Rehab, but a number of things will remain the same. You can expect the same quality of service you’ve come to know from us. We’re maintaining the Northern name along with the same leadership, experience, and team members you’ve come to know and trust; and we remain happily committed to supporting and being involved in our local communities. We’ll also continue to offer great health and wellness services like fitness classes, personal training, and corporate wellness.
An Exciting New PartnershipIvy Rehab was founded in 2003 and has a network of over 80 clinics. Ours is their first partnership in Michigan and just like us, they’re centered around providing an exceptional patient experience. They’ve even been rated as the number one outpatient facility in the U.S. by a nationally-recognized, independent surveyor of patient satisfaction. We chose an excellent partner on this mission to take our practice to the next level and we think you’re going to like where things are headed. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch. After 24 years of service, we truly thank you for continuing to trust us with caring for you and your entire family.

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Crossing the Finish Line After An Organ Transplant

In September of 2015 Ricky Draft was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease in which tissue deep in your lungs becomes thick and scarred over time, making it so your lungs can’t properly move oxygen into your bloodstream. As a result, your brain and other organs don’t get the oxygen they need. There is no cure for this disease and life expectancy is typically 3 to 5 years, unless you can get transplant.

While this news was devastating, Ricky, along with Marcia, his wife of 49 years, weren’t about to give up. Seven months later his health took a turn for the worse and Ricky was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and after only 10 days, he got the news he was waiting for – he was about to receive a double lung transplant.

Ricky started physical therapy at Henry Ford shortly after his surgery and once he returned home, nearly a year after his initial diagnosis, he began receiving his therapy treatments with Terri at our Coopersville clinic. At the time, his arms and legs were very weak and he used a walker, not only for strength, but to help his balance. Basic household chores and light physical activity were difficult. With the constant love and support from many family members, friends, and his team of healthcare professionals, Ricky started the long road to recovery. It was around this time that Ricky’s sister-in-law Melinda challenged him to walk the Irish Jig 5k alongside her, six months later. Melinda had previously donated a kidney to someone in need and she thought it would be fun to walk together as an donor and a recipient.

Terri and our team got to work helping Ricky improve his balance, and strengthen his lungs, legs and arms. When he started, he could only walk about 100 feet with his walker before stopping to rest but over the course of the next six months he made amazing strides and could eventually walk up to three miles without assistance. That distance made the 5k seem like a real possibility.

Crossing the Finish Line After An Organ Transplant“The Lord has put some amazing people in my life and one is Terri at Northern PT. She pushed me at all levels and I am now a much stronger man and can really enjoy life.” Ricky Draft, Northern PT client

When it was time for the big race Ricky walked, along with his PT Terri and Alex, who helped him reach various fitness goals along the way. Ricky’s sister-in-law Melinda was also there along with many friends and family members. In the end Ricky’s hard work paid off when he completed the 5k and crossed that finish line!

Crossing the Finish Line After An Organ Transplant“My job is rewarding every single day because of clients like Ricky. Each person has their own personal, physical issues and I enjoy helping to resolve those issues through physical therapy. Every client means so much to me, so I want to create a lifelong relationship. When they need a PT  I want to be that comforting, dependable resource.” Terri Jeurink, Northern PT Therapist

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Free Health Presentations for Community & Business Groups

Want to start an exercise program but you’re not sure where to begin? Are your employees complaining about a sore back or feet while standing at work all day? Are you worried about those “oops, I just peed a little” moments?

Aches and pains can pop up when we least expect them to and sometimes they happen a little too often. Luckily, a lot of these issues can be fixed and a little education is just the place to start.

Our presentations are available to all social, business, and community groups and the topic is customized specifically for your members. Best of all, these presentations are FREE! 

Free Health Presentations for Community & Business GroupsBalancing fitness and life – a Curves Jenny Craig presentation

We’ll come to you, prepared for an interactive program that’s educational, helpful, tailored to your specific group, and fun. Here’s a list of a few recent presentations we’ve participated in:

  • MOPS – Benefits of a healthy pelvis
  • Local Exercise Class – Precision running
  • Lamont Christian School Science Class – Muscle movement & exercise
  • Local Hair Salon – Posture & body mechanics when you’re on your feet all day
  • Krave Nutrition – Emphasis of exercise
  • Cedar Springs Rotary – Bone health
  • Junior Achievement – Career Path, Physical Therapy
  • GVSU Grand Forum Alumni – Fitness on the go
  • Pure Romance Party – Sexual health
  • Senior Center – Balance and falls
  • Curves | Jenny Craig – Life is a balance

Free Health Presentations for Community & Business GroupsA healthy pelvis, before, during, and after pregnancy – a MOPS presentation

When you hear others talk about incontinence, or that they have the same fear as you when it comes to standing on the scale, you realize that you’re not alone. Oftentimes people don’t talk about health problems because they’re embarrassed or they think things will just fix themselves. And we all have good intentions when it comes to weight loss and nutrition, but how many people really know where to begin? We can show you where to start, give you solutions to your toughest problems, and offer guidance where you thought there was none.

Free Health Presentations for Community & Business GroupsOsteoporosis & Health – a Cedar Springs Rotary presentation

If you’re interested in having our team come to your next meeting or gathering, give us a call at 616.997.6172 or email Julie.

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