Gina Otterbein

Gina Otterbein
Administration, Coopersville, Physical Therapy
Women’s Health, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, Sports Rehabilitation, Certified KEY Functional Capacity Evaluation Specialist, and Physical Therapy

By day, Gina stylishly shows off her many hats by treating patients, mentoring team members, running a successful business, and advocating on a state and national level for physical therapy. And by night she’s an athletic super power, having qualified for and completed the Boston Marathon, and taken first place in her age group at a number of marathons and triathlons throughout the state of Michigan.

Whether it’s overcoming a challenge with a patient or watching her team grow personally and professionally, she understands that it’s her team that has made the company what it is today. Gina tries to educate community members on the idea that they have a choice where they seek therapy and she’s always thrilled when patients and physicians refer others to Northern Physical Therapy.

When it comes to physical therapy, Gina specializes in women’s health, sports rehabilitation and injury prevention, fitness and personal training, back pain, and corporate functional capacity evaluations. Gina and Janis have led Northern Physical Therapy to be recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as a “Top Women Owned Business”. In addition, Gina has been recognized by Grand Valley State University as a distinguished physical therapy alumni and has mentored students in the PT program over the last decade.

In addition to being a health and wellness guru, Gina enjoys spending time with her family, snowmobiling, boating, running, and volunteering.


Gina explains how she went into the field of physical therapy
“My sister Julie was in working toward her degree in physical therapy, but I had never considered the field for myself. When I started at Grand Valley State University I thought about going into teaching or communications, then healthcare or nursing but nothing really spoke to me. One day in an anatomy lab I was talking with a teaching assistant about my future and he asked “Why not physical therapy?” I quickly thought “No, I can’t do that, that’s what my sister is doing.” But the more I thought about it the more physical therapy seemed like a great option for me as well. So I suppose you could say that deep down my inspiration was my big sister.

Now that I’ve been practicing physical therapy for nearly three decades I’m still happy with my decision to enter this field. We are able to personally touch the lives of others and see the impact we can have when we work together. 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 tell everyone how much physical therapy can help!”