Our team consists of seven experienced physical therapists, three physical therapy technicians, and an office manager. The physical therapists come from varied backgrounds, including hospital inpatient and outpatient departments, private practice, industrial settings, schools, nursing homes, and home care. They have strong backgrounds in manual therapy, vestibular, geriatric, neurological, pediatric, and pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as sports medicine and industrial rehabilitation. By working together as a team, we are able to serve our clients with care, respect, and efficiency.
Sandra Herron, M.S.P.T. Sandra graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan –Flint in 1996. She has been in practice for 20 years and joined Grand River Physical Therapy in 2005. Her specializiation within our clinic is vestibular rehabilitation, temporalmandibular joint pain and cervicogenic headache pain ; however she enjoys all areas of therapy. Her continuing education opportunities include vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy techniques, muscle energy, myofascial release, core strengthening, along with other areas of orthopedic treatments. Outside of work Sandy enjoys spending time with her family, reading and running or walking for fitness.
Kristin Weller, M.S.P.T. – Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences in 2002 before graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing with Grand River Physical Therapy Specialists since graduation in 2005. Kristin enjoys the wide variety of diagnoses that she gets the opportunity to treat in the clinic but has specific interest in treating infants with torticollis and hand patients. She has taken continuing education courses for conditions of the hand and shoulder. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys keeping busy with her family, watching endless youth sporting events, camping and boating.
Brooke Cheney, P.T. , Cert MDT- Brooke graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She has been a practicing physical therapist for 37 years and has worked in a variety of settings, primarily orthopedic and sports medicine. She joined the GRPTS staff in 2006. Brooke enjoys working with her patients and incorporates a variety of manual therapy techniques to facilitate achieving the patients' therapy goals. She is credentialedin the McKenzie MDT (mechanical diagnosis and therapy) approach utilized in treating neck and low back pain conditions. She enjoys running, boathing, spending time with her family, especially her 4 grandchildren!
Josh Driesenga – Josh is a certified athletic trainer who has been working wtih GRPTS since 2015. He recieved his Bachelor's Degree from Hope College in 2014. Josh is also currently serving as an Athletic Trainer for Saranac School District. He enjoys getting to know the patients as he assists with their exercise program. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
Kristi Vandraager – Kristi is a Physical Therapy Technician and has been working with Grand River Physical Therapy Specialists since 2006. She has a history of working as a Recreational Therapist after she graduated in 1989 from Calvin College. She has worked with the geriatric population and in an Alzheimer’s unit. Currently, she continues to enjoy working with the elderly and helping people of all ages to meet their full rehabilitation potential.
Lori Rittersdorf – Lori is our Office Manager. Along with greeting patients at the front desk, she is in charge of authorizing and verifying patient insurances. Her pleasant attitude and organizational skills are the result of her experience running a day care out of her home for 16 years. Lori has taken courses in Microsoft Word and Excel, which has made her a valuable member of the front desk team. She is available to take care of patients' scheduling needs and answer questions regarding patient's insurance coverage.
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