Welcome Kasey Moreno to Advanced Physical Therapy Center

Kasey Moreno, PT, DPT has been in the physical therapy field for over a decade.  She graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a doctoral degree in physical therapy in 2005 and is currently attending Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Manual Medicine Program.  She has several years of clinical management experience as she has served as a clinic director at an outpatient physical therapy clinic previous to coming to Advanced Physical Therapy Center.

moreno_kasey APTC 5-20-2018Kasey has been an athlete most of her life and spent a lot of time in physical therapy due to injuries.  She had her first experience with physical therapy in high school, and that is when her interest in the field began.  “I was in awe of how physical therapists were able to help people get back to the activities they enjoyed and how they helped restore their quality of life.  I knew one day I wanted to do the same,” said Kasey.

Kasey’s clinical focus has been on treating sports-related injuries and conditions, and she loves helping athletes get back to playing their game.  She has a special interest in pre– and post-operative rehabilitation for joint replacements and vestibular rehabilitation for the inner ear and balance.  She has attended several continuing education courses concentrated in sports medicine and manual therapy.  Her additional training includes kinesiology taping and exercise.

When working with patients, Kasey likes to make sure that each individual feels as though she is directing all her attention on them.  “I listen to what my patients say, and I let them know that I hear them,” says Kasey.  She also likes to make sure patients have the tools they need to continue to improve and become the best they can be after physical therapy.

Kasey is originally from Otisville and now lives in Davison with her husband, their son and two dogs.  When she is not busy treating patients, she enjoys spending time with family, playing golf with her husband and watching her son play sports.

If you ask Kasey what she likes about being a physical therapist, she would most likely tell you, “Being a physical therapist is one of the most rewarding professions.  I love being able to take patients out of pain and limitations and get them back to functioning again.  I am proud to say that this is what I do for a living.”

Kasey Moreno, PT, DPT

2138 Fairway Dr.

Davison, MI  48423

(810) 412-5100

KMoreno@advpt.com

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Biggest Myth About Aquatic Physical Therapy

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I need to know how to swim to take part in aquatic physical therapy.

Not true!  You do NOT need to know who to swim to take part in aquatic physical therapy.  The exercises performed in the therapy session are done in chest high deep water.  If a patient feels particularly unstable, we are able to adapt the exercises to be done near the edge of the pool where the patient can hang on for more support.  We also have flotation devices available for use.  While the patient is in the pool, the therapist is there to assist and guide the patient as needed.

Aquatic therapy is an excellent option for patients who are not able to exercise on land for various reasons, such as post-operative knee surgery, arthritis and gait/balance issues.

Advanced Physical Therapy Center has two locations that offer aquatic physical therapy.

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6167 White Lake Rd. Ste. 1
(inside the Deer Lake Athletic Club)
248-620-4260

 

 

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2138 Fairway Dr.
(inside the Davison Athletic Club)
810-412-5100

ATHLETIC TRAINER VS. PHYSICAL THERAPIST WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

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While athletic trainers and physical therapists both work with people who have suffered sports injuries, the similarities between the two careers end there. Trainers and therapists have different educations, certifications and work place settings.
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who help athletes and other physically active people to prevent and recognize injuries related to physical activity. As an athletic trainer you work with athletes to manage and rehabilitate acute athletic injuries. Physical therapists work with individuals of all ages and fitness levels with chronic or acute injuries and illnesses. Their work involves developing strategies to help patients gain, restore and maintain movement, physical function and mobility.
To be an athletic trainer, you need a bachelor’s degree and a license to work in this field. Within the next year, all professionals entering into the field must obtain a master’s degree. Physical therapists must complete several years of post-secondary study to earn a doctoral degree in physical therapy, and they need to be licensed.
Athletic trainers, primarily, work in schools and work with travel sports teams, professional sports teams and other organizations. Physical therapists work, mostly, in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and nursing facilities. Occasionally, you will see athletic trainers and physical therapists working together, and there are many athletic trainers that go on to obtain their degree in physical therapy. We have three on staff at Advanced Physical Therapy Center. One we would like to feature is the director of our Flint clinic, Michael Brew, PT, DPT, AT. Read more about him below.
Michael Brew (Mike) (reduced size)Michael Brew, PT, DPT, AT has over 20 years of experience working with athletic injuries, as both an athletic trainer and a physical therapist. He has a special interest in gymnastics and dance injuries due to the fact his two daughters have been involved in the sports for many years. He has worked with all types of athletes from professional, collegiate, recreational to high school athletes in various sports. When it comes to experience working with athletes, Mike is unmatched by anyone in the local area.
Have an athlete that can use Mike’s help? Contact him via email or call APTC-Flint to schedule a free consultation!
MICHAEL BREW, PT, DPT, AT
MBrew@advpt.com
G-2241 S. Linden Rd. | Ste. A
Flint | MI | 48532
810.732.8400

Advanced Hand Rehab Keeps on Growing to Meet Patient Need

Welcome Erika Sheroski, OTRL to the Advanced Hand Rehab Team

Erika Sheroski’s interest in occupational therapy started when her father was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008. She witnessed the caring and compassion the occupational therapist had for her father and watched as he was able to gain back some independence in his home life. In honor of her father and as a way to give back to the community, Erika decided to go into occupational therapy as a career.

sheroski_erika APTC BHPHOTO 1-4-2018 - reduced sizeErika has a Master of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College for Graduate Studies. She is a member of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, and her future goal is to attend continuing education in upper extremity rehabilitation, orthotic fabrication, stroke rehabilitation and joint replacement. During her fieldwork rotations, she worked for a neuro care center where she was able to work with traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. One her most memorable patients is a patient who suffered from a TBI and had multiple fractures to her upper extremities. The patient’s prognosis wasn’t good, and Erika knew this case was going to be tough. Her plan of care was to not only rehabilitate the patient’s biomechanical injuries but also her cognitive function. After three months of hard work, the patient was able to recover and walk out of the facility with help of just a walker.

In her spare time, Erika enjoys getting together with friends and family for meals. “I love cooking for people,” says Erika. She is also an avid reader, and she will often pick a random book to read from the bookstore or library just for the variety. To stay active and healthy, she practices yoga, circuit trains and lifts weights.

Erika is an occupational therapist out of Advanced Hand Rehab’s Davison location. She is an excellent therapist for sports injuries relating to the upper extremities. She understands, firsthand, what the athletes go through. She played softball throughout grade school and into college, as well as for several travel teams, including the West Michigan Heat. She considers herself to be a good listener and wants her patients to feel comfortable and trust that what she is doing for them is the absolute best. “I work hard for my patients. I am in constant pursuit of growing and increasing my knowledge. I am fortunate to work in an environment where I can go to my therapist mentors. It’s been a welcoming and supportive environment,” said Erika.

APTC Employee, Stephanie Straus, Graduates with Her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy

Congratulations, Stephanie!  We are so happy to have you stay with us and continue on your wonderful career.

Stephanie Straus, PT, DPT has been a part of the Advanced Physical Therapy Center team since 2012. She started her career in healthcare as a physical therapy aide at our Clio clinic. Her cousin, who is a pediatric physical therapist, convinced Stephanie to shadow her at work for a day, and the rest, as you say, is history.

Stephanie StrausStephanie graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2017. While pursuing her degree, she was a part of a weekly gait and seating clinic at Beaumont Hospital, involving wheelchairs, seating devices and orthotic fittings for the pediatric population. Much of her hands-on time was spent evaluating the optimization of function for children, which involved gait analysis and positioning. Stephanie’s passion lies with the pediatric population, and she thoroughly enjoys treating several diagnoses pertaining to this population, such as toe-walking and torticollis. She also has continuing education in concussion management and works with young athletes getting them back on the field safely after concussion. Her other special interests include educating patients on posture alignment and balance training.

Stephanie does an excellent job building rapport and establishing relationships with her patients. She is a vivacious, genuine person, which translates to her treatment sessions. “I like being able to build relationships, get to know my patients and spend time with them while they get well. I think a big part of physical therapy is gaining the patient’s trust. If our patients don’t believe we genuinely care about them, then the recovery process is much more difficult,” says Stephanie.

Stephanie treats patients out of Advanced Physical Therapy Center’s Clio location. She is originally from Swartz Creek but now lives in Fenton with her German Shepard mix, Charlotte. She is looking forward to 2018, because she is getting married to her wonderful fiancé, Jason. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends and family, travel and hang out on the lake kayaking and boating. She is also an avid runner participating in several road races, and she completed the Detroit half marathon in 2016. If you ask Stephanie what she enjoys about working at Advanced Physical Therapy Center, she will tell you, “I love my co-workers! It is one of the main reasons why I came back after school. Everyone is passionate about their jobs and is hardworking, which is reflected in their care for patients.”

Welcome Kaija Seklins, PT, DPT to the Advanced Physical Therapy Center Team

Kaija Seklins, PT, DPT has been an active person all her life. Growing up in Battle Creek, Michigan, she was a competitive dancer for many years and ran track and cross country in high school. She decided that she wanted to go into the physical therapy field after attending several physical therapy sessions with her dad. She loved how personable and friendly everyone was and knew it was something she would like to be a part of. She graduated from Michigan State University with her bachelor’s in kinesiology in 2012 and went on to obtain her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2017.

SEKLINS_KAIJA APTC reduced size WEbDuring her time in college, she attended continuing education in Physical Therapy Management for Patient’s with Concussion and a class on functional exercise for the hip and shoulder from the Gray Institute. She also has attended Beaumont’s Oncology Symposium, where she learned various rehab techniques and considerations for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Her special interests include gait and balance training, post-concussion rehabilitation, physical therapy relating to neurological conditions, and vestibular rehabilitation. Kaija has gained a great deal of experience and knowledge through her studies. During her last clinical rotation, Kaija worked with a spinal cord injury patient who had not been able to walk in over a year. The patient started his therapy with Kaija by taking his first steps in the pool, and by the end of the therapy program, he advanced to walking on dry land. She says it was one of the most rewarding experiences of her career. “He was such a motivated individual. To see all of his hard work pay off was an amazing feeling,” said Kaija.

In her practice, Kaija likes to build a good rapport with her patients and get to know them on a personal level. “I love to see the progress my patients make each week, and knowing their story, makes it all the better,” states Kaija. Since being hired for Advanced Physical Therapy Center’s Clio clinic, she has become a valuable member of the team and says she genuinely enjoys working with the staff. “Everyone works together well, and whenever I’ve had a question, the staff has been very helpful. It’s a great atmosphere to be in,” says Kaija.

In Kaija’s downtime, she continues to be active by going for short runs whenever possible. In addition to running, she enjoys reading, watching movies and listening to music.

Sports Medicine Rehab Expert Justin Brown, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS Discusses Overhead Throw Phase and How to Avoid Common Injuries Like Tommy John’s

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If you have an athlete in baseball, especially if you have a pitcher, you will want to watch these videos. In them, physical therapist, athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Justin Brown, talks about what to look for in body mechanics during the stride phase in the overhead throw phase.
If you have an athlete that is having issues with improper form, give Justin a call for a complimentary consultation.  He can work with the athlete to correct imbalances and poor mechanics to avoid injury for the long-haul and keep the player on the field.
Justin Brown, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
303 S. Mill St. Clio, MI  48420
(810) 687-8700
JBrown@advpt.com