Creating Success Stories One Patient at a Time

Tonya Benefield was in an automobile accident in October of 2016. She shattered her
elbow and ended up with a contracture in two of her fingers.  A contracture is a condition of shortening and hardening of the muscles, tendons, or other tissue; often leading to deformity and rigidity of joints.

Tonya had to undergo surgery on her elbow involving the use of several plates. Unfortunately, Tonya had a reaction to the metal, and they had to be removed. Heather and TonyaConsequently, her elbow became infected with cellulitis, which is a common bacterial skin infection that will cause the skin to appear red and swollen and feels hot and tender to the touch. Cellulitis can spread and become life threatening, so this is a very serious situation for Tonya.

Since the accident, she has had five more surgical procedures completed on her elbow. This past week, Tonya received the news from her doctor that he believes the cellulitis is gone from her system.

While on her path to recovery, she worked with Occupational Therapist, Heather Pantea. Heather says that Tonya is doing well and has greatly improved her range of motion. She has now began her journey with physical therapy. “She is a trooper,” said Heather of Tonya.  We wish you the best, Tonya. Thank you for trusting us with your care.


Get to Know Our Flint Clinic Director Mike Brew, PT, DPT, AT

Michael Brew’s career in the medical field began in 1993 when heMichael Brew (Mike)
graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. He later went on to get a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Michigan in 2010. Michael is a certified brain injury specialist and has taken many continuing education courses on manual therapy. As an athletic trainer, physical therapist, and a competitive cyclist, Michael has seen and treated his fair share of sports-related injuries. He specializes in spinal cord injuries and working with amputees. He is also trained to administer functional capacity evaluations and has training in vestibular rehabilitation. Michael is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the
National Athletic Training Association (NATA).

Michael grew up in north central Minnesota and graduated high school in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He, currently, resides in Clio, Michigan with his beautiful wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, skiing, hiking, and cycling. He also volunteers his expertise as an athletic trainer and physical therapist for his daughter’s gymnastics team.

One of Michael’s favorite patient stories involves an 85 year-old fullcontact hockey player he treated for an injured hamstring. “He was one of the most determined and driven patients I have ever treated,” says Michael recalling his time with the patient. Michael played hockey in high school and admired his patient’s determination and drive to return to the game. “The patient later returned to play hockey as an 86 year-old the next season! I love seeing patients return to the activities they love, whether it is playing hockey again, playing with their kids, getting back to work, or returning to their roles in their family,” states Michael. Michael’s philosophy when working with his patients is to have fun. “If a patient is working hard and having fun at the same time, I believe they tend to progress faster,” says Michael. He feels that one of his strengths is motivating people to achieve their goals. He not only applies that strength with his patients, but he also applies it with his team. Michael is the director of Advanced Physical Therapy Center’s Flint clinic. “My team is talented and truly wants to help each patient we treat,” states Michael.



70% of all ACL injuries are non-contact injuries

High school and collegiate age women are 3 to 4 times more likely to suffer non-contact ACL injury than males competing in the same sports.

In the US, 20,000 to 80,000 high school female athletes experience ACL injuries each year.

Despite treatment, knee and ankle injuries increase risk of premature osteoarthritis.

ACL injuries, typically, require surgery and rehabilitation costing anywhere between $17,000 to $25,000 per injury.

Expanding body of research shows that prevention works.  See LaBella, C.R. Huxford M.R., et al.  Effect of Neuromuscular Warm-up on Injuries in Female Soccer & Basketball Athletes in Urban Public Schools Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Med. 165 (11), Nov. 2011.

The Sportsmetrics Differencesportsmetrics jumping and landing photo

Why choose Sportsmetrics as your go to for ACL injury prevention and performance improvement training?  Sportsmetrics is the first and largest ACL injury prevention program scientifically proven to decrease serious knee ligament injuries in female athletes. Developed by Dr. Frank Noyes and a team of athletic trainers, physical therapists, and researchers; Sportsmetrics is not just another plyometric training program. Jumping drills are used to teach the athlete to preposition the entire body safely when jumping landing. The selection and progression of these exercises are designed for neuromuscular retraining proceeding from simple jumping drills to multi-directional, single-foot hops and plyometrics with an emphasis on quick turnover.  A solid foundation of strength, coordination and overall physical conditioning is required for athletes to attain their highest potential in their sport-specific skills.

This six-week jump training program incorporates proper stretching, special plyometric exercises and weight training. Sportsmetrics focuses on developing overall leg strength as well as improving balance in strength from the front to the back of the thigh. Through specialized progression of jump/plyometric drills, athletes learn proper techniques for jumping and landing; increase overall leg strength; improve symmetry in right-to-left leg power and improve vertical jump.

Sportsmetric training consists of five components:

  1. Dynamic Warm-up: The dynamic warm-up prepares the body for training with functional based activities that use sport specific motions. It raises core body temperature, increases blood flow to the muscles and improves flexibility, balance and co-ordination. After completing this warm-up, the athlete will be physically prepared for training.
  2. Plyometrics/Jump Training: The core of the Sportsmetrics program, plyometrics are used with focus on correct jumping technique and are divided into three, two-week phases. Each two-week phase has a different training focus and the exercises change correspondingly. Plyometrics develop muscle control and strength critical for reducing the risk of knee injury and also for increasing jump height.
  3. Speed, Agility, and Conditioning: With emphasis on body alignment and sportsmetrics agility training 1technique, Sportsmetrics provides structured speed, agility, and conditioning guidance. A combination of agility, speed, and conditioning drills are used to focus on development of endurance, explosive power and improved technique.
  4. Strength Training: The strength portion of Sportsmetrics has been redesigned to incorporate a full range of exercises for increasing muscle as well as conditioning the body. The program can be incorporated with machine weights or with the use of body weight. This program focuses on core stability and upper and lower body improvement.
  5. Flexibility Stretching: is essential to achieve maximum muscle length to allow muscles to work with power through complete range of motion. This is important for decreasing injury and post-training muscle soreness. Like the rest of the training components in Sportsmetrics, stretches are performed as part of the training session.

We have a certified Sportsmetrics trainer on staff by the name of Julia Maienbrook.  She is an exercise specialist and has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.  She works with travel sports leagues, local schools, and the Grand Blanc Parks & Recreation Department to host her training programs.  You can also take advantage of this program privately at our Grand Blanc location.  For more information on how to sign up for this program or to get your team signed up, please call (810) 695-8700 and ask for Julia.

Train with Advanced Physical Therapy Center and Sportsmetrics to reduce your risk of injury AND enhance competitive athletic performance!

Here is a great research article on the benefits of programs like Sportsmetrics: