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.”

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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.