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!
G-2241 S. Linden Rd. | Ste. A
Flint | MI | 48532

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.