It’s the things you may take for granted, like starting your car or drying your hair. But seeing her patients do these things they once thought were impossible, motivates Natalie Mangett, OTRL, CHT every day.
Natalie was inspired to become an OT after seeing her father develop challenges during an illness. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Therapy at Baker College, graduating in 1999. Then, in 2017, she received a National Certification in Hand Therapy. Natalie has worked all over the country as an OT and most recently worked with surgical and non-surgical patients alongside orthopedic and hand surgeons.
With 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist, Natalie specializes in wrist fractures, trigger point release and scar management. She’s expertly trained in kinesiology taping and splint making. She believes education is an integral part of therapy. She wants her patients to understand exactly why she’s asking them to do a certain task and the long-term goal.
Natalie began working at Advanced PT in March of 2019 and loves the family atmosphere she found. Family is important to her when she’s not at the clinic, too. She loves to spend time with them up north on the water. Natalie is a runner and loves to ski in the winter.
Natalie wants her patients to know, she likes to keep the lines of communication open. She says she wants to know about day-to-day struggles, so she can find real solutions during therapy. Her goal is to have her patients get the most out of their sessions and get back to living the life they deserve.
Natalie Mangett | NMangett@advpt.com | (810)412-5100
From small achievements to major goals, Caitlin Bearss, PT, DPT loves to witness her patients’ accomplishments. In fact, it’s one of her favorite things about being a physical therapist. Caitlin grew up on the western side of Michigan in Reed City, and a rolled ankle in high school, followed by her own round of physical therapy, pushed her to want to become a PT. She began her journey by job shadowing in her hometown and then set her sights on college. She received a bachelor’s degree in Health Science, followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Oakland University, rounding out her studies in 2013.
Caitlin began working as a PT, right after receiving her degree. Most recently, she worked closely with orthopedic surgeons both pre- and post-operative, helping patients who were going through ACL repairs, knee replacements and joint injuries. Her passion is helping people recover. She thrives on creating a plan that will help them progress from being injured, to being able to enjoy life again. Caitlin joined the Advanced PT team in March of 2019. She specializes in manual techniques and is also expertly trained in kinesiology taping.
Caitlin has always been drawn to sports. She played volleyball, basketball and soccer in high school and spent a lot of time in and around pools as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She includes her passion for sports in her life now, by playing volleyball on a regular basis. She works out frequently and typically runs several 5-K charity races every year. She loves to be outside and when inside, she likes to read and sew. She lives in Davison with her husband and two daughters.
Caitlin says one of the best things she contributes to the patient-therapist relationship is she loves to learn the patient’s story. It helps her develop a treatment plan specifically designed for the patient’s needs and personality. Caitlin says she’s even had the privilege of seeing some of her patients succeed, after treatment. Some have invited her to watch them play the sports they were forced to stop because of injury.
Caitlin Bearss | CBearss@advpt.com | (810)412-5100 | 2138 Fairway Dr., Davison, MI 48423