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Meet The First Rehab Team

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First Rehab & Sport Physical Therapy has been a part of the Middleville community for more than a decade.  It was originally founded as First Rehab Physical Therapy by physical therapist Bryan Hemingway.  Lindsay Vertalka worked as a staff PT for Bryan starting in 2007. Then, in July of 2013, Lindsay and her husband Jon Vertalka became the owners of First Rehab & Sport Physical Therapy.  At that time, the business was located in the Middleville Towne Center.  After realizing the need to accommodate more therapists and patients, Lindsay and Jon decided to seek a larger facility.  First Rehab has had several locations, but “home” is now in the Marketplace grocery store plaza in the former Movie Gallery location on the east side of highway M-37.  We have 3500 square footage of workspace, including a private area for treating young children, 2 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art Alter G treadmill, a high-powered therapeutic laser, and a variety of additional equipment.  We have also added staff since moving.  Our patients come not only from Middleville, but also from other surrounding communities including Caledonia, Delton, Hastings, Freeport, Wayland and the Gun Lake area.  We offer physical therapy services to post-surgical orthopedic patients, high school athletes, neurological patients (ie. Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease), pediatric patients (ie. torticollis, developmental delay, toe walking, Cerebral Palsy, & Down Syndrome), patients with chronic pain, dizziness and positional vertigo, migraine headaches, and patients with motor vehicle accident and workman’s compensation injuries. As we’ve grown, our goal has not changed.  At First Rehab and Sport PT, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of care in a friendly, welcoming, and fun atmosphere for patients of all ages

Lindsay Vertalka, MSPT

Physical Therapist/Owner

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Lindsay is the owner and director of First Rehab & Sport PT. Lindsay is the owner and director of First Rehab & Sport PT.  She earned her BS in Health Sciences at Grand Valley in 1999 and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University in 2001.  She has been a therapist for nearly 16 years.  She started her career as a school-based PT in the Calhoun and Eaton Intermediate School Districts.  She worked with children with a great variety of diagnoses, including Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and Cerebral Palsy.  At First Rehab, Lindsay continues to treat children with special needs, as well as infants, toddlers and elementary age children with gross motor skill delays and/or torticollis. In addition to pediatrics, Lindsay has years of experience treating adult patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, ranging from athletic injuries, ACL reconstruction, knee, hip and shoulder replacements, rotator cuff repair, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, generalized deconditioning and balance problems, stroke recovery, chronic pain, work- and auto accident-related injuries.  Lindsay is SFMA-level 1 certified.

 Lindsay and her husband Jon are both originally from Grand Ledge, Michigan. They reside in Hastings with their 13 year old son and 11 year old daughter.  Lindsay enjoys travelling, photography, reading, and spending time with her family at their cottage on Gun Lake..

 

Allyson Wehrly, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Allyson is originally from Fenton, MI.  She  became interested in physical therapy as a senior in high school when she received PT for a dance injury. Her love for dance and interest in PT lead her to Hope College where she received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, with a minor in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2011. She earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2014. During her time at CMU she did her clinical rotations on an acute orthopedic/orthopedic trauma floor at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, an outpatient orthopedic rotation with an emphasis in manual therapy and Pilates-based rehab at Oakland Physical Therapy in Novi MI and outpatient pediatrics/neurologic rotation at The Hope Network in Mount Pleasant MI. Allyson was also able to volunteer in CMU’s pro bono clinic and go on a medical mission trip to Belize. Her specific interests include, orthopedic manual physical therapy, Pilates-based rehab, sports injuries, performing arts rehab and pediatric physical therapy.

When Allyson isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, snowboarding, wakeboarding, dancing, exercising and traveling. Allyson joined First Rehab in September, 2014.  She is SFMA-level one certified and currently is working on becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

 

Jonathan Boutni, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Jonathan is originally from Haslett, Michigan.  Jonathan attended Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology. He continued his education at the University of Michigan-Flint where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. He spent his first two years as a PT practicing outpatient neuromuscular rehab where he treated spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other neuromuscular disorders. Most recently, he has worked in hospital settings as well as in outpatient orthopedics.  

Jonathan joined First Rehab & Sport PT in January 2015.  He recently purchased his first home in Caledonia, Michigan.  He has a 7 year old lab mix, Lucy, that loves to cuddle and explore

 

Dusty Lundstrum, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

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Dusty is a long time resident of Hastings, where he graduated from Hastings High School. In the spring of 2016, he graduated from the Kellogg Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program.  He began working at First Rehab & Sport PT in July 2016.  Prior to his career as a PTA, Dusty worked in a number of jobs, including construction, as an Equine Dentist, and in the medical field as a Nursing Aide at Pennock Hospital in Hastings. His passion for physical therapy developed as a result of his interest in athletics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in manual physical therapy and treating sports injuries.  He has additional training in the treatment of the sacroiliac joint.  

Dusty lives with his wife, Lynn, and their 5 year old daughter, Ava, on a small horse farm. Dusty is an avid football and sports fan and enjoys traveling with his family, golfing and downhill skiing.


 

 

Jon Vertalka

Director-Operations

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Jon is Co-owner and Co-Director of First Rehab & Sport PT with his wife Lindsay.  Jon earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education at Hope College, majoring in mathematics and minoring in English.  He played two years of basketball for Hope College, which included one trip to the Division III Final Four.  Jon also earned a Master of Arts in Education at Marygrove College.  He taught middle and high school math and english for the Hastings Area Schools for 15 years before retiring to help manage First Rehab. While teaching, Jon coached girls’ and boys’ basketball at the middle and high school levels. He continues to coach baseball and basketball for his son and daughter’s youth teams.  Jon enjoys interacting with our athletes at the office.  Jon sometimes works at the front desk, scheduling patients, answering phones, and getting patients started on their exercise routines.  Jon helps handle insurance and billing questions as well.

In his free time, Jon enjoys fishing, photography, taking his English Lab for walks, following Michigan State basketball, and spending time at family cottages on Lake Missaukee and Gun Lake.


 

 

Deb Turnbull

Front Office

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Deb works part-time in our front office as the receptionist.  She has worked for First Rehab & Sport PT since August 2013.  Deb has an associates degree in cosmetology from Ferris State University.  Prior to working at First Rehab, Deb worked in the activities department at the Grand Rapids home for Veterans.  She has owned her own hair salon, worked as an assistant in a legal firm, and written children’s stories.  

Deb currently lives in Hastings, MI.  She has 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren that she cares deeply about.  Deb loves watching the Detroit Tigers, crocheting, and she is a very talented cook.  Deb has experienced a total knee replacement, a cervical fusion, and a rotator cuff repair, which patients find very helpful when they are attending therapy.



 

 

Rosa Verdeja

Rehab Technician

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Rosa is a rehab technician who started working in our office in October 2016. Rosa is originally from Wyoming, MI. She managed the Caledonia Pizza Hut for 15 years, prior to graduating from the certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) program at Grand Rapids Community College in the spring of 2016. Rosa helps in many ways at our office. Under the supervision of our therapists, she helps patients through their exercises, provides laser treatments, and keeps our office clean and sanitary.

Rosa also has a casual part-time job as a COTA through a local home care agency. She and her fiance Javier are planning to get married within the next year.

 

 

Taylor Carter

Rehab Technician

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Taylor is a part-time rehab technician who starting working in our office in the summer of 2016. Taylor is a graduate of Hastings High School, where she excelled in basketball and cross country. She graduated from the Certified Athletic Training Program at Hope College in May 2017, where she also played on the women’s basketball team for 3 years.

Taylor enjoys spending time on Wall Lake in Delton, spending time with family and friends, making fun videos with her GoPro, and working out.



 

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