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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

First Rehab Team Member

 

 

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. She has additional training in treating children who toe-walk, sensory integration dysfunction, kinesiology taping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, vestibular rehab and therapeutic neuroscience education.

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

 

Allyson Wehrly, DPT

Physical Therapist

First Rehab Team Member

 

 

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 is a Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist, as well as SFMA-Level 1 certified.

Jonathan lives in Caledonia with his wife Casey and their two dogs, Lucy and Millie. Jonathan is an avid MSU sports fan and he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. 

 

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, the cervico-thoracic spine and ribs, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. He also has attended a course on “Building Better Balance.”  

Dusty lives with his wife, Lynn, and their young daughters Eva and Raelynn 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.


 

 

Kelly Martin

Front Office

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Kelly is the most recent addition to our staff, just joining our team in August 2018. She grew up in Caledonia, and spent a few years living out East, while her husband served in the Navy. She and her husband Kurt, have been married for 22 years, and have two terrific kids, their son Avery, who just graduated from Thorapple Kellogg schools, and daughter Aubrey, a sophomore in high school.

Kelly loves spending time with close friends, enjoying a great meal, or sitting around the campfire. In her free time she reads, takes care of her many chickens, scrapbooks, bakes, plays board games with her family and sings on the praise team at her church. When you walk in our office, she will be the smiling face behind the computer, so be sure to say hello!



 

 

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 part-time job as a COTA through a local home care agency. She and herhusband Javier live in Grand Rapids with their cat Escobar.

 

 

Taylor Carter

Rehab Technician

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Taylor Carter is a certified athletic trainer and part-time rehab technician who started working in our office in the summer of 2016. Taylor is a graduate of Hastings High School, where she excelled in basketball, track 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 2 years. Taylor began working as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for TK Schools in August 2017, and is planning to go back to school to receive her PT degree in the next year.

Taylor enjoys spending time playing sports, participaing in races, doing Crossfit, spending time with family and friends on Wall Lake in Delton, making fun videos with her GoPro, and photography.



 

 

Amanda Brower

Rehab Technician

First Rehab Team Member

 

Originally from Plainwell, MI, Amanda graduated from Baker College’s Physical Therapist Assitant Program in the summer of 2015. She has previous experience in outpatient clinics as well as skilled nursing facilities. Her passion for physical therapy began during her own rehab, while recoving from a volleyball related injury through high school and college. Amanda has additional training in vestibular rehab, and kinesiology
taping techniques. She graduated in the summer of 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. Amanda joined First Rehab and Sport PT in April 2018.

She lives in Shelbyville with her husband Kyle and three children, Andrea, Alexis and
Koda. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time outdoors.


 

 

Ashley Garrett

Rehab Technician

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Ashley is a native Middlevillian, graduating from Thornapple Kellogg High School
in 2005. From there she attended Aquinas College, where she majored in Ahtletic
Training and played softball. In 2009 she earned All-American honors. Ashley became
interested in Athletic Training after a knee injury in high school. “I knew I’d found my
calling-I could combine my love of sports with helping others.” She is entering her eighth
year as the Athletic Trainer for Thornapple Kellogg High School and has been a part of
our First Rehab staff since August 2017.

Ashley lives with her husband, Jamie, and their two dogs in Middleville. She is slightly addicted to golf and in her free time can usually be found at Yankee Spring Golf Course honing her skills. Along with golf, she is
a die hard U of M fan-GO BLUE-and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

 

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