Meet Your Therapists

Treating Therapists

Amy Waltz

PT, MPT, CLT

Clinical Director

Certified Lymphedema Therapist 

 

Amy joined our practice in April 2016. She is familiar with the South Lyon area and is a graduate of South Lyon High School. She brings over 15 years of outpatient physical therapy experience and a Master’s degree from The University of Michigan. In addition to a well-versed knowledge and experience with general orthopedic and spinal conditions, Amy enjoys treating patients with ankle and foot injuries as well as patients recovering from breast cancer. She is an avid runner and is very passionate about physical fitness and being active through sports and outdoor activities.

Additionally, Amy is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) and is nearly complete with the McKenzie Method Certification (awaiting re-opening of the examination class). For more information regarding the treatment mechanisms involved in lymphedema therapy and the McKenzie Method, please click here

As our Clinical Director, Amy ensures all patients receive the highest quality of care while assisting in daily management and oversight operations for the clinic.

Ann Bishop

PT

LSVT BIG Certified Therapist

 

Ann has retired from the physical therapy field as of May 1, 2020, but she may return to our practice on a contingent basis. We'll miss you, Ann, and we appreciate your years of service to the physical therapy profession!

 

Ann joined our practice in June 2017. She has been a part of the surrounding community for over 30 years and is excited to offer her therapy services at Brostrom Physical Therapy! Ann graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy in 1987 and has over 29 years of physical therapy experience in a variety of settings (including hospital, sub-acute, private practice, and outpatient orthopedics). 

Ann's clinical interests include orthopedics, geriatrics, and sports medicine; she has attended several continuing education events and conferences to further her knowledge in these areas. In 2018, Ann received a certification in the LSVT BIG protocol, which is a treatment approach for patients diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

 

At Brostrom Physical Therapy, Ann plans to utilize her experience as a hands-on physical therapist to restore patient's function and ability.

Carly Bernadotte

PT, DPT

LSVT BIG Certified Therapist 

Carly joined our practice in September 2018. She graduated from The University of Michigan (Dearborn) in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Policy Studies and went on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in August 2018. At The University of Michigan, Carly was a 4-year recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship and received honors and high distinction for academic excellence. During her studies at UNC, Carly had the opportunity to complete nearly 20 weeks of outpatient orthopedic clinicals and treated a wide variety of conditions involving spinal conditions, joint replacements, and musculoskeletal conditions of the shoulder, knee, ankle, hip, and jaw. She also obtained a Certification in the Otago Exercise Program, which is a series of strength and balance exercises aimed at reducing falls.

 

Carly’s clinical interests include general musculoskeletal conditions, post-operative care, and any condition affecting the geriatric population. She is LSVT BIG Certified and is enthusiastic about fall prevention and developing plans of care for general deconditioning, poor balance, and gait disturbances. Carly is passionate about outpatient physical therapy and enjoys the connection she establishes with her patients; overall, feels privileged to have a role in getting her patients back to what they love doing.

 

In her free time, Carly enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, running, and being active. At Brostrom Physical Therapy, Carly plans to apply her education and experience in her hands-on treatment, grow as a well-versed clinician, develop lasting relationships with her patients and referring Physicians, as well as become LSVT BIG and Vestibular Certified.

Katie (Kathleen) Dobbie

PT, DPT , CKTP

LSVT BIG Certified Therapist, Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner

 

Katie graduated from The University of Michigan with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and was married in 2012. During her University clinical rotations, Katie had the opportunity to receive instruction and experience at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. There, Katie became well-versed in clinical treatments involving spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, complex trauma, and orthopedic conditions. As a result of this education and experience, Katie understands the importance of a patient’s progression through the various stages of rehabilitation and how to coordinate care accordingly. She is excited to be a part of the South Lyon community and contribute to the family-oriented atmosphere Brostrom Physical Therapy represents. 

 

Katie loves being an outpatient physical therapist, as being able to follow through with each patient’s recovery is very rewarding to her. She has a passion for not only general orthopedics, but also pre- and post-surgical conditions. Having grown up playing soccer and experiencing knee surgeries herself, she strongly values injury prevention, including sports rehabilitation, and enjoys educating young athletes on ways to minimize their risk and optimize performance.  As a student at U of M, she became interested in Parkinson’s disease and became LSVT Big Certified. Over the past three years, she has had the opportunity to implement this specific treatment protocol on individuals of various levels of severity. It has allowed her to not only impact their physical limitations, but also their quality of life. 

As a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, Katie is knowledgeable about application of Kinesio (athletic) tape over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day basis. The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.

 

One of Katie’s favorite hobbies is travelling with her husband and daughters; they love visiting new places and experiencing new things. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her family and friends. Katie is enthusiastic to advance her skills at Brostrom Physical Therapy, emphasize positive patient interaction and outcomes, and utilize her experience to portray her passion for physical therapy to her patients’ health and wellness.

Renée Pawloski

PT, DPT

LSVT BIG Certified Therapist

 

Renée joined our practice in September 2020. After graduating from Michigan State University in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology, she pursued and obtained her Doctorate Degree in physical therapy at Central Michigan University in 2012. In addition to her traditional education at the University level, Renée possesses an LSVT BIG Certification, which is a program designed to improve motor skills for those diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Renée's clinical and working experience has predominately come from outpatient physical therapy settings; she is familiar with orthopedic, geriatric, post-surgical, worker's compensation, and athletic cases. She uses a mix of manual therapy as well as appropriate exercises to help a patient with their progress. She is also experienced with dry needling. Education and communication are also some of the most important areas of Renée's practice; she enjoys seeing patients become independent with their care and equipped with tools to succeed after being discharged from physical therapy. 

 

Outside of providing care to her patients, Renée's hobbies include theater, music (especially the piano and trumpet), reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Renée is excited to join the Brostrom PT family and looks forward to providing excellent care in an comfortable environment, as well as connecting with her patients to achieve better outcomes.

Sarah Dacko

PTA

 

Sarah was born and raised in Southern California but recently relocated to the area in December 2017. She graduated from Loma Linda University with an Applied Science Degree in their Physical Therapist Assistant program.

 

Sarah’s experience has primarily come from outpatient physical therapy settings; she is familiar with orthopedic, geriatric, and athletic cases. She is passionate about the physical therapy field and loves to interact with patients and help them reach their goals.

 

While practicing as a Physical Therapist Assistant in California, Sarah had the opportunity to work with numerous orthopedic diagnoses, spinal conditions, sports injuries, and post-surgery cases. Since she is familiar with carrying her own caseload, she possesses both knowledge and experience in a wide array of diagnoses and physical therapy treatment interventions such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, patient education and instruction, and kinesio-taping.

 

Outside of providing care to her patients, Sarah’s hobbies include being active, spending time with family and friends, shopping, and playing/watching sports.

 

Sarah is excited to now call Michigan home, and plans to couple her outgoing and energetic personality with her superb communication skills to collaborate with our physical therapists and referring physicians and provide her patients with outstanding treatment.

Taylor Johnston

PT, DPT

 

Taylor joined our practice in July 2020. After graduating from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Exercise Science, she pursued and obtained her Doctorate Degree in physical therapy at Summa Cum Laude status from The University of Michigan in 2019.

 

Taylor's clinical and working experience has predominately come from outpatient physical therapy settings; she is familiar with orthopedic, geriatric, neurologic, and athletic cases. She enjoys assisting patients in meeting their therapy goals through determining individualized treatment plans, providing manual therapy, and instructing patients through therapeutic exercises and activities. Taylor also enjoys being a part of each patient's comprehensive care group involving our team of physical therapists as well as referring Physicians and specialists. 

 

Outside of providing care to her patients, Taylor's hobbies include being active and spending time with family and friends.

 

Taylor is excited to join the Brostrom PT family and looks forward to applying her education and experience to provide outstanding care.

Yvonne Henrikson

LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Yvonne graduated with her massage therapy license in 1995 from the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, MI and brings about 20 years’ worth of experience from an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Yvonne is extremely familiar with the outpatient physical therapy setting and has worked in conjunction with physical therapists in treating specific areas. She is approachable, kind, familiar with varying diagnoses and conditions (some of which include pre- and post-operative joint conditions, spinal conditions, chronic headaches, lymphedema, and TMJ). 

Yvonne is passionate about providing one-on-one, customized care for each patient and her communication and therapeutic manual skills blend nicely for patients to transition between herself and our team of physical therapists for treatment if needed.

At Brostrom Physical Therapy, Yvonne plans to apply her knowledge and massage therapy techniques to create customized plans of care and treatment for her patients.

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Contingent Therapists

Danielle Nelson

LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Danielle has relocated to Iowa as of June 1, 2020. When she returns to town, she will return to our practice on a contingent basis.

 

You may recognize Danielle as a physical therapy technician, but she also performs a wide variety of massage therapy services in our clinic (click here to read more). She is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in September 2008. 

Danielle is passionate about providing a customized touch for each client while providing an environment for healing. She has experience in the physical therapy setting, massage therapy setting, and has also provided care for family members and residents of an assisted living home. In her free time, Danielle enjoys bowling, horseback riding, mountain biking, and trying anything based around water. 

At Brostrom Physical Therapy, Danielle plans to use her upbeat personality and clinical skills to impact the lives and well-being of her massage therapy clients and our physical therapy patients, as well as gain certification as a Medical Massage Therapist (MMT). 

Jill Sullivan

PT, ATRIC

Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute Certified

Jill assists on a contingent basis to provide vacation coverage.

Jill joins our team as a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of experience, most of which come from an outpatient physical therapy setting. Most recently, she worked with patients at a skilled nursing facility to facilitate transitions between hospital to home or the next level of care. She is a proud resident of the local community and is excited to return to her roots in the outpatient setting to provide services. She graduated from Oakland University in 1987 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy.

 

Jill is well-versed in a variety of patient conditions and treatment techniques. She commonly uses joint mobilizations, manual therapy, modalities, exercises, and education in her treatment plans and is passionate about making sure patients meet their goals. She has a special interest in treating the senior population. Additionally, she is accustomed to collaborating and educating members of a patient’s care team (such as physicians with various sub specialties, physical therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, caregivers, and family members). When she is not coordinating care or providing treatment, Jill enjoys exercising and spending time with her family and friends.

 

At Brostrom Physical Therapy, Jill plans to apply her years of experience to provide well-rounded and effective treatment, as well as further her relationships with physicians and patients in the local area.

Natalie Grant

PT, DPT, CAFS

Certification in Applied Functional Science

Natalie assists on a contingent basis to provide vacation coverage.

 

Natalie attended Michigan State University to obtain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology and completed her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at Central Michigan University. She has over 8 years of outpatient physical therapy experience in treating orthopedic musculoskeletal injuries and sports-related injuries with use of evaluating impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. Natalie’s approach is personalized and unique to each patient and her treatment interventions may include manual therapy and/or functional assessment. She also specializes in running injuries, hip and shoulder dysfunctions, knee and ankle pain, and sports-related injuries; in addition, Natalie has significant experience in assessing biomechanics of gait when walking and running with use of video. She is certified in Graston technique and possesses a Certification in Applied Functional Science, which equips her with the skills and knowledge to develop custom treatments tailored to each individual patient.

In addition to her hands-on services in our clinic, Natalie is also a physical therapist with an elite team of practitioners that specialize in providing physical therapy to Broadway and Touring productions (including musical theatre shows, concert tours, and film productions) in various Downtown Detroit venues such as the Fisher Theatre and Fox Theatre. In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters and being active outdoors.

 At Brostrom Physical Therapy, Natalie plans to couple her calming personality and comprehensive knowledge to provide her patients with outstanding physical therapy treatment.

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Brostrom Physical Therapy South Lyon Mi

Spine and Extremity Institute of South Lyon, LLC

22180 Pontiac Trail, Suite E

South Lyon, MI 48178-9097

Tel: 248-446-0155

Fax: 248-446-0177

therapist@brostrompt.com

Brostrom Physical Therapy

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