Active Physical Therapy: Get healthy!

MARQUETTE – The folks who own and operate Active Physical Therapy clinics in Marquette and Ishpeming have just one thing on their minds and that is how they can get their customers healthy again. The independent, locally owned and operated clinics are focused on providing one-to-one care between a provider and a patient.

“Our staff wants to spend time getting to know each client personally, so that little things don’t get missed,” Kip Hartman DPT, founder of the Active brand and director of the Marquette clinic, said. “We know our patients so that even small issues can be caught early, then we work with the patient’s physician on a plan so they don’t balloon into a bigger problem later.”

The Marquette location opened in July 2009 and the Ishpeming location had its ribbon cutting on Sept. 16.

Active Ishpeming’s three providers, Kristy Kerkela and Sarah Goupil, who are physical therapists and Scott Corkin, an athletic trainer, felt that going into private practice would allow them to provide therapy to the community in a fashion they can control. Patient centered, individualized, and in a comfortable setting.

Kristin Wodzinski is one of the two board certified sports clinical specialists that works at Active, the other being Kristy Kerkela. Kristin wanted to work at Active after seeing patients struggle with physical therapy treatments at other places she had worked. “One of the things that makes Active Physical Therapy different from other therapy clinics is their emphasis on seeing only one person at a time. It is often scary enough coming in to physical therapy with an injury, and then not knowing who you will be seeing each time can make it all the more stressful.”

When a patient walks into Active, they will first meet with a physical therapist for an initial evaluation of the injury. Then, staff will walk the patient through tests to determine baselines, so they know where to start with physical therapy. Staff will use this evaluation and tests to identify the true source of the pain the patient is experiencing. During the course of treatment the patient will be sent home with educational material on their specific injury as well as an at-home exercise program to coincide with the therapy they will receive at Active. Active will schedule individualized hour-long sessions for anyone who needs them as well.

The Marquette clinic boasts a specialized therapy pool to diversify the ways in which the staff can help clients heal after an injury. The pool has resistance functions as well as a treadmill. They also have 2400 square foot dedicated to sports therapy and used by Crossfit in between sessions.

Both clinics donate their time to help the community by running aid stations, giving presentations to organizations and being involved in many community functions and activities. For example, Scott Corkin provides hundreds of hours of athletic training services to the Ishpeming schools. This is a huge benefit to the community, and even as a new business Active feels strongly that it’s the right thing to do.

Active Physical Therapy accepts most insurance, including Medicare and Blue Cross. The Marquette clinic is located at 1455 West Fair St across from the medical center. The hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 906-226-0574 to make an appointment. The Ishpeming clinic is located at 820 Carp River Lane, suite 2, in the Country Village, phone is 906-204-7400.

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, with other times by appointment.

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