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Meet our Physical Therapist

Dean Tahtinen (he is the one in the middle on the floor) is a 1989 graduate of Grand Valley State University. In his 30 plus years as a physical therapist he has developed and interest in holestic treatment. He has been known to say, "I have never had a sore right knee come into my clinic, it is always attached to a person and you have to treat the whole person if you want long term results" He believes in life long education with interests in vestibular rehabilitation, chronic pain, concussion/tramaic brain rehablitation, Dolphin Micro Point stimulation, and functional rehabilitation. His unique obseravtional skills often lead to treating a sore shoulder by releasing an abdominal scar. His view of the body as an interconnected system not a mechanical meat machine provides results where other therapist may have failed. His favorite patient is the person that has tried and failed before and is ready for a new approach. His biggest irritation is the thought that therapy has to hurt to be effective. His goal of every treatment is that you feel better leaving Fyzical Therapy then you did coming in to treatment.


Meet our Physical Therapist Assistant

Laurie Severn is a 1985 graduate of Delta College University Center in Saginaw, Michigan. She has worked in various settings including cardiac, pediatric, orthopedic, home care and out-patient care. Laurie has a soft spot in her heart for helping the geriatric population. She realizes how each person is unique and enjoys giving guidance to nurture her clients into becoming as healthy and strong as they are capable of being. Laurie enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband Mike for 28 years and has two wonderful children, Mandi and Shane. She loves all the activities Northern Michigan has to offer. Laurie looks forward to meeting you soon!

Meet our Clinical Care Specialist

Cindy Elya was born and raised in northern Michigan and loves this beautiful area. She enjoys being outside, biking, golfing, kayaking (it helps when you live on a river), and camping with family and friends. Her pleasant smile and happy attitude fits perfectly with the Fyzical Therapy culture. She is on the front lines of insurance and benefits and is there to help you with any coverage concerns.