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Meet our Staff

At Orthopedic Spine & Sports Therapy we continually strive to meet our patients' needs and exceed their expectations with physical therapy.

     

 

Meet our Physical Therapists

Bryan Kuhlman, PT, DPT, OMPT

Mark Raffin, MPT, OMPT, CSCS

Joseph Goike, DPT, OMPT

Melodie Kondratek, PT, DScPT, OMPT

Sarah Zanotti, DPT, OMPT

Rachel Yoder, DPT

Danna Herrick, DPT

 

 

 

 

 

about us

 

 

Orthopedic Spine & Sports Therapy is a distinct physical therapy practice, specific in approach to evaluation and treatment. Our patients work directly with the therapists and together develop a treatment program specific to their needs. As certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (OMPT), we have an extensive understanding of examination techniques which analyze the location, involvement, and motion mechanics of the joints and soft tissue surrounding our patients’ symptoms. We construct specific treatment plans used to reeducate our patients to establish mechanically sound patterns of movement, while discouraging poor, habitual patterns of movement. It is the distinct combination of a thourough evaluation and a carefully designed treatment plan which has provided better results for our patients.

 

 

Bryan Kuhlman, PT, DPT, OMPT

bryan Education:

- DPT, Oakland University (Doctorate of Physical Therapy)
- OMPT, Oakland University (Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy)
- MPT, Oakland University (Masters of Physical Therapy)
- BS in Health Science, Oakland University

Membership:

- American Physical Therapy Association, since 2001


 

Professional Involvement:


Bryan currently is a part-time professor at Oakland University. In the Physical Therapy Program, he teaches Examination and Evaluation I. He also assists and is a guest Lecturer in entry-level musculoskeletal courses and the OMPT program at Oakland University. Bryan has taught abroad in Spain and contributes to the publication of research studies from Oakland University as a staff member.

Experience:


Bryan spent two years as a lab assistant for Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy for the Physical Therapy program. He received the Manual Therapy and Research Excellence awards at Oakland University. His final internship was at HealthSouth Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, AL. Directed by Dr. James Andrews, M.D. and Kevin Wilk, P.T. Bryan was able to observe leading surgical techniques and rehabilitations procedures performed on top athletes. Bryan has experience working with the Detroit Red Wings and from training for triathlons. Bryan has a working relationship with multiple doctors to facilitate patients back to function. In turn he observes the current surgeries performed. He is currently working on Hip Research involving labrel pathologies and Human Anatomy Research. He investigates the symptoms to devise specific manual training and functional rehabilitation programs for each patient.

 

Mark Raffin, MPT, OMPT, CSCS

mark Education:

- OMPT, Oakland University (Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy)
- MPT, Oakland University (Masters of Physical Therapy)
- BS in Biology, Wayne State University

Membership:

- American Physical Therapy Association, since 1999
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, since 2001

 

Experience:


Mark has been training athletes since 1990 and received his certification in strength and conditioning from the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2001. He was chosen for manual therapy excellence award by the faculty. At that time Mark was invited to enroll in Oakland University’s graduate certificate program in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, which he entered that fall. He completed this two-year residency program in 2004. Mark has been working in the outpatient orthopedic physical therapy setting since 2002. Mark draws on his training and athletic experiences along with his science background to develop sound treatment programs and intelligent exercise prescription for his clients on an individual basis.

 



Joseph Goike, DPT

joe Education:

- OMPT, Oakland University (Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy)
- DPT, Oakland University (Doctorate of Physical Therapy)
- BS in Health Sciences and Minor in Exercise Science, Oakland University

Membership:

- American Physical Therapy Association, since 2006
- Michigan Physical Therapy Association, since 2006

 

Experience:


Joe has received a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Oakland University in 2009 followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2012. Joe’s two final internships included Sinai-Grace Hospital, where he had the opportunity to gain experience in the acute care and post surgical setting, and here at Orthopedic Spine and Sports Therapy. During his clinical internships and while working as a physical therapy aide, he has gained experience working with athletes from a variety of backgrounds, including high school to the professional levels. While he was a student at Oakland University, he spent four years as an athlete and captain of the Oakland University Men’s Track Team followed by two years as a volunteer assistant coach helping out with the cross country and track program. Joe combines the OMPT philosophy and education with his experience as an athlete and coach to develop specific and effective treatment programs for every client.

 

Melodie Kondratek, PT, DScPT, OMPT

Melodie K Education:

- DScPT, Oakland University (Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy)

- OMPT, Oakland University (Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy)

- BS in Physical Therapy, Wayne State University

 

 

Membership:

- American Physical Therapy Association, since 1978

- APTA Sections: Orthopedic, Pediatric, Education American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)

 Experience:


Oakland University: Melodie is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, School of Health Sciences at Oakland University. She teaches 'Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therpists' and 'Pediatric Interventions' for entry-level physical therapy students; and 'Advanced Differential Diagnosis' and 'Extremity Orthopedic Examination and Interventions' in Oakland's Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Program.  Her research interests include the effectiveness of manual therapy interventions for adults and children, and defining 'normal' mobility of the low back in children and adolescents. Melodie has lectured at the state, national and international levels on the topic of manual therapy and children.

Clinical experience: Melodie has worked in a variety of practice settings during her 35 year career as a physical therapist. Her passion for physical therapy is fueled by the challange of investigating the source of symptoms, and developing a treatment plan to address the source. She has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting for the past 15 years with children and adults of all ages.

 

 


Danna Herrick, DPT

 

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  Education:

  - DPT, Des Moines University (Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy)

  - BS in Exercise Science, Truman State University

 

 

Membership:

- American Physical Therapy Association, since 2009

- Michigan Physical Therapy Association, since 2016

- Iowa Physical Therapy Association, 2009-2016

 Experience:

Danna joined Orthopedic Spine and Sports Therapy in 2016 after relocating from Des Moines, Iowa. She has worked in the orthopedic physical therapy setting since earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University (2012). Danna specializes with runners of all levels, holds experience with pre/post partum women's health, and enjoys the opportunity to work with a variety of patient presentations within the outpatient setting.  

While completing her bachelors degree at Truman State University, Danna was a 2-time NCAA All-American in cross country and track and field. She has competed in the last two USA Olympic Marathon Trials (2012, 2016) and runs professionally for Hansons Brooks Original Distance Project (Rochester, Michigan). Danna and her husband (Justin) live in Shelby Township and enjoy training together, spending time with their goldendoodle, and exploring the land of the great lakes.  


 

 

- OMPT, Oakland University (Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy)