Meet the Therapist: Steve Bartz, PT
Steve founded Hudsonville Physical Therapy in 1994 and has been practicing physical therapy for 33 years, after graduating from Grand Valley State University. We asked him a few questions so you can get to know him better!
1. What is your favorite diagnosis to treat, and why?
I like treating complex patients with low back or neck problems, because we can often achieve dramatic improvements in a short period of time with physical therapy.
2. What is the McKenzie approach you sometimes use?
The McKenzie approach aims to diagnose people based on their movement preferences and symptoms. It’s a disciplined approach to try to identify types of tissue dysfunctions that would affect someone’s pain and limit his or her function. It’s becoming more widely used in rehabilitation because it is effective and efficient.
3. What is your vision for Hudsonville Physical Therapy?
My vision is for our clinic to provide the top quality, most personalized care to each individual we see. I want Hudsonville Physical Therapy to be a warm and friendly environment, especially with the changes in healthcare delivery that we see. Care is becoming more institutionalized, formalized, and less personalized. I want Hudsonville PT to be the best in the world at delivering highly effective, individualized, and caring physical therapy.
4. What are some of your hobbies or favorite activities to do outside of work?
My favorite hobby is spending time with my family, including my two new twin grandchildren. Outside of work you can find me hiking, biking, hunting, and backpacking – and running, although I’m not sure I actually like it!
Meet the Therapist: Mason Riegel, PT
1. What drew you to be a physical therapist?
My original goal was to become a physical therapist for a college or professional sports team. Once I completed PT school I realized that I enjoyed working will all types of people (not just athletes), so I decided to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, which is perfect for me!
2. What are some of your favorite populations to work with or diagnoses to treat, and why?
I really enjoy all types of patients, but my favorite is working with athletes, regardless of the diagnosis. If I had to choose a favorite diagnosis to treat, I would say any type of shoulder diagnosis.
3. What does the Functional Movement Systems (FMS) program do for athletes?
Our FMS Performance Training Program is a sport specific workout that helps improve athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury by identifying an athlete's potential problem areas (through the FMS screen) and implementing workouts to address their specific deficits.
4. What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
I love to golf, and I enjoy home improvement projects.
Meet the Therapist: Brian Colvin, PT
Brian has been a loyal member of the team since 1995 – a year after Steve opened the practice! We asked Brian a few questions so that you can get to know him better:
1. What’s your favorite part of your job? I like to see patients as the progress from visit to visit. It’s rewarding to see their hard work pay off, and them to be able to return to their normal lives and their favorite activities!
2. What’s your favorite diagnosis to treat? Post-surgical knees and shoulders, because I see huge functional improvements as people get their strength and range of motion back.
3. What are some of your favorite things to do on the weekend? I love spending time with family and friends. Most weekends you can find me and my wife attending a handful of sporting events for all four of our kids, ages 10, 13, 15 and 17! They keep us busy with a variety of sports including baseball, soccer, swimming, water polo, cross country, and basketball.
Steve Bartz, PT