Stories from 2016

The Recovery Project Named Partner In MS Care by National MS Society

December 13, 2016

The Recovery Project, a leading provider of high-intensity physical and occupational therapies that improve the lives and functionality of patients with spinal cord and other neurological injuries, has been officially recognized as a Partner in MS Care in the area of Rehabilitation through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program. The Recovery Project Co-CEO Polly Swingle, PT, GCS, CEEAA, made the announcement.

“The Society’s Partners in MS Care program acknowledges committed providers whose practices improve care for people with MS,” said National MS Society President & CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo. “High quality…Read More

WXYZ Workers Wanted: The Recovery Project is hiring physical and occupational therapists

November 23, 2016

A Livonia-based provider of high intensity, evidence based physical therapy and occupational therapy is rapidly expanding.

The Recovery Project focuses on improving the lives and functionality of patients with spinal cord and other neurological injuries.

Right now there are a number of positions open at the company’s Livonia and Clinton Township locations:

  • Speech Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapy Techs
  • Administrative Professionals (billing, scheduling, clerk)

Those interested in applying can contact Stephanie Villalobos at (734) 953-1745.

The Recovery Project recently became one of the only clinics in Michigan to have a dedicated Functional Electrical Stimulation…Read More

Heather Dupuis joins The Recovery Project as Director of Business Development

November 15, 2016

The Recovery Project, a leading provider of high-intensity physical and occupational therapies that improve the lives and functionality of patients with spinal cord and other neurological injuries, has hired Heather Dupuis to serve as director of business development. The Recovery Project Co-Founder Charlie Parkhill made the announcement.

In this role, Dupuis will oversee internal marketing efforts for The Recovery Project’s East side location in Clinton Township. She will also help identify and pursue new business development opportunities, as well as conceive and implement marketing initiatives to help grow the company.

“Heather comes to The Recovery…Read More

Jennifer Zimmerman joins The Recovery project as a Medical Scheduler and Biller

October 27, 2016

The Recovery Project, a leading provider of high-intensity physical and occupational therapies that improve the lives and functionality of patients with spinal cord and other neurological injuries, has welcomed Jennifer Zimmerman to its growing team. Charlie Parkhill, co-CEO of The Recovery Project, made the announcement.

In her new role with The Recovery Project, Zimmerman is responsible for coordinating patient and therapist schedules, as well as ensuring that proper medical documentation is in place and submitting medical billing claims to the proper insurance organizations. She most recently worked for Livonia Public Schools, and prior to…Read More

The Recovery Project featured on Fox 2’s “Amy’s Angels”

October 6, 2016

The Recovery Project co-founders Charlie Parkhill and Polly Swingle recently sat down with Fox 2’s Amy Andrews for an “Amy’s Angels” segment, where they discussed the founding of The Recovery Project, the organization’s evidence-based approach to physical and occupational therapy, and the launch of the new FES Specialty Center at The Recovery Project Livonia.

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Physical Gains Still Possible 15+ Years After Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

August 4, 2016

The Recovery Project all started because of a spark of hope—a shared belief among its co-founders, physical therapist Polly Swingle and spinal cord client Charlie Parkhill, that combining science, compassion and hard work could unlock never-before-dreamed-of possibilities. The duo proved this theory right nearly 15 years ago when they initially developed new, innovative high-intensity physical therapy methods to treat Charlie’s incomplete spinal cord injury. The new research-based protocols led to Charlie regaining a significant amount of quality of life, and eventually taking his first unassisted steps.

More than 15 years after their…Read More

Polly Swingle authors handout on “Exercising Post-Spinal Cord Injury” for ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine

July 21, 2016

For persons who have sustained a spinal cord injury, a growing body of research suggests that exercise may be — quite literally — the best medicine. Consequently, for spinal cord patients, caregivers, physical therapists and doctors, understanding the full benefits of exercise, and understanding how to design, deploy and maximize the value of a rehabilitative exercise program, is critically important.

Forms of Exercise

With any exercise or physical therapy regimen for spinal cord injuries, early intervention and repetition are critically important.

Spinal cord injury often results in a large area of paralysis. Multiple muscles and multiple…Read More

The Recovery Project honored as an “Economic Bright Spot” by Corp! Magazine

July 6, 2016

The Recovery Project is an industry-leading, nationally recognized provider of innovative and high-intensity physical and occupational therapy for people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other severe neuromuscular conditions.

“Our success has come as a result of several factors: our commitment to offering the most scientifically advanced therapy possible, our expansion of our therapeutic offerings, our partnerships with the community and our commitment to staff development,” says Charlie Parkhill, co-founder and co-CEO.

More specifically, Parkhill says, President and Co-CEO Polly Swingle is constantly researching new equipment, programs and techniques, and regularly investing in…Read More