Danielle Poole Joins The Recovery Project As Medical Scheduler

April 20, 2016

Danielle Poole has joined the team as the medical scheduler for the company’s two full-service clinics in Livonia and Clinton Township.

As medical scheduler, Poole will lead and manage all coordination of client appointments and medical records.

“Danielle’s strong attention to detail, extensive experience managing and organizing teams and operations, and compassionate nature make her the perfect fit,” said Swingle. “We are excited for our hundreds of southeast Michigan clients to get to know her as she moves into this important role.”

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Poole was senior team leader with Target, where…Read More

TRP Talks Adaptive Yoga on WXYZ/MyTV20

April 18, 2016

On Monday, April 18, The Recovery Project Co-CEO and Lead Physical Therapist Polly Swingle and Yoga Teacher Steve Styes were invited in-studio to WXYZ/MyTV20 to demonstrate adaptive yoga poses, discuss its benefits, and share details about The Recovery Project’s classes.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube and see other TRP videos!…Read More

Megan Reid, DPT, Joins The Recovery Project’s Livonia Clinic

April 18, 2016

The Recovery Project is excited to announce that Megan Reid has joined our Livonia clinic as a physical therapist. In her role, Reid will design and implement customized physical therapy programs that utilize the latest research-proven best practices and state of the art equipment for The Recovery Project’s clients, including those with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

“Megan thoroughly impressed us during her 12-week clinical rotation at The Recovery Project—her enthusiasm, her passion for learning and implementing new techniques, and her compassion with our clients stood out immediately,” said Co-CEO Polly Swingle. “We…Read More

The Recovery Project’s Spring Newsletter is Live!

April 12, 2016

In the March 2016 edition of The Recovery Project’s newsletter, you’ll learn more about a recent groundbreaking exercise study conducted by TRP co-founders Charlie Parkhill and Polly Swingle that generated outstanding results. Using the latest high-intensity research for spinal cord injury physical therapy and TRP’s state-of-the-art equipment, Polly built a customized eight-week program consisting of two high-intensity sessions per week, lasting two hours each time. At the end of the program, Charlie’s incredible gains included the ability to walk further distances than before, the ability to stand unassisted for longer periods of time,…Read More

The Recovery Project Launches Adaptive Yoga Classes

April 1, 2016

We’ve launched adaptive yoga classes that are open to the public at our Livonia clinic every Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m.

The adaptive yoga classes are uniquely designed for individuals with limited mobility issues, including severe arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, head or spinal injuries, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, CVA, amputations or any other neuromuscular condition.

There is extensive scientific research that demonstrates the immense mental and physical benefits of practicing yoga with neuromuscular conditions. We have been employing adaptive yoga techniques in our customized therapy programs for years, but recently recognized the need and…Read More

Occupational Therapist Marie Miller Joins The Recovery Project’s Livonia Clinic

February 2, 2016

The Recovery Project, a leading provider of high-intensity physical and occupational therapy, announced today that Marie Miller has joined the team as an occupational therapist at the company’s Livonia clinic. The Recovery Project Co-CEO Polly Swingle, PT, GCS, CEEAA, RYI made the announcement.


Miller will access and provide rehabilitation treatment to The Recovery Project’s clients, helping them return to their highest practicable levels and achieve greater quality of life.


“Marie’s enthusiasm and knowledge of occupational therapy treatment makes her a great addition to our Livonia clinic,” said Swingle. “Her dedication to patients…Read More

APTA Defining Moment: From Patient to Partner

November 15, 2015

When I first saw Charlie Parkhill, I had no idea he would become such an important figure in my life. I just thought I could help him.

It was 1998 and I was working as a physical therapist (PT) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in the town of Novi. Charlie, a certified public accountant with a successful business, had sustained a severe neck injury while on vacation with his wife in Mexico. The wave that knocked him down had bruised and partially severed his spinal cord. Physicians…Read More

Crain’s Detroit Business Allied Health Winner: Polly Swingle

August 16, 2015

By: Jay Greene


Polly Swingle wondered nearly 20 years ago if cutting-edge physical therapy conducted on cats with spinal injuries that allowed them use of their hind legs would work on humans. It did.


Working with her patient Charlie Parkhill, a businessman who had injured his spinal cord in a freak swimming accident in 1998, Swingle began to test her ideas in Detroit using high-intensity workouts.


“Charlie was 100 percent successful in his personal and business life. He had such a drive in him,” said Swingle of Parkhill’s…Read More

Fraser-Clinton Township Chronicle: Local physical therapist honored by MDA

June 24, 2015

By: Nick Mordowanec


Polly Swingle has practiced physical therapy for 30 years, and now she is getting something in return for giving back.


The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Michigan recently selected her as the “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” award recipient for 2015.


The award is presented annually to a community member who dedicates time, talent and expertise to improve the quality of life for those with muscular dystrophy. Other pro- fessionals in MDA clinics nominate someone as the award’s recipient.


Several people are nominated each year. The award…Read More

Detroit News: Recovery a Lifelong Project for Therapy Center Founder

May 15, 2015

By: Laurén Abdel-Razzaq


Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck.


Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the water, a giant wave hit him and knocked him onto his head, bruising and partially severing his spinal cord.


The doctors told him physical therapy beyond the first year was a waste of time, that he…Read More