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Our Team

We believe one of our most important assets is our people. Our team of experienced, dedicated and compassionate physical therapists, occupational therapists, trainers and other professionals is committed to facilitating hope and better quality of life for each and every client that comes to us. We develop and implement customized, high-intensity programs that meet our clients’ needs and help them achieve recovery to the fullest possible extent.

Learn more about our dedicated therapists and trainers below.

Polly A. Swingle, PT, GCS, CEEAA

Co-Owner & Co-Founder

Polly Swingle is co-founder, co-CEO and lead physical therapist with The Recovery Project. Polly has extensive clinical and administrative experience, specializing in rehabilitative therapy with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and neuromuscular disorders. She is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA), a Geriatric Certified Specialist, a Project Walk Certified Trainer, and a certified LSVT ®BIG clinician. She is also certified in neuro-developmental treatment, Burdenko therapy and Pilates. She earned her degree in Physical Therapy from Ohio University.

Prior to co-founding The Recovery Project with Charlie Parkhill, Polly served as a physical therapist at DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for eight years, during which time she was named as the Physical Therapist of the Year and Michigan Clinical Instructor of the Year. In addition to her work with The Recovery Project, Polly volunteers with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Michigan, where she was named Clinician of the Year 2015, assisting physicians with patient care management, and she is a regular speaker at national and local physical therapy and physician conferences. Additionally, Polly was selected as the 2015 Health Care Hero - Allied Health winner by Crain's Detroit Business.
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Becky Lindemann, MPT

Becky is Director of Rehabilitative Services with The Recovery Project. She earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan. She has an extensive background in inpatient and outpatient neurological and orthopedic physical therapy, and has been practicing since 1999.

In addition to her role at The Recovery Project, Becky teaches in the physical therapist assistant program at Baker College. Becky enjoys biking, hiking, yoga and traveling with her husband and two children.
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Daniel Pratt, RTS

Daniel is a rehabilitative training specialist with The Recovery Project, specializing in designing fitness programs tailored to fit his clients’ unique abilities and goals. He earned his degree in Health Fitness from Central Michigan University. Dan is also certified in First Aid and adult/child/infant CPR with AED training (AHA).

Prior to coming to The Recovery Project, Dan worked as a certified spinal cord injury recovery trainer at Project Walk Orlando, where he evaluated and implemented recovery-based programs to clients of various injury levels in order to improve their quality of life.

Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife, and educating himself on anything pertaining to the fitness field.
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David Taylor, RTS

David is a rehabilitative training specialist with The Recovery Project. He is a certified physical therapy and occupational therapy aide, a certified personal trainer, and certified in Burdenko, CPR/AED/O2 and the RTI Stim Bike (functional electrical stimulation.) He has been training and coaching since 1989.

David enjoys rebuilding vintage motorcycles, riding his Harley Davidson as much as possible, and spending time in Port Sanilac on Lake Huron in the summer.
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Elizabeth Closser, PTA

Elizabeth Closser is a physical therapist assistant with The Recovery Project, where she provides skilled physical therapy for people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders under the supervision of the team’s physical therapists. She earned her Associate in Applied Science—Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Henry Ford Community College, and participated in undergraduate work at Eastern Michigan University. She is also LSVT®BIG certified, and involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Emilee Bohde, DPT

Emilee Bohde is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project, where she develops and implements high-intensity therapeutic programs for people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and her bachelor’s degree in health sciences, with a minor in exercise science, from Oakland University.  Emilee is also LSVT Big certified, and works with our Parkinsons patients.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Emilee served clinical rotations with The Recovery Project, the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan—Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Henry Ford Health System’s pediatric department and the St. John Medical Center. While earning her DPT, she was honored with the Oakland University Edward Tracy Community Service Award, and the Neuromuscular Excellence Award.
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Gwen Dani, MPT, GCS, CEEAA

Gwen Dani is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project, specializing in neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation. She earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Gwen is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA), a Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS), and a LSVT®BIG certified clinician. She is also certified in Burdenko, and as a strength and conditioning specialist.

Gwen has been practicing since 1998, with her experience including four years in head injury and outpatient neurological and rehabilitation at DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, and three years as Physical Therapy Director at the outpatient orthopedic clinic.

Gwen loves to spend time crocheting, running, yoga, and mosaic painting.
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Heather Whiteman, MPT

Heather is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project, specializing in neurological therapy. She earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and her Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Science from Wayne State University. She is also a certified LSVT®BIG clinician, and certified in myofascial release.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Heather spent eight years at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, working in acute care and inpatient neurological rehabilitation.

Heather enjoys reading, yoga, baking and traveling with her husband and two children, whether it’s a short weekend hiking and camping to parts of northern Michigan, touring the Upper Peninsula or going on long road trips through the U.S.
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Joseph Stachura, RTS

Joseph is a rehabilitative training specialist with The Recovery Project, specializing in exercise therapy for individuals with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University, and is a Project Walk Certified Trainer and CPR/AED certified.

He possesses extensive experience as a personal trainer, with a background as a wellness and fitness manager.
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Keith Matherly, LMT

Keith Matherly is a licensed massage therapist with The Recovery Project, where he develops and implements customized therapeutic massage programs that help The Recovery Project’s clients achieve their wellness and recovery goals. Matherly earned his massage therapy degree from Irene’s Myomassology Institute, where he specialized in myofascial release, trigger points and cranial sacral therapy.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Matherly was a licensed massage therapist with Northville, Mich.-based New Body Therapeutics, Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Healing In Motion, and Livonia, Mich.-based Aegis Health Care. He also served as an executive chef for more than 25 years.
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Marie Miller, OTR

Marie Miller is an occupational therapist with The Recovery Project. She earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy, and her bachelor’s degree, from Eastern Michigan University. Miller has extensive experience providing supervision and direction of patient care, and developing customized occupational therapy programs. Additionally, Miller reestablished and became the chairperson for the Huron Valley Chapter of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, and has been an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2010.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Miller practiced occupational therapy at HCR ManorCare, providing supervision and direction of patient care while evaluating treatment of clients, developing rehabilitation sessions and documenting using Rehab Optima software. She first got her foot in the door with occupational therapy by serving as an intern at three different facilities, where she conducted pre-drive screening, received equipment training and practiced return-to-work therapy and outpatient neuro-rehabilitation.
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Megan Reid, DPT

Megan Reid is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project. She earned her doctorate of physical therapy from Oakland University, and her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State University. While completing her doctorate, Reid worked as a graduate assistant for three years and conducted research on normative values of lumbar spine range of motion in adolescents.

 

Reid also earned the Susan E. Saliga Neuromuscular Excellence award, the Beth C. Marcoux Research Excellence award, and the Neil King Physical Therapy Scholarship during her time at Oakland.
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Meghan Malley, DPT

Meghan is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project, specializing in neurological rehabilitation. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Oakland University and her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Miami University. She is a certified LSVT®BIG clinician, an OSSUR Certified Prosthetic Therapist, a certified user of the Bioness L300, and a certified PWR! Trained Therapist. She started The Recovery Project’s first PWR! Gym.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Meghan worked as a physical therapist with the Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. In addition to her clinical work, Meghan has extensive research experience. Her doctoral research on postural muscle strength within the spinal cord injury population was published in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy (JNPT). She is also a guest lecturer for Wayne State University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Outside of work, Meghan is an avid photographer, travels and practices yoga and Pilates.
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Molly Racklin, OTR/L, CBIS

Molly is an occupational therapist with The Recovery Project, with experience treating patients with a wide variety of diagnoses including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral vascular accidents, amputations and other neurological and muscular dystrophy diagnoses. She earned her degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College, and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, a trained clinician in VitalStim therapy for speech and swallowing, NDT certified and trained in Saebo and Ness H200 regarding hand function treatment approaches for the neurologically impaired.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, she served as an inpatient occupational therapist with DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for more than five years.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
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Nikki Warner, MPT

Nikki is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project, specializing in neurological rehabilitation. She earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, and is a certified LSVT ®BIG clinician, an expert trainer for the product Lite Gait® by Mobility Research and is trained to utilize BIONESS L300, and specializes in amputee rehabilitation. She recently completed advanced training with Robert Gailey, PhD, PT in 2015, becoming an OSSUR Certified Prosthetic Therapist.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Nikki was a physical therapist at DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, where she spent more than 10 years in inpatient traumatic brain injury and outpatient neurological rehabilitation. Her interests include staying busy with her two children, volunteering her time at school and church, and playing competitive women’s soccer.
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Rose Crampton, DPT

Rose Crampton, DPT, is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project, specializing in neurological physical therapy. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University, and her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakland University. Crampton’s doctorate research focused on the effects of exercise on wheelchair bound individuals with multiple sclerosis. The research she established was continued at Grand Valley State Univeristy, and presented multiple times at the Michigan Physical Therapy Association’s conferences.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Crampton was a physical therapist with Saginaw-based Covenant Health Care, where she practiced outpatient neurological physical therapy, primarily working with stroke, amputee and pediatric populations. She also gained experience working with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, multiple scoliosis and Parkinson’s disease. She also served as a hospital based physical therapist with Kalamazoo-based Borgess Medical Center where she practiced in critical care, trauma, neurology and surgery. Prior to becoming a Physical Therapist she was a home health aide in Grand Rapids and head technician at Clinton Township-based Health Quest Physical Therapy.
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Sean Thompson, RTS

Sean is a rehabilitative training specialist with The Recovery Project, specializing in exercise therapy for individuals with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. He has been a personal trainer since 2005, previously serving at Bally’s Total Fitness, Powerhouse Gym, the YMCA and his own practice. He is certified through World Instructor Training Schools.

TJ Hosa, DPT

TJ Hosa, DPT, is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project. He earned his doctorate of physical therapy from Ohio University, and his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in sociology from Ohio State University. Hosa has experience working with cardiopulmonary and Parkinson’s disease, and presented at the 2015 Global Health Fair Combined Sections Meeting conference.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Hosa practiced at Lynden Family Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic. There, he evaluated and treated many patients with various diagnoses while supervising and directing physical therapy assistants.
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Timothy Fredericks, MPT

Timothy Fredericks is a physical therapist with The Recovery Project, specializing in neurological rehabilitation. He earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1991. He is also a Project Walk Certified Trainer, and certified in NDT and Burdenko.

Prior to joining The Recovery Project, Timothy spent 13 years at the DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and George Washington University Hospital, focusing on spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and cerebrovascular accidents (CVA/stroke).

In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball. Tim and his wife have 9 children, and are very active in the Roman Catholic church.
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