Our Story

Born from Adversity

After sustaining an incomplete spinal cord injury, Charlie Parkhill was told by doctors he would never regain meaningful function or walk again, and without the advent of a high-intensity protocol, that prognosis may well have come true.

Though these programs didn’t exist for injuries as extensive as Charlie’s at the time, his therapist Polly Swingle was determined to fill that void. She worked with Charlie to design and implement a high-intensity protocol that yielded incredible results — including the eventual ability for Charlie to walk more than 100 feet, unassisted.
Inspired by these results and driven to share the same hope with others in similar situations, the two founded The Recovery Project in 2003. Today, Polly’s programs continue to produce outstanding results and improved quality of life for the hundreds of people that come through the company’s doors each day.

Our Mission

The Recovery Project is dedicated to maximizing patient outcomes by providing the highest quality customer service and evidence based therapies, and seek to inspire every individual that comes through our doors. We believe that individuals with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, other neurological diseases, and muscular skeletal injuries should pursue increased physical functionality and fitness. While researchers seek the remedy, our mission is to improve the lives and functionality of individual with these injuries by providing an environment in which to rehabilitate, recover and stay fit. We will devote our expertise, dedication and passion to assist our clients in the pursuit of their goals.

Our Approach

Our unique approach — combining highly trained and compassionate staff, advanced evidence-based techniques and specialized state-of-the-art equipment — was among the first in the country to offer high-intensity outpatient therapy for people with spinal cord injuries. We remain committed to providing the most advanced and impactful therapy possible and have expanded our programs to address the needs of individuals with a variety of neurological and orthopedic impairments.
The Recovery Project offers personalized, one-on-one physical, occupational, and speech therapy programs designed and administered by highly trained and compassionate staff. We utilize the latest evidence-based research and state-of-the-art equipment at our bright and welcoming therapy centers in Livonia, Clinton Township, and Lansing. Our compassionate team is driven to bring hope and life-changing results to our clients and their support networks.

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