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The Recovery Project

Jordyn Funk, MS, OTRL, C/NDT Joins The Recovery Project

In her role as an occupational therapist, Jordyn Funk will provide intensive evaluation and treatment to The Recovery Project’s clients and will create customized programs that utilize the latest research-proven best practices and state-of-the-art equipment for clients, including those with neurological disorders. Funk will also leverage her certifications in VitalStim and Neuro-Developmental Treatment (C/NDT).

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APTA Defining Moment: From Patient to Partner

A transformative relationship, in many ways. 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 had told him he’d never walk again.

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Crain’s Detroit Business Allied Health Winner: Polly Swingle

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.

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

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 professionals in MDA clinics nominate someone as the award’s recipient.

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