Look! at what we get to do...

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Look! at what we get to do...

SIMIO is well underway in the construction of our new expanded health and wellness center!  Almost 9 years ago, My family and Rick's family embarked on a dream that I have had since I was a junior in high school. I wanted to create a movement and wellness center that included physical therapy, massage, nutrition, exercise, and community education; All under one roof!

With the help of Zahn BuildersGen 1-Architectural Group, and the ongoing support of the community we serve, we broke ground on February 2, 2017 to renovate our new location at 730 Chicago Drive. This was the location of the Holland Rescue Mission Thrift Store which has moved to their new location at the Gateway Center off US 31.

2 odd things about this photo... 1.  Snow, 2. The SIMIO building is for sale!

Our new location will allow us to continue our mission to offer the patient centered physical therapy assessment, treatment, and education that has shaped our brand.  In addition, we have added space for dedicated health and wellness services:

Nutritional Health Coaching
Therapeutic Massage
Sports Performance Testing and Treatment
Yoga and other movement based classes
Wellness Community Education
Fertility Enrichment
 

Stay Tuned....

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Fertility Enrichment at SIMIO Health Services, PLLC

Fertility Enrichment at SIMIO Health Services, PLLC

The first of many new programs to become available at SIMIO!  We are very excited to share this one with you.  After many years of development, we finally are able to celebrate our fertility enrichment program publicly.  To learn more, follow the link and explore the story, the process, and the journeys of some of the families that have submitted testimony.  

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PADDLING FOR JOSH 2015

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PADDLING FOR JOSH 

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In just two weeks, two of our esteemed colleagues, Brandon Gerardy and Steve Leppard, along with other members of Team Solstice, including our own PT, Adam Fujita, will demonstrate their unparalleled determination to do something bigger than any one of them could complete alone.  Together they will participate in the 68th annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

This years race on July 25th and 26th will mark the fifth entry for the "Paddling for Josh" team to complete the marathon to raise money for the education and daily assistance for a young man in need.  Josh LeJarett is a 24 year old student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College studying computer programming.  Josh also has Cerebral Palsy, is wheelchair bound, and only has voluntary use of his left arm.  He is able to drive his power wheelchair with a left handed joystick, but is unable to dress, transfer, or shower independently.  He requires 16hrs/day of caregiver assistance.  Paddling for Josh has been providing this assistance through fundraising since 2008 and has completed the AuSable Canoe Marathon in four previous entries (2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014).  SIMIO Physical Therapy has been a proud supporter of Paddling for Josh since 2010.

I have unique reasons for supporting the efforts of Team Solstice in their adventure to fund Paddling for Josh.  Tonya and I have attended the start of many AuSable Marathons prior to our awareness of Team Solstice.  We annually travel to Grayling on the last weekend in July to camp at one of our favorite State Parks, Hartwick Pines, and find crowded space on (or near) the steep lawn that serves as the spectator area for the launch of the marathon.  We have a respect for the rigor of what is about to take place for the paddlers as they all run down the hill with canoes in hand to find their place in a narrow bend in the river shortly after 9pm. 

For us, there may be a drive back to camp, or more recently, we have battled the traffic out of town toward one of the first bridge passing points at Burton's landing, or Stephan bridge, where spectators and team members crowd again to rally and support the racers.  Nonetheless, we find ourselves back at camp for a good nights rest.  We wake the following morning, eat breakfast, and continue normal camp life as we know it.  

Meanwhile...back on the river, our friends in the Paddling for Josh canoe have not rested, they have been paddling through the night averaging 50-80 paddle strokes per minute for 14-19 consecutive hours.  They have a team of friends following them from Grayling to Oscoda to support their food, hydration, and equipment needs. The team members train tirelessly through the year to prepare their bodies and plan for the needs of the upcoming race.  Many have invested personal dollars and hours in racing canoes and training equipment to condition for this and future marathons.  The generosity, selflessness, integrity, and compassion these individuals demonstrate is difficult to illustrate with words.

These friends have made a commitment to set goals, work together, carry one another, and accomplish things that no one person could do alone, but for one individual, Josh LeJarett.

SIMIO Physical Therapy has set up an online donation portal for Paddling for Josh through our website.  If you would like to contribute, please CLICK HERE.  Thank you.

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Fit Kitchen Boot Camp

A fun energetic workout and a healthy cooking class in the same night? Yes! It’s back! Fit Kitchen Bootcamp!

Jill Tanis has partnered with Jess Luepke and Dee Campanella of Valeo Personal Training to once again put together a comprehensive and very fun 4-week bootcamp for women.

Here’s how it works: The first portion of the evening, you will get a fantastic workout outdoors and when you’re done, you’ll move into the kitchen to learn to create healthy nourishing meals.

Are you someone who wouldn’t know where to begin with an exercise program? Or maybe you’re a veteran-fitness-buff looking for a boost to the same old routine? In this group program, Nationally Certified Personal Trainers Jess and Dee will lead you through the smartest and most innovative exercises to meet you where you’re at, show you how capable you are and give you the confidence and strength to be your best self. Each 40-minute written workout will be yours to keep, partnered with homework assignments for the week ahead. Take in the gorgeous Spring weather as you get your heart pumping and muscles moving.

After the workout is done, move your sweaty buns over to the kitchen and relax with a refreshing beverage and healthy cooking instruction. Whether you’ve never boiled water or you cook in your kitchen every day, this class is for multiple levels. Jill's goal is to help you feel comfortable and confident in cooking nutritious delicious recipes.

From breakfast and lunch recipes to dinners and desserts, snacks and salads, each week we’ll make and sample a variety of recipes. Whether you want to entertain or just enjoy healthy recipes at home, you’ll love these from-scratch, yet simple, efficient delicious recipes. Sample all that we make and leave with an action plan for the week ahead.

By the end of the 4-weeks you’ll have watched over 20 different recipes be prepared and you’ll have taken home over 40 new recipes.

Jill's goal is to help you reclaim your inner chef diva and feel confident and excited about moving into Summer choosing healthy foods for you and your family.

Caution: This experience will produce mood-boosting behavior, a positive supportive environment to succeed and a zest for the love of food, movement and life.

Wednesdays, May, 13, 20, 27, June 3 

6:30 – 9:00pm

Your investment: $329 when you register as an individual $297 when you register with a friend (you’ll register together to ensure the discount) $287 when you register with 3 other friends (you’ll register together to ensure the discount) $287 for clients and Moms In Tow members

Click for more information and to sign up

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SIMIO Signs Exclusive Service Agreement with GVSU

SIMIO Physical Therapy is excited to announce our next treatment location!  We have been invited by the Grand Valley State University's Athletic Department to set up shop in the Rehab Room of the GVSU Football Center on the Allendale campus.  We will provide treatment exclusively to GVSU athletes daily in a collaboration between SIMIO PT, the GVSU Athletic Trainers, and the GVSU Athletic Department.  Justin Victor PT, DPT, a former GVSU football player, will be heading up SIMIO's treatment services on campus.

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Sunset Yoga - SIMIO PT - Mondays - 7pm - $10

Yoga practice for ALL!
This class is great for beginners and those who are more familiar with traditional postures. Yoga can increase your sense of balance and flexibility while building strength and endurance, making it a great way to cross-train for any activity. This class will reduce the physical and emotional effects of stress and anxiety and give you some much needed “me” time. Come to Sunset Yoga, and by the end of class you will feel energized and deeply restored!

$10 - 75 minute class

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Paddling for Josh 2014

Paddling For Josh 
By: Steve Leppard and Brandon Gerardy 

"What is tough? Competing in a 5k? A local Tough Mudder? Running a mara-thon? Triathlon competition? Maybe. How about finishing the AuSable River Canoe Marathon? No question. How many races cover 120 miles, take 14-19 hours to complete, and run overnight? Only one. The Peak 100 recognizes the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon as one of the 100 toughest races in the world. 

Now, how about living your life with cerebral palsy and overcoming obstacles? Is that tough? How about attending college in a power wheelchair with limited resources… how tough would that be? You know that feeling when you can’t wait to get out on Mio and get your legs moving again… now imagine that feeling every day of your life.

Paddling For Josh and the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon... an ultra-marathon that allows us to do a fundraiser for a young man in need. We race the Marathon not only for the personal challenge and competition, but also to raise money for Josh LeJarett. Josh is now a 23 year old patient who we have treated in our Kalamazoo physical therapy clinic for eleven years for a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Josh is wheelchair bound having only voluntary control of his left upper extremity. He is able to drive his wheelchair with a left hand joystick, but is unable to transfer, dress, and shower inde-pendently. 

After excelling in mathematics and computers in high school, Josh has begun attending Kalamazoo Valley Com-munity College to pursue a degree in com-puter programming. Aside from the typical challenges of paying for tuition, living expenses, and textbooks, Josh requires caregiver assistance 16 hrs/day. As we were training for the 2008 Marathon, we decided to start this fundraiser to help re-move the financial hurdle of attending college. 

Now, from three previous Mara-thons (2008, 2010, 2012), Paddling For Josh has raised over $5,000 by accepting donations for each mile we paddle. This has allowed us to pay for 100% of the cost of Josh’s first thirteen college classes at KVCC (3.75 GPA). Josh is now early in sophomore standing, but with continued work we hope to pay for his entire associ-ate’s degree in computer programming. Pay 100% of the cost of an associate’s degree with canoe racing?!? We hope to add to this fund this year and continue to make college a reality for Josh. 

As training is under way for this year’s Marathon, one can't help but stop and think about all of the positive things that pad-dling the marathon adds to the lives of those who take part in the experience. From the sense of team that brings us all together in an attempt to achieve a com-mon goal on the Au Sable each July, to raising money for the Paddling for Josh campaign, to a steadfast belief that after finishing the Marathon that there will be NO challenge in the next year that can not be overcome. After racing the Marathon, it is hard not to go into every situation in life with more confidence. 

Another positive experience resulting from the Marathon… after the Marathon in 2008, Rotary Interna-tional heard of Paddling For Josh. This led to the selection of Steve Leppard to represent District 6360, the State of Michi-gan, and the healthcare profession on a Group Study Exchange (GSE) to Buenos Aires Argentina. Steve and the Michigan Rotary team traveled to Argentina to live for thirty days and practice physical thera-py. 

Who could believe that racing the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon could both pay for 100% of the cost of an associate degree and lead to Rotary selection to trav-el to Argentina as an ambassador for Mich-igan healthcare? We have said numerous times that it feels like we get more out of the Marathon than the race itself because we are racing for something greater than ourselves. 

From 'No Limits, No Boundaries' by Josh: "People might say that there are a lot of walls in front of me and ceilings above me. That because of my limits I have no chance to succeed... but to me those walls and ceilings are really hurdles for me to jump over high into the sky. There are no limits to my potential nor boundaries that I can-not cross only those that I put onto my-self.”

We hope to add to the Paddling for Josh fund this year and continue to make col-lege a reality for Josh. If you know some-one overcoming the challenges of cerebral palsy, if you are a fan of the Marathon, or if you race the Marathon... visit our Facebook page and message us at >www.facebook.com/paddlingforjosh < to ask how you can donate to Paddling For Josh. Please support the world class Au Sable River Canoe Marathon and the Paddling For Josh fundraiser. Marathon tough."

Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!
2014 AuSable River Canoe Marathon * July 22-27, 2014

Presented by Michigan Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion and Consumers Energy.

www.AuSableCanoeMarathon.org


In just one week, two of our esteemed colleagues, Brandon Gerardy and Steve Leppard, along with the members of Team Solstice, including our own PT, Adam Fujita, will demonstrate their unparalleled determination to do something bigger than any one of them could complete alone.  Together they will participate in the 67th annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

This years race on July 26th and 27th will mark the fourth entry for the "Paddling for Josh" team to complete the marathon to raise money for the education and daily caregiving assistance for a young man in need.  Josh LeJarett is a 23 year old student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College studying computer programming.  Josh also has Cerebral Palsy, is wheelchair bound, and only has voluntary use of his left arm.  He is able to drive his power wheelchair with a left handed joystick, but is unable to dress, transfer, or shower independently.  He requires 16hrs/day of caregiver assistance.  Paddling for Josh has been providing this assistance through fundraising since 2008 and has completed the AuSable Canoe Marathon in three previous entries (2008, 2010, and 2012).  SIMIO Physical Therapy has been a proud supporter of Paddling for Josh since 2010.

I have unique reasons for supporting the efforts of Team Solstice in their adventure to fund Paddling for Josh.  Tonya and I have attended the start of many AuSable Marathons prior to our awareness of Team Solstice.  We annually travel to Grayling on the last weekend in July to camp at one of our favorite State Parks, Hartwick Pines, and find crowded space on (or near) the steep lawn that serves as the spectator area for the launch of the marathon.  We have a respect for the rigor of what is about to take place for the paddlers as they all run down the hill with canoes in hand to find their place in a narrow bend in the river shortly after 9pm. 

For us, there may be a drive back to camp, or more recently, we have battled the traffic out of town toward one of the first bridge passing points at Burton's landing, or Stephan bridge, where spectators and team members crowd again to rally and support the racers.  Nonetheless, we find ourselves back at camp for a good nights rest.  We wake the following morning, eat breakfast, and continue normal camp life as we know it.  

Meanwhile...back on the river, our friends in the Paddling for Josh canoe have not rested, they have been paddling through the night averaging 50-80 paddle strokes per minute for 14-19 consecutive hours.  They have a team of friends following them from Grayling to Oscoda to support their food, hydration, and equipment needs. The team members train tirelessly through the year to prepare their bodies and plan for the needs of the upcoming race.  Many have invested personal dollars and hours in racing canoes and training equipment to condition for this and future marathons.  The generosity, selflessness, integrity, and compassion these individuals demonstrate is difficult to illustrate with words.

These friends have made a commitment to set goals, work together, carry one another, and accomplish things that no one person could do alone, but for one individual, Josh LeJarett.

SIMIO Physical Therapy has set up an online donation portal for Paddling for Josh through our website.  If you would like to contribute, please CLICK HERE.  Thank you.





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Level up!

Progress…Our remodel is finally in its final stages.  Next up…the CrossFit power corner and TRX station.  Stay Tuned.

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