Licensed Physical Therapists
To provide the best care for our patients, all of our physical therapists are required to pass the national Physical Therapy Board exam and be licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. Each of our staff therapists have received Physical Therapy degrees from accredited programs and attend professional development courses to stay up-to-date on advances in their practice specialties.
Bill is one of Excel-R-ation’s founding physical therapists. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Science and in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University. Over the course of Bill’s career as clinic director and therapist, he has developed his expertise in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation.
While he enjoys treating a wide variety of patients, he specializes in rehabilitation of surgical and non-surgical shoulder and knee injuries in athletic and non-athletic patient groups. In his off hours, he enjoys the outdoors and being with his family, and is active with local high school sports teams and his church.
Barbara earned a Bachelor’s Degree and certificate in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica then went on to become one of Excel-R-ation’s founding therapists. She has devoted her career to the pursuit of excellence in manual therapy and spinal rehabilitation.
Barbara is the only C2 certified Schroth therapist in West Michigan, specializing in adult and adolescent scoliosis care. She also has expertise in cervicogenic headache treatment, manual therapy, McKenzie Method and exercise instruction. When she’s not working Barbara enjoys bicycling, hiking and cooking.
Krzysztof (“Chris”) Dlugosz
Chris earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the Academy of Physical Education and Rehabilitation in Krakow, Poland. Chris focuses his practice on manual therapy of the spine and treatment of peripheral (upper and lower extremity) dysfunction. His areas of expertise include spine, TMJ and vestibular rehabilitation for vertigo. He is currently in the process of earning his Certification in Applied Functional Sciences through the Gray Institute. In his free time, Chris enjoys photography, volleyball and skiing with family and friends.
Kirsten received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Hope College, then went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida. Kirsten enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnoses for varying patient populations, with a focus on the spine.
She is currently taking classes towards earning her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine, and her Certification in Applied Functional Sciences through the Gray Institute. She has lived in the Holland area most of her life, and in her free time enjoys golfing, playing tennis, reading, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Lana has her Master of Science degree in physical therapy from GVSU. She practiced PT at several hospital campuses in outpatient clinics before moving her family to Japan for 6 years for her husband’s job. Upon her return, she resumed practicing, specializing in craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. Lana works for us part time, and fills in for vacations and other on-call needs. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Kristin is a graduate of Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences, and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from GVSU. She is a Licensed Clinical/Medical Massage Therapist with advanced training in treating pain and stress management. Her special interests include musculoskeletal back pain, headaches, and overall physical well-being. Away from the clinic, she enjoys music, traveling, and playing with her grandkids.
Kristin Hall has been practicing outpatient orthopedic physical therapy since 1988. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St Louis, MO, where her program of concentration included muscle imbalance/movement impairment. She has extensive experience working with chronic spine diagnoses, as well as a large variety of musculoskeletal movement diagnoses and other joint dysfunctions.
After graduation, Kristin completed the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) coursework, receiving training in the treatment of many orthopedic impairments. Kristin specializes in manual therapy techniques, provocation and alleviation testing to identify problem areas, and muscle imbalance/stability exercises. She also enjoys working with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) patients, having recently attended further continuing TMD education. Kristin lives in Holland with her husband and two dogs, one of which is a therapy dog. Her two children are both in college. During off-work hours, Kristin likes sailing, boating/kayaking, walking (especially on the beach!), skiing, tennis, cooking, and reading.
Brooke Meinema received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University. She has experience working in manual therapy, pediatrics, intensive care, and outpatient services. She treats patients with a wide range of diagnoses, with a concentration on low back pain.
Brooke completed the 40-week fellowship program in Applied Functional Science through The Gray Institute where she gained a well-rounded understanding of human function and healing. She and her husband Taylor are West Michigan natives and recently moved back from Traverse City. In her free time, she enjoys running, dancing, reading and walking her dog.
Jodi Wiersma earned her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Baker College of Muskegon, obtaining the highest academic award among the Health Science graduates. She has taken classes in the Mackenzie Method and Muscle Energy Techniques. Jodi’s areas of interest are body movement and stabilization and improved therapy applications. She began with Excel-R-ation part time and is now on a full-time schedule.
Outside of work Jodi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as running, hiking, volleyball, cooking, reading and being active in her church.
Karin is a Western Michigan University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources. She has worked in the Human Resource field as a manager/generalist for most of her career, in the semi-conductor, automotive, publishing, and healthcare industries.
At Excel-R-ation, Karin administers billing, human resources, accounting, and clinic policies. In her spare time, Karin enjoys playing soccer, vegetarian cooking, metalsmithing, local live music, and spending time at the beach with her daughter, two sons, and her yellow lab.
Michelle grew up in East Lansing, where she spent many years in administration in the dental industry before relocating to Holland, and our front desk. You will see her mostly during the morning hours. Prior to working in the dental industry, she owned her own upscale bead and jewelry boutique. She enjoys spending time with her family consisting of her husband, five children and two dogs. She also enjoys beach time and boating on Lake Michigan.