The Synergy Physical Therapy Team

Sakari Perttula
PT MOMT
Sakari Perttula PT MOMT, received his education from Oulu Polytechnic School of Health Care and Social Services in Oulu, Finland. He is a registered and licensed Physical Therapist with a master’s degree in Manual Therapy. Sakari has 36+ years of experience practicing as a Physical Therapist and serves as the Rehabilitation Director for Synergy Physical Therapy. His responsibilities include direct patient care, program supervision, clinic start up and operations, education and consulting services for clinics utilizing the Synergy Physical Therapy Group. In 1995, Sakari began working alongside the physicians of Michigan Pain Consultants, PC, developing a physical therapy program specially tailored for chronic pain. Under his tutelage, the program has expanded to five locations employing a team of highly skilled therapist providing multiple specialty programs for various pain conditions. Sakari lectures around the world about pain and physical therapy. He also teaches at Grand Valley State University in the physical therapy department, and is working with Grand Valley State University in clinical research.
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Jodi Bower
MSPT
Jodi Bower, MSPT graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with her Master’s in Physical Therapy (MSPT) after completing her Bachelors in Health Science with Health Care Administration emphasis in 1997 from GVSU. While working at Johnson Controls Medical Facility as Clinic Director, she attended several continuing education courses from the University of St. Augustine’s Manual Therapy program. She completed these courses in October 2006 and began carrying these advanced orthopedic manual therapeutic skills over to multiple rehabilitation sites as a Coverage Physical Therapist. Various sites and patients benefited including outpatient clients, skilled nursing facility clients, hospital/acute care and home bound clients. Recognizing that patient’s physical dysfunction is benefited from continuous monitoring and manual techniques, she chose to no longer cover multiple locations, but to use her skills within a Chronic Pain Rehab setting and home-care as needed. Jodi joined the Synergy Physical Therapy Group in April 2010 to utilize those advanced manual therapeutic skills in a multi-discipline group setting. As a life-long sports participant and health & nutrition advocate, she welcomes open communication and patient dialogue to restore optimal function for the whole body. This may be achieved through improved musculoskeletal conditioning or neuromuscular function by changing posture or simple body mechanics changes. It may be to educate to assist with household daily activities. It may be to give strength & conditioning exercises to assist with gardening or yard work. It may improve driving tolerance or even improve optimal sporting activity levels and function whether that is to improve reading posture, or body mechanics education for cleaning, or returning to low impact sporting levels such as walking or swimming.
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Stephanie Oakes
MSPT
Stephanie Oakes earned her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2001. She has been practicing as a licensed Physical Therapist in West Michigan since 2001 and has worked in the field of Physical Rehabilitation since 1991. Her experiences include chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, general orthopedics, spine care, arthritis, and pediatrics. She continues to advance her professional knowledge through continuing education in biomechanical treatment approaches, neuro –developmental techniques, manual therapy – mobilization with movement, Pilate's, sensory integration, kinesio taping technique, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, preventative care, and Functional Dry Needling. She use a variety of techniques specifically tailored to each patients goals and needs when treating many conditions such as: CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome), neck pain, back pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, headaches, TMJ, scoliosis and postural dysfunction, and joint dysfunction. Currently Stephanie is involved in multiple roles within the physical therapy profession: Synergy Physical Therapy Group clinician, clinical instructor, and clinical coordinator of clinical education; Grand Valley State University Adjunct Professor, GVSU Pro-Bono Volunteer, guest speaker for professional development, and independent consultant for injury prevention in Ballet. Stephanie continues to seek knowledge in holistic life approach addressing a new and exciting means of treatment for patients. This approach has also played a large role in her lifestyle raising her children.
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Jukka Pietila
PT
Jukka earned his PT-degree in 1990 from Lappish Health Care Institute, Rovaniemi, Finland. He practiced there until 1994, when he moved to Michigan to work as a Physical Therapist. Jukka returned to Finland in 1997 to advance his studies and earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Oulu. Jukka returned to Michigan in 1998 and has practiced full time in various outpatient settings since then, specializing in orthopedics. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan in 2004. Jukka joined Synergy PT-Group in 2006. He currently manages our Big Rapids clinic and also sees patients at Heritage Pointe location. Jukka specializes in OMPT (Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy), which is a comprehensive evaluation and treatment system for orthopedic conditions. These conditions include: neck pain, back pain, TMJ, spine dysfunctions, LBP, headaches, shoulder pain, hip pain and knee pain. OMPT-treatments include: functional massage, soft-tissue mobilization, mobilization techniques for the spine and extremity joints, manual traction and manipulation for the spine and the extremity joints. OMPT-exercises include: self-mobilization techniques for the spine, nervous system and extremity joints, strengthening/stretching-techniques and dynamic stabilization for the spine. Jukka is a APTA certified clinical instructor and instructs Physical Therapy students from Grand Valley State University during their clinical internships. Patients of Michigan Pain Consultants & Synergy Physical Therapy Group can expect skilled and knowledgeable therapists that understand the differences between an acute pain and a chronic pain condition and how to manage those differences.
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Andrew Giannetti
PT, DPT, MS, CSCS
Andrew Giannetti PT, DPT, MS, CSCS received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from New York Medical College in 2018. He also has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Western Michigan University, and is a certified strength / conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Andrew’s experience includes outpatient orthopedic, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and pediatric functional / developmental training within the special education population. He firmly believes each patient’s condition is unique, and tailors his treatment individualistically. Andrew also prides himself in creating positive relationships by involving each patient directly in their own treatment. He accomplishes this by working within the patient’s own daily routine to maximize the effect and benefit of Physical Therapy. This includes postural training, range of motion improvement, strength training, functional / individual needs, and the best “medicine” of all - laughter!
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