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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Supporting Staff


Kaitlyn E. Warners
PTA
Rachael Schutter
PTA CPT
Bethany Webb
PTA
Erin Hiddema
PTA
Sheli Naqvi
Receptionist