Evergreen Physical Therapy
Big Rapids, Clare, Gladwin, Harrison, Midland!
Excellence through personal attention
Here at Evergreen Physical Therapy, your recovery is our mission. It’s as simple as that! We have committed our careers to offering the most effective and efficient path to your recovery. Our clinicians are dedicated lifelong learners sharing new knowledge and skills with each other. This culture of clinical continuing education and teamwork provides the foundation for our company and your recovery.
Evergreen Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing quality personalized rehabilitation services, self care and wellness to the general population as well as specific individualized care in the areas of sports medicine, occupational injuries and prevention, pre and post orthopedic surgical care.
Evergreen Physical Therapy will offer patients the most optimal combination of rehab care and self care available in the community and will be the provider of choice by medical care professionals.
Evergreen Physical Therapy Services
Our Directors and Specialists
Alyson Parks, PTA, ATC is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Athletic Trainer. She received her education from Central Michigan University and Kent State University. Alyson has been with Evergreen since 2008. She enjoys hunting and fishing, and many outdoor activities. Alyson also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Clare Location
Charles Zelkowski, DPT, graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and in 2013 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During his time at CMU, Charles was a member of various health profession-based student organizations and spent most of his free time serving the community through volunteer-based service. Charles is a member of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. Charles is the Director of the Evergreen Physical Therapy Clinic in Gladwin. He is happy to be a part of the Evergreen Physical Therapy Team and be able to pursue his passion of offering comprehensive treatment to a rural-based community. His professional interests include orthopedics, vertigo, geriatric, balance, and sports medicine treatment. Charles and his family reside northwest of Harrison. His personal interests include hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and camping. Gladwin Location
George Moore, PTA graduated from Baker College of Muskegon, MI in 1998 with his degree as a licensed physical therapist assistant. He has provided rehabilitation and served the community of Big Rapids for over 20 years. George chooses quality continuing education such as myofascial release, manual techniques for shoulder injuries and treatment approaches for neck and back pain. He enjoys treating patients of all ages and various treatment diagnoses. George lives in Canadian Lakes with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys relaxing summer days on the water in the company of his family. Big Rapids Location
Jason Hockemeyer, DPT is a Physical Therapist at Evergreen Physical Therapy in Midland. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Jason’s professional interests include general orthopedics and sports medicine. Furthermore, he is credentialed as a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) therapist, which enhances his abilities to diagnosis inefficient movement patterns. Jason originally is from Sanford, Michigan and attended Sanford Meridian High School. He is an ardent sports fan that loves to provide support and occasionally volunteer to schools in the area. When not working, Jason enjoys outdoor activities, recreational sports, and spending time with family and friends. Midland Location
Jeff Collaer, PT, MHSC has over thirty years of experience in physical therapy. He has a long-standing interest in Musculoskeletal physical therapy. Jeff received his degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University in 1986. Then, in 1999, Jeff earned the Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. In 2000, he completed the Orthopedic Residency at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. And in 2003, Jeff earned his Master of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Jeff enjoys working with a variety of patients, with a specific interest in treating Vertigo, BPPV, and Concussion. Jeff resides with his wife in Newaygo with their pointer, Bella. He has four grown children. Big Rapids Location
Jennifer Kohn, DPT graduated from FSU in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science degree. She graduated from CMU in 2014 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She was previously a college and professional athlete and enjoys treating athletes of all levels. Jennifer has recently completed a certification course in Dry Needling. Trigger Point Dry Needling can treat Tendonitis/Tendinopathy, IT Band Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Neck Pain, Headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Muscle Strains and more Jen resides in Rockford with her husband, and two children. She enjoys playing soccer, running and bicycling. Big Rapids Location
Jessica Vantroostenberghe, MAT, LAT, ATC, CKTP graduated from Adrian College in 2006 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science: Athletic Training. She went on to graduate from The University of Findlay, OH with her Master of Science Athletic Training degree in 2009. Jess spends most of her day at Big Rapids High School caring for athletes on and off the field. Jess has developed our highly successful Concussion Management Program. This specialty program streamlines the process of Concussion recovery. This includes Vestibular Rehabilitation, Headache, Vertigo, and BPPV Management and a Concussion Return to Play Protocol. Jess resides in Big Rapids with her cat. She enjoys outdoor recreation of all kinds. Big Rapids Location
Jessica Morgan, MS, PT graduated from Central Michigan University in 1997 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She then went on to graduate from CMU in 2001 with her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Jessica has worked with athletes of all levels, from middle school to professional. Jessica is certified in LSVT Big which is a specialty program aimed to increase movement intensity and functional movements for patients with Parkinson’s disease. This specialty program can be adapted to many additional patient populations. Jessica resides in Sears with her husband, and their three dogs. She enjoys running, biking, swimming, and skiing in her off time. Big Rapids Location
Kristi Owens, DPT graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is currently a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. Kristi enjoys working with a wide variety of patients, with specific interests in orthopedic, geriatric, women's health, and pelvic floor therapy. She is also certified in LSVT Big which is a specialty program aimed to increase movement intensity and functional movements for patients with Parkinson's Disease, and can be adapted to many additional patient populations. Kristi and her family reside in Beaverton. Her personal interests include traveling, camping, reading, and cooking. Gladwin Location
Lorrie Conk, PTA graduated from Mid-Michigan Collage in 2019 as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She began her therapy career as a Massage Therapist, gaining more than 13 years hands-on experience. She enjoys focusing on pain relief and restoration of movement and mobility. Lorrie resides in rural Evart with her husband, Shane, and two children. She enjoys camping, gardening, hiking and reading.
Mary Wood, PTA Mary is a lifelong resident of Harrison and graduated from Harrison High School. She continued her education at Mid Michigan College and graduated with her PTA degree in 2018. She and her husband, Garrett, reside in the local community with their two sons, Jayce and Dean. Harrison Location
Mitch McMillan, MS, PT, graduated from Central Michigan University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and in 1999 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. He was a member of two Honors Fraternities and is currently a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. Mitch has been practicing in the Mid-Michigan area for the past several years and is currently the Director of the Evergreen Physical Therapy Clinic in Harrison. Mitch is happy to join the Evergreen team to offer his philosophy of treatment in a rural community setting. Mitch’s professional interests include orthopedics, geriatric, recovery from a back injury, and sports medicine. Mitch and his wife, Trisha, reside in the Clare area. His personal interests include outdoor activities, traveling, and dog training. Harrison Location
Trisha McMillan, MSPT, graduated from Central Michigan University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, and in 1998 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in the mid-Michigan area for eleven years and is currently the director of Evergreen Physical Therapy in Clare. She joined the Evergreen team in 2005 in order to practice physical therapy in an atmosphere that embodies her philosophy of treatment. She thoroughly enjoys the “small town” qualities and quaintness that Evergreen provides the community. Trisha’s professional interests include orthopedics, sports medicine, and geriatric care. The staff has been active with Clare High School in providing pre-season conditioning programs and rehabilitation for area sports teams. Trisha, her husband, Mitch, and their two children, Cole and Addison, reside in Clare. Her personal interests include outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her family. Clare Location
For Additional Questions Please Contact Us
Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.
In Michigan, you can see a physical therapist without a referral from a physician. However, your insurance may require a referral from a physician to cover your expenses. To find out, call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask if a referral is necessary for coverage of physical therapy.
- We participate in the majority of major health insurance plans including Medicare and Worker’s Compensation. Please contact us prior to your first visit to see if we participate with your specific health plan.
As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.
Your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your condition lasting between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for maximum recovery.
– Referral slip from your medical doctor
– Your medical insurance card
– Your ID
– If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.
Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.
We recommend comfortable clothing such as sweatpants or shorts, a T-shirt or tank-top and sneakers.
Each visit will last 60 – 90 minutes on average. Times vary due to the treatment and exercises being performed.
The regularity of your visits will be determined after your initial evaluation, but most patients have 3 visits each week scheduled.