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PT doctoral graduates offer new treatment alternative

Scott Hadley, '94 and '07, and Dave Asselin, '07, met as graduate students at Grand Valley. After earning clinical doctorates in physical therapy, the pair opened a new holistic clinic that mends their backgrounds and philosophies.

Hadley and Asselin were among the university's first physical therapy majors to earn doctorates. After graduating in 2007 they worked at an area clinic, then joined forces in 2009 to open PT 360, which focuses on a new approach to physical therapy.

Before enrolling in the DPT program, Hadley was a tenure-track professor of anatomy at Grand Valley and Asselin worked as a Certified Public Accountant. As colleagues at the same Grand Rapids-area clinic, they found success with research-driven experimentation of a new physical therapy philosophy and decided to start a joint venture.

Their unique blend of training, knowledge and experiences combined to make PT 360, located in Grand Rapids' Eastown Business District, a reality.

The therapists practice neuromuscular manipulative therapy. NMT is a holistic form of hands-on physical therapy that restores the natural balance of nerves, muscles, and joints by focusing on the body's stretch reflexes. They said their practice differs from traditional practices because it concentrates on reactivating and realigning all of the body's muscles rather than more site-specific manipulation or exercise-based therapies.

Asselin said the clinic is flourishing. "We are teaching improved health and that transcends any economic conditions," he said. "We are bridging the gap for people who want a non-surgical, non-medicative means to alleviate pain."

Four months after opening and well ahead of growth projections, the co-owners were able to hire a full-time therapist, Adam Fujita, after he received a DPT from Grand Valley.

"Our mission is to promote health and wellness in the community through holistic physical therapy services," said Hadley. "We wanted to be part of our community and felt that Eastown was a good fit for our holistic approach. We've seen a lot of business growth from our neighbors."

Fujita added, "Our approach gives us the tools to address the route of pain rather than just masking its symptoms."

The innovative therapists are pleased to have been among the first doctoral graduates from GVSU. "Grand Valley has a diverse group of knowledgeable and experienced faculty within the department, many who are considered gurus in their respective fields," said Hadley. "It is a solid overall program that gave us the foundation upon which we have built our advanced skills."

To learn more about the clinic, visit www.pt360.net.


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