Who We Are

Who is DMR?

DMR Move and Recover was founded to inspire hope and promote growth.

Over a quarter of the United States struggles with frequent pain and movement difficulty. Traditional approaches to improving movement and treating pain have focused primarily on the musculoskeletal system and biomechanics.

While these are important components, they are a very small part of the larger issues with movement and pain problems and may have contributed to limited effectiveness in current treatment models and continued growth of people struggling with pain and movement problems. Advances in science on movement and pain have shown that it is impossible to separate our thinking, feeling, and our life from these challenges.

DMR has committed to applying this updated understanding to their clients and patients by using a Biopsychosocial model in our treatment and movement enhancing approach. In doing so, we have developed 3 principles for which we adhere to. These principles are that we are person-first, science-based, and world-class. By adhering to this model and these principles, we have helped many clients and patients overcome challenges that have ranged from mild to complex when they have had no success with prior treatments. Whether you have a new problem with pain, or movement, or have been struggling for many years, DMR is here for you.

Movement and Pain Specialists

Leonard H. Van Gelder DPT, ATC, TPS, CSMT, CSCS

Leonard is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, therapeutic pain specialist, spinal manual therapist, and strength and conditioning specialist.

He has been involved in the movement and rehabilitation field for over 15 years. During this time, he has studied, published research, and presented at regional and international conferences on the science of stretching, strength and conditioning, and pain.

He has explored a wide variety of manual therapy and movement approaches and has worked with many different types of clients ranging from professional athletes, executives, to those who simply want to get back to a basic level of life after struggling for years with complex persistent pain and movement problems.

Leonard had a previous career in information technology and has a previous history in martial arts including working stunt and action choreography (click here for a video). He enjoys spending time with his wife, occasional traveling, and creative outlets such as film/video production.

David J. Schwarz, PT, DPT, LMT, BBA

Clinic Director

David is a physical therapist and massage therapist.

He has journeyed in healthcare for over a decade. In this time, he has worked in numerous areas performing many functions of care for people in early to late life and from all economic backgrounds.

While David has experience in numerous treatment approaches, his focus is on the patient and finding what is important to them. This leads him to constantly grow to fit the needs of his patients with complex and chronic pain and complex medical conditions.

David loves being a part of multiple associations related to physical therapy, pain, oncology, neurology, functional neurological disorder, and others with a history of taking part as a founding member and/or board member for some of them. In his free time, he enjoys time with his wife, his two young boys, and his dogs, Lulu the Collie and Kipper the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.

Carissa Montague, OTD, OTR/L

Carissa is an occupational therapist and certified Pilates instructor.

Carissa has worked in the wellness field for close to 20 years. She recently relocated to Grand Rapids from Chicago where her experience as a Pilates Instructor and professional dancer fueled her interest in working with movement and pain and led her to obtaining a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy.

As an occupational therapist, she is committed to individualized care that puts the client front and center. Carissa values a supportive and multidisciplinary approach, partnering with clients so they can engage in the daily activities they need and want to do. Her treatment background includes experience with chronic migraine and other headache conditions and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

In her free time, Carissa is usually in middle of few different books, and enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Movement and Pain Coaches

Justin Borman, PTA

Justin is a Physical Therapist Assistant

Justin has worked in the physical therapy field in a variety of roles for over 3 years. He has enjoyed working with people of all ages with diverse backgrounds and conditions. With a educational background in psychology, he enjoys helping people discover new tools that help them move toward their own goals and values.

Justin enjoys joining patients in the discovery of finding new options of movement and thinking that promote well-being, helping uncover the joy for living that is often complicated through pain and dysfunction.

In his free time, Justin enjoys spending time with his loved-ones, being in nature, and playing piano.

Administration and Customer Service

Stacey Buschert, Office Manager

Stacey is our office manager

Stacey has worked in a number of roles ranging from customer service, book keeping, to insurance billing over her career. She shows tremendous care for the operation of the office and the quality of patient care.
Stacey and her husband have 5 adult children and 4 grand children who they love spending time with.

Dan Collins, Customer Service / Media Production / Technical Support

Dan provides Customer Service / Media Production / Technical Support to the office

Dan has worked in customer service for 7 years. Additionally he brings skills to the team with expertise in media development. With his enthusiasm for tech Dan supports our staff with their computer needs. He aims to improve patient experience before they arrive and by listening to feedback.
At home, Dan, his wife, and newborn son spend most of their time together. On the side, Dan is a hobbyist photographer who prefers using old school film along with mastering candid photographs of friends and family.

The Biopsychosocial Approach

Health problems may start with a single moment or factor, such as an injury, disease, or a life event, but then because of all the pieces surrounding that moment may slowly, and in some cases very quickly, turn into serious health challenges, including persistent and complex pain. These kinds of problems require a more thorough multidimensional perspective such as the biopsychosocial model, and this is what we specialize in!

We provide a unique perspective to movement and wellness based on a biopsychosocial approach to health and wellness. When we look at improving quality of movement for fitness, performance enhancement, or just a sense of improved wellbeing, we want to know about your story, your values, your goals, and how your body is built and behaves.

The specific movements and exercises we teach clients are built around every person’s unique anatomy, health history, body behavior, their likes/dislikes, values, and goals.

We use advances in neuroscience and biomechanics to further expand on these ideas for performance enhancement and just general improvement in movement and wellness.

DMR | Move and Recover


Person-First. Science-Based. World-Class.

If you are living with chronic pain you may feel like no one can help you, you’ve tried everything and you’ll just have to make do. We are here to tell you that there is hope and there is a way to improve from where you are now.  We recognize how challenging pain is and how it affects your life, and we want you to know there is a way improve pain and reduce life limitations.


By learning about your story and your life, not only are we able to do a more thorough evaluation, but we can make sure the plan we come up with together is catered to your unique needs.


Science may not be perfect, but it is self-correcting and continuously improving! At DMR, we take science seriously. Research shows that healthcare practice is very slow at applying current scientific evidence. In fact, on average, healthcare is over 17 years behind science! DMR works hard to shorten the gap between the modern science and the clinic to ensure our clients get the best possible treatment.


We are members of, adhere to, and practice world class standards and guidelines outlined by the International Association of the Study of Pain (IASP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). We learn from experts from all around the world and incorporate their knowledge into your recovery and movement plan.

Get Your Life Back

To start on your path of recovery just click here to schedule your appointment.

More than 80% of Americans will experience an episode of pain at some time in their lives. Over 30% have frequently recurring or constant struggles with pain. Learn more here.

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