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
Owner

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.

Cameron Faller, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinic Director

Cameron is a physical therapist, educator, and strength and conditioning specialist.

Cameron has been involved in the movement industry for over 10 years working in multiple settings. He was able to double major in his undergraduate at CMU in Psychology & Exercise Science and worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for a few years before entering into GVSU’s Physical Therapy Program. Since graduating, Cameron has gained experience in a few diverse settings and quickly was able to take on a management role early in his career.  Blending his love for management and being a clinician, Cameron was finally able to find his home at DMR where he feels he is able to help individuals no one else has been able to help.

Aside from being a clinician, Cameron also serves as the Director of Operations of Dynamic Principles where he provides clinical education to individuals within the healthcare field. In his free time, Cameron enjoys reading books, accomplishing yard work, or spending time outside with his wife and two children.

Sarah Pipher, PT, DPT

Sarah is a physical therapist and yoga instructor.

Sarah has worked as a physical therapist for over 8 years, beginning with a strong focus in pediatric rehabilitation, and segued into the treatment of individuals of all ages with chronic pain. She completed a pediatric residency in 2014, has published research, and enjoys serving as an adjunct staff for GVSU’s PT program.

Sarah has a background in hockey and dance, and recently completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. She integrates yogic movement, breathing and mindfulness into her treatment of individuals with a variety of conditions, and enjoys continuously growing in this field through the guidance of several local and international teachers. She finds passion in helping people discover self-regulation of their nervous system, and exploring accessible movement to meet their own functional goals.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys her own yoga practice, boating, travel, all things food, and keeping up with her 3-year-old son.

Ben Krull, PT, DPT

Ben is a physical therapist.

Ben originally hails from Buffalo, New York (go Bills!), where his extensive martial arts background from a young age stirred an interest in the human body and movement science that led him to study Exercise Science at Calvin University. He completed his clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of Michigan, serving as a Graduate TA in Gross and Neuroanatomy and the Director of Operations of the Flint pro-bono student clinic, PTHeart.

His primary professional interests are sports medicine, the neuroscience of pain, and motor learning/motor behavior, but his main motivation is to help all patients find independence and pursue activity that brings value and meaning to their lives.

When he’s not working, Ben can usually be found training, reading, sampling Scotch, playing guitar/videogames with friends, and enjoying long walks in frigid temperatures.

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.

Megan Dickerson, OTR/L

Megan is an occupational therapist.

Megan has worked as an occupational therapist for over 8 years and has had the opportunity to serve in all healthcare settings throughout her career (inpatient, skilled nursing, homecare, outpatient, and acute care). This has offered exposure to a variety of diagnoses across the span of a lifetime and offers an understanding of the patient perspective in each of these situations. Navigating life situations with neurological clients has been her most beloved work. Megan dedicates her time focusing on how to achieve a better lifestyle utilizing the unique goals of each individual client.

Megan has a background in basketball and running, and continues to enjoy moving her body while water and snow skiing, hiking, and trying to keep up with her 3 kids. Traveling to experience new cultures, food, and environments is another activity she enjoys alongside her husband.

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.

Alexis Manzanares

Alexis is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor

Alexis is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and 500-RYT yoga instructor with additional certifications in trauma-informed yoga and yoga for athletes. She is happy to join the DMR office staff as an administrative assistant for referrals and medical records. She enjoys weightlifting and reading.

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.

Luke Batt, Customer Service Supervisor

Luke acts as Customer Service Supervisor for the front office

Luke is a recent graduate from Calvin University where he studied philosophy, Biochemistry and Spanish. He is with us during his gap years until he heads off to graduate school where he will be studying to earn his MD-PhD.
After working in a nursing home for five years, Luke has developed a passion for geriatric medicine and a commitment the holistic and person-centered approach to medicine emphasized at DMR. He hopes to use the valuable experiences he gains here to one day help him train the next generation of doctors.

Peggy Haberman, Accounts Payable Clerk

Peggy is our Accounts Payable clerk

Peggy’s career has been in customer service, accounts payable, office administrator, executive assistant and more recently in information technology. She has an Associate Degree in Accounting.
In her free time, she focuses on getting into better health with water aerobics classes at the Y. She has 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren that she spends quality time with. Peggy has a creative side and makes special handmade greeting cards and has dabbled in being a hobby photographer. She loves to travel as much as she can.

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

PRACTICAL PAIN TREATMENT: LEARN MORE, DO MORE, SUFFER LESS.

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.

Person-First

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-Based

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.

World-Class

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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