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Our History

Munger Physical Therapy is a family-owned company established in 2008 with offices in Fort Gratiot and Clinton Township, Michigan. Over the last thirteen years we have grown to two clinics and 11 therapists. Our team is a motivated and close-knit group of fun and focused people who bring out the best in each other and our clients. We specialize in Orthopedics and Sports medicine.

Our Team

Fort Gratiot

Markus Munger

Markus Munger

PT Cred. MDT

Markus is the owner of Munger Physical Therapy which he opened in May 2008. As a graduate from the University of Michigan- Flint, he received his bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy in 1985. He was credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the McKenzie Institute in June 1998, and has attended multiple continuing education seminars including Brian Mulligan, Gary Gray, David Butler and Richard Jackson over the last 30 years. He is specialized in Biomechanics including over the counter and custom orthotic management. Markus has been trained by John Barnes in Myofascial Release and has been treating spine and extremity deficits in an orthopedic setting for many years. Favorite quote " In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared minds." L.Pasteur

I have always had an interest in sports and have always had an interest in people. I love having a chance to just talk and listen to the many stories that others have to tell. I have been married for over thirty years and blessed with four boys, Jacob, Anthony, Markus W and Marcel. One Daughter in love, Laura, and my two grandchildren, Robert and Rosalie.

Laura Kinsley

Laura Kinsley

PT, DPT

I was born and raised in the Blue Water area and currently live in Lexington with my husband Ralph, son Connor, 2 beagles and a tiger cat. In our spare time, we love boating, scenic walks, bonfires, going to the beach and taking our son to the park. I also enjoy riding my horse when time allows.

I received my BA and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from U of M – Flint

I enjoy working with patients of all ages. They can be seeking physical therapy due to recent surgery, injury, illness, or have difficulty doing daily activities. I love the challenge of evaluating their issues and creating a unique plan of care to assist them in achieving optimal health and productivity. I am glad I can help my patients feel better and hopefully give them the tools so their progress can continue after discharge. I am happy to be part of their success.

Uditi Shah

Uditi Shah

MPT

I was born and brought up in India where I completed my Bachelors in Physical therapy from D.Y.Patil University in Mumbai. In 2016. I moved to the USA to pursue my further education from University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. I received my Masters in Health and Rehabilitation Science in 2017. I have been a Licensed Physical Therapist of the State of Michigan since february 2018. Since then I have worked in an out-patient rehabilitation setting. It allows me to help people with various orthopedic conditions by creating a unique plan of care. I have always found great fulfillment in helping other people in a hands-on and direct way as well as being a resource of help to my family, friends and community. My goal as a Physical Therapist is to not only help my patients resolve pain and improve their physical abilities, but to send them out with the knowledge needed to continue improving and helping others along the way.

In my free time I like to explore new places, experience new adventures and spend time with my family.

Carrie Collins

Carrie Collins

LPTA

I graduated Cum Laude from Baker College in 2008 as President of the PTA class. I am fully licensed as a PTA in the State of Michigan and have been employed at Munger Physical Therapy since September 2008. In that time, I have continued my education by taking courses in Myofascial Release 1 and 2, McKenzie Method A, B, and C, and Gary Grey Chain Reaction. I specialize in treating chronic pain, soft tissue impairments, post-surgical, and spinal pathologies.

I can honestly say I love my job! I enjoy working with a variety of patients and a multitude of different impairments. Mostly I like listening to everyone's stories during treatment and becoming not only a part of their recovery, but a part of their lives. We don't just treat symptoms here at Munger PT, we treat people and strive to help them return to all the activities they love. Along the way, I have earned a few nicknames that most people would find offensive. But as long as they walk out better than they came in, I did my job and they can call me whatever they want!

James Towles

James Towles

LPTA, CPT

James has been a certified personal trainer since 1998, with certificates from Gold's Gym body and health fundamentals, AFAA, NASM, Bally's total fitness lifestyle coaching, and is YMCA certified. James graduated in 2013 from Macomb community college with an Applied Associate of Science - Physical therapist assistant and is a fully licensed physical therapist assistant. James is also McKenzie certified as a cervical and lumbar spine specialist.

Working with individuals beyond the rehab setting to further their goals in health and fitness, weight loss, stretching to avoid injury, and diet. James also enjoys daily practicing of mixed martial arts, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and weight lifting. What I enjoy most about both physical therapy and personal training is watching how individuals deal with challenges to reach their goals, and then learning from their success. People can do amazing things!!

Jessica Alessandri

Jessica Alessandri

LPTA

My journey with physical therapy started in 2011, when I was accepted for a physical therapy technician internship through St. Clair County TEC center. I fell in love with the field immediately! After graduating high school, I obtained a position as a physical therapy technician in an outpatient orthopedic clinic and began my college education to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.

I graduated from Baker College of Auburn Hills in 2020, Magna Cum Laude, with an Associate degree in Applied Science- Physical Therapist Assistant. Since graduation, I have become fully licensed by the State of Michigan and looking forward to advancing my education in Physical Therapy.

What I love most about this field is seeing the progression of the patients throughout their treatment time with us and then returning to the life they had before the injury or surgery. Being part of the recovery experience is an amazing feeling knowing you were able to help them reach their goals.

Outside the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, husband (Jake), and our two dogs (Mack and Remington). We enjoy many outdoor activities including camping, fishing, four-wheeling, and kayaking.

Kelli Dunn

Kelli Dunn

LPTA

I completed my Bachelor’s in Health Science from Grand Valley State University and then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude in 2001 from Baker College in Muskegon as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I have since gained experience in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, sports therapy, skilled nursing facilities, subacute TBI and hospital. I remain fascinated by the art and science of PT and have completed continuing education courses including Myofascial Release, McKenzie, Mulligan, and Gary Gray, as well as recently receiving my LSVT Big certification. I feel the human body often exceeds our expectations therefore we could forever expand our understanding of it. Everyday I am inspired by my patients and I find it a privilege to come alongside a person and work together with them to restore their function, avoid surgery, decrease pain medications and altogether improve their life. Outside of work, my husband and I are active volunteering with our kids’ schools and sports. I enjoy travelling with my family and walking with my mom. Even though she lives on the other side of the state, we get on the phone to walk, talk and laugh together, and I estimate we walked over 700 miles last year. I have been challenging myself by participating in a few smaller-scale triathlons in the past two years, and I hope to progress to the point that I find the actual competitions enjoyable. I am grateful God has equipped me for a career I am proud of, and has given me a heart of service and surrounded me with co-workers who help me grow.

Quote: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” - Thomas Alva Edison

Lindsey Lowe

Lindsey Lowe

LPTA

Lindsey graduated from Oakland University with her Bachelor of Exercise Science. She went on to earn her Associate Degree in Applied Science / Physical Therapist Assistant from South University. She has continued education by taking courses in kinesiotape and McKenzie Method A.

Lindsey loves working with people of all ages. She enjoys being a physical therapy assistant because she loves seeing her patients' quality of life and function restored after they have completed their rehabilitation and recovery process.

Outside of work Lindsey loves to spend time with family and friends out on the water. She enjoys taking her golden retriever for walks. She enjoys playing soccer and going for runs.

Quote: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”- George Bernhard Shaw.

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Chris Davis

LMT

I went to Grand Valley State University and graduated with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation. I have practiced as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for over 25 years, working in Senior Residential Programs, Head Injury and Rehabilitation, and Community Mental Health, In 2004 I discovered my passion and pursued massage at Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage. I am currently licensed by the State of MI and nationally board certified through NCBTMB.

In the past 17 yeast I have pursued training in: Myofascial Release I, Cranial Sacral Energy work. Obtained a certification in Orthopedic Massage through the Orthopedic Massage Education and Research Institute, Dynamic Stretching, Core Principles, Rock Tape: FMT for adults and pediatrics, Rock Blades, Rock Pods and Floss.

I have, and currently, work with, adults and children with various physical and intellectual challenges, as well as athletes from wrestling, football, soccer, gymnastics, dancing, figure skating, etc. I was able to spend five years closely working with the Richmond High School Wrestling Team and Coaches providing sports massage and education to the wrestlers and their families.

My favorite part of my job is helping people achieve a sense of awareness and healing in their body, so they can chase their goals and dreams.

I live in the Blue Water Area with my husband, son, and Old English Bully. I enjoy travelling, especially to my home in southeastern PA, the ocean on the east coast, and to the South- where I can watch my son wrestle and Campbell University.

Motivational Quote: Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Courageous. #ChaseIt

Clinton Township

Jim Achatz

Jim Achatz

PT, MPT, CMP, CIDN, Cred. MDT

I have been practicing physical therapy for over 20 years. I love both the challenge involved in helping patients and the ability to make a positive impact on their lives. I have worked in all settings and have clinical experience with all types of patients, including joint replacements, neurological disorders, sports injuries and low back pain and neck pain. My areas of focus include spinal care, manual therapy interventions, and biomechanical assessments. I am also is a certified Mulligan practitioner.

How I Practice
  • I look for the miracle everyday.
  • I believe the human body is a machine and physical therapists are mechanics.
  • I know that the human body is made to be in motion.
  • I believe that PTs often plateau before the patient, as an instructor once told me.
  • It (meaning the human body) does not always make sense to us; not because it is confusing but because our knowledge is limited.
  • Learning is critical to success.
  • Pain is not normal, it is our body telling our brains something has changed.
  • Pain is sometimes necessary.
Julie Noble

Julie Noble

MPT
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Anne Leverenz

LPTA

Though I am new to Munger PT, I have been in this profession for over 20 years, graduating from Macomb Community College in 1992 with my Associate of Applied Sciences – PT Assistant degree. I obtained my license in the state of Indiana and later in the state of Michigan and am a Certified Clinical Instructor for PT Assistants through the APTA . I enjoy learning and believe you can learn something from everyone you come in contact with – colleagues and patients alike. I recently completed the McKenzie Part A course for the lumbar spine with plans to complete Parts B & C in the near future.

The part that I enjoy most about this career is helping people achieve their goals – whether it’s pain relief from chronic issues or progressing from using a wheelchair to walking with a cane due to recent injury or surgery. It’s a rewarding job with never a dull moment!

I am doing life with My Hero, High School Sweetheart and Husband of 28 years, Rich, our two adult sons, Ian & Joshua, and our energetic Aussie fur-baby, Hunter. We are all involved with our church (except Hunter, of course!) and enjoy camping together when all our schedules allow! My husband and I also enjoy Photography.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” -- Henry Ford

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