Our Approach

Doug Essenberg, PT, Cert. MDT

Doug is a Michigan native who graduated with a B.A. from Aquinas College. While working in marketing for a rehabilitation company specializing in transitional living for people with brain injuries, Doug found his calling. Intrigued with the way the human body functioned, he decided to change careers. In 2000, Doug graduated with a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University. Since then, he has been working in the outpatient orthopedic physical therapy setting, specializing in manual therapy. A desire to provide high-quality, individualized treatment and rehabilitation led Doug and his business partner, Adam Beadenkopf, to formulate a plan for a more fully-integrated form of physical therapy care—the type of care you receive at Kentwood Physical Therapy.

Doug enjoys the benefits of an active lifestyle: He loves backpacking, canoeing, camping, running, golfing, and playing hockey. Married to Michelle, they are proud parents of two daughters, Ellie and Cecelia.

Adam Beadenkopf, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Adam grew up in Edwardsburg, Michigan and earned 9 varsity letters in football, wrestling, and baseball, while also being named class Valedictorian. While competing, he received physical therapy for several sports injuries. Adam's interest in medicine and desire to help athletes return to their sport as quickly as possible led him to pursue a degree in physical therapy. He graduated with honors from Grand Valley State University with his Bachelor's degree in Health Science and Master's of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Adam has been working in the Grand Rapids area since 2000, specializing in the Mckenzie Method, spinal pain, chronic pain, running and sports injuries. He believes strongly in the benefits of physical therapy and finds it tremendously rewarding to help his patients achieve good health. Adam enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports and games, camping, traveling, and being outside.

Jamie Corrie, PT, OCS, CKTP

Jamie grew up in Richmond, Michigan, a small town on the east side of the state. At the young age of 14, she had already set her sights on a career in physical therapy. After graduating valedictorian of her high school class, she went on to graduate with honors from Central Michigan University, finishing her Bachelor's of Science in 2001 and Master's of Science in Physical Therapy in 2004. She has been working in the Grand Rapids area since then, specializing in manual therapy. She joined the Kentwood Physical Therapy team in 2007. Since then, she has attended several continuing education courses to further her manual therapy skills as well as develop some others.  She became board-certified as an Orthopedic Specialist in 2010 and a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP) in 2014. Currently, she is working toward her certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, which she aims to finish in 2015.

Aside from her life as a physical therapist, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She also enjoys being outdoors, whether camping, relaxing, reading, or running, and was recently able to cross "run a marathon" off of her bucket list.

Julie Middleton, DPT.

Julie hails from Wyoming, MI, where she attended high school and enjoyed playing soccer and volleyball. During her senior year, she realized her love for anatomy and how the human body works, and with that insight in mind, she chose a career that allowed her to live out her ultimate passion: helping people. Julie attended the University of Michigan to obtain her bachelor’s degree in movement science and completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy directly following at University of Michigan – Flint. Prior to being hired at KPT, she gained experience working in an acute hospital setting, as well as a skilled nursing and rehabilitation setting. She is currently pursuing a certification in the McKenzie Method (MDT), and is excited for how this will improve her practice.
In her free time, Julie enjoys running, reading, watching Michigan football, hammocking, playing beach volleyball, spending time with friends and family, and trying different coffee shops in the Grand Rapids area.

Shelly DeGroot

Shelly became part of the KPT family in 2011.  She comes from an extensive customer service background making her a great fit for the front desk.  She is usually the first person you will see when coming in and the voice you hear when calling our clinic.  She helps with scheduling, benefit verifications & pre-authorizations (if needed) and a host of other things!

Shelly loves meeting and interacting with new people every day and enjoys getting to know our patients on a more personal level at each subsequent visit.  Her goal is to make each appointment a pleasant experience for every patient. 

She and her husband live in Byron Center where they enjoy spending time with their 4 grown children, grandchildren, family and friends.

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