Michael Bates, DPT

Physical Therapist

Michael sought a career in physical therapy because of an injury he sustained in his teens when he broke his elbow snowboarding. His rehab experience combined with his exposure to healthcare fields through his Mom (a nurse) and eventually drew him into the Physical Therapy field. He loves the 1-on-1 time with patients, getting to know them and developing a positive relationship that addresses their needs. Another favorite part of his job is that he gets people moving (and sweating!) to get them better. He implements various modalities into his practice including Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Myofascial Release, Paroxysmal Vertigo/Vestibular Screening, Neurologic physical therapy, and Functional training for Chronic Pain. He plans to pursue Dry Needling certification next year.

Originally from Dexter, Michigan, Michael enjoys staying active in his free time, spending time outdoors playing pickleball, mountain biking, running, disc golfing, swimming, sailing, and windsurfing.

University of Michigan: Bachelor of Science in Movement Science
Grand Valley State University: Doctor of Physical Therapy

What makes me unique:
I lived in Germany for five years and gained a wealth of experience traveling, learning, and connecting with people around the world. These experiences guided me to approach my practice and my patients with a broad mindset. My background also includes extensive work with other health professionals to address the unique needs of every patient.

Why do I practice healthcare:
My favorite part of my job is connecting and partnering with patients to tackle their issues in an effort to get them back to their highest level of function. The satisfaction of being part of a team that is able to improve someone’s quality of life and wellbeing is super rewarding.