The Physical Therapy Connection professional staff of Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Massage Therapists have over 85 years combined experience in treating musculoskeletal disorders.
MEET THE STAFF:
Beth Landgraf, P.T./Owner, CAFS
Beth graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1988. She has practiced as an orthopedic and manual therapist for 29 years. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Michigan Physical Therapy Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Beth earned her certification as a Nike Golf Performance Specialist and certification in Graston Technique (a form of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). She utilizes both instruments and her hands to help promote the healing process. She has also been a Clinical Instructor through Baker College. Beth has been practicing in the greater Lansing area for approximately 18 years. She moved to DeWitt in 1999 and brought her son up K-12 in DeWitt schools. Beth opened The Physical Therapy Connection in 2008 in order to offer her patients evidence based individualized care in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Her goal is a commitment to excellence. She strives to offer a more personal and caring experience while in therapy. In her spare time, Beth enjoys golf, MSU sports, spending time with her son, Jake, her dog and 2 cats.
DeeAnne Schwalm, PT, DPT
Dee Schwalm is a 2010 graduate of University of Michigan-Flint Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She graduated in 2007 from UofM-Flint with a Bachelor in Human Biology. Dee joined PTC June 2015. Prior to joining the PTC team, she was part of an elite group of physical therapists at a sports performance clinic in Kalamazoo. Dee also has experience in acute care and the skilled nursing setting PRN for the past five years.
Dee has advanced training in outpatient orthopedics and sports injuries, post-operative care, spinal dysfunction and manual therapy techniques. She is currently working on her certification in the McKenzie Method for treatment of spinal and extremity disorders.
She is an avid distance runner and enjoys yoga and mountain biking. Dee frequently volunteers with American Cancer Society and has traveled to Durban South Africa to assist Key of Hope in creating positive educational/sports programs for children.
Thomas LaClair, PT, DPT, CSCS
Tom received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to his doctorate, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. Tom received his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in February of 2016 and is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. He rejoined the Physical Therapy Connection family as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in September 2016. Tom previously worked at PTC as a Rehabilitation Tech prior to his acceptance to the graduate program at U of M. Tom specializes in outpatient orthopedics, but has clinical experience in acute care and neurologic settings. Outside of physical therapy, Tom enjoys working out at a local heath club and playing several sports including basketball, golf and tennis. He is an avid Michigan State Spartans fan!
Katie Stephens, PT
Katie Stephens, PT brings more than 30 years of experience to our clinic. She began her career with a diverse education at Loma Linda University. Over the years, she has continued to add to her skills from many areas of medicine and rehabilitation. She considers herself very fortunate to have been able to take advantage of a wide variety of experiences, including working as a PT at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She helped to establish a complete 2 year residency program in manual medicine and orthopedic exercise. She is also a certified instructor in Authentic Pilates and an Accredited Practitioner with The McConnell Institute. Her specialty areas of interest and expertise are in orthopedics and sports medicine, but enjoys seeing all types of clients.