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Raj Thangamuthu

Owner/ Doctor of Physical Therapy

Raj’s physical therapy career began in 1992 after graduating from SRIPMS College in India. He spent 3 years practicing there before moving to Kuwait and joining the Ministry of Health Hospitals system. In 1996, he came to the United States and practiced in various hospitals and clinics before opening his own practice in 2008. AquatiCare Physical Therapy allowed Raj to focus on superior patient care and treat patients with fewer visits and better results. In 2011, he opened Empower Physical Therapy and Fitness – an innovative concept integrating Physical Therapy and Fitness in one facility.

Raj is devoted to lifelong learning and throughout his career has gained extensive experience in manual therapy including training at the Ola Grimsby Institute, IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) and Myofascial Release education through Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. Raj is a certified Neurac Therapist, Pilates instructor, an avid student of Hot Yoga and was recently named Student of the Month at his studio.

Raj is passionate about working with the elderly and has created a unique Fall Prevention Program to improve patient’s balance and coordination as they age. He utilizes a wide variety of equipment to address balance deficits including Pneumex Unweighing System, Biodex and Balance Gym.

Certified in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and Work Site Analyses, Raj has pioneered the development of performance enhancement programs for DuPont. He has worked directly with the Resin, Dispersion, Fire Brigade and Emergency Services departments.

In his free time, Raj enjoys spending time with his wife, son and two daughters.

Tim K

Clinical Director / Doctor of Physical Therapy

Tim grew up in Westerville, Ohio and attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a collegiate soccer player. He then attended Wheeling Jesuit University where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He has worked in a variety of therapy settings.

Tim is trained in the McKenzie Method and is a certified Mechanical Diagnostic Therapist allowing him to effectively treat people with neck and low back pain.

Tim has received training in kinesiology taping from ROCKTAPE and uses this method of taping to assist patients in their recovery.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Tim also enjoys camping, kayaking, and watching and playing a variety of sports.

Lisa W

Occupational Therapist

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in 1987.  She is experienced in numerous treatment settings including in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient orthopedics, industrial rehabilitation and home health care. Wearing several hats along the way including staff therapist, quality assurance specialist and department clinical supervisor, Lisa has a firm hold on clinical aspects of treatment and customer care.

Being a firm believer in continuing education, Lisa has attended numerous continuing education courses in the areas of orthopedics, neurology, industrial rehabilitation and ergonomics. Lisa is a Level 1 Functional Evaluator with Fit2Work and most recently completed Neurac 1 training to provide Redcord treatment.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and two (young adult) daughters. Her favorite pastimes include travel, attending sporting events, reading, cooking, water sports, and spending time with family and friends.


Ramesh S

Physical Therapist 

Ramesh has his Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from Madras University and his Master’s in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. He has 25 years of experience as a Physical Therapist, with knowledge in treating orthopedic conditions and sports/ athletic injuries, myofascial neurological, geriatric and vestibular dysfunction. Ramesh also brings a strong knowledge in implementing and administering physical therapy programs in outpatient clinics and community programs. When Ramesh is not working, he enjoys photography and spending time with his family.


Gourilavanya Eswara

Physical Therapist 





Julie Ann R

Physical Therapist Assistant

Julie grew up in Sterling Heights, MI and is a graduate of Macomb Community College. She graduated in 1992 with her Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences in Physical Therapy Assisting. In 1999, she went on to receive her certification for Massage Therapy.

Julie is a certified Neurac PTA. She also holds certifications in TRX and basic mat Pilates. She has also received training in kinesiology taping from ROCKTAPE and uses this method of taping to assist patients in their recovery.

Julie likes spending time with her husband Dante, their twins Gianni and Cristiana, and their dog. She enjoys reading, planning parties, cooking and baking.


Lindsey L

Physical Therapist Assistant

Lindsey grew up in Wixom, MI. In December of 2013 she graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science.  In June of 2016 she graduated from South University with her Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences in Physical Therapy Assisting.

Lindsey began playing soccer at a young age and continued to go on and play in college. When Lindsey isn’t working she enjoys spending time with family and friends on the boat.



Gina G

Office Manager

Gina is the Office Manager for both of our locations. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business, including, billing, customer service and training. Prior to Empower Physical Therapy, she worked 8 years in advertising field, then at a Neurological office as part of the front desk staff and a patient advocate.

She enjoys helping people and giving back to her community. She takes great pleasure in making sure that everyone who walks through our doors at Empower is taken care of and that our clinic is a comfortable, inviting place to come too.

 In her spare time, Gina enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She also enjoys gardening, bike riding, cooking and traveling.

 


Allie D

Administrative / Physical Therapy Technician

Allie grew up in Sterling Heights, MI. In May of 2013 she graduated from Ohio Northern University and with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She is currently in the process of submitting applications for Physical Therapy programs. Her goal is to become a Physical Therapist in the outpatient orthopedic setting and hopes to one day work with athletes.

Allie began playing basketball at a young age and continued through college. In her spare time she enjoys going up north, skiing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 


Tim J

Kinesiologist / Physical Therapy Technician

Tim grew up in Clinton Township, MI. He attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and has completed his Master’s degree in Kinesiology at Wayne State University. He is currently in the process of applying to physical therapy schools and would love to become a Physical Therapist and work with patients with orthopedic dysfunction.

Tim enjoys staying active by exercising and playing sports and has experience with personal training. In his spare time he enjoys all sports, traveling music, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Barb F

Physical Therapy Technician

Barb grew up in Mount Clemens, MI. She has been working for AquatiCare since it opened in 2008 and she brings a lot of knowledge and hands on experience. Before joining AquatiCare Barb spent 2 years working in a nursing home, 13 years working at an in-patient hospital and 16 years at on outpatient clinic. All of her experience really helps her connect with the patients. Barb has seen it all where it comes to the medical field and her calm presence is a great asset. Barb enjoys spending time with her family and going to craft shows.

 


Mary K

Patient Care Representative/Physical Therapy Technician

Mary grew up in Clinton Township and recently graduated from Oakland University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences, with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy and minor in Exercise Science. Mary is currently applying to PTA school and would one day like to work in an out-patient physical therapy clinic. In Mary's free time she enjoys weight lifting, walking her beagle Boots, and spending time with family and friends.



Beverly K

Physical Therapy Technician

Beverly grew up in Sterling Heights, MI. In 2016, she graduated from Oakland University with her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Exercise Science. Her plan is to further her education by attending graduate school to receive a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and her goal is to to work in a Pediatric out-patient facility. Beverly has participated in basketball from a very young age, and continued through college. In her spare time, she likes to workout, spend time with friends and family, and volunteer at her local church. 



Tyler M

Physical Therapy Technician






Jacob F

Physical Therapy Technician








Abbey S.

Front Desk Coordinator

Abbey grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She was a Cross Country and Track collegiate athlete at Macomb Community College. After MCC, she transferred to Central Michigan University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Fitness and a double minor in Athletic Coaching and Psychology.  Abbey is an ACSM certified Personal Trainer and is currently applying to PTA schools. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, playing sports, running road races, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. One of Abbey’s goals is to run a race in every state and has completed 13 states so far.



Christie S.

Front Desk Coordinator

Christie is a recent graduate of the National Personal Training Institute, with certifications in nutrition and personal training. She is NASM certified and looking to pursue a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant. In her free time she enjoys sports, running, spending time with her family and friends, and playing the piano.