Empower Team

Rajendran Thangamuthu, DPT

Rajendran Thangamuthu, DPT

Owner and Physical Therapist

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 Unweighting 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.

Rajendran Thangamuthu, DPT

Reenu Chacko, PT

Clinical Director

Reenu graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences with a baccalaureate degree in 2002. Since then most of her work experience has been in the Outpatient Therapy setting. She has been practicing in Michigan since 2006 as a staff PT, lead PT and clinic director in outpatient rehabilitation clinics that had specialized ortho and neuro programs.

Reenu is currently is working towards getting certified in the MDT ( McKenzie Method) program. She enjoys life with Stanley, her husband of 15 years and 11 yr old daughter, Evannah. They have a fur baby, Butterscotch, that they love to spoil.

Rajendran Thangamuthu, DPT

Kristie Grochowski, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Kristie graduated in 2000 from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She was a certified personal trainer for a few years after graduating, then took time off to start and raise a family. After 10 years as a Stay at Home Mom, Kristie returned to school in 2017 to pursue her passion-working in the physical therapy field. In September 2019, she graduated from South University with an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences in Physical Therapy Assisting.

Outside of work, Kristie’s time is spent with her husband at numerous sporting events cheering on their 3 boys.

Brittany Kozicki, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Brittany graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and then attended University of Michigan - Flint where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Brittany enjoys working with patients of all ages – whether it be helping a patient return to sport or return to their functional abilities. She has a special passion for runners and has treated many sports related injuries - aging from adolescents, collegiate athletes and even former professional athletes. She has taken several continuing education courses and has extensive training in Graston techniques, Kinesiotaping, ACL rehabilitation and video gait analysis for runners. Brittany’s treatment style includes an individualized physical therapy regimen to help you meet your goals and get you back to what you want to do.

In her spare time Brittany enjoys traveling, exercising and all outdoor activities including distance running, water skiing, snowboarding and golfing. She ran her first Marathon in October 2019!