Joel Kits

Physical Therapist, DPT, Cert ART,

DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Cert ART – Certified Active Release Technique

Joel Kits is a physical therapist and center manager at our Kentwood location. He graduated from Calvin College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science focusing on Exercise Science, Biology, and Psychology. He attended Grand Valley State University and graduated in 2008 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. As part of his academic training, Joel’s research involving overuse injuries is published in the peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Since his graduation, Joel has attended several continuing education courses focusing on manual therapy interventions and specialized treatment of orthopedic issues. He is currently certified with the Titleist Performance Institute (medical professional level 2) to evaluate and treat golf-specific deficits in mobility and stability. Through his work with TPI, he has also become certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) which allows him to evaluate deficits in common movement patterns that can cause your body to compensate and eventually resulting in increased injury risk. Joel has completed his Full Body Certification in Active Release Techniques (ART) which utilizes targeted interventions to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue and consists of over 500 individual protocols to address deficits related to your injury quickly and specifically. He has also undergone training to become a Dry Needling Practitioner.  Overall, Joel uses an eclectic approach to treatment in order to customize interventions to each unique patient and allow them to return to activity safely and prevent injuries from reoccurring. Joel has a passion for working with people with sports injuries and making a positive impact in his community.

In his spare time, Joel enjoys staying active by playing golf, hiking, biking, and camping with his family.


Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Grand Valley State University, 2008

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Psychology, Exercise Science

Calvin College - 2000


Active Release

Full Body Certified

Selective Functional Movement Assessment

SFMA Certified

Titleist Performance Institute

TPI MP2 Certified

Functional Dry Needling Practitioner


ART (Active Release Techniques)

Chronic Pain

Dry Needling

Functional Movement Screen

Golf Fitness Program

Headache Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

Industrial Medicine

Overhead Athlete

Video Gait Analysis



2120 43rd St SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

P: 616-281-1144
F: 616-281-1221

I came into Hulst Jepsen right after having a major knee surgery. I was not able to bend or straighten my knee. Now I’m able to play all three of my sports with no problem running, jumping, or pivoting.

Ella C.

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