JoEllen Bender

Physical Therapist, DPT

DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy

JoEllen is a licensed physical therapist at our East Grand Rapids location. JoEllen attained her undergraduate degree in exercise science and health science from Saginaw Valley State University. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Michigan in 2016. JoEllen has been working in the physical therapy realm for 7 years as an aide and fitness class instructor. She is currently certified in Level 1 functional applied science, Fascial Movement Taping 1 and strives to provide evidence-based therapy services to each individual client. JoEllen has specific clinical experience working with the pelvic/women’s health, vestibular and athletic injury populations. She enjoys treating clients of all ages and diagnoses although has a passion to further specialize in pelvic/women’s health.

In her spare time, JoEllen enjoys staying active by working out, traveling and repurposing furniture.


Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of Michigan 2016

Bachelors in Exercise Science and Health Science

Saginaw Valley State University 2013


Level 1 Functional Applied Science

Fascial Movement Taping 1


Kinesiology Taping

Metabolic Wellness and Weight Management Program

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Video Gait Analysis


East GR

2000 Burton St SE, Suite 1
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

P: 616-608-8485
F: 616-608-8486

You are all AMAZING!!! Amber and Jolene are the best! When Abbie became injured 1 1/2 years ago in dance- something she loved to do, she went through 3 doctors, another physical therapists, many painful procedures and finally found a Dr. Hedlund who sent us to Hulst Jepsen where she was blessed with 2 amazing therapist and their staff! Abbie thought she may never dance again! She had many ups and downs in her therapy but no one ever gave up on her. They always listened to her and helped her do her best! Now she has finished her therapy, is starting dance again in a few weeks, is auditioning for the Nutcracker and her dance team at school!!!


How Can JoEllen Help Treat Your Pain?