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


Concussion Management

Crossfit® / Fitness Athlete

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

Thank you for your help in my recovery. Wade and Marla have certainly helped me with their therapy after the knee surgery and the broken arm. All of you have been extremely kind as you guided me through the various exercises that have re-energized the many muscles that have helped me walk and get close to normal again. Your smiles, encouragements, the family atmosphere has been very helpful throughout the process. It starts with the smile and welcome that Kayla gives each time I walk in the door. Thanks so much to each of you for your caring attitude.


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