Summer exercising often presents the same challenges in Michigan as exercising in the winter. Inclimate weather, although this time of the year it is heat and humidity, may lead to a decrease in exercise frequency and/or intensity. As in winter, we encourage you to have a plan for when the weather is not ideal:
Choose an indoor option such as a treadmill, elliptical, working out at a health club or walking at a mall or large department store.
You might also consider swimming which is much more accessible now than in the winter.
If you must exercise outside, choose a cooler time of day such as early morning or early evening.
Be sure to stay hydrated - carry a water bottle with you if necessary.
Remember, the most important tip is to keep working. Do not let weather or any excuse stop you from exercising. It is much more difficult to get started back up again than to just keep going. Good luck and happy exercising!
The Pain Center is Expanding!
Welcome New Staff
We are pleased to welcome three new members to the Pain Center team. We believe they will be great assets to our clinic and give us the capability to grow and serve more people. They will be starting on Monday, June 28.
Josh Brinks, NP
Josh is a life-long resident of West Michigan, who is married with three children. Josh has a Bachelor of Science and Nursing degree from Grand Valley States University and a Masters Degree from Michigan State University. He worked for 5 years at Spectrum in the intensive care unit and emergency room and then 3 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He is now employed at West Michigan Rheumatology where he has been for the last 6 years. He cares for adults and children with arthritis and sees patients with fibromyalgia on almost a daily basis. He also manages the office infusion center and does clinical research, and has done several presentations on medical and self-management strategies for chronic arthritis pain and Fibromyalgia.
Lisa MaKuch, PhD
Lisa graduated from Michigan State University in 1989, and holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. Her interests include using creative art therapy, relaxation strategies, and biofeedback, and she enjoys conducting group therapy. Her specializations are pain management, chemical dependency, and mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and she is certified in clinical hypnosis. Her hobbies include working on creative memory photo albums, and motorcycling.
Linda Velding, COTA
Linda has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for 18 years. She went back to school after her 3 boys were all in school. She graduated one year before her oldest finished high school. She worked at Mary Free Bed for coverage and in the work program for Rehabilitation Professionals for 7 years. She lives on a lake in Coral, MI. She has 6 grandchildren, 3 girls, 3 boys (the boys are from her youngest and oldest). She loves being with her grandkids ages 3 - 11. She has a black lab and her husband has a boston terrier. They are the girls they never had and have the run of the house and the lake. She loves to fish in the summer. Her goal in life is to catch a pike bigger than the one Mark Dekraker has mounted. She's really looking forward to working with all her friends at MFB.
We are excited to be expanding and we look forward to working together to provide the highest quality care.
Welcome Josh, Lisa and Linda!
More than the programs ...
At The Pain Center, all of our doctor's and therapists see patients outside of the programs. If you have a new injury, significant stressor, severe pain flare-up or need to adjust your home exercise program - come back to the team that you trust. We're happy to help.
Have a question about a flare up?
You are still a part of The Pain Center family. If you ever have a question, please give us a call at 616.233.3480 and we'd be happy to answer it.