Ryan Gary, Owner, PT, DPT
Dr. Ryan Gary grew up in Grand Rapids and discovered physical therapy through a number of athletic injuries of his own. He attended Hope College before moving to Colorado and obtaining a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. His interest in athletics and participation in endurance sports, including the completion of several marathons, triathlons, and the Louisville Ironman has given him an appreciation for manual therapy.
His clinical work in Colorado has given him a unique skill set for mobilizations, manipulations, and various soft tissue techniques that he eagerly shares with the West Michigan community. He has worked with people of all ages with varying impairments from professional athletes to pediatrics. He enjoys running, biking, climbing, and spending time with his wife and dog, Timber. While the mountains often call him back, he loves all that Michigan has to offer. Dr. Gary is certified in ASTYM therapy, Active Release Technique (ART), Functional Dry Needling (FDN) and is a Certified Speed and Agility Coach (CSAC).
Ryan is also an assistant instructor with Kinetacore teaching dry needling around the country. During the fall and spring he coaches track and cross-country at East Grand Rapids high school in Michigan and is passionate about using his skillset for the betterment of his community. Speaking Spanish, Ryan is passionate about cultures, travel, and deepening his perspective with new places, passionate people, and diverse environments. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys running, biking, kiteboarding, and spending time with his wife, Ashley, and son, Sawyer.
Joshua Hanenburg, Partner, PT, DPT
Dr. Josh Hanenburg joined the staff at Good Life Physical Therapy in February 2017. He is a Grand Rapids native and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from GVSU in 2005. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2009.
Dr. Hanenburg has a passion for movement and has enjoyed working with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. He has advanced training in foot and ankle mechanics including video analysis for runners. He has completed education on the McKenzie method for evaluation and treatment of the spine, ASTYM® soft tissue treatment and Titleist Performance Institute golf assessment.
He enjoys being out on the road or trails, running and biking, golfing, or in the gym. He is an avid runner and triathlete. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Sports Physical Therapy Section, and Michigan Physical Therapy Association.
Amanda Hoffmeyer, PT, DPT
Dr. Amanda Hoffmeyer is a native to West Michigan and attended Calvin College for her B.S. degree in Biology and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015 from Elon University, North Carolina. Her clinical experience focused on sport post-concussion rehab, vestibular rehab, stroke rehab, and orthopedic rehab emphasizing sport injuries, spinal conditions, misuse and overuse injuries and post-surgery.
Dr. Hoffmeyer's utmost importance in practice is individualized evidence-based care to ensure that client's needs are met. Her practice integrates multiple approaches emphasizing manual therapy, McKenzie and Mulligan approaches, Kinesiotape, muscle energy techniques, and strength and conditioning. With a passion for human anatomy, exercise benefits, and athletics, she strives to use and share her knowledge to improve the client's quality of life.
When away from the clinic, Dr. Hoffmeyer finds joy in running, swimming, weight training, biking, and playing volleyball (especially beach!). With a prior career in wildlife biology researching sea turtles in Florida and the American badger in Wisconsin, you will find Amanda most often outside hiking or exploring with family and friends.
Grant Stevens, PT, DPT
Dr. Grant Stevens grew up in northern Minnesota and attended Saint John’s University before attending Southwest Baptist University in Missouri where he obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. His studies focused on spine-related pain, headaches, and TMJ dysfunction. He has a wide range of athletic experience including football, track and field, basketball, swimming, curling, dance, and volleyball. This has led to an understanding of a wide variety of sport-related injuries.
Dr. Stevens believes the most effective treatments are manual therapy based and utilizes manipulations, mobilizations, and soft tissue techniques to achieve results as quickly as possible. He combines these techniques with extensive patient education to ensure that his patients not only get better, but stay healthy as well.
When Dr. Stevens is not treating patients, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and mainly any activities that allow him to be outside. He enjoys meeting new people and treating a diverse clientele.
Julianne Smith, PT, DPT, OMPT
Dr. Julianne Smith received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University in Exercise Science/Preventive Medicine before attending Oakland University where she obtained her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and Specialty Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. She also works as a university teaching assistant and has served as a guest lecturer in presenting sports-medicine, gross anatomy and specialty topic lectures for both Doctorate and Associate level programs.
Dr. Smith leads by specializing in Sportsmetrics™ and sports medicine/return-to-sport, the spine, movement analysis, exercise prescription and orthopedic manual soft tissue and mobilization/manipulation techniques. She also believes in the importance of implementing advanced differential diagnosis techniques that find the source of your symptoms and pain, without just treating the symptoms.
As a former collegiate athlete, she understands and supports the mentality of attaining one's goals no matter what activity level or age. Her many passions include weight lifting, tennis, hiking, hockey, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, and golf. Additionally, Dr. Smith is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified golf expert, combining her knowledge of the human body and passion for golf to identify limitations in your swing and take your game to the next level.
Joseph Hanisko, PT, DPT
Dr. Joe Hanisko grew up on the east side of the Mitten in Bay City. There, he found himself grow competitively in hockey from a young age all the way to his collegiate years. Joe also found passion on the gridiron where his high school career sprung him to Alma College where he played football as a running back for the Scots. Injuries, and a realigned focus on academics, ended his competitive athletic career but he continued to peruse a passion with strength and conditioning work. The last 10 years he has spent a great deal of time with Olympic Weight Lifting and CrossFit which has now shaped and transformed his outlook on physical therapy.
Dr. Hanisko graduated from Alma College with his B.S in Integrated Physiology and Health Science and then from Grand Valley State University with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. His interests in the fitness athletes of all kinds pushed him to take additional course work in Clinical Management of Fitness Athletes (CMFA), spinal manipulation, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques (IASTM), as well as functional and trigger point dry needling (FDN). He finds that these techniques along with skilled and directed strength work has led to great success treating clients from the professional level to those just looking to live a happy and pain free life.
He wants everyone to know that whether they are looking for maintenance and performance care or formal rehabilitation he looks forward to helping everyone reach their goals!