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First Choice Physical Therapy in Petoskey, Michigan

Helping Adults move like Children again without Drugs or Surgery!

Meet the Staff of First Choice Physical Therapy

Dean Tahtinen

Dean Tahtinen, PT


Dean is a 1989 graduate of Grand Valley State University. His continuing education has included courses in Pneumex rehabilitation, Micro Point Stimulation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Medical Exercise Therapy, Pilates, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS or RSD), Graded Motor Imagery, and Holistic Therapy. He believes that you are a person, not just the injured area. Please beware, he is a frustrated stand-up comedian, and you may be subject to corny jokes while being treated!


Kathryn E Fila

Kathryn E Fila, PT


In 1980 Kathy received a B.A. in biology from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. In 1983 she got her degree in physical therapy from Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences in Rochester, MN. She was employed in the physical therapy department at Northern Michigan Hospital from 1983 – 1998 and came to First Choice Physical Therapy in 2004. Kathy and her husband Ron have raised four children in Petoskey, attending Concord Academy, Petoskey Middle School, Petoskey High School, and Harbor Light Christian School. Kathy and her family are active members of Walloon Lake Community Church. Kathy enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating and watching her children play high school and college baseball games.

Laurie Severn

Laurie Severn, LPTA


Laurie is a 1985 graduate of Delta College University Center in Saginaw, Michigan. She has worked in various settings including cardiac, pediatric, orthopedic, home care and out-patient care. Laurie has a soft spot in her heart for helping the geriatric population. She realizes how each person is unique and enjoys giving guidance to nurture her clients into becoming as healthy and strong as they are capable of being. Laurie enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband Mike for 28 years and has two wonderful children, Mandi and Shane. She loves all the activities Northern Michigan has to offer. Laurie looks forward to meeting you soon!

James Wade

James Wade, Ergonomic Specialist


James is a 1977 graduate of Ferris State University with a BS degree in Health Services Management. His experience in industrial education allows him to offer a unique comprehensive assessment of ergonomic problems. He has functioned as an injury prevention consultant for many companies throughout Michigan.

Mary Lee

Mary Lee, Registered Health Information Technician


Mary is a 1978 graduate of Ottumwa Heights College (Indian Hills Community College) in Ottumwa, IA with an Associate Science Degree. Her specialties include medical coding, billing, insurance verification, record analysis and documentation specialist. Mary also works as our Customer Service Representative, helping our patients navigate through the paperwork and scheduling appointments with a smile. We want our patients to know we truly care about how they are feeling that they are more than a medical record and an insurance payment. Our goal is to successfully get each patient healthy, happy and back to their life. Mary’s life outside of work involves over 20 years of volunteer service with Exceptional Riders Program. She is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with our local Exceptional Riders Program helping children and adults through Therapeutic equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. As a member of PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), Mary keeps her continued education current.

Anne Crick

Anne Crick, Clinical Services Representative


Anne is actively involved with the East Jordan Community. As a clinical service representative, Anne schedules patient appointments, performs record analysis and insurance verification.


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First Choice Physical Therapy

2609 Charlevoix Avenue

(By Cormack' s Deli & Super 8 Hotel)

Petoskey, Michigan 49770


Phone 231.439.3750

Fax 231.439.5918