Our Physicians

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Rachel Abouzaid, M.D.

Dr. Rachel Abouzaid was born and raised in southeast Michigan. After obtaining her medical degree from Michigan State College of Human Medicine, she completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Wayne State University/Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. She then went on to complete a pain medicine fellowship at Henry Ford Health in Detroit. Read More

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Shawn Achtman, D.O.

Shawn Achtman, D.O., is a Board-Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, then received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University. He completed his residency training at William Beaumont Hospital in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Afterwards, to further specialize, he completed a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Pain Management through Michigan State University. Read More

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Melissa Andric, D.O.

Dr. Andric was born in the Detroit area and grew up in Lapeer, MI. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences. While in undergrad at MSU, she was part of the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program and went on to complete medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. Upon graduation, Dr. Andric completed a one year internship at Garden City Hospital and a three year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Read More

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Steven Arbit, M.D.

Steven Arbit, M.D. was born and raised in the Detroit area. After graduating medical school from Wayne State University, he completed a three year Internal Medicine Residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. He then finished a second three-year residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) also at Sinai. During his final year he was named Chief Resident. Read More

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Nathan Gross, M.D.

Nathan Gross, M.D. is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 1986. After graduating from University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree with High Distinction, he graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1982. Dr. Gross completed his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. Read More

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Craig Hysni, M.D.

Craig Hysni, M.D. was born and raised in the Detroit area. After graduating medical school from Wayne State University, he completed a one year internship at St John Hospital in Detroit, MI and a three-year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Read More

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Krisztina Mishack, M.D.

Krisztina Mishack, M.D. was born and raised in Hungary. After graduating from Damascus Medical School, she completed a five-year combined Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Pediatric Residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan / Wayne State University in Detroit.
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Brian Roth, M.D.

Brian Roth, MD is a native Detroiter. His undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University. After graduating medical school from Wayne State University, Dr. Roth completed a four year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. During his final year he was named Chief Resident. Read More

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Christopher Schoenherr, M.D.

Christopher Schoenherr, M.D. was born and raised in the Detroit area. After graduating medical school from Michigan State University, he completed a one year internship in Grand Rapids and a three year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences in Denver. Since finishing his training, he has focused his practice to the non-surgical care of musculoskeletal and spinal disorders, sports medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine and inpatient rehabilitation. Read More

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Our Physical Therapists

Athena Akram, PT, DPT

Offices: Commerce

Athena Akram, DPT, graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then continued her education at Wayne State, earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011.

Lauren Babicz, PTA

Offices: Commerce

Lauren Babicz, PTA, graduated from The University of Michigan, earning her Bachelor Degree in Movement Science/Kinesiology. She then went on to graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb Community College.

Lauren is certified in Graston Technique Therapy. Graston Technique therapy is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that allows for precise detection and treatment of fascial restrictions as well as muscle and tendon dysfunction.

Lauren’s decision to become a Physical Therapist Assistant was influenced not only by her experiences as a patient but also as a result of working as a PT Technician for 5 years. These two outlooks caused her to fall in love with the profession.

She was a competitive softball player, playing at the collegiate level at The University of Michigan. Lauren still participates competitively and coaches younger athletes in skilled softball training, as well as injury prevention. She has a passion utilizing manual skills and functional based exercises with an interest in orthopedics and athletic rehabilitation.

Lauren’s goal is enabling patients to resume an active lifestyle or return to sports through a personalized therapy program.

Courtney Briskey, PT, DPT

Offices: Bloomfield

Courtney Briskey, DPT, graduated from Oakland University in 2014 earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Michigan Physical Therapy Association since 2011.

Throughout her childhood, Courtney competed in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop.  Her participation in these activities is what led Courtney to her interest and fascination with the study of movement.

She treats each patient with an individualized approach to help her patients improve and reach their personal rehab goals and return to their daily activities. Courtney implements many different techniques throughout her treatment, such as manual based or a hands-on approach, therapeutic exercise, kinesiotape application, posture education, and body mechanic training.

Courtney is passionate about treating geriatrics, orthopedics, post-surgical, and neck/back pain and hopes to continue expanding her knowledge even further in these areas.

Courtney is our Physical Therapy Manager for our Bloomfield location.

Amy Clapp, MPT

Offices: Rochester 

Amy Clapp, MPT, attended Oakland University, graduating in 1997 with her Masters in Physical Therapy. She has been a Clinical Instructor for physical therapy students from Oakland University, Wayne State University, and Grand Valley State University. She joined the SIRM team in 2005, after having practiced in inpatient, acute rehab, and outpatient settings.

Amy emphasizes personalized care, spending hands-on time with her patients and helping to ensure their best functional outcome. Though she enjoys treating patients with all diagnoses, she has special interest and advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation, geriatric, and neck and back pain. As a performing oboist and oboe instructor, she also has a special interest in Performing Arts Medicine, uniquely treating musicians who have developed pain which is impeding their ability to perform.

Anahita Kavarana, PT

Offices: Commerce

Anahita Kavarana, PT, earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy in 1999 from The University of Mumbai, India and her M. S. in Human Movement Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.

She has spent her time practicing as a physical therapist in various settings for over 20 years focusing on patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction. She also has a strong background in neurological rehabilitation.

Her treatment methods include the use of the Neurodevelopmental Technique, Craniosacral therapy and Trigger point release therapy. Anahita’s treatment philosophy emphasizes a hands-on individualized care approach for each patient, facilitating a faster and optimal functional recovery.

Chelsie Mowers, PTA

Offices: Commerce

Chelsie Mowers, PTA, graduated from Michigan State University in 2013, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to graduate from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at South University. Chelsie enjoys swimming, golfing, and spending time with her family.

After working as a PT Technician for 4 years, Chelsie saw firsthand how important it is to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, leading to her love of the profession. Her treatment approach emphasizes the use of therapeutic exercise and manual therapy to restore function and mobility in her patients.

Chelsie is certified in Graston Technique Therapy, an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that allows for precise detection and treatment of fascial restrictions as well as muscle and tendon dysfunction. Chelsie is also a cupping provider and has expanded her knowledge in the treatment of sacroiliac dysfunction, myofascial release, pelvic floor training, and kinesiotape application. Chelsie has a special interest in plantar fasciitis, knee dysfunctions, back pain, and neck conditions.

In addition to treating patients, Chelsie is also our Physical Therapy Manager for our Commerce location.

Margie Schuldinger, PT

Offices: Commerce

Margie Schuldinger, PT, earned her B.S. in Psychology from Wayne State University in 1984 and her B.S. in Physical Therapy from California State University in 1988.  She has enjoyed her role as a physical therapist from the start and continues to have passion for her profession.

Her first 10 years focused on neurological rehabilitation, and the past 16 years on orthopedics.

As an assistant professor at Baker College PTA program, Margie taught anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, psychology of injury, and several other classes.  She currently teaches anatomy and physiology to a variety of yoga certification programs.

She blends her multiple approaches of manual techniques with solid instruction of exercise and body mechanics for patient safety. She likes to think both “in” and “outside the box” to individualize patient care.

Margie has a strong interest in utilizing Yoga and Pilate’s philosophy with treatment and exercise. Recently, she has developed a program to treat patients with scoliosis.

Lori Zywiol, PT, DPT

Offices: Rochester

Lori Zywiol, DPT, graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Oakland University in 2009.

Lori decided to become a Physical Therapist after gaining first-hand experience as a patient. She was a competitive figure skater for over 10 years. After the motivation, care and dedication from her physical therapist, she was sold on the profession.

She is passionate about utilizing manual skills and functional based exercises to treat populations in orthopedics, post-surgical, vestibular and pregnancy related pain.  She is an active Graston Technique and cupping provider delivering an effective and unique treatment to mobilize soft tissue.

Lori keeps in mind that each individual may respond differently to pain relief. People have different body types, different patterns of movement, and different habits. She monitors each individual and corrects improper habits and movement patterns through a personalized therapy program.

Lori is our Physical Therapy Manager for our Rochester location.

Our Advanced Practitioners

Lori Broecker, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CRRN

Lori Broecker, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CRRN was born and raised in the Detroit area. After Graduating from Oakland University as a Registered Nurse, she worked in the Medical-Surgical Field. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University.

After she graduated, she worked in Family practice with a focus on the primary care of Women, Geriatrics, and Sub-acute Rehabilitation. She currently focuses her practice in collaboration with the PMR physicians, on the rehabilitation care of patients with a variety of medical and surgical problems both in the inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Crittenton Hospital and area Sub-acute Rehabilitation Facilities

Lori can most often be found on the Rehab Unit of Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (Crittenton) and is a member of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. Lori has her certificate from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Lori is a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner Students in area Colleges and Universities.

Lori is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse.  “Attaining CRRN certification validates your professional standing as an experienced rehabilitation nurse with a documented level of knowledge in this specialized area of practice”(Association of Rehabilitation Nurses).

Keith Davidson, NP-C

Keith Davidson, NP-C, received his Nurse Practitioner licensure from Maryville College, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his internship at Deckerville Community Hospital. Keith previously worked in Emergency Medicine as a Paramedic full time for over 15 years, as an RN for 6 years in Mt. Clemens at McLaren Macomb working on the Medical Surgical/ Infectious Diseases unit, and as an NP for 8 years at Deckerville Community Hospital.

 

Erica Grace, PA-C

Erica Grace, MMS, PA-C is a nationally certified physician assistant specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She completed her Bachelors degree in Biology at Oakland University, and went on to complete her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Erica is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants. She has worked in many capacities with our practice including outpatient clinic, subacute rehabilitation, and inpatient rehabilitation units. For Erica, PM&R has always been a passion; “ Physical Medicine and Rehab has always had a special place in my heart and I continue to love working with our patients to help them optimize their health and function”.

In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her family on the water and doing any sort of outside activities. Erica and her husband now reside in St Clair County where her husband runs his business as a chiropractor.

Michelle Gustafson, MSN, NP-C

Michelle Gustafson is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Michelle has 19 years of experience as a registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in acute and chronic disease management, pain management and subacute rehabilitation.

Michelle is committed towards providing high quality and effective rehabilitation and pain management using a holistic approach. She believes in improving her patients’ quality of life through patient, physician and skilled therapy collaboration and evidence-based practice. She provides patient and family education and is a strong patient advocate.

Julia Langowski, MSN, ANP-C

Julia Langowski, RN, MSN, ANP-C graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She worked in various settings as a nurse including Post-Anesthesia Care Units.  She then completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Wayne State University and became a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Since she has obtained her masters, she has worked in Chronic Pain, Geriatrics, Primary Care, and now, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Julie Long, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Julie Long, MSN, AGPCNP-BC graduated from Davenport University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After gaining several years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Julie later attended the Eastern Michigan University  where she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing and became an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. She is a Board Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practioners as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Molly Maki, MSN, FNP-BC, CRRN

Molly Maki, RN, MSN, FNP-BC was born and raised in Novi, MI as one of eight children.  After graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, she worked in the Adult Medical Progressive Care Unit, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  She then completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy and became a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Molly is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. Molly became a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and she has dedicated her practice to providing care to individuals in the skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Her goal is to help others gain more independence and a better quality of life. 

Molly spends her free time with her family, living in South Lyon, MI.  Her husband is also a medical professional in the cardiac field.  They have 3 children who keep them busy running between multiple activities of baseball, football, dance, gymnastics, swimming, cub scouts, and more.  Molly and her family enjoy spending time at their cottage up-north, traveling to Florida to visit her parents, golfing, camping, and anything outdoors.  

Molly provides care to patients in the skilled nursing/subacute facilities and inpatient hospital settings. 

Kate Malane, MSN, BA, FNP-BC

Kate Malane is a compassionate nurse practitioner where care meets expertise. With six years of nursing experience at the University of Michigan and a board certification from the University of Detroit Mercy, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive, empathetic care. From coronary artery disease to infectious diseases, I’m committed to improving patients’ quality of life through thorough, efficient, and compassionate care.

Kara Maltese, MSN, NP-C, CRRN

Offices: Commerce

Kara Maltese, MSN, NP-C was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. After high school, she moved to Phoenix, AZ to attend Arizona State University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After gaining several years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Kara dedicated her time to advance her education and career. She attended the University of Cincinnati where she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Kara has nursing experience in pain management, retail health, pediatrics, endoscopy, and telemetry. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Kara is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse.  “Attaining CRRN certification validates your professional standing as an experienced rehabilitation nurse with a documented level of knowledge in this specialized area of practice”(Association of Rehabilitation Nurses).

Laura Ploss, MSN, FNP-C

Laura Ploss, MSN, FNP-C graduated from Wayne State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After gaining several years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Kate later attended the Oakland University where she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Miriam Roumieh, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Miriam Roumieh, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC graduated from Oakland University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as her Masters of Science in Nursing. She is a Board Certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). With over 10 years working in healthcare, Miriam is committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care.

 

Michelle Schipper, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Michelle Schipper, MSN, FNP-C graduated from Oakland Community College with her Associates of Applied Science in nursing, and shortly after completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. She worked as a Registered Nurse for several years with a focus on pulmonary, progressive care, general surgery, and orthopedics. Michelle later continued her education at Ohio University and graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

 

Emma Skillman, MSN, FNP-C

Emma Skillman, MSN, FNP-C was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. After graduating from University of Michigan with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she dedicated her practice to the Burn, Surgical and Rehabilitation unit at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. After gaining several years of experience, she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Oakland University and became a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). 

Our Administrators

Kira Griffin, Practice Manager

Kira Griffin is responsible for supporting the Professional Staff and overseeing all medical associates.  She is primarily at the Rochester office, and frequently visits both the Bloomfield & Commerce locations.

Kira obtained her Bachelors degree from Oakland University with a degree in Health Sciences. From there she moved on to Central Michigan University where she obtained a Master’s of Science in Health Services Administration.

Kira’s goal is to create a positive, friendly, and efficient environment for everyone that works at and visits our practice and to ensure that we provide the highest quality of patient care.

Kira is an outdoor enthusiast. When she is not at work, you can find her outside Biking the Gravel trails or Mountain Bike trails, Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Golfing, Disc Golfing, Kayaking and so much more.

Renee Snover, Medical Assistant Coordinator

Renee Snover is responsible for supporting our physicians and overseeing the medical support staff at Specialists in Rehabilitation Medicine.

Some of her responsibilities include insuring that the staff have an effective, courteous and professional relationship with not only our physicians, but every patient that walks through our door.  Renee can be found working at any of our three offices.

Renee is an avid dog lover and works with rescue centers throughout the Detroit Metro Area to train and find families for her four-legged friends.