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Friday March 1, 2019


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Photo courtesy of Lindsey Klyn Photography & Design
Courtesy of Lindsey Klyn Photography & Design
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After college sweethearts Tyler and Colette Schippers were married in 2016, they found out several months later they’d be adding a third member to their family. Kinsley Marie Schippers joyfully joined their family on August 17, 2017. Kinsley was a relaxed and mellow baby, so when these new parents started to notice a change in her behavior come April, they began to wonder if something more was wrong.

The first signs came when their daughter no longer wanted to stand up and would lift her right leg up when they tried to help. She also started to fuss when Colette would put her right leg into her sleeper at night. At first, Colette chalked Kinsley’s behavior up to being tired and a little fussy, but over time, the fussiness turned into a cry anytime they’d bend Kinsley’s right knee. They knew something was wrong.

The Schippers took their 8-month-old to the doctor where an X-ray revealed fluid on Kinsley’s right knee. Originally, their doctor wondered if a virus has settled in her joint, which he anticipated would work its way out in a week.

Kinsley’s pain persisted after that week, so the Schippers were sent to an orthopedic doctor. More X-rays and an MRI were ordered to rule out a bone or joint infection. The results revealed something different. This doctor feared Kinsley had a form of arthritis he had never seen in someone so young. An appointment with Dr. Sandy Hong, a rheumatology doctor at the University of Iowa, confirmed it. Kinsley was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile arthritis in her right knee, elbow, and wrist at just nine months old.

“For me, this diagnosis meant fear,” shared Colette. “It meant fear of not knowing when Kinsley would be able to stand, fear that she would live with restrictions, and fear that she would be in pain forever. Tyler and I would have given anything to switch places with her.”

At this point, Kinsley’s elbow and knee were so contracted they wouldn’t straighten. She couldn’t bear weight, let alone stand on her own. Doctors prescribed two immunosuppressant injections a week to help her body not attack her joints. After some movement was restored, physical therapy marked the next step. A friend recommended Whitney Vander Veen at Kinetic Edge who specializes in pediatric physical therapy, and so their first visit was scheduled.

Whitney’s initial goals started small: get Kinsley to stand with two hands supporting her for one minute. Goals progressed from there to standing on her own and walking with support. Whitney used toys or games to motivate Kinsley and help her achieve these goals.

“I could tell right away when I met Kinsley that she was smart and that she would stand and move and walk when she wanted to,” shared Physical Therapist Whitney Vander Veen. “We just needed to provide the right motivation for her to make that choice and succeed.”

The ultimate goal was to get this 17-month-old girl to walk, a feat which is normally accomplished between months 9-14. Fittingly, Kinsley’s first steps occurred during a physical therapy appointment with Whitney.

Kinsley's first steps 

“Everyone, including the office gals, came to see Kinsley walk,” reminisced Colette. “The entire team at Kinetic Edge were her cheerleaders as she took more and more steps that day. Those steps meant so much to me… They meant a future full of hope and potential for Kinsley to do anything she sets her mind to.”

Kinetic Edge’s mission is to transform lives and restore hope through movement. Kinsley is another one of the stories that attribute how they’re using movement to bring about hope. The Schippers say Whitney has become like family to them. She gave their daughter “normal” in being able to walk and play with her friends at daycare and also gave them peace of mind as parents.

Kinsley loves her appointments with Whitney!
Kinsley loves her appointments with Whitney!

“It’s a sweet sight now when Kinsley walks into her appointment with her arms out to hug me at each therapy session now,” shared Whitney. “I love working with kids of all ages during my day. Kids can take a longer amount of time to reach their goals, so it makes it extra rewarding when they do and also forces me to think outside the box to motivate them to complete their activities during a session.”

At Kinsley’s last rheumatology appointment, doctors declared Kinsley in medical remission! This means the Schippers will continue to go for checkups every three months and continue with Kinsley’s injections for two years before tapering off and spacing appointments out further. Both the Schippers and their team of doctors will continue to monitor for flares, but all are confident Kinsley should now live a fairly normal life.

Any child with delays in their milestones, pain, an injury, or coordination problems can benefit from pediatric physical therapy. These symptoms sometimes occur for no apparent reason and other times can be the result of a specific diagnosis like polyarticular juvenile arthritis, cerebral palsy, or toe walking. To find out more about pediatric physical therapy at Kinetic Edge, call 641-676-3535.

Monday January 14, 2019


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Marjie - Oskaloosa 3rd Grade ClassKinetic Edge celebrated their 20th year in business and another year of growth over the course of 2018. They ended 2018 on a high note by letting each of their team members donate $1,000 to a local non-profit of their choice for a total of $46,000 in donations. Plus, they’re gearing up to help their communities have their healthiest year yet by kicking off 2019 with a free screen day at each of their six clinic locations on January 24.

“Giving back and investing in our local communities is integral to who we are as a company,” shared CEO and Physical Therapist Troy Vander Molen. “As an owner in this company, I was so excited to deliver the news to our team members that they could choose where to donate $1,000.”

This atypical holiday bonus started in 2017 when the owners of Kinetic Edge decided to let each of their 37 team members donate $1,000 to a local non-profit as part of their holiday bonus. Over the course of 2018, their team grew to 46 people with the acquisition of a clinic in Centerville, Iowa and additional staff added to some of their other locations.

“We were thrilled to once again gift our team members and local communities with this unique opportunity to live out our mission to transform lives and restore hope in a different way than we do on a daily basis,” said Practice Manager and Assistant Financial Officer Renae Oppenhuizen.

Forty-six team members work out Kinetic Edge’s six offices and got to select local non-profits to bless with a $1,000 donation.

Lindsey - CrossroadsThose in Pella selected The Well, Lake View Camp, Families First of Pella, New Sharon Fire & Rescue Association, Freedom House, Pella Christian High School, Pella Christian Grade School, Union Street Players, Pella Dog Park Association, Marion County Humane Society, Crossroads, Pella Christian Grade School’s Music Department, Mobility Worldwide, Fields of our Future, Bethany Christian Services, and Christian Opportunity Center.

The team in Des Moines donated to Animal Rescue League, Train to Inspire, Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Disabled American Veterans, and Capital Striders.

Jordan - Jasper County Animal Rescue League - CopyThose in Oskaloosa selected Mahaska County Humane Society, South Central Iowa Youth for Christ, Oskaloosa Peer Helpers, Sonshine Preschool, Iowa 4H Foundation, Oskaloosa Lions Club, Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter, Oskaloosa Community Schools, Oskaloosa Middle School, and Central Reformed Church.

The team in Newton gave to Progress Industries, United Way of Jasper County, Care Bags Foundation, Jasper County Animal Rescue League, 517 Discover Hope, Friends of Newton Parks, Jasper County Take Away Hunger, and Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.

Ames’ team of three selected Warrior Wagons, Ames Christian School, and Youth & Shelter Services.

Casey -Youth and Shelter ServicesAnd our newest crew, the team in Centerville, selected Operation Santa, Furever Friends Rescue of Appanoose County, Everystep Hospice, and NAMI South Central Iowa Chapter.

While that’s a lot of giving for a small business, Kinetic Edge isn’t done. They’ve committed to giving away their time for free on January 24 to provide their communities and the surrounding areas with free 20-minute screens with a movement expert on their team.

“We know that many people are living with pain and that they aren’t sure what to do about it,” shared Clinic Manager and Physical Therapist Matt Scotton. “We are offering our knowledge and experience free of cost on January 24 so we can help each person we see find solutions to the pain or problem they’re experiencing.”

This free screen event is perfect for people who are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of a car, sleeping, or driving. Kinetic Edge hopes many will take advantage of this opportunity to see one of their experts to find out the cause of their problem. A free screen on January 24 can be scheduled by calling 866-588-0230. These screens are free, but each clinic has limited spots available.

Kinetic Edge is excited for what’s in store for 2019 and hopes to help even more people so that they can continue to transform more lives and restore more hope throughout their communities.

Monday January 14, 2019


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January marks the start of the new year, and we’re hoping to help our community have the healthiest year yet! To get us started off on the right foot, we’re having a day of completely free screens. So to thank you, our valued clients, and to start this year off right, we are having one day of free screens for:

  • All past clients who have not been seen in physical therapy in more than three months
  • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated
  • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present clients.

The day of free screens will be on Thursday, January 24 from 7 AM – 6 PM. Call 866-588-0230 to schedule your free screen.

Your free screen consists of a 20-minute one-on-one appointment with one of our movement experts! That expert will ask you about the history of your problem and then test your strength and how well you move.  After a thorough screening, they will give you a written copy of:

  1. The cause of your pain or problem.
  2. A plan for successful treatment.

The appointments are free but limited as each clinic only has 33 spots available.  Call 866-588-0230 now to schedule your free screen.

This free screen is ideal for people suffering with:

  • Lower back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Problems walking
  • Balance
  • Hand pain
  • Wrist pain

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our expert therapists and find out the cause of your problem.

Call 866-588-0230 to schedule your free screen for January 24.

PS – As a bonus, you get our free report: “The Seven Secrets to Permanent Relief for Neck and Back Arthritis” when you attend this free screen event.

PPS – In honor of our 20th anniversary, we’ll also be giving away five free CamelBak water bottles.  These are going to the first 5 people to schedule a free screen for January 24.

Tuesday January 1, 2019


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How to Eliminate Back Pain (Part 5):

Dealing with Arthritis

by Dr. Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT

This month we complete our five-part series 5 Reasons Why Your Back Hurts When You Walk by tackling a scary subject: ARTHRITIS.

Ames Kinetic Edge-84Many people with lower back pain who I’ve treated over the years describe a pain that increases with standing and/or walking. Research indicates that if you are over 55 years old, have pain in your lower back with walking or standing, and it goes away when you sit, there is a 97% chance you have arthritis in your spine. With odds like that, you don’t need an expensive diagnostic test to confirm this finding.

Arthritis predisposes you to spine pain while walking, but it doesn’t have to be a problem for you. Don’t believe me? That’s okay. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. The research supports the fact that degenerative changes of the spine are absolutely normal.

A 2014 article in the American Journal of Neuroradiology reviewed all of the scientific literature of diagnostic testing that was done on people that had no complaints of pain. This study found that arthritic changes were common in people that had lower back pain complaints (Figure 1), and the prevalence of these findings increased with age. In fact, the authors concluded that “many imaging-based degenerative features are likely part of normal aging.”

Figure 1. Age-specific prevalence estimates of degenerative spine imaging findings in asymptomatic patients
Figure 1. Age-specific prevalence estimates of degenerative spine imaging findings in asymptomatic patients


Imagine that. If you are 30 years old and do no have disk degeneration, you are in the minority. And if you are 60 years old, you are 88% likely to have disk degeneration. And this is also true for people with no back pain issues!

As a result of this information, many doctors are now indicating that arthritic changes are as normal as wrinkles on your face. If there are so many people walking around with no back pain but still with arthritic changes in their spine, it can only be concluded that those issues are not necessarily changes that contribute to the experience of pain.

The key is making sure that your spine – and the surrounding joints – have the appropriate balance between mobility and stability. If each link in the kinetic chain is capable of doing what it was designed to do, then you will be able to walk without pain despite the diagnosis of arthritis.

Don’t let the diagnosis of arthritis be an excuse to do nothing. You are not destined for a life of lower back pain because you have this condition. A mobile spine surrounded by strong muscles will reduce pain in an arthritic spine.

Commit to making 2019 your healthiest year ever. If you have been told that you have arthritis and would like to learn how you can become like the people mentioned in the study – asymptomatic, or pain-free – call us today to schedule a free injury screen. To start the year out right, we are holding another day of free screens at our six clinic locations on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Don’t wait too long to call and schedule your free screen though because we only have a limited number of slots available at each location.

Want to learn more about eliminating back pain? Check out the other articles from this series:

Tuesday January 1, 2019


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by Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT

2018 was another fast and amazing year at Kinetic Edge. It culminated with a celebration of our 20th year as an organization, but that’s not the only memory of the past year. Enjoy our 2018 year in review.

A New Clinic

Centerville Physical TherapistFor the first time since 2012, Kinetic Edge added a clinic location. This one in Centerville is the first one we’ve added via acquisition. In July, we purchased an 11-year-old practice from Ray Tresemer, PT, who has faithfully served the Centerville community and surrounding regions for 30 years. He and his team continue to serve with Kinetic Edge as Ray transitions into retirement after a life of successful service to his neighbors.

New Team Members

The most important asset in our organization is our people. Without our team, we don’t have a mission and can’t pursue our purpose. So, we are especially thankful that additional business growth has required us to bring on new people to join in the mission with us:

  • Alyssa Little – Care Coordinator in Des Moines
  • Kristin Bremner – Collections Specialist in Pella
  • Jayden Kauk – Physical Therapist Assistant in Newton
  • Liz Vermeer – Physical Therapist in Pella
  • Aimee Dahlhauser – Physical Therapist in Oskaloosa
  • Patrick Ford – Physical Therapist in Newton
  • Ray Tresemer – Physical Therapist in Centerville
  • Beth Shilling – Care Coordinator in Centerville
  • Jodeann Cooley – Physical Therapist Assistant in Centerville
  • Marcy Jones – Physical Therapist Assistant in Centerville
  • Devin Bain – Physical Therapist Assistant and Athletic Trainer in Oskaloosa
  • Bailey Terpstra – Athletic Trainer and Care Coordinator in Newton
  • Katie Williams – Occupational Therapy Assistant in Pella and Newton
  • Laura Van Zee – Care Coordinator in Pella

Growth in the Mission

All of these additions to the Kinetic Edge team are necessary because we’ve realized another 20%+ growth in business. Unbelievably, since we changed our name to Kinetic Edge in 2015, we have nearly doubled the number of clients we serve each year, and we’ve been able to do that while maintaining our focus on the most important thing, our mission – transforming lives and restoring hope through movement. Thank you for helping us live out our purpose!

Back Office Support Additions

Kristin BremnerLisa VosWith continued business development, we’ve needed additional back office help at our company headquarters. In 2018, we added two new positions to improve our financial and operational efficiencies. Kristin Bremner is providing financial support as a Collections Specialist, and Lisa Vos moved from the front desk in Pella to the back office supporting multiple clinics as our Insurance Specialist. The creation of the Insurance Specialist position was particularly important because it enables our Care Coordinators at the front desk to focus even more fully on creating a warm and welcoming environment for our faithful clients.

More Continuing Education

IPSI Training in NewtonLifelong learning is a value at Kinetic Edge, which is why we’ve maintained a robust education budget for our licensed therapy providers. Learning together as a group is especially meaningful, and in early December we gathered together to learn about pain.

Current data indicates 100 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of persistent pain despite medications, injections, and surgeries. The evidence for therapeutic approaches in treating people in pain is ever-increasing, and to support our commitment to being the leading experts in pain science, we invited Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota’s Physical Therapy Program and a faculty member with the International Spine & Pain Institute (ISPI), to present us with the latest research in Therapeutic Neuroscience Education. It was an amazing two-day event that has sharpened our expertise in developing effective treatment plans for clients suffering with chronic pain.

More Free Screens

Building on our successes in 2017, we continued to promote free screens in each of our six clinics in 2018. We offered two separate days filled with free screens where we invited people looking for answers to their musculoskeletal problems to meet with one of our experts for 20 minutes without cost or obligation. In 2018, we provided well over 1,000 free screens (and a heaping helping of hope), three times more than 2017, to people in our communities throughout central and south-central Iowa.

20th Anniversary Celebration

083018 Pizza PartyOn December 3, we officially celebrated our 20th anniversary as a company, which is an amazing accomplishment! We celebrated throughout the year by giving gifts to people in our communities, including the aforementioned free screens. In August, each clinic hosted a Client Appreciation Party where we served pizza, side dishes, and drinks and enjoyed great fellowship with our faithful clients.

Throughout the year, we also welcomed Kinetic Edge team members to participate in the 20th Anniversary Challenge. Team members volunteered in their communities leading and participating in events that centered on outreach, community service, providing hope, promoting generosity, and enhancing health. As a reward for accepting the challenge and for helping us serve our communities for 20 years, we’re looking forward to spending four days together in sunny Mexico, Riviera Maya, in early January!

Thank you for making our work lives fulfilling at Kinetic Edge. We are blessed that you have chosen to support us. We pray that we have been a blessing to you as well!