This Saturday, we’ll celebrate Shelly De Ruiter’s twelfth anniversary with our company, and the following Tuesday, we’ll dreadfully celebrate her last day with our organization. This past May, Shelly and her family announced that her husband, Darryl, had accepted the principal position at Holland Christian High School, which meant she would be leaving our organization in August.
Twelve years ago, Shelly’s husband became the principal at Pella Christian High School, and she came to what was Work Systems Rehab to discuss work possibilities. Troy Vander Molen extended her an offer to join their team, and she accepted.
“At the time, we were trusting God that He would provide us the people to support Shelly’s participation in our group,” commented Troy Vander Molen, CEO and physical therapist. “We knew that it would be better for Shelly to be a part of Work Systems than the competition, and we were right.”
Shelly anticipated the move to Michigan with excitement and sadness, confident that this was God’s plan and excited to be within two and a half hours of her three college kids. Despite this, Shelly shared how much she will miss her Kinetic Edge family of patients and co-workers alike.
I want to say thank you to my patients for allowing me to join in your journeys. Remember that all healing comes from God, and He uses a variety of means to speak restoration into our lives. Often, He uses the hard things to help us understand some of His greatest gifts. I’m sad to be leaving Kinetic Edge and will miss my patients who have become more like friends, my servant hearted co-workers, and the Pella clinic setting in the Molengracht the most.
Although I am leaving, I want you to know that Joel Watters, DPT, has begun further education in PRI training. This has been the treatment approach that I have used most consistently. It has been fun to see him both wrestle with and embrace these concepts. These concepts give a framework of evaluation and treatment that consider the position and influence of the pelvis and rib cage on multiple musculoskeletal pains and injuries.
Joel will do a great job assimilating PRI techniques into his already great repertoire of PT care. Patients will benefit greatly from Joel’s outlook and skills.
Joel Watters is a physical therapist and certified Astym provider and is now taking classes in PRI. Joel has been with Kinetic Edge for over three years and loves his job because he gets to help people get back to doing the things they love to do. His mission is to help his clients achieve their health goals, and he finds few things more rewarding than walking alongside his clients as they move forward and feel better. He looks forward to continuing Shelly’s legacy within Kinetic Edge.
During my five years as a physical therapist I can point towards a handful of colleagues that have made significant impacts on me and the way I care for my patients. One of these is Shelly DeRuiter. I particularly appreciate how she cares for the entire person, walks by faith and includes those faith values in her work, and her incredible expertise of the Postural Restoration (PRI) treatment method.
As she announced her plans to begin a new journey, our company began thinking about who could fill the void left by such a valuable team member. As a previous patient of hers and a therapist who has been using some of those same foundational principles in my patient population already, I felt like I was a natural fit.
Over the past few months I have been working with Shelly in a number of different ways to gain valuable experience in the PRI method. I have also taken one PRI course and will take another in the fall. I have discovered the incredible impact that this treatment perspective can have on the lives of our clients and am excited continue this unique and customized physical therapy care that Shelly so incredibly blessed our company and community with.
I am so sad to see Shelly go but am excited for what the next chapter holds for both Shelly and our Kinetic Edge team. I look forward to incorporating Shelly’s PRI technique alongside the physical therapy approach I’ve developed to continue to provide the care our clients need. With this approach, I am confident Kinetic Edge will continue to provide the exceptional experience you’ve come to expect from us, regardless of who your primary provider was.