Work Systems Rehab & Fitness Announces Changes to Support Growth and New Business Developments

Pella, IA – Locally-owned Work Systems Rehab & Fitness, P.C. (Work Systems) is pleased to announce some important developments that will enable them and their collaborative business partners to best fulfill their mission to empower individuals with health solutions that enable them to get well and stay well.

As of January 1, 2014, Work Systems will sell its fitness assets to a new partnership group led by Mark Blankespoor, PT, DPT. This group, Pella Recreation Center (PRC), will continue to offer health, wellness and fitness services to residents in and around Pella, Iowa, the home of Work Systems’ corporate headquarters.

“The development of a new business, Pella Recreation Center,” said PRC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Blankespoor, “is exciting because it will allow other non-medical partners to invest in the strong fitness foundation that Work Systems has worked hard to develop over the last 11 years. The new business will be positioned to continue our great service that focuses on fun and effective programming for the entire family. It will also help us advance our popular group personal training programming through CrossFit 424, as well as our athletic development programming through an alignment with Game On Performance.  The people we’re bringing on are the most important advancement, but the new building will be essential to help us provide sport-related programming that is currently not available in the town of Pella.”

The new 25,000 square foot building is set to open in the spring of 2014, says Blankespoor, and will have a large area covered by field turf, so sports programming and competitions will be offered for participants in all turf sports like baseball, soccer, and football. “The new space will be great for the community, but it will also be a huge asset to the patients we serve with physical therapy and occupational therapy needs,” says Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT, the CEO & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Work Systems. “We’re thrilled to be able to serve people in a state-of-the-art facility that allows us to develop functional health solutions for our clients with all types of orthopedic, musculoskeletal conditions.”

In the process of this transaction, Work Systems is also purchasing from Blankespoor the shares he has held in Work Systems. Blankespoor, Work Systems’ founder, has been the majority shareholder of Work Systems since its inception December of 1998. This transaction will allow Blankespoor to continue to focus on his passion areas of health coaching and consulting for individuals and businesses. “It has been an exciting ride over the past 15 years, and I’m eager to hand over the reins of the rehab business to an excellent team of therapists with whom I’ve partnered for the past decade.”

While the change seems significant, Vander Molen states that he expects the transition to occur without a hitch. “We will miss working hand-in-hand with Mark on a daily basis. He has been a mentor to all of us and has prepared us well for this new chapter in the life of Work Systems. However, we are happy that he will continue to be a friend of the business by providing support and assistance as a continued consultant to our practice well into the future.”

There will be some additional business restructuring for Work Systems over the next few months, but business will continue as normal for our staff and clients. In fact, these developments will occur without anyone’s jobs being affected. Blankespoor and Vander Molen expect that this will increase the need for staff and result in job growth as each business grows.

For more information, you may contact Vander Molen at Work Systems (641-621-0230) or Blankespoor at Pella Recreation Center (641-628-4622).

About Work Systems Rehab & Fitness

Work Systems is a leading provider of physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and work injury management and prevention services throughout the state of Iowa. It was founded in 1998 by Mark Blankespoor, PT, DPT, and over time much business growth has occurred.

It originally provided functional testing and work injury management and prevention consultative services, and it opened its first outpatient therapy practice, in Pella, in 2002 when it opened its doors to people with all types of musculoskeletal pain and injuries. In 2003, Work Systems purchased Bos Landen Athletic Club (dba Work Systems Fitness), and in 2004 it combined the rehab and fitness operations into one business (Work Systems Rehab & Fitness) and one location, a 34,000 square foot facility in Pella. It has opened additional rehab clinics in Des Moines (2003), Oskaloosa (2006), Newton (2007), and Ames (2012), and it continues to provide functional testing and injury prevention and management consultative services to businesses throughout the state of Iowa and beyond.

Work Systems is currently co-owned by Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT (CEO/CFO), Todd Schemper, PT, DPT (COO), Carol Kelderman, PT, DPT, Elise Spronk, OTR/L, and Melissa Hansen, PT, DPT. Please contact us at any of our convenient locations:

  • PELLA – 308 SE 9th Street, Suite 200, Pella, Iowa 50219 ● (641) 621-0230
  • DES MOINES – 516 3rd Street, Suite 100, Des Moines, Iowa ● (515) 309-4706
  • OSKALOOSA – 1417 A Avenue E, Suite 200, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 ● (641) 676-3535
  • NEWTON – 321 E 3rd St N, Newton, Iowa 50208 ● (641) 791-9675
  • AMES – 4700 Mortensen Road, Suite 101, Ames Iowa 50010 ● (515) 337-1037

About Pella Recreation Center

Pella Recreation Center is owned by Mark Blankespoor, PT, DPT, Darren McGriff, Holly Toom, Kevin Carlson and Kelly Carlson.  CrossFit 424 (Kevin and Kelly Carlson) and Game On Performance (Brad Rolffs and Eric Van Wyngarden) are key programming partners with PRC.

By Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT

December 30, 2013

Tim Ives - Running Coach and Personal Trainer

We would like to officially welcome Tim Ives, CSCS to our Des Moines location.  Tim is a personal trainer and running coach that has moved his business, The Body Project, into a suite adjoining our space at 516 3rd Street, downtown Des Moines.  Tim most recently ran his company out of the Orange Planet in Pleasant Hill.

Here is some info on Tim to help you get to know him better.

Why did you choose personal training and coaching as a profession?

I actually fell into personal training as a profession because it was the only job I was offered right out of college! I had always planned to enter the coaching profession and eventually learned how closely related coaching and personal training are. When I started personal training I decided to include the coaching of distance runners. Through a client of mine I was introduced to Dowling Catholic High School and was eventually offered the job as head boys cross country coach in 2007.

I chose the exercise and sports profession to use my gifts to improve the lives and welfare of others, whether that meant losing weight, building muscle or running faster.

What would you say defines your approach to training and coaching?

My approach to training and coaching includes two very important components: planning and accountability. Every exerciser or athlete needs a proper plan to execute in order to reach a goal. I’ve also learned that a good plan doesn’t mean much without accountability. Therefore, I determine with every client I meet that they are going to receive a customized training plan while at the same time being held in close accountability to that plan.

How have you advanced your knowledge in your profession? 

I’ve advanced my knowledge in my profession in several ways. One, I attained the CSCS credential from the NSCA as a means to begin coaching speed, strength and conditioning to athletes in a team setting. Two, I attend coaching clinics 1-2x year to learn from more experienced coaches and trainers. Finally, I’m convinced my clients have taught me as much as any professional. As a trainer for the past 10 years I have met with a wide variety of clients and athletes. They have taught me a lot in terms of practical application of the theoretical knowledge I’ve attained from textbooks and clinics.

Where did you go to college? 

I attended Dordt College

Share about your family. 

I am married to Mandy and we recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary. We have four children: Isaiah (7 yrs.), Lydia (5), Israel (2) and Eden (due in March 2014).

What are your hobbies/interests? 

I continue to run somewhat competitively. I recently completed my 8th marathon and plan to run the Boston Marathon next April, 2014. I am actively involved in my church and have served as a deacon for the past year.

For info on Tim and The Body Project go to www.bodyprojectiowa.com

 

Work Healthy: Optimize Your Office Space

More than 77,000 people work downtown Des Moines.  Many of them sit 8 hours or more per day.  Poor office ergonomics will not only affect your posture alignment, but it will also decreased your metabolism, leading to weight gain and heart disease.

Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd from 4-6pm at Work Systems Rehab & Fitness - Des Moines and learn how to optimize your health at your personal office space.

Come learn strategies to prevent aches, pains, and weight gain while working at your desk.  Learn stretches, exercises, and information to help you in your office space.  Healthy snacks and refreshments will be served.

Join in on Astym, cold laser, and posture lab demos during this open house.  Those who attend will be eligible for door prizes.

Help us celebrate National Physical Therapy Month!

National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month.  Each year the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) celebrates this event by educating people about the profession of Physical Therapy.

Profession

Physical Therapy is a profession that focuses on restoring the movement and function of our patients.  Physical Therapists are experts in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems.  Injury prevention and movement assessment are key components for everyday practice.  Physical Therapists strive to promote optimal health and quality of life for our patients.

PT’s and PTA’s

Physical Therapists, along with Physical Therapist Assistants, are graduates from accredited programs and licensed by passing a national board exam.  The entry level of education for a Physical Therapist (PT) is now at a Clinical Doctorate degree level.  A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) must receive an Associate of Arts Degree to be eligible to sit for the licensure exam.

Practice Settings

Professionals in this branch of health care are active in a variety of settings.  Therapists practice in outpatient clinics, hospitals, private practices, specialty clinics, acute care, schools, nursing homes, and industry.  Other areas include home health, universities, sports facilities, pediatric centers, research, and fitness centers.

Patients

Physical Therapy covers many types of services.  The core elements of the profession include examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention.  Therapists work with patients experiencing back, neck, shoulder and arm pain, and hip, knee, and foot problems.  They help stroke victims, injured athletes, those with work injuries, car accident patients, post surgical patients, elderly with balance problems, disabled children, and many more.

Empowering

The approach that we take focuses on patient empowerment, teaching the patient what he/she can do to get better.  Our role is to guide our patients in learning what lifestyle changes may need to be made, whether that deals with posture, exercise, ergonomics, balance, etc.  Goals are set for each patient as a way to direct rehab and chart progress.  Hands on techniques, specific exercises, and education are the main interventions in Physical Therapy.  Modalities, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser, ice, and heat may also be used, if needed, to
help with tissue healing.

Direct Access

With most private health insurance plans in Iowa, patients can see a Physical Therapist with or without a referral, and Physical Therapy services will be covered per the plan terms.  If you do have a referral for Physical Therapy you have the right to choose where you want to go for your treatment.

Move Forward

Make October a great month by committing to your health and activity.  Consider meeting with a Physical Therapist to explore ways you can work on your injury prevention, injury treatment, and health promotion needs. See Move Forward PT for more information on Physical Therapy.

Effective Recovery

On September 8th I had the opportunity to volunteer as a physical therapist in the medical tent at Ironman Wisconsin. My shift was filled with helping athletes with mainly muscle and joint issues after their day of swimming, biking and running. There are many factors involved with activity recovery, including proper hydration and nutrition.  Here are some key concepts regarding effective recovery that I shared with the triathletes in Madison.

Breathing

Proper breathing is not only important during exercise, but also with recovery.  Deep diaphragmatic breathing, inhaling through your nose and out with your mouth, is more optimal than shallow breathing with your mouth and accessory neck muscles.  Diaphragmatic breathing helps with relaxation after activity and with effective post activity stretching. One way to implement proper breathing after a race or workout is to count out 3-5 breaths during each stretch. This helps with proper technique and safety with stretching.

Stretching

To take the stretching theme further, after activity, target the key muscle groups that you specifically need to stretch. If your hips and calves are restricted, spend time stretching in the movement plane that you need.  If quads and low back muscles are your need, then make sure to stretch those areas after activity.  Everyone has different limitations when it comes to flexibility. It is important to understand your key areas so you can
be sure to get the most benefit from a post workout stretching session.

Movement

Walking and light cardio activity can help with recovery by clearing lactic acid and promoting improved circulation.  If you need to travel immediately after an event, get out of the vehicle on the hour to improve blood flow through your legs.  Light activity in the first few days after a race will help with reducing delayed onset muscle soreness.

Rolling  

Using a foam roller or massage stick can be an asset to any recovery program.  Focus on rolling out your quads, calves, hamstrings and IT bands.  The foam roller or stick can also be used for the back and shoulders.  Focus on longer motions over the muscle initially and transition to targeting the specific knots or trigger points that you may feel are more sensitive. Spend a few minutes on each muscle group and remember to breathe while you are rolling.

Icing

For the first 48 hours or so after activity, ice is your friend.  Whether you are dealing with pain, swelling, bruising, or inflammation, ice can help calm down the irritated tissues.  Ice cup massage works great to cool an area rather quickly.  It only takes a few minutes for the tissue to get numb, letting you know to stop icing.  Ice packs, either of the gel, ice cube, or frozen pea variety, work for a 10-15 minute icing session.  Cold showers also work well, running cold water over your legs to help with decreased swelling and proper recovery.

Rest

Proper rest may be your ticket to a full recovery.  This could mean a power nap, more sleep at night (7-8 hours), or decreased workouts for a few days or more.  Listen to your body and make sure to allow proper rest and healing after key workouts and races.

Recovery is essential to get the full benefit of your workout and to bounce back from a major race.  Consider consulting with a medical provider such as a licensed physical therapist, to help you design a recovery program for your individual needs.

Okoboji 200 Recap

On June 28, 17 riders left Valley Stadium in West Des Moines for the start of the Okoboji 200 bike ride.  The ride was set up as a fundraiser to help restore victims of human trafficking through the Lighthouse Foundation organization in Nepal.  My friend Rocky Vest founded the ride in 2011. I was drawn to the ride for the cause and adventure.

The training for the big day went well with several 70 plus mile rides and one century effort.  I enjoyed getting together with several OK200 team members for training rides on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We took advantage of the wonderful bike trail system in central Iowa, along with a number of the less traveled county roads.  If you haven’t been on the Great Western Trail, Chichaqua Valley Trail or Raccoon River Valley Trail, I would recommend checking them out.

The big day started with a group photo before the 5am start.  I was very excited for the 200 mile adventure, raising awareness for the cause we were supporting. The group headed out through West Des Moines to Waukee. From there we got on the Raccoon River Valley Trail and went west to Adel.  Already early in the ride we were noticing the strong wind coming out of the northwest.  Not good when we were planning on riding 200 miles in that direction.  By our first group stop at 42 miles, we were warmed up and ready to conquer more miles.  The next planned stop at mile 72 got trumped by a group meeting at 63 miles, due to fatigue that was setting in with riding into a 30 mile per hour headwind.  There was already talk that the ride may turn around and head back to Des Moines.  We continued on, taking turns breaking the wind and even started to use our support vehicles as wind breaks.  The 72 mile stop was much needed for rehydrating, refueling, and rest.

Around mile 93 we were pushing along when I saw from the corner of my eye one of our stronger riders miss his handlebars when putting a hand back down.  His bike started leaning as he went down. The guy behind him went down, and I wiped out on top of him.  Within seconds I found myself sitting next to my bike on the blacktop, massaging my right calf muscle to get rid of a major cramp that happened in the tangled mess.  Besides that and some road rash on my arm I thought the physical damage was minimal.  One rider needed a new wheel and another had some pretty bad scrapes on his leg.  We regrouped and continued on into the wind.

Knierim, Iowa was at 100 miles and ended up being the group’s turn around point.  Heading back to Des Moines with the wind seemed the smarter and safer option than heading northwest into the strengthening wind.  Due to a family vacation starting in Okoboji that day, riding southeast was not an option for me.  I finished my ride a little over an hour later north of Manson at a friend’s house. After getting off the bike, my right wrist started swelling and hurting.  X-rays a few days later, revealed no fractures which I was very glad about.  It would be hard to do my work as a Physical Therapist with a cast on my wrist.

The goal of the day was to support those in need and we were able to accomplish this, even though the Okoboji 200 plan did not play out as
anticipated.  The group raised around $15,000 in online and offline donations for the Lighthouse Foundation.  Thank you to all of my supporters for making this possible. For more info please see www.okoboji200.org or search for Okoboji 200 on Facebook.

Okoboji 200

In only 10 days I will be taking part in the Okoboji 200 bike ride.  This event is a 200 mile one way trip from West Des Moines to Okoboji on June 28th. My friend Rocky Vest started this ride two years ago.  The cause associated with the ride is to raise funds to restore victims of human trafficking in Nepal.   Please join me in supporting this great need.  You can learn more about the event at Okoboji 200.

My training has gone well with many 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 mile rides over the past few months.  I more concerned about my seat and my neck, than my legs and lungs. On Saturday I had a great training ride from Des Moines to the Missouri border.  Lots of wind and hills along the way. I have enjoyed training with the Ok200 crew and further exploring the trails and roads of central Iowa.

Thank you for supporting the Okoboji 200!

 

Go Red

Friday, February 1 is National Wear Red Day.  This day draws attention to fighting heart disease in women. Work Systems Rehab & Fitness is celebrating this day by sponsoring a Go Red event.

Join us anytime at our downtown Des Moines clinic on February 1, from 11:30 – 1:30pm for fun, food, information, and prizes!

A free fitness assessment will include:

  • Fitness level
  • Body fat percent
  • Body mass index
  • Total body water percent
  • Waist circumference
  • Resting blood pressure
  • Resting heart rate

The menu includes:

  • Almond snack mix
  • Carrot ginger soup
  • Roasted red bell pepper and artichoke tapenade
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pomegranate tea
  • Cherry vanilla tea

Be sure to wear RED!

Please call 515-309-4706 if you have questions about the Go Red event.

Jon Schultz, PT, ECS, OCS

Jon Schultz recently joined Work Systems Rehab & Fitness as a Physical Therapist in Des Moines and Marshalltown.  He and his family moved to Des Moines from Rochester, Minnesota.  We are excited to have Jon as a part of our team and are blessed by his unique skill set.

Why did you choose Physical Therapy as a profession?

I was injured while serving in the Army, and I worked with a caring, competent, and compassionate Physical Therapist who helped me completely rehabilitate my ankle.

I am a people person and enjoy helping people find ways to overcome obstacles so they can return to doing what brings them joy or happiness. The profession affords the opportunity to work on the mind, body, and spiritual aspects that make all of us unique individuals.

Where did you go to Physical Therapy school?

I attended the US Army Baylor Masters Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

What area of Physical Therapy have you mainly practiced in?

While serving in the Army, I proudly treated soldiers and their family members. They suffered from many orthopaedic related complaints and I found the work very rewarding.  It also provided me a broad experience in treating all types of patients. I have worked with neurologic (stroke, brain injured) patients, post-surgical patients, sports injuries, and chronic pain patients.  I am also very interested in the science of posture and how it impacts movement.  Therefore, I have taken extensive educational courses from the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska to improve my ability to treat patients who have failed conventional physical medicine approaches.

What would you say is your treatment approach?

I am an experienced licensed Physical Therapist who uses current evidence based neuroscience techniques to help treat patients with pain or functional limitations.

My goal is to help the patient discover strategies to best heal themselves by serving as their teacher. I also try to take a whole mind body approach.  My goal is to discover the cause of the patient’s pain or limitation in function.  I like to take a holistic view of the cause of the complaints and work as a team to improve their alignment and posture. This is unique compared to most standard physical medicine interventions directed toward the painful extremity or region of complaints.

How have you advanced your skills as a Physical Therapist?

To the best of my knowledge, I am only physical therapist in the state of Iowa certified through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in both Orthopaedics and Electrophysiology (EMG/NCS).  I am also trained in Postural Restoration Techniques approach to treating patients.  I have trained at Mayo Clinic in the treatment of chronic pain patients and Stress Resiliency (helping individuals reduce the deleterious impact of stress on the body).

Share about your family.

I am blessed to be married to Leslie (Marshall) Schultz and we have 2 daughters: Caroline and Meredith. They love to swim and appear to have unlimited energy.

What are your hobbies/interests?

I love to stay active by playing with my family and working out by swimming, biking, and running. I really enjoy participating in the Des Moines Hy-Vee Triathlon.

Anything else you would like to add?

You don’t need a referral from your doctor to be evaluated by a Physical Therapist.  If you continue to have pain, are limited in doing day to day activities, or sports please contact me so we can set up an appointment to perform a complimentary neuromuscular consultation to see how I could help you.

Jon is accepting new patients and offering Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Care, Industrial Rehab, and Sports Medicine in Des Moines.

To schedule an appointment with Jon, please call Work Systems Rehab & Fitness – Des Moines at 515-309-4706.

Tim Vander Wilt, PT, ATC, CSCS

Tim Vander Wilt, PT, ATC, CSCS joined Work System Rehab & Fitness this summer and helped open our new Ames clinic.  We are excited for what he brings to our company and to the Ames market.  He is a great Physical Therapist and is excited about helping individuals in Ames with their rehab and fitness needs.

Why did you choose Physical Therapy as a profession?

I have always thought the body was fascinating and enjoyed learning about it.  I also participated in many sports when I was young.  Both seemed to fit into things that I enjoyed, so I decided to become a Physical Therapist. 

Where did you go to Physical Therapy school? 

I attend Des Moines University for my Physical Therapy degree.

What area of Physical Therapy have you mainly practiced in?

The area I have practiced in for most of my career has been outpatient general orthopedics and sports medicine.

What would you say is your treatment approach?

I prefer to encourage functionally based therapy.  The majority of my treatments consist of exercise based therapy along with manual treatments.  I like my treatments to “fit” the needs of my patients. 

How have you advanced your skills as a Physical Therapist? 

I have participated in continuing education courses that challenge my current practices and I feel are quality treatment approaches.  One of the courses that had a good impact on me was Gary Gray’s Functional Transformation course.  Also the Explain Pain course really helped me understand the biological basis of pain.  I have also tried to read literature/research to educate myself regarding the most effective treatment strategies. 

Share about your family. 

My wife and I have been married for 11 years.  We have four children (3 boys and 1 girl) that are 9 and under in age.  We have great energetic kids, that keep us quite busy!

What are your hobbies/interests? 

I love to play sports, especially golf.  I have become a more active runner in the last 5 years.  I also enjoy spending time with family, friends, and being active with our church.  Watching the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football games is another hobby. 

Anything else you would like to add? 

I am excited about the opportunity to work at Work Systems Rehab & Fitness.  I am also excited about being a health coach and helping improve lives by encouraging healthy lifestyles. 

Tim is offering Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Care, Industrial Rehab, Sports Medicine, Vestibular Rehab, and Health Coaching in Ames.

To schedule an appointment with Tim, please call Work Systems Rehab & Fitness – Ames at 515-337-1037.