Teresa Duncan, PT
Teresa is a 1982 graduate of Alpena High School and a 1986 Alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Physical Therapy. Teresa began her career as a physical therapist at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor. In 1993, she and her husband Bruce moved back to Alpena to raise a family. In 1997 she opened Thunder Bay Therapy & Sports Medicine in a small storefront in downtown Alpena. She wanted a facility that provided clinically excellent, one-to-one patient care coupled with the warm atmosphere of a hometown friend. The clinic was comfortable and inviting to patients, and a place where the best, most talented therapists would want to apply their craft. Today, Thunder Bay Therapy & Sports Medicine occupies over 8000 square feet of space, including two aquatic therapy pools in the heart of Alpena's medical district.
Teresa specializes in manual therapy techniques particularly in Myofascial release and Craniosacral therapy. The opportunity to educate patients, other professionals and the community is one of the most rewarding aspects of her work. She is both a hands-on clinician and the clinical director. Teresa is active in the community and is currently on the Alpena Community College Board of Trustees.
Teresa's husband Bruce joined the facility in 2004 as office manager in addition to his role as clinic social worker. They have two children, Cameron and Emily, both of whom are active in school, church and sports. Teresa is an avid "hockey mom" and is active in her church and with extended family all of whom live in the Alpena Area.
Wynne Tezak, PT
Wynne joined our treatment team early in 2008 after receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Wynne grew up in Alpena and is a 1999 graduate of Alpena High School. Since that time, she received her Bachelor's degree from Albion College before being accepted into the doctoral program at Oakland University. Wynne enjoys working with a variety of patients, particularly those with neck and back pain. Wynne uses a combination of manual techniques with an emphasis on orthopedic manual therapy along with functional evaluation and exercise. Wynne chose a career at Thunder Bay Therapy & Sports Medicine where she is able to provide one on one care, creating a unique therapy program for each person.
Wynne, her husband and son enjoy spending time outdoors and with family.
Emily Szymanski, MS, PT
Emily joined the clinic staff in 2000 after completing her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University. She briefly moved downstate with her husband, but returned again in 2004. She grew up in Rochester Hills, MI and later married a local physicians assistant who is a native of Alpena. Emily has done extensive work with orthopedic patients and enjoys rehabilitation with athletes of all ages. Emily likes to motivate her patients to achieve all they can in therapy and enjoys seeing her patients do well and progress.
Emily likes playing and coaching volleyball and basketball. She is frequently outdoors hiking, biking, camping and gardening with her favorite companions, her husband and daughters.
Joseph Myers, PT
Joe joined our staff in November of 2001. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan where he received both his Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and his Master's degree in Physical Therapy.
Joe is interested in a range of clinical techniques and enjoys seeing a diversity of patients and diagnoses. His clinical specialties include treating Vestibular and Vertigo patients. Joe enjoys doing manual therapy (Norwegian, Myofascial release, Craniosacral therapy and massage) and prefers a hands-on approach to care. He is certified in workplace ergonomic assessment. Joe prides himself on his attention to detail and values the individual attention we are able to give to our patients.
Joe is originally from Hanover, MI, a small village southwest of Jackson. In addition to his parents, Joe has two brothers and one little sister. Joe enjoys keeping unique pets and has several unusual collections such as his Buddha statues. When not working he enjoys traveling (wherever and whenever possible), reading, cycling, and spending time with his wife.
Lisa Jackowiak, DPT
Lisa Jackowiak, DPT is a 2009 graduate of Oakland University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduation, she spent two years working in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which allowed her the opportunity to pursue advanced training in Certified Integrated Manual Therapy (CIMT). The course of study included academic classwork and hands on training. CIMT assesses dysfunction from a whole body perspective and helps the therapist "connect the dots" from where the driver of the pain is to where the symptoms are located. Lisa passed the certification test and now holds a CIMT in addition to her doctorate.
Lisa was born in Alpena but grew up in Chesterfield, Michigan where, she was a competitive swimmer and soccer player. She played soccer while at Adrian College where she received her Bachelors in Exercises Science. Lisa enjoys working with orthopedic patients and especially loves manual therapy. She is also interested in expanding her knowledge in aquatic therapy.
Lisa enjoys spending time with her family. She has a sister and a brother as well as 2 nieces and a nephew. She enjoys teaching swimming lessons and coaching swimming. She is looking forward to exploring what Northern Michigan has to offer.
Arika (Berg) Kunath, DPT
Arika is a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Arika joined the staff at Rogers City Physical Therapy in 2011 which later became Thunder Bay Therapy Rogers City in February of 2013. Arika has done extensive training in manual therapy through Oakland University’s Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy program and she enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, including neck and back pain. Arika is a Rogers City native, and she is excited to be in her home town and close to her family.
Arika is active outdoors in her free time. She and her husband enjoy working in their gardens, biking and walking.
Lori Burns, PTA
Lori joined our staff in November of 2001. She is a 1999 graduate of Davenport College in Lansing. Prior to coming to Alpena she was employed at a private outpatient orthopedic practice in DeWitt, Michigan for over two years.
Lori enjoys interacting with patients and the feeling that she has helped someone. Being able to work with a variety of patients and diagnoses is what makes her job fun and fulfilling. Lori has taken Craniosacral Therapy I, shoulder, vestibular / balance and other clinical continuing education classes since joining us and enjoys using her skills to make a difference in the lives of the patients she sees.
Lori and her husband Chris enjoy their rural home, surrounded by nature. She keeps busy with her 2 children, Jacob and Allison and their Miniature American Eskimo dogs.
Ashley Haske, PTA
Ashley graduated with a A.A. degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from the Pima Institute in Denver, Colorado. Ashley is a native of the area and a graduate of Alpena High School in 2008. She joined our staff as a PTA in April 2013 however, she previously job shadowed with us, worked as an Aide and just prior to going off to school, was our receptionist. She looks forward to impacting her patients’ lives in a positive way, making each patient know they are a priority with one on one patient care.
In the future, Ashley plans to take advantage or continuing education to advance her skills and expertise with manual and orthopedic therapy as well as expanding her knowledge in aquatic therapy.
Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends. One of her many pass times is enjoying the four seasons and all sporting activities in Northern Michigan.
Maria Kowalski, ATC
Maria is a Certified Athletic Trainer and has been with us since December of 1998. Her athletic training/sports medicine background and her years of experience at Thunder Bay Therapy influences her delivery of patient care.
In addition to her duties here, she is the Head Athletic Trainer at Alpena Community College where she is in charge of event coverage, injury prevention, management, and rehabilitation.
Maria has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Athletic Training from Lake Superior State University. She is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer and licensed by the State of Michigan. She is a also a certified Sportsmetrics Instructor (Cincinnati Sports Medicine) and has completed KT 1-3 of Kinesio Taping instruction.
Maria enjoys working with a variety of different diagnoses but enjoys utilizing her training with orthopedic, post-surgical rehabilitation, functional rehabilitation as well as gait analysis.
Maria is a native of Alpena and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes to play tennis, golf, bike and travel. Maria is also a tennis coach for Alpena High School.
Jennifer Werth, OTR
Jennifer Werth (Timm) joined our staff March 2012. She is a 2011 Graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Jennifer completed her graduate thesis researching the Nintendo Wii vs. Chair Exercise Groups and their effects on strength and ROM in the elderly population. She completed her Level 2 fieldwork placements at Rogers City Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health (Butterworth campus) Adult Neuro Unit. Jennifer is excited to educate the community about Occupational Therapy as it differs from Physical Therapy.
Jennifer grew up in Hubbard Lake and is a 2006 graduate of Alpena High School. She enjoys hunting & ice fishing with new husband Paul and helping out on her family farm. They were married in August 2012.
Bruce D. Duncan, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Bruce is a 1981 graduate of Alpena High School and a 1987 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Social Work. Since graduation, Bruce has held a variety of counseling positions specializing with children and families. He was the program director for Hope House Girl's Residential Treatment Center for nearly 13 years until leaving the position in 2004, when he joined Thunder Bay Therapy & Sports Medicine as their Office Manager and Social Worker. Bruce wears a "multitude of hats" doing building maintenance, taking care of two therapy pools in addition to his other roles. Bruce enjoys cooking and is active in his church. Most free time is spent with his wife and children, which he considers his most important role.
Kim is a 2001 graduate of Alpena High and a 2006 graduate of Spring Arbor University with a bachelor in Science in Organizational Management. Since graduation Kim has worked at Thunder Bay Therapy & Sports Medicine. She began her career working as an aide which has been an excellent basis for learning the overall operation. In October 2013, Kim became the Administrative Assistant, carrying out a multiplicity of roles and responsibilities within the clinic which range from account management and customer care to marketing and facility management. Kim looks forward to learning more and helping the business grow and expand in the Alpena area.
Kim grew up in Long Rapids and still calls this home today with her husband, Jason and two kids Gretchen and Robert. Kim enjoys any activity with her family, if it is work or pleasure as long as she is hanging out with her family.