Following injury or surgery, physical therapy is often the best way to recover normal movement in the foot and ankle—and walking patterns are a window into our patients’ conditions. These patterns give us insight into the current level of function and serve as a test to determine the effectiveness of our treatments. Evaluating how you walk is extremely valuable to the rehabilitation process. Often, our patients’ walking patterns dramatically improve after just one session of physical therapy.
Meet Our TherApists
Foot and Ankle Specialists has a team of accomplished physical therapists to assist our patients through the rehabilitation process.
Renee Hill, PT, DPT
Dr. Hill hails from Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to joining Foot and Ankle Specialists, she treated patients in a variety of local settings, specializing in therapy for work related injuries. Since receiving her doctorate in physical therapy, she has become certified in the Graston Technique. She and her team of PTAs have provided plantar fasciitis treatment to our patients with outstanding results.
Dr. Hill is a member of the Western District of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association. She is an advanced credentialed clinical instructor for both physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students. She served at the state level as secretary of the Special Interest Group of Clinical Instructors for 5 years.
She and her husband are mentors for Paws with A Cause®. This organization enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs.
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
- Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University
- BA of Biology, Michigan State University
- Associate in Science, Pre-Medical, Grand Rapids Junior College
Sally Austin, PTA
Sally is well-versed in pain management and healing. With 18 years of experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Sally focuses on creating individual solutions for painful symptoms. She is certified in acupressure, Lymphedema Management, and medical Qigong for solving difficult chronic pain. Sally brings an approach of mindfulness to her work and life, knowing that the body, mind, and spirit must work together for optimal health.
In her free time, Sally is passionate about practicing and teaching Qigong, spending time with her family and dogs, camping, kayaking, and hiking in the Canadian wilderness.