Meet Our Wellness Center Staff

Amy Coneset - Wellness Center Director / Physical Therapist

I attended Grand Valley State University graduating with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy.  I have experience in sub acute rehab, outpatient orthopedics, ergonomic work site assessment, and home care.  I have special interest in manual therapy and treating those with neurological diagnoses.


Katie Shrift-Ackerman - Speech Language Pathologist/Rehab Coordinator

A native of Traverse City, I returned to the area in 1999 to work for the Grand Traverse Pavilions.  I received my Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Michigan State University in 1995.  My primary area of interest is Geriatric Communication and Swallowing disorders.  I am certified in LSVT Loud®, a program for treating the voice and speech disorders in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.


Carrie Baldwin - Physical Therapist

I attended Miami University in Ohio for a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and then received my Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences in Rochester Minnesota.  I have been practicing Physical Therapy since 1997, and have worked at the Grand Traverse Pavilions since 2003.  I am certified in Aquatic Physical Therapy and also enjoy working with Geriatrics.



Chris Hinze - Doctor of Physical Therapy

I graduated with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Oakland University.  I have experience working with patients with a variety of diagnoses including orthopedic injuries, back & neck pain, and neurologic conditions.  I enjoy using a combination of manual therapy, exercise and education to help my patients achieve their goals.

Katie Hinze - Doctor of Physical Therapy

I graduated with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2006. I am certified in LSVT BIG® for treatment of Parkinson's disease. I am experienced from pediatrics to geriatrics and love working with patients of all ages. I especially enjoy delivering manual therapy for diagnosises of neck/shoulder pain and back pain.

Erica Nesvig-Paddock - Physical Therapist

I graduated from Saint Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota and have over 15 years experience in physical therapy. My special interests include orthopedics, balance dysfuntion, and vestibular rehabilitation.


Ann Parker - Physical Therapist

I have a B.S. from Grand Valley State University with over 25 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of settings with extensive orthopedic, neurological, vestibular, neuromuscular rehab and manual therapy.  I am APTA Accredited and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor, LSVT BIG® certified for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.  I have been a Tai Chi instructor since 2000.


Kristen Semeyn - Physical Therapist

I graduated with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2003. I have experience in many settings including; home healthcare, hospital, outpatient, and sub-acute. I enjoy manual therapy, balance training, and neurological rehabilitation.


Kristi Clark - Physical Therapy Assistant

I am a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, and have been working with adults of all ages for over 20 years.  I am certified in Aquatic Physical Therapy and LSVT BIG®, a treatment approach tailored toward individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.  I enjoy treating diverse diagnoses and brainstorming the best approach to helping my clients achieve their goals.


Gerald Rase - Physical Therapy Assistant

I have been practicing as a Physical Therapy Assistant since 1996, after graduating from Delta College with an Associates of Science degree in Physical Therapy. I have clinical experience working in rehab hospital, home healthcare, and outpatient settings. I enjoy working with people assisting them to become as independent as possible and help them to progress toward meeting their goals.


Colleen Tomczak - Physical Therapy Assistant

I relocated to the Traverse City area so that my family and I could make our vacation home our permanent residence.  I have been practicing physical therapy for over 15 years, with an Associates degree in physical therapy from Mott College in Flint.  The majority of my experience has been in the sub acute setting. My passion is the geriatric population.  My hope and goal is to assist my patients to reach their goals of returning to their highest level of function possible.


Stephanie Talaga - Occupational Therapist

I graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy, and a minor in Psychology.  With over 16 years experience, primarily with adults with physical disabilities, I strive to help my patients achieve greater independence in all aspects of their daily lives.




Jessica Cobb - Occupational Therapist

I attended Western Michigan University where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services in 2007 and my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008.  My clinical experience includes the hospital/acute care setting, inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and long term care.



Gretchen Fraser - Occupational Therapist

I graduated with a Master’s degree from Rush University in Chicago and have worked at the Grand Traverse Pavilions since 1999. My goal is to help my patients regain function, mobility, confidence managing an otherwise chronic, progressive disease.


Sara Helsel - Occupational Therapist

I moved to the Traverse City area after receiving my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Saginaw Valley State University in 2011. My clinical experience includes inpatient, outpatient, and sub-acute rehabilitation. I strive to be a great patient advocate and to help individuals live better through the role of occupational therapy.



Ashley Tarras - Occupational Therapist

I attended Michigan State University graduating in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Specialization in Health Promotion, followed by receiving Masters in Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011 form Western Michigan University.  I have experience in inpatient acute rehab, outpatient and skilled nursing facilities.  I have certification in the fitting and ordering of Saebo dynamic othoses to maximize upper extremity functioning post stroke.  I have special interest in low vision, neurological disorders and home modifications.


Christine Craymer - Occupational Therapy Assistant

I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Science in Corporate Fitness and Wellness and then obtained an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College.  I have worked at the Grand Traverse Pavilions since 2007 and love working with adults of all ages, particularly on specific seating and positioning needs and shoulder pain.


Lauren Rinke - Speech Language Pathologist

I obtained a Bachelor's of Science in English and Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University and continued on to Grand Valley State University for my Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. I have experience working with adults in both rehab facilities and in their home, specifically for language, swallowing, and cognition rehabilitation. I have a particular interest in helping people communicate after a stroke, and I enjoy being a part of the energetic and caring therapy team at the Pavilions.


Margo Ammons - Aquatic Instructor

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, and as I became more involved with aging and special needs populations I completed a graduate certificate in Gerontology from Eastern University.  I am certified in Body Recall and am an ACE certified personal trainer.  I have had the fortunate experience to expand exercise opportunities for people into the aquatic environment with certifications in ATRI, United States Water Fitness Association, Hydro-Fit and Ai Chi.


 Renee Dowswell - Aquatic Instructor

I am a recently Certified Aquatic Instructor who was previously a long time Aftercare and Ai Chi participant. I am dedicated to the Grand Traverse Pavilions Wellness Center and believe that there are benefits to being in the warm water that allows for us to do things that we would never be able to do on land.                                                                               

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