Edo Zylstra PT, DPT

Founder, Owner

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Background

Dr. Zylstra is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy. He earned his Masters of Physical Therapy at Regis University in 1999 and his Doctorate from Regis in 2012. He worked as a staff physical therapist in a specialty pain and spine injury clinic in the Denver area for several years before establishing a successful outpatient Physical Therapy practice in Brighton, Colorado, in 2005. The family moved to Michigan in 2013. At this time, he opened a part-time cash pay practice in Byron Center, Michigan. As of January 2021, he moved the clinic to Hudsonville where he currently practices.

Profession

Dr. Zylstra founded a physical therapy education company, KinetaCore (now part of Evidence in Motion), in 2006. His desire was to share his Functional Dry Needling© techniques with other therapists who wanted to help their patients return to their daily activities more quickly. From a love of teaching dry needling and advocating for its acceptance across the United States, he currently teaches foundational, clinical, and advanced level courses throughout the US and Canada.

Experience

Dr. Zylstra has over 20 years of experience in orthopedics, pre-/post- surgical care, sports performance, wellness training, chronic pain treatment, and injury prevention. He works with patients of all ages and across all activity levels. From 2014 to 2020, he served as a delegate for the Michigan chapter of the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), which allowed him the opportunity to serve the profession and statewide patient care by advocating for policy change.

Treatment

Edo evaluates and treats from a whole-body approach. His treatment combines knowledge and understanding of anatomy and function within the context of full body structure, function, and movement patterns. He works to restore compromised mobility, strength, stability, and movement patterning. This is achieved through various manual techniques, active modalities, progressive exercise, and education. Edo also enjoys building a solid rapport with his patients and clients, including clinical problem-solving and watching them progress to the activities and level of function they desire.

Edo never tires of learning new treatment and training techniques, perspectives, and the latest advances in physical therapy. He is excited to treat patients in West Michigan at his new clinic in Hudsonville. When not practicing physical therapy, Edo enjoys spending time at the lake, paddle boarding, reading, hiking, and being with his wife, Christi, and their adult children.

  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist and Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Faculty, EIM
  • Developed Functional Dry Needling® and teaches the techniques internationally
  • Founder, KinetaCore (now EIM)
  • Owner, Clinician, KinetaCare Physiotherapy
  • Former delegate for the Michigan chapter of the APTA

Consulting / Mentorship

Geared towards other fellow physical therapists, Dr. Zylstra offers consulting and mentorship. He has accumulated over 20 years of practicing physical therapy and over 15 years of teaching courses globally. From this experience, Dr. Zylstra provides counsel to assist colleagues and students in the best treatment techniques and advances.

Tyler Waterway, DPT

Clinical Staff

Physical Therapist

Background

Dr. Waterway graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s in kinesiology, and went on to earn his doctorate in physical therapy from Missouri State University.

Experience

In addition to his doctorate of physical therapy education training, he has had over six years of Functional Dry Needling training and mentorship, as well as attendance and exposure to numerous therapy modalities and philosophies. During his graduate work, he served as a gross anatomy teaching assistant, which sparked his passion for teaching. Dr. Waterway has seen empathy, manual therapy, Functional Dry Needling, Blood Flow Restriction therapy, FMS & SFMA assessment philosophies, and client-specific movement correctives change countless lives. He currently treats in the Hudsonville office, and looks forward to new continuing education opportunities to add more modality expertise to his ever-growing treatment retinue. He also serves as Assistant Instructor for Evidence In Motion’s Functional Dry Needling series.

Treatment

Dr. Waterway evaluates and treats from a movement-based approach. He has had experience treating everything from common and complex orthopaedic injuries to difficult chronic conditions, with a goal of developing treatment solutions and treating the “why” versus the “what”. He treats his clients with the mindset that pain-free movement is possible.

Today

Tyler was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. He and his wife Ellen recently bought their first home in Hudsonville. They enjoy time outside, playing volleyball, running, hiking, adventuring, and are involved in student ministry at their church.

Christi Zylstra

Co-Owner

Director of Operations

Background

Christi graduated from Hope College with a bachelor’s degree in English studies and German, and a secondary teaching certificate. She taught in the state of Washington and at South Christian High School where she taught composition and literature to freshmen. She also taught ESL to children and adults in alternative education programs around the Grand Rapids area.

Experience

After teaching for a few years, Christi committed to full-time life at home raising their children. She did some contract writing and photography for a local people and events magazine, taught piano lessons, did web optimization and business writing, homeschooled for a short time, and substitute taught throughout these years. In Colorado, Christi served as Director of Operations for KinetaCore, the physical therapy education company (now Evidence In Motion) they had started in 2006. Once the family moved back to Michigan, Christi worked for iDryNeedle, the dry needling supplies company in which she and Edo maintain part ownership. She now serves as Director of Operations for KinetaCare.

Today

Edo and Christi live in Hudsonville near their three grown children. Together they have opened KinetaCare Physiotherapy, which gives them the chance to once again offer custom physiotherapy solutions for patients and clients looking to improve their overall health and lifestyle. They also enjoy rural living, life at the lake, time outdoors and volunteer work in their local church family.

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