Alan Dettmer: DPT, Clinic Owner
As an athlete himself who competes in triathlons, duathlons, Half-Ironman events, 5K-10K-half marathons and cross country ski races, Alan Dettmer has a keen understanding of the importance of how our bodies work for optimal efficiency.
He translates that personal knowledge coupled with his experience in being a Physical Therapist for the United States Junior Biathlon team into his practice. He wants to ensure his patients receive care for their current injuries and conditions, as well as a program of prevention to keep problems from re-occurring.
Raised in the Rosemount area of the Twin Cities, Alan spent many of his teen years biking to a nearby town to assist his aunt who was a Physical Therapist working in a nursing home. He became fascinated at how effective physical therapy could enhance people’s quality of life and reduce their pain, and wanted to pursue the career himself.
“I really enjoy working with people and helping them get back to their normal level of activity,” he says. “I enjoy one-on-one time with each patient.”
His family moved to Grand Rapids two decades ago, and he has made it his home as well.
He received his Bachelor of Health Sciences at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., followed by his Masters of Physical Therapy and in 2014, his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
In addition to his athletic team training and private practice, he also serves as an adjunct professor of Physical Therapy at the College of Saint Scholastica.
He is also a manual therapist and a Maitland Certified Operator of Manual Therapy and a certified practitioner of the Graston Technique. He is a vestibulary rehabilitation specialist as well.
When he is not working, he and his wife, Amy, are heavily involved in sports, competing in races, engaging in cross-country skiing, triathlons and duathlons.
He enjoys supporting sports and fitness in his community and is the organizer of a city biking/triathlon group. He and his wife are Race Directors for the Timberman Triathlon, and he serves on the boards of Mount Itasca Biathlon and the Northern Lights Ski Club.