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Highland Physical Therapy

The mission of Highland Physical Therapy is to provide expert rehabilitation services through unmatched dedication to customer service, collaboration with other healthcare providers, and an innovative one-on-one treatment approach. Highland Physical Therapy was originally founded in 2006 by Aaron Munderloh and has been proudly serving patients in Gratiot County since with an emphasis on orthopedic manual physical therapy.

In 2024, Highland Physical Therapy and Ithaca Physical Therapy merged together to expand their reach within Gratiot County and provide one-on-one patient-centered care at two locations. Sharing the same core beliefs regarding treatment philosophy, the two locations allow patients to schedule appointments at either clinic during their plan of care. Highland Physical Therapy and Ithaca Physical Therapy love serving our communities and look forward to working with you.

Highland Physical Therapy - Alma, Michigan


Our team is here to serve you!

Blake Mueller - Physical Therapist in Alma, Michigan

Blake Mueller, DPT, Cert. DN, CPRCS

Clinic Manager
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certification in Dry Needling
Certified Primitive Reflex Clinical Specialist

Blake completed his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University majoring in Health Fitness and Preventive Rehabilitation. He then went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan in 2015. Through his career, he has worked with a variety of patient populations ranging from acute post-operative care to outpatient sports injuries. He has a special interest in pediatric rehabilitation as well as sport-specific care. Blake’s hobbies include golfing, weight lifting and reading.

Aaron Munderloh - Physical Therapist

Aaron Munderloh, PT, OMPT

Founder of Highland Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist
Certification in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

Aaron received his Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College majoring in Exercise and Health Science in 1993. He then earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1995. He went on to complete a two-year post-graduate residency with certification in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy from the Great Lakes Institute of Manual Therapy in 1999.  In 2006, he was granted Fellowship Status within the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.  After practicing locally for ten years, Aaron went into private practice and co-founded Highland Physical Therapy in 2005. 

Aaron has been a part-time faculty member within the Integrative Physiology and Health Science Department at Alma College since 1997 and a part-time faculty member within the Department of Physical Therapy at Central Michigan University since 2023 where he works with students in the instruction and skill development of manual therapy principles and treatment techniques for the spine, pelvis, and rib cage. 

Aaron approaches manual therapy treatments from an eclectic viewpoint with treatment techniques including soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy, myofascial release, high-velocity low amplitude thrust, functional technique, and Nordic-based joint mobilization and medical exercise therapy. 

Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and family outside of work, attempting to stay physically active, and attending high school and collegiate sporting events. 

Our Sister Clinic - Ithaca Physical Therapy

With our two affiliated locations, patients can schedule
appointments at either clinic to best suit their needs!

Ithaca Physical Therapy
Joe Baxter - Physical Therapist, Co-Owner

Joe Baxter, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN

Co-Owner, Physical Therapist

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science from Alma College, majoring in Integrative Physiology and Health Science. He then earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2015. Joe utilizes a wide range of treatment techniques, including joint and soft tissue manipulation, myofascial release, muscle energy, and direct action mobilization. He has completed extensive continuing education and is certified through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy in spinal manipulation and dry needling to treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Outside of work, Joe loves to spend his free time outside or at sporting events with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters.

Leslie Skiera - Physical Therapist, Co-Owner

Leslie Skiera, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Co-Owner, Physical Therapist

Leslie received her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University, majoring in recreation and sport management. She then completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2015. Leslie completed her final academic internship at Ithaca Physical Therapy. She has since received extensive instruction in manual therapy techniques, including manipulation, myofascial release, dry needling, muscle energy, and direct action mobilization. In her free time, Leslie enjoys being with family and friends, spending summers in Northern Michigan, traveling, walking the dog, and reading.


Mary Brecht

Physical Therapist Assistant

Mary obtained her degree as a physical therapy assistant from Mid-Michigan College in 2018. Throughout her career, Mary has gained experience working with the geriatric population for the past five years. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge of manual techniques and working with the Gratiot community. Mary enjoys spending time with family and staying active in her free time.

Trevor Jones

Physical Therapist Assistant

Trevor obtained his degree as a physical therapist assistant from Mid-Michigan College in 2019. Since graduation, he has enjoyed working in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health, and, most recently, outpatient orthopedics in St. Louis. Additionally, he coaches and competes in CrossFit and looks forward to helping patients of all ages gain strength through mobility. Outside of work, he enjoys adventures with family, board games, concerts, and attending college football games in the Midwest.

Cheryl Jacob

Cheryl Jacob PTA, CMT

Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Massage Therapist

Cheryl obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a major in physical education in 1985. She then went to Delta Community College, obtaining her Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 1997. She received training in Craniosacral Therapy and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2002. Cheryl was previously active in coaching and teaching physical education to children. Cheryl has been a part of the Ithaca Physical Therapy team since it began in 2004. She recently earned her Black Belt and continues to train in Jiu-Jitsu in Clare.

Jim Tilton

Jim Tilton PT, MA, MS, OMPT

Founder of Ithaca Physical Therapy, Physical Therapist

Jim founded Ithaca Physical Therapy in 2004.

He received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University. From there he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in both Exercise Science and Physical Therapy in 1997. He then completed a two year post-graduate residency in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy qualifying him as a specialist in the field. Jim has practiced manual therapy locally in Shepherd, Edmore, Alma and Ithaca, and also treats patients from Lansing, Grand Rapids, Midland and surrounding areas.


Tracie Gray

Office Manager, Billing Specialist

Tracie attended Mid Michigan Community College for Business Administration and Accounting. She was hired by Ithaca Physical Therapy in October 2016 as a billing specialist and also took on the role of office manager in 2022 with the sale of the business. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and crafting.


Madonna Bodin


Madonna has had a truly varied life including many different continued education classes, being a mom of two, a business owner of two small businesses, living coast to coast and in between, and traveling. She joined the Ithaca Physical Therapy team in April 2021.

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