Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has helped to restore hope and freedom to thousands of people for more than a century. Recent years have brought tremendous growth, from new programs and technology to a $66.4 million expansion and renovation. The project features a new hospital that makes Mary Free Bed the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the country. With 167 private inpatient beds, we can help even more adults and children than ever before.
But, growth is more than bricks and mortar. We’re committed to excellent research and education in addition to the unsurpassed clinical care we continue to provide.
Mary Free Bed partnered with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine to create the John H. Butzer Center for Research and Innovation. This collaboration sets the stage for leading-edge research and evidence-based rehabilitation care with a focus on outcomes measurement.
U.S. News & World Report ranked us a 2021-2022 Best Rehabilitation Hospital, and Newsweek named Mary Free Bed the top rehabilitation center in Michigan for 2021. We’re accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), both as a sponsoring institution and as a residency program.
We’re a single-specialty teaching hospital with an ACGME-accredited residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. This three-year advanced PM+R residency program (starting at PGY-2) offers high-quality training in all areas of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Mary Free Bed’s combination of more than 110 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and services enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. We provide experience in all clinical areas, including brain injury and stroke rehabilitation, spinal cord injury medicine, spine and musculoskeletal care, and pediatric rehabilitation. Other programs include cancer rehabilitation, ventilator and pulmonary rehabilitation and spasticity management.
Residents will have opportunities to work in a wide variety of clinical areas, including our Movement Analysis Laboratory, Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics, Assistive Technology and one of the largest Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports programs in the country.
While you’re considering residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, you’re planning significant personal growth in knowledge and skills. We’re excited to share our faculty’s expertise, wide variety of clinical experiences and research programs.
Please explore our website to learn more about us. We look forward to receiving your application to the Mary Free Bed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program.
Dear Physiatry Residency Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in our residency program. Our faculty is committed to helping train the next generation of physiatrists in an environment that enables our residents to grow and flourish, and become equipped with the tools to provide excellent patient care for years to come. With clinical rotations spanning both inpatient and outpatient care and many subspecialties, graduates leave the program prepared to succeed in any number of settings: inpatient, outpatient, fellowship training, private practice or group/academic practice.
Mary Free Bed has humble beginnings. In 1891, a small group of Grand Rapids women recognized the need for medical care for financially disadvantaged people in the community. They created a fundraising campaign to secure use of a free bed in a local hospital, asking for financial support from everyone named Mary as well as those with friends or relatives with the name. They were able to endow a bed, which became known as the Mary free bed. From treating children with polio to navigating today’s COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Free Bed has risen over the years to address the needs of its community and beyond, now heading a network of more than 35 hospitals across Michigan and northern Indiana. And we remain led by the Mary Free Bed Guild, a group of women still going strong after 130 years.
As a Mary Free Bed resident, you would venture to Grand Rapids, Michigan, ranked in WalletHub’s Top 100 Places to Start a Career. In many ways, Grand Rapids represents the best of both worlds. It’s a large metropolitan area with many entertainment options, including concerts, theatrical performances, sporting events, high-quality dining and nightlife, golf, camping and skiiing. And it’s a short drive to the beaches of Lake Michigan! It’s a wonderful place to live and work.
Here at Mary Free Bed, our residents are our greatest asset. With a wide range of backgrounds from across the country, they bring a passion and dedication for learning and a strong interest in patient care. They instill an invigorating energy throughout our hospital, inspiring both patients and staff to reach higher. It’s such a joy to work alongside them, watching them develop into talented clinicians and future colleagues. You’ll get a glimpse of the amazing work they do as you get to know our program throughout the interview process.
As you weigh your training options and move through the application process, we hope you’ll strongly consider joining the Mary Free Bed family. If you have any questions about our program, please contact program coordinator Darci Luyk by emailing her at PMR.Residency@maryfreebed.com.
You’ve made it this far, mastered boards and performed well on your clerkships. You’re entering (in our humble opinion) the greatest specialty in all of medicine. Enjoy the journey!
Dr. Richard Ball, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Adam Lamm, M.D., M.A.
Associate Program Director
Supplemental Application + Interviews
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency programs are eligible to use the ERAS supplemental application, and Mary Free Bed has decided to participate. We feel this provides the opportunity for applicants to highlight meaningful experiences and program signals. A program signal will not be required for an interview with our program, but can be used to highlight a particular interest in our residency.
Consistent with statements from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association for Academic Physiatry Program Director’s group, Mary Free Bed will be conducting virtual residency interviews for the upcoming interview season. All interviews will take place on a virtual web conferencing platform.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with multiple rounds of interview invitations sent. If you don’t hear from us right away, don’t worry! We work through the applications methodically and thoroughly, reviewing every application we receive. We appreciate your patience as we conduct our application review process.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
2022 Benefit Summary for Resident Physicians
Curriculum + Didactics
The goal of the Mary Free Bed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program is to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded experience for the physician interested in becoming a board-certified physiatrist. This training will encompass a wide variety of clinical, educational and research opportunities in all areas of PM&R. Upon completion of the residency training program, the physician will feel comfortable pursuing a career in any area the field of physiatry represents.
The residency training program is structured to offer four advanced (PGY-2) positions per year.
All rotations are on-site in our new, 167-bed hospital. Areas of practice include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Amputee care with on-site prosthetics
- Pediatric rehabilitation
- Cancer rehabilitation
- Spine Center and interventional rehabilitation
- Post-concussion rehabilitation
- Advanced spasticity management
- Motion Analysis Laboratory
- Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports
Residents will complete one research project and one performance improvement project during their residency. Each resident will have an assigned faculty mentor who will meet regularly with the resident to facilitate scholarly activities.
The didactic core curriculum for Mary Free Bed’s PM&R Residency program incorporates many learning activities, including lectures, workshops, demonstrations, case presentations, journal clubs, simulations, clinics, panel discussions and community service field trips.
The core curriculum didactics will be based on a 12-month cycle, so that topics are reviewed at least three times during the residency. Live anatomical prosection and ultrasound exposure will be a part of the annual musculoskeletal block. Residents are expected to attend from four to six hours of didactics each week, which may include grand rounds, quality improvement, M&M and sub-specialty conferences. Web-based instructional modules will complement and reinforce didactic activities, constituting a “blended” teaching-and-learning environment.
The curriculum is based on modules that cover the major topic areas of PM&R, as well as core competencies supported by goals and objectives important to the practice of rehabilitation medicine.
- Functional anatomy
- Physical exam and history
- Diagnostic ultrasound
- Electrodiagnostic medicine
- Gait, kinesiology, kinematics
- Orthotics, prosthetics
- Wheelchairs and DME
- Research methods
- Exercise and modalities
- Rehabilitation therapies
- Medical administration
- Psychometric and vocational testing
- Pediatric rehabilitation
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Post-stroke rehabilitation
- Amputation rehabilitation
- Cancer rehabilitation
- Cardiac rehabilitation and fitness
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Orthopedic rehabilitation and arthritis
- Spine and musculoskeletal medicine
- Sports medicine
Mary Free Bed provides the most comprehensive rehabilitation programs and services in the region, including acute, sub-acute and outpatient rehabilitation, all on the same campus. Our beautiful new hospital features 167 private patient rooms, specialized therapy gyms on each floor, ADL (Activities of Daily Living) apartments and specialized technology, including the ZeroG gait and balance training system, Tollos ceiling-mounted ambulation system and LokomatPro robot-assisted walking technology.
Our campus also features two therapy pools, an Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics lab and our Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports department, one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Residents also have access to our Motion Analysis Laboratory located at Grand Valley State University.
Residents complete one research project and one quality improvement project during their residency. Each resident has an assigned faculty mentor who meets regularly with the resident to facilitate scholarly activities.
Here are some of the projects underway:
Resident Research Projects
- Concentrations of Interleukin-1 Family Members in Synovial Fluid – Temilola Abdul, M.D.; Christopher Evans, Ph.D. (Mayo Clinic); Tao Yang, Ph.D. (Van Andel Institute); Kelly Armstrong, M.D. (Mary Free Bed); Christopher Morelli, D.O. (Mary Free Bed)
- The Role of Music Therapy in Visuospatial Neglect – Elizabeth Aguila, M.D., and Peter Muszkiewicz, MT-BC (Mary Free Bed)
- Functional Electrical Stimulation for Improvement in Respiratory Health in Spinal Cord Injury in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility – A Feasibility Study – Yunna Sinskey, M.D.; Nicholas Gut M.D.; Brian McInerney, M.D.; Kyle Josephson, M.D.; Kelsey Darlington, M.D.; Clayton Luyk, M.D.; Richard Ball, M.D. (Mary Free Bed)
- Yunna Sinskey received the 2020 Center for Research and Innovation Investigator Award for $15,000 for this study.
- Diagnostic Accuracy for Critical Illness Neuropathy (CIN) and Critical Illness Myopathy (CIM) in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting – Kyle Josephson, M.D., and Richard Ball, M.D. (Mary Free Bed)
Resident Quality Improvement Projects
- Patient Knowledge of Spine Condition – Kelsey Darlington, M.D., and Carolyn Vollmer, M.D. (Mary Free Bed); Lynda Yang, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
- Standardizing Bladder Management with Order Set – Brian McInerney, M.D., and Michael Wheaton, M.D. (Mary Free Bed)
- Residency Objectives and Guidelines to Rotations – Jason Coombs, D.O., Brian McInerney, M.D, and Richard Ball, M.D. (Mary Free Bed)
- Educating Nursing Staff for Complex Medical Issues – Yunna Sinskey, M,D., and Nicholas Gut, M.D.
Residents are encouraged to give research and case presentations at conferences, such as the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Association of Academic Physiatrists conferences.
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2022, April 8-13, Austin, Texas
- Basketball Player with Aortic Dilatation (JP Rizik, D.O.)
- Association of Academic Physiatry Annual Meeting 2022, May 24 – 28, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Acetazolamide: adjunctive role for symptoms of elevated intracranial pressure after treatment of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and post-subarachnoid hemorrhage hydrocephalus (Jina Libby, D.O., Stuart Yablon, M.D.)
- The potential influence of cannabis withdrawal in persistent symptoms of headache after intraparenchymal hemorrhage: role for dronabinol (Subha Hanif, M.D., Alexander Rose, medical student, Tod Win, M.D., Stuart Yablon, M.D.)
Many other research projects are being conducted through Mary Free Bed’s John F. Butzer Center for Research and Innovation.
Resident Life + Wellness
Resident Life and Wellness
Mary Free Bed’s culture of care is special. We’re co-workers, we’re friends – we’re family. One of the great things about our PM&R Residency Program is the focus placed on our young physicians’ wellbeing. A resident-led Wellness Committee promotes the physical, professional, psychological and social health of our residents, helping them grow as physicians together.
Learning how to create a balanced life both inside and outside of medicine begins now. While wellness means something different for everyone, the Wellness Committee provides support, advocacy and a wealth of educational resources that address stress management, burnout prevention and physical wellness.
Wellness also means having fun. Our residents are a friendly bunch who celebrate each other’s birthdays, get together outside of work to relax and frequent community events together. They gather for a range of events and activities, including:
- New Resident Welcome Party Barbecue
- Group Yoga for Didactics
- Big Sib/Little Sib
- Paint and Sip Art Therapy
- Class Halloween Costume Competition
- Holiday Secret Santa Party
- Group Outdoor activities
- Outreach activities
- Adaptive sports outings, such as sled hockey with the Grand Rapids Griffins
- Super Bowl Party
Living in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, the state’s second-largest city, is in the heart of West Michigan, just 30 miles east of beautiful Lake Michigan. It’s a friendly, vibrant and diverse community with plenty to do and lots to see.
Featuring many amenities of a larger city coupled with the warmth of a small town, Grand Rapids offers easy access to an array of recreational activities and landscapes. Neighborhoods have strong public schools with reasonable home prices and cost of living. In 2021, the city was included in WalletHub’s Top 100 Places to Start a Career for its job opportunities in health care and other fields, as well as quality of life.
It’s home to excellent restaurants, a bustling nightlife with live music venues, comedy clubs, karaoke bars and theaters featuring local productions and national tours, including “Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked.” Named Beer City USA, Grand Rapids has 40 breweries within the city and surrounding suburbs.
Sports enthusiasts enjoy affordable access to the West Michigan Whitecaps (minor league baseball), the Grand Rapids Griffins (minor league hockey) and the Grand Rapids Drive (G-league basketball) as well as collegiate events at Grand Valley State University locally and nearby Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
Grand Rapids’ location is perfect for great getaways. Historical Mackinac Island, accessible only by boat, is a pedestrian-only island that’s a great weekend getaway up north. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the scenic drive to Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula, or the even shorter drive southwest to the Lake Michigan shore, where high-quality wineries await. Ski enthusiasts can trek to Boyne Mountain, Caberfae and Crystal Mountain for great runs. Beautiful golf courses can be found nearby and across Michigan. And the bright lights, pro sports, shopping and restaurants of Chicago and Detroit are both within three hours. For longer trips, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is on the east side of the city.
Housing prices and cost of living also provide a fair value relative to other locations, especially for the resources and amenities available in the area. The average rent is about $1,100 per month (with more than 80% of available units ranging from $700 to $1,500), and the median home value averages $200,000. Food costs, restaurant prices and live entertainment are affordable and more accessible than in the larger cities.
Mary Free Bed has a dynamic and growing faculty of physiatrists with compassion, skill and decades of specialized experience.
Those based on our Grand Rapids campus include:
- Daniel Adams, D.O.
- Kelly Armstrong, M.D.
- Richard Ball, M.D. (Medical Director, PM&R Residency)
- Benjamin Bruinsma, M.D. (Chief of Staff)
- Victoria DuFour, D.O.
- Daniel Fechtner, M.D.
- Douglas Henry, M.D.
- Sam Ho, M.D.
- Thomas Hordt, M.D.
- Michael Jakubowski, M.D. (Chief Medical Officer)
- Naomi Kaplan, MBBS
- Jeffrey Kramer, M.D.
- Andrea Kuldanek, M.D.
- Adam Lamm, M.D. (Assistant Director, PM&R Residency)
- Christopher Morelli, D.O.
- Bridget Rizik, M.D.
- Christopher Rizik, D.O.
- Meagan Smith, D.O.
- Christian VandenBerg, M.D.
- Jonathan VandenBerg, D.O.
- Carolyn Vollmer, M.D.
- Lisa Voss, D.O.
- Tyler Voss, D.O.
- Ralph Wang, M.D.
- Stuart Yablon, M.D.
Our PM&R Residents
Class of 2024
Subha Hanif, M.D.
Dr. Hanif graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed an internship at Ascension Providence Hospital in Rochester, Michigan. Her clinical interests include pain management, women’s health, sports medicine and interventional spine treatment.
Callie Hoelscher, D.O.
A graduate of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Dr. Hoelscher completed an internship at Medical City Weatherford in Weatherford, Texas. Her interests include sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound and electrodiagnostic medicine.
Kyle Sproull, M.D.
Dr. Sproull graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed a transitional year at Spectrum Health, both in Grand Rapids. Clinical interests include pediatrics, pain management and general inpatient services.
David Weinfeld, M.D.
Dr. Weinfeld is a graduate of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. He completed his internship at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. Clinical interests include traumatic brain injuries, sports medicine and spinal cord injuries.
Class of 2023
Nathan Carlton, M.D.
Dr. Carlton graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed a transitional year at Spectrum Health, both in Grand Rapids.
Gregory White, D.O.
A graduate of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri, Dr. White completed an internship at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan.
Jina Libby, D.O.
Dr. Libby is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She completed her internship at Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
John Paul Rizik, D.O.
Dr. Rizik earned his medical degree at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. He completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan.
Class of 2022
Temilola Abdul, M.D.
Dr. Abdul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed a pediatric residency followed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation clinical pharmacology research fellowship, both at Mayo Clinic.
Nicholas Gut, M.D.
A graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, Dr. Gut completed transitional-year training at Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital.
Clayton Luyk, M.D.
Dr. Luyk attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University.
Yunna Sinskey, M.D.
Dr. Sinskey earned her medical degree from Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine and completed an internship at Blake Medical Center.
Class of 2021
Elizabeth Aguila, M.D.
Physician Practice in general rehabilitation at Northwestern Woodstock Hospital in Woodstock, Illinois
Kelsey Darlington, M.D.
Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado.
Kyle Josephson, M.D.
Fellowship in Spine, Musculoskeletal, Electromyography at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.
Brian McInerney, M.D.
Physician practice in general rehabilitation at Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
Class of 2020
Jason Coombs, D.O.
General rehabilitation, Trinity Health Hospital in Minot, North Dakota
Thomas Hordt, M.D.
General rehabilitation and consults, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Christopher Meadows, M.D.
General rehabilitation and outpatient musculoskeletal, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Spokane, Washington
Anthony Truong, M.D.
Fellowship at Interventional Spine, Michigan State University/Comprehensive Pain Specialists in Flint, Michigan