Posted on July 10, 2020

New doctors begin rehabilitation-focused residency at Mary Free Bed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Four physicians committed to excellence in rehabilitation and helping people rebuild their lives have begun post-graduate training in Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency. They were selected from an applicant pool of more than 300 candidates.

The Class of 2023 begins the rigorous three-year program just a week after the inaugural four-member class graduated. Launched in 2017, a full complement of 12 residents are in various stages of training to care for children and adults who need intensive rehabilitation.

The residency encompasses clinical, educational and research opportunities in all areas of PM&R. Clinical rotations are based at Mary Free Bed, which provides the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in the state, including acute, sub-acute and outpatient rehabilitation, as well as home health care.

Mary Free Bed received permanent accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a sponsoring institution as well as a residency program. The physicians gain experience in all clinical areas, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple trauma, amputation, cancer and other diagnoses.

Meet the Class of 2023:

Dr. Nathan CarltonNathan 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 Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan.

Applications are being accepted for the PM&R Residency program that begins in 2022. To submit materials, apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at For more information about the program, email Lisa Vincent, program coordinator, at or visit