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Back pain can sideline anyone, from professional athletes or weekend warriors to officer workers or active grandparents. The Spine Center at Mary Free Bed can help manage your spine and orthopedic issues, whether it’s something new, recurrent or chronic.

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from back pain. For some people, the pain may be mild and easily manageable. Others may experience severe and debilitating symptoms that prevent them from engaging in everyday activities or spending time with family. No matter the degree of your symptoms, Mary Free Bed is here for you.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts is committed to an evidence-based approach to restore your spinal and musculoskeletal health through rehabilitation.

Our goal is your goal: to get you back to enjoying life and the activities you love.

Our team

At Mary Free Bed, we work together with our patients to create an individualized treatment plan to restore maximum function and reduce pain without surgical intervention. Our integrated, patient-centered approach to care is dedicated to treating the whole person.

Through the course of your rehabilitation, you’ll work with a team of specially trained clinicians that may include:

Physiatrist – A physiatrist is a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Your physiatrist will work with you to manage your rehabilitation plan, focusing on treatment as well as prevention, and will determine what other team members will maximize your success. We also have a nurse practitioner with extensive experience in spine and musculoskeletal issues.

Our team includes:

  • Christopher Morelli, D.O., medical director of the Spine Center
  • Carolyn Vollmer, M.D.
  • Kelly Armstrong, M.D.
  • Teri Holwerda, N.P., Ph.D.

Physical therapist – Our physical therapists focus on treating your injury and teaching you how to avoid similar injuries by encouraging you to embrace lifestyle changes that will promote the long-term health of your spine.

Occupational therapist – Our occupational therapists identify risk factors associated with the physical requirements of your work and home tasks and will provide ergonomic recommendations to protect your spine.

Pain psychologist – Our psychologists can help you identify and understand any emotional and behavioral responses to your pain. Additional testing may be useful to help the psychologist determine treatment options that focus on coping skills and management of your symptoms.


Our clinicians listen carefully to your needs and talk to you about innovative treatment options. With the inclusion of physical therapy, we offer a full spectrum of non-surgical diagnostics and treatments. Together, you’ll establish a plan that may include:

  • McKenzie Method physical therapy examination and treatment
  • Electrodiagnostics (EMG)
    An EMG is a specialized electrodiagnostic procedure that tests nerve and muscle function. It’s used to diagnose or rule out neuromuscular diseases, disorders or injuries.
  • Fluoroscopically guided injection or Ultrasound-guided injection
    • Epidural steroid injection
    • Facet injection
    • Joint injection
    • Trigger point injection
    • Nerve block
    • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Manual therapy
  • Pain psychology
  • Referral to highly recommended specialist, when appropriate


Mary Free Bed Main Campus
235 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Mary Free Bed Holland Northeast
3290 Wellness Drive
Building D, Suite 150
Holland, MI 49424
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Mary Free Bed at Cancer & Hematology Centers of West Michigan – Muskegon
6425 S. Harvey St.
Norton Shores, MI 49444
231.798.4866 – phone
231.798.6391 – fax
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Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation at SpartanNash YMCA
5722 Metro Way, Suite B
Wyoming, MI 49519
616.840.7529, option 1 – phone
616.840.9693 – fax
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