Meet the Team | Onward Physical Therapy

Your onward Grand Rapids physical therapy team

Our Mission

"Just Rest" isn't the answer. We all know this. At Onward Physical Therapy Grand Rapids, we replace this generic advice with proven treatments to accelerate your recovery. Get us on your team so you can stop "waiting it out" and start making progress back to the activities you love today!
Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Brian Bradford, Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Brian Bradford

Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT, OCS

Brian received his doctorate in physical therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2019. Prior to that, he studied Movement Science and Biochemistry at the University of Michigan and worked as a missionary.  Brian is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. His practice interests include strength and conditioning, rehabilitation of injured runners and athletes, ACL injury rehab, and injury risk reduction.

Brian became a physical therapist because he enjoys sharing his passion for health and fitness with others, especially those who are looking to get past the inevitable aches and pains that accompany an active lifestyle. Outside of work, you will find him running, lifting weights, hiking/camping/backpacking with his wife, and listening to podcasts about work.

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Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Hondo Anderson, Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT

Dr. Hondo Anderson

Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT
Dr. Hondo Anderson is from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and moved to Grand Rapids to join the Onward team. Hondo received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to that, Hondo received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Hondo worked as a certified personal trainer for a few years prior to attending his doctorate program.
Hondo’s practice interests include treating active people and athletes of all ages, improving sports performance with running and Olympic lifting, and treating chronic pain. Hondo has advanced training with dry needling and manipulation, along with other soft tissue techniques. In addition to practicing physical therapy, Hondo is a CrossFit Level-1 trainer at Luminary Fitness. 
Outside of work you can find Hondo at a CrossFit class, hiking, camping, biking, or spending time with his fiancé, Kerry, and their dog, Oakley. His passion for movement and the outdoors is evident in his personality and practice alike.
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Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Joe Hanisko, Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT, CERT.CMFA

Dr. Joe Hanisko

Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT, CERT.CMFA

Dr. Hanisko received his doctorate in physical therapy from Grand Valley State University. Joe came to GVSU after completing his bachelor’s degree from Alma College in Integrated Physiology and Health Science. Joe blends a unique treatment approach of manual therapy (dry needling, manipulation, cupping) with high skill movement analysis and strength training.

In addition to being owner of Onward Grand Rapids and clinical physical therapist Joe assumes a role as lead faculty for the Clinical Management of Fitness Athletes division under the Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE). Over weekend courses he teaches physical therapists around the country on how to improve their skills with treating athletes of all kinds. Joe is an avid CrossFit athlete and olympic weightlifter, but in general lives and breathes fitness and believes all people deserve the right to move PAIN FREE.

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Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Jolene Weesjes, Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT, CERT.CMFA

Dr. Jolene Weesjes

Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT, CERT.CMFA

Dr. Jolene received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Michigan and has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2016. Since then she has been certified in Advanced Dry Needling, Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete, Sportsmetrics, Blood Flow Restriction Training, and Pelvic Corrective Exercise Specialist. She has also studied the McKenzie method.

She holds a special interest in treating those with athletic injuries—runners, triathletes, weekend warriors, and CrossFitters alike. Jolene believes that movement is the best medicine, and she is passionate about helping her patients reach their rehab and fitness goals. Jolene has a special interest in working with pre-natal, pregnant, and postpartum moms to assist them in their journey through fitness and motherhood.

Outside of work, Jolene can often be found participating in CrossFit and local triathlons, doing road or trail races, camping, or doing DIY projects. She also dedicates time back to her community with her leadership in November Project Grand Rapids and coaching at her gym.

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