2017 Readers’ Choice Selection: Aaron Holly, physical therapist

For Aaron Holly, 41, of Mason, getting to know his clients is as important as helping them become healthy. Holly is the director of Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, PC in Holt, and he takes great pride in that philosophy.

“My relationship with clients begins on day one and starts with gaining their trust and respect by evaluating their injury, educating them on my findings, and explaining to them how we can work together to achieve their goals,” he said. “The relationship typically grows over the course of their time in therapy where they really become an extended part of our ORS family. When those patients need therapy again in the future they don’t hesitate to return because of their positive experience and good outcomes.”

Holly said his Holt location is one of six clinics under the ORS brand, with ORS locations also in Jackson and Jonesville.  He and his five therapists engage in around 250 patient visits per week. ORS also operates the ORS Fieldhouse, in Jackson, which is a multi-sport complex with basketball courts, batting cages and more.

Holly is an avid runner, taking on numerous long-distance running events throughout the year with his wife, Brandi. He uses his experience and love for running to help patients like Andrew Chapin, of Mason, reach their goals.

Chapin, 36, said he was training rigorously for the Boston Marathon when he suffered a severe foot injury. He thought he was doomed to not run the race. Then he went to ORS and met Holly. “I felt like Aaron took a personal interest in me.  I felt like he sincerely cared about me running in the race.  He was organized and ready for me every day with a plan designed to meet my specific needs,” he said. “He was positive, supportive and intelligent with his council. The part I will never forget about Aaron is when he opened up his clinic (more specifically his weight-supporting treadmill) to me on a Saturday when it was supposed to be closed. I needed to get in a long run before the race, so he changed around his family’s schedule and came in to work for me. I never even asked him to do it. He just offered. That’s the kind of person he is.”

Holly said he makes sure his clinic, like all ORS clinics, puts the client’s needs first. “I hear all the time that our therapists go above and beyond to make sure the patient exercise program is carried out correctly. I love running into patients years later, and finding them excited to see me and tell me how well they are doing.”

He said to be a featured Readers’ Choice Top Fitness Pro, as a physical therapist, is an honor.

“I feel blessed to be recognized for the work that I have committed my professional life to,” he said. “Of course, when you love what you do it doesn’t really feel like work most of the time. I have had so many great patients over the years that continue to inspire me. I also truly believe that I have the greatest staff in the world. They make me look good on a daily basis. They really deserve the recognition.”

To learn more about ORS, visit orsmi.com. ORS is located at 2040 N Aurelius Rd #5, Holt 48842. 517.268.9040.

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About the Readers’ Choice

Who makes the greatest difference to your health and wellness? Good question. Healthy & Fit Magazine spent the latter part of 2016 asking you, our reader, to describe and nominate the top health and wellness professional in your life – the one who is helping you to live your best life. Nominations ran the gamut. We had nurses, dietitians, doctors, dentists — you name it. Someone was nominated in each category.

This was by every definition a successful search. We had nearly 1,000 nominations come in for our first year. It was impressive. We asked each reader to not only nominate their top fitness professional but share a personal experience as to why they should be featured. There are a lot of health and wellness professionals in the area held in high esteem by their clients.

We kept the categories open, too, hoping to have many different types of professionals cited.

The following professionals were nominated by their clients. In many cases, they had several nominations. It was hard for the Healthy & Fit Magazine editorial team to pick the best story from the bunch, but we did. And we’re proud of the outcome.

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