Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.

Polar Fitness

Training by Julie Plichota

Certified Trainer

In 2019 I became an ISSA certified personal trainer. Diagnosing and treating injury is an amazing career. I pursued my personal training certification with the idea of helping people reach the next level after treatment. It’s my dream to help my clients reach their ultimate potential and to help prevent injury during the process.

Julie Plichota

I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I was able to work with people that lacked the basic strength to be able to go home safely. My patients had dealt with car accidents, stroke, cardiovascular disease, degenerative joint disease and many other issues. Some of these patients had no control over their circumstance while others had not taken care of their body properly. Although it felt great to help people return home I wanted to do more in terms of prevention.

Health & Nutrition

In 2020 I became an ISSA certified sports nutritionist. Nutrition is amazing. There’s not one diet that works for everyone. I will say that each nutrient has a purpose. During my studies one specific idea stuck with me. Don’t start your health journey trying to cut things out. Take a look at what you’re missing first. I want to work with you to see what nutrients you need to meet your goal whether it be losing weight, building muscle, running faster, or running farther.

what They’re Saying

Client Testimonials

Julie was my physical therapist while I was recovering from full knee replacement. I was pretty nervous at the start, thinking it was going to hurt, but after our initial consultation I knew she was going to take good care of me. She was always very concerned if I was feeling ok after each exercise, knowledgeable with knowing what type of exercises would be best for me to help. She would push me just enough, knowing it will make me feel better, even if I didn’t like the exercise she would joke and make me do it anyway. She was a great trainer, showing personable attention to each patient. Ended up coming back for my back, there is no where else I would rather go & I would definitely recommend her with any issue.

Julie S.

Julie was my PT after a major shoulder surgery. I have had three major surgeries, each requiring PT after to gain range of motion and strength. Julie was by far my favorite PT to work with. She is very knowledgeable and puts together a plan for you to recover as efficiently as possible. She was also just a great person to be around and made going to PT fun. I would recommend her for any PT or fitness needs. I owe her my whole recovery. 

Matt T.

I was in a nasty car accident and had issues with my neck and back. After working directly with Julie for a few months I’m happy to say that I am in better shape than I was before the accident. Julie took the time to explain what and why she was having me do the things she was. On top of that, her knowledge and willingness to entertain my small talk was not only welcomed but reciprocated.

John H.

I learned how to use Blood Flow Restriction Training at the 2021 APTA conference in Detroit today. It BURNED so much! I'm already feeling sore.

#apta #continuingeducation #bfr #bloodflowrestriction #recovery #strengthtraining #michigan #physicaltherapy #hypertrophy #strengthtraining #type2musclefibers #fasttwitch #lowload #deload

The clinic will be closed October 15th and 16th. I will be stuffing my brain with new information to help you prevent injury and recover faster.

#continuingeducation #physicaltherapy #apta #bestpractices #crossfit #powerlifting #olympiclifting #strongman #mentalhealth #bloodflowrestriction #bfr #cancer #oncology

"Oh poop." I thought to myself as I walked around the clinic today.

The familiar achy, bordering on sharp pain was back. The pain that travels from the arch of my foot to my heel. I've been particularly active with jumping and running this past week. My foot was not as impressed as I was with myself.

"Okay doctor lady, practice what you preach."

Out comes the RAD ball to get in some deep tissue release. Yep, that doesn't feel good. A few minutes later I'm walking around the clinic and I feel ZERO difference 😱

On to graston soft tissue release. I brace for the pain, but it's not so bad. Not as bad as the RAD ball at least. I'm actually surprised. Graston can be painful... or ticklish depending on the person. This is not the most comfortable feeling in the world. The tool runs over the plantar fascia and plantar ligament creating a "crunchy" feeling.

"Oh yeah, this needs some work."

After a few minutes I get up and go for another trial walk. And even though I swear by this technique, I'm still shocked by the change I feel after one go of it. The discomfort is a shadow of it's former self, a puff of smoke drifting away.

Now if only I could reach my upper back 🤔

Which muscles in your body are crying for help? If you listen closely enough you can hear them. "Go see Julie. Go see Julie."

#grastontechnique #softtissue #selfcare

The credentialing process is complete! We are now able to see patients with Meridian.

#acceptingnewpatients #physicaltherapy #physicaltherapyclinic #healthinsurance #meridian #medicaid #medicareadvantage

In search of a massage therapist looking for a fun, positive forever home work environment 💙

#massagetherapist #partnership #joinus

Have a little one and worried about going to appointments? Little ones are WELCOME at Polar Physical Therapy. I was so excited to surprise a little girl that loves dinosaurs with these coloring pages today. T-Rex was her favorite 🦖

#selfcare #moms #dads #dinosaurs #team #igotyou #boymom