MARION — Area residents who wince with pain from work-related injuries, injuries sustained during sports and recreational activities and a variety of other types of injuries, now have access to the specialized treatment offered by a new staff member at Dynamic Physical Therapy in Marion.

On June 1, Lisa Nowland, who grew up in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 2008 as class salutatorian, returned to her hometown to begin work at the therapy center.

She begins her professional career after completing a rigorous course of training culminating in graduation from Central Michigan University in May with a doctorate of physical therapy degree. She earned her undergraduate bachelor of science degree with honors from Spring Arbor University.

Nowland will treat a wide spectrum of conditions, including neck, back, arm, hand and knee pain, as well as physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and a number of other disorders. Her patients will range in age from children to senior adults.

Nowland has a longtime interest in sports and physical activity. At an early age she was drawn to a career in physical therapy to help people maintain and regain maximum strength and function that might be impaired due to injury or other causes.

“I always wanted to come back home after college and I had a vision of using my skills for the benefit of the people in Marion and all around this area,” said Nowland. “As a young student before I was admitted to the physical therapy program, I had to spend hours observing and I was an observer at the Marion clinic. Now, it’s exiting to be back as a member of the staff.”

To gain additional clinical skills, Nowland is also pursuing post-graduate training in a two-year program leading to completion of manual physical therapy certification.

Nowland enjoys running, participating in soft ball tournaments and spending time with family. She is the daughter of Carl and Diann Nowland of Marion and has two sisters, Jennifer and Ashley.

Nowland sees patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dynamic Physical Therapy is located at 105 E. Main St. in Marion. For more information, call (231) 743-9900 or visit dynamicptmichigan.com.