About Us

Our History

In 1972, Ron and Bonnie Vance opened the doors to treat their first patient. Since that time, Vance's Physical Therapy Center has been growing rapidly, serving all of Northern Michigan. Here you will find a privately owned, multidisciplinary, free standing Rehabilitation center with a friendly, caring, Christian atmosphere.

In 1998, Vance’s opened a second center in Indian River, the ‘Lumbar Yard’

Vance's Physical Therapy Centers’ well equipped exercise rooms help patients restore their freedom of movement and strength. They provide exercise with little or no pain in the 20ft. by 40ft. heated pool (Gaylord) or 10ft. by 50ft. heated walking pool (Indian River) and the relaxing stationary whirlpools. One-on-one assistance is available for individuals as they use the exercise and aquatic therapy areas.

Please feel welcome to visit our center anytime Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 8:00am to 7:00 pm in Gaylord or Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm (Saturday until 3:00pm) in Indian River.

About Ron Vance

Western Michigan University 1968
University of Iowa College of Medicine 1971
Medical corpsman in the United States Navy 1962-1970 (during Vietnam)
1979 Gessel Report for Medicare- his department named as #1 in the Nation
(busiest with a high proficiency rate) (At Mercy Hospital Grayling)
Served on the Michigan State board of Physical Therapy 1992-2000

Ron Founded:
The Physical Therapy department at Otsego Memorial Hospital 1971
The physical therapy department at Mercy Hospital in Grayling 1975
The physical Therapy department at the Alpine Regional Medical Center (State Hospital) 1972
The first physical therapy program at Intermediate School District 1973
Otsego County Ambulance Service 1971

Two Convenient Locations
Vance's Rehabilitation Center
609 N. Court
Gaylord MI, 49735
Phone: (989)732-4753
Fax: (989)731-3553

Vance's Indian River
"Lumbar Yard"
3589 S. Straights Highway
P.O. Box 184
Indian River MI, 49749
Phone: (231) 238-0199
Fax: (231) 238-0192

E-mail: vancesrehab@vancesrehab.com