The Core Balance Team

Barbara Eby, PT, DPT, MEd

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Physical Therapist and CEO


 

Dr. Eby graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Physical Therapy.  She received her MEd in Exercise Physiology from Wayne State in 1994 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2004.  


In 1991 Dr. Eby began her practice at an outpatient traumatic brain injury center.  Here, she realized she had a passion for vestibular care.  Since moving to Kalamazoo in 1997, Dr. Eby has been a trusted provider of vestibular rehabilitation in the Kalamazoo metro area.  She also cares for patients will more traditional therapy needs.  


She is passionate about her calling and specializes in helping clients unravel the underlying issues even on the most complicated cases.  She uses a holistic approach to care, and establishes solid relationships with her patients, while empowering them through education.   


Dr. Eby is an APTA Clinical Educator, and is Competency Trained in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Cervicogenic Dizziness.  She is also ImPACT and ASTYM Certified.


Dr. Eby, or more affectionately, Barb, has a caring and gentle way about her.  She will always be the one ready to lend an ear, and she can make you feel like a million bucks, literally!  

 

 

Autumn McDaniel, PT, DPT

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Physical Therapist


  

Dr. McDaniel, or Autumn, as her patients call her, graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University.  Her therapy philosophy is to improve patients' understanding of their diagnosis, increase each patient's quality of life through healing, and provide patients with a strong home exercise program so they have the tools to maintain their improved status after completion of therapy.  


One of her biggest passions is learning and growing as a clinician to provide the best care possible to her patients.  She has experience with treating a variety of orthopedic and vestibular conditions, and enjoys working with patients of all ages.  


Autumn is also looking forward to offering Core Balance physical therapy treatment to pediatric patients in the near future, so stay tuned!


She has a strong love of sports,  being active, and enjoying the great outdoors, especially camping.  





Gina Schau, PT

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Physical Therapist



Gina graduated with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Physical Education from Albion College.  She then earned her Physical Therapist Certification from the Mayo Foundation School of Physical Therapy in Minnesota.  She has worked as a staff physical therapist or Director of Physical Therapy in Southwest Michigan for most of her career.


Gina enjoys getting to know her patients and seeks to provide them with the best care, while educating them about a home exercise plan that can extend the results of physical therapy and improve the quality of life.  


Gina enjoys spending time with her family and traveling as often as she can.  She loves the lake life, sports, and hiking.


Gina has a relaxed personality and you will often find her smiling and enjoying conversation with her patients in the gym.



Harshal Vora, PT, DPT

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Physical Therapist


 

Dr. Vora graduated from Wayne State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in  Biological Sciences and in 2014 with a Bachelor of Health Science degree.  In 2016, Harshal received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  


His treatment philosophy aligns well with the Core Balance philosophy.  He believes that therapy should be patient-centered and supported by evidence-based practice through hands-on specialized manual therapy.  He uses key therapeutic exercises and patient education to meet each patient's individual goals and to promote successful recovery.  


Dr. Vora has a passion for treating orthopedic conditions affecting the neck, back, and all extremity joints.  He has experience treating post-operative patients with joint replacements, tendon repairs, and open reduction internal fixations.

His favorite part of the job is building a rapport with his patients and providing compassionate care.


In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, especially his new bride; staying active, traveling, and watching sports. 



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Becky Sweet, PT, DPT


Physical Therapist


  

Dr. Becky Sweet graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI, she attended Kalamazoo Public schools and went on to get a BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University.  It was in Dr. Sweet's undergraduate exercise science internship where she crossed paths with Dr. Barb Eby, who inspired and encouraged her to become a physical therapist. 


Dr. Sweet's treatment philosophy is to provide excellent, skilled physical therapy care while seeking to gain an understanding of the whole person, and equipping individuals with the tools they need to live a better quality of life. 


She enjoys working with patients of all ages and has special interests in vestibular and orthopedic therapy, as well as sports medicine.

 

You will often find Dr. Sweet, or Becky, as her patients fondly call her, with her patients at Core Balance making an effort to connect to them as individuals, aiding them to feel happy, safe, and confident.  


Outside of work, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends.  Becky likes to spend her free time with her dog, playing sports, traveling, hiking, camping, or skiing!  

 





 


Our Office Team

Angela Kava

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Office Manager

 

Angela graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in English and Early Childhood Education.  She comes to us with a wide-range of experience.  She taught elementary school at a private school in the Kalamazoo area for 18 years, and then worked as a Teaching and Learning Technologist for two years. 

 

A few years ago she decided to move into a new career.  She has since worked as a Sales and Training Manager for her sister's company...where she put her tech and teaching skills to work!. She also dabbled in Life Enrichment, where she shared her love for teaching, crafting, yoga, and spending time with senior citizens.  She finally landed here at CORE BALANCE, and we couldn't be happier!  


Angela's strengths lie in organization, efficiency, grammar, and helping others.   She keeps all the behind the scenes "stuff" (like this website) under control so the therapists can do their very best work!  She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, and has taught yoga classes to young children, cheer teams, teachers and senior citizens.  She has a passion for decorating and shopping... and if you love dogs, especially Golden Retrievers, then you already have a lot of common with Angela!

Alyssa Laney

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Office Assistant


Alyssa was born and raised in Kalamazoo.  She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.  Alyssa ventured out to Las Vegas for four years where she worked as a high school volleyball coach and a physical therapy technician.  Since moving back to Kalamazoo, she has enjoyed working in therapy settings, including direct care, recreational therapy, and more recently, as a phlebotomist. 

  

Alyssa's passion is to make people smile.  She truly enjoys helping people, whether it be through her daily work or applying her coaching talents to help the youth of our community. 


She enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs, and she loves to dog sit--so keep her in mind for your furry friends!  

 

We are happy to have Alyssa at Core Balance!