Meet Our Team
Richard Acuna , PTA
2019, Associate of Applied Science – Physical Therapist Assistant, Macomb Community College
2013, Bachelor’s of Business Administration – Management, Walsh College of Business and Accountancy
Areas of Interest/Passions:
Sports Injury Recovery
Strength and Conditioning
Athletic Performance Training
Fitness and Foundational Movement Training
Teens/Young Athlete Rehabilitation
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, State of Michigan
My experience with physical therapy began in 2003 when as a teenager, I had 2 knee surgeries within a few months of graduating high school. A third surgery followed 3 years later and another stint in PT. I enjoyed my time working with the therapists and was grateful for their help and being able to return to playing sports again.
My path to working in therapy was an unconventional one. I originally attended college to get a degree in business. I attended OCC, transferred to Walsh College, and graduated with my BBA in management in 2013. During my time in school, I developed a love for health and fitness and quickly realized that this was an area that I would like to explore as a possible career path.
I worked in the corporate world for a few years doing everything from sales, to logistics, to customer service, to payroll processing. During that time I started competing in powerlifting and strongman and began studying to get my CSCS certification. In January 2016, while working in Human Resources, I made the decision to go back to school to become a PTA. That same day, I was let go from that job and took it as a sign that I made the right decision.
After being accepted into the PTA program at Macomb, I sought out a job as a tech and was hired at the HealthQuest in Clinton Township. For 2 years I had the honor and pleasure of working with and learning from owners/directors Ed & Julie Martel and therapists: Caitlin Hall, Chris Gerhardt, and Kelly Ziegler. Each of whom helped me relate what I was learning in school to real patient care, and helped instill in me the vision and values we hold dear here at HealthQuest.
I look forward to growing as a therapist within the HQPT system and hope to be able to specialize in the treatment of strength athletes, a niche I feel is under-represented in the world of physical therapy, and maybe even become a clinic owner someday.