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In order to deliver the very best health care the relationship between the patient and doctor must be unfettered.

With this core belief, Dr. Matthew Gaunt founded Optimum DPT and opened the first office, Osteopractic Physiotherapy Specialists of Michigan, in 2017.

This relationship is only possible when it is both direct and select. 

Direct.  The relationship is highly personal-- just you and your Doctor of Physical Therapy tailoring care to meet your specific needs-- no middlemen influencing, dictating or limiting your health care choices or treatment options.

Select.  The practice is, by design, limited to ensure that all care provided is focused and of unparalleled quality.

Optimum DPT is about exceptionally educated and trained physiotherapists committed to delivering the very best evidence-based & influenced care with compassion for the very best health care experience.

If physical therapy is what you need, Optimum DPT is what you want, what you deserve.

Osteopractic Physiotherapy Specialists

The first Osteopractic cohort; American Academy of Manipulative Therapy; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC, December 2014.

The first Osteopractic cohort; American Academy of Manipulative Therapy; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC, December 2014.

We are an advanced practice, direct-care orthopaedic & sports medicine physiotherapy clinic with Osteopractic & Fellowship-trained Doctors of Physical Therapy.

We treat all musculoskeletal conditions--headaches to turf-toe--causing you pain or keeping you from living your life the way you want.  We also provide pre- and post-operative rehabilitation for the best chance of a favorable surgical outcome.  Additionally, we offer care for vertigo & balance dysfunction as well as diabetic and other neuropathies. 

In the broad fields of orthopaedic & sports medicine physical therapy, Dr. Gaunt has specialized in hands-on, manual orthopaedic physical therapy and has a sub-specialty in osteopractic physical therapy.  He has a special interest in the evaluation and treatment of headaches, spinal dysfunctions (arthritis, disc bulges, sciatica, etc), vertigo/dizziness, and helping those in persistent/chronic pain.

Some of musculoskeletal conditions treated at our practice...

•       Tennis & Golfer/Little League Elbow

•       Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

•       Plantar Fasciitis & Achilles Pain

•       Pre- & Post-Surgical Conditions

•       Neuropathies

•       Tendonitis & Bursitis

•       Rotator Cuff Injury & Tears

•Arthritis (Spinal, hip, knee, etc)

•Chronic / Persistent Pain

•Vertigo & Dizziness

•Headaches & TMJD (Jaw Pain)

•Neck & Back Pain

•Radiculopathy (Sciatica, Leg & Arm Pain)

•Pulled Muscles & Sprained Joints


Direct Physio therapy (DPT)

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Direct care is a subtype of concierge medicine.  There is no insurance involved.  No pre-authorizations or authorizations, co-payments or deductibles, denied treatments or benefit limits for the patient to worry about.  Likewise, the health care provider does not have to employ a small army of staff to contend with the insurance company's' red tape or wrestle reimbursement from them.  This produces BETTER care at LOWER costs.

We believe that for basic health care--which a physiotherapist’s care certainly constitutes-- insurance hurts more than it helps.  Just as it does not make sense to have your car insurance cover gasoline and oil changes, so, too, do we think that physical therapy & rehabilitation can be made less expensive and better independent of a 3rd party.

Without the “sting” of co-payments and deductibles which make people hesitate to seek medical care (and use their insurance), people can come in as soon as needed instead of trying to “wait and see” or “tough it out”.  The problem can be addressed quickly and effectively before it has snowballed into something that requires far more care.

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Most people will save SIGNIFICANTLY by receiving care at our office. The vast majority of people have either silver or bronze metal-tiered health care plans with deductibles of about $4,000 and $5,800, respectively. With insurance-based physical therapy clinics billing $300-400 per visit and hospital-owned clinics billing $400-$1,500 ( yes, $1,500!) deductibles get met ALOT sooner than later! And with $40-75 co-payments and 20-50% co-insurance payments per visit the out-of-pocket maximums (at $7500+) soon follow. At insurance-based clinics you find all of this out with the first bill which you get 2 months after you’ve have started care. Not fun! Direct Physical Therapy simply makes sense!