Gus has been a physical Therapist since 1992. He Graduated from the PT program in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Gus was born in Angola, Africa and spent close to 7 years of his life in the tropics. He moved to the Netherlands in 1972 and did his entire education in the Netherlands, going up in the small town of Heemstede, west of Amsterdam.
Coming from a very worldly family (his father spent 29 years of his working career in South America, Africa, North America and the Netherlands, His Mother was born and raised in Indonesia) there was no question he would see the world for himself. In that quest, he decided to move to the USA after graduation from PT school, as there were excellent opportunities for professional growth and education in the United States.
In 1993 Gus took the plunge. It took him about a year to obtain his visa and work permit to enter the USA. He emigrated on a one way ticket with $200 and a couple of boxes with his books and clothes. He started his career in Mississippi, where he immediately entered into the Orthopedic Manual Therapy program. A two and a half year post graduate specialization program and, at that time, one of the first offered in the United States. This program allowed him to specialize in the field of Orthopaedics within the Physical Therapy profession.
After completing that program he moved to Tampa and later to New Orleans in order to set up and run offices for a nationwide company at that time. He met his wife, Maria, in Mississippi. They married in 1995. Together, they left the south for Cadillac, Michigan in 1997 in order to start up Cadillac Physical Therapy. Maria would oversee billing and collections as well as work the front desk. Cadillac Physical Therapy very quickly outgrew its humble beginnings of a 1200 square foot office in a basement. Gus expanded the company by adding offices in Gaylord, Grayling, Marion, Buckley and Traverse City. The Company was renamed Dynamic Physical Therapy after a survey among a large number of patients showed this name resonated best with them.
The company grew based on its reputation and the outstanding team that made up the fabric of Dynamic. In large part because it was the vision of Gus to provide all Physical Therapists with the same Orthopedic Manual Therapy education he enjoyed himself. This way guaranteeing Expert level care for our patients.
Gus continues to be intimately involved with the company. He divides his time between administrative work, strategic planning, day to day management and patient care.
It is the perfect combination for him to continue to do what he loves: helping patients getting back to their normal functioning and the challenges of running a business.
His wife Maria still works at the office part time in overseeing the billing and collections process. When Gus is not at work he enjoys spending time at home with his family, wrenching on his classic car or boating on lake Cadillac. His oldest daughter, Lina, is planning on going to Med School and currently in College. His middle daughter, Sanna, has long wanted to follow in his footsteps. She will be going to Grand Valley State University to enter into the PT program. Lucas is 14 years old and has no concrete plans for the future yet.
Gus and Maria became American citizens in 2007, their children were born in Cadillac. Gus practices what he preaches in the fact that he enjoys to work out. He frequently can be seen running around lake Cadillac, or riding his bicycle in the area. His passion is Kite-boarding. He leads exercise classes at Pine Grove Athletic Club for fun, such as Spin class and a Core stabilization/conditioning circuit training class. Gus Likes to support local athletic events and donates his time as well as company funds towards the Festival of the Races on Labor day and the Memorial day Stride for Strive Run among others at each and every location Dynamic has offices. Dynamic Physical Therapy has proudly donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to events and charities since its inception.