During her time at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, Anne Abrahamson attended a lunch time session on a variety of medical fields, an event that would shape her career.
“When I heard that physiatry actually allowed me to help patients, not just diagnose them but actually make a difference and improve function and quality of life, I was convinced it was perfect for me,” Abrahamson says.
Now, eight years after starting her own private practice, Great Lakes Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Abrahamson has found success in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. What began with just one employee in the Athens Clinic gym in Taylor has now grown to 10 employees, and, having outgrown the current workspace, she is moving her team to a new building conveniently located in downtown Wyandotte.
The new two-story building is 15,000 sq. feet, with space for both commercial and residential use. A state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system and plans for solar panels will make this new space much more environmentally friendly, and parking spots near the location will be aplenty.
Although Abrahamson purchased the property in 2009, she encountered a number of difficulties in making her ideas for the new building a reality. Soil and environmental issues, contractor problems, material shortages, and financial concerns impeded the process. During that time, Abrahamson also lost her father and had to undergo surgery herself.
“Essentially, it has been one thing after another, but we never quit nor doubted that it could be done,” Abrahamson says, crediting the owners of local businesses Chelsea Menswear and Willow Tree Fashions and Wyandotte Mayor Joseph R. Peterson for the support that ultimately made the new location possible.
The pharmacy currently next to Abrahamson’s Taylor location will likely open a location in the new building for patient convenience, and there will be additional space for another store. Upstairs, the location will boast five luxury apartments, including a one-bedroom ADA accessible apartment. The two front apartments will have large balconies facing Biddle Street, and two rear apartments will include smaller balconies with a distant view of the river.
At the new location, Abrahamson plans to continue to work with patients with a wide range of medical conditions and injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, sports and work-related injuries, and chronic pain. As a rehabilitation physician, Abrahamson aims to help patients recover function and reduce pain with movement without the use of surgery.
In addition to her private practice, Abrahamson works as chairperson and medical director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. Her duties involve making rounds and seeing patients at the inpatient rehabilitation unit and frequently attending meetings. She is also part of several committees, such as the Integrated Leadership Team and the Medical Executive Committee. Evenings are spent working at Oakwood/Beaumont Southshore and rehabilitation facilities like Belle Fountain. Outside of work, she is a hockey enthusiast and participates in a recreational ladies’ hockey league. She also has a close relationship with her two children.
Born in Dearborn and raised primarily in Lincoln Park, Abrahamson is no stranger to Southeast Michigan. She earned both her undergraduate and medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit. Abrahamson is particularly excited to integrate into the community of Wyandotte, and she hopes stay at the new location for decades to come. Making a positive impact on the community is a priority for her.
“We plan to bring more jobs to Wyandotte [and] increased foot traffic, thus impacting surrounding businesses in a positive way, and look forward to participating in and sponsoring all of the great events that the City of Wyandotte supports [and] hosts for various causes,” she says.
Now, the work put in to building up Great Lakes Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is beginning to show its worth as Abrahamson’s goal of finishing the transition to the new building feels closer than ever.
“This project had been very drawn out, with every imaginable issue trying to impede our progress, yet with great perseverance and support, we are so very excited to see this project so near completion,” she says.
In the end, Abrahamson is dedicated to not only making a name for her practice, but also bettering her patients and their lives. “The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation allows me to help patients,” Abrahamson says. “I like to feel like I am making a difference.”