Patient Testimonials

  • I told the therapist i consider this one of my Christmas gifts. Thank you Achieve Therapy and Fitness.

    I was so happy to apply all of the exercises to help my tendon in my shoulder heal. I’ve been struggling with an over use injury off and on for a little over a year. A little over a month here and its reversed the pain by 95% and gave me tools to continue and keep it that way. This meant a lot to me because I wasn’t able to pick up my son who is only 2. I told the therapist i consider this one of my Christmas gifts. Thank you Achieve Therapy and Fitness.

    - William S.
  • Thank you, Tom and thank you, Lacey! I am so grateful you guys took the time to help me through it!

    A year ago, I was recuperating from the removal of a large Desmoid tumor from my left flank area. The surgery had left me in a lot of pain and with almost no ability to use my left arm. Along with the surgery pain, I have fibromyalgia and a torn rotator cuff. Guess one could say I was a hot mess.

    Tom Carson, from Achieve Therapy, had been following my case and asked me if I was willing to try dry needling as part of a demonstration he was doing one Saturday morning in Grand Forks. I agreed. Much to my surprise, the results were really good and I had more range of motion even after 1 time!! I’m sure the shock on my face told the audience this was working!! Tom suggested I continue to do dry needling with Lacey Wilcox in Park River, as it was closer to home.

    Lacey was wonderful! She worked with me for months to get the results I wanted. I saw her once a week for an hour and could see an increase in range of motion after each time. I also noticed my pain wasn’t as intense. Dry needling was not painful or unbearable. But was well worth being exhausted for the next 24 hours. I would always remember too late that I was supposed to drink lots of fluids after each session!

    It was an experience I will be forever grateful for. I couldn’t even dress myself before I started dry needling. Since I had limited range of motion, I couldn’t use a straight iron in my hair! It was a struggle to adapt but with feeling better and finally being able to move my left arm and shoulder, I started to do much better. I no longer have any pain from the torn rotator cuff and my fibromyalgia is under control. I will always have a certain amount of pain from the removal of the tumor as they had to take out a large parameter surrounding it, but I am learning to live with it. I hope everyone has the results I have experienced with dry needling. It was worth driving 2 hours, round trip once a week for treatment. Thank you, Tom and thank you, Lacey! I am so grateful you guys took the time to help me through it!

    - Violet K.
  • Thank you Makenzie!

    Makenzie is amazing! She not only worked with me to heal my back after a fall, but taught me so much that will help me to achieve a stronger, healthier back going forward. I learned SO much. Thank you Makenzie!

    - Susan D.
  • I highly recommend achieve therapy.

    James Zotto is great. Wouldn’t go to another physical therapist. My shoulders and arms were hurting until I couldn’t handle it anymore. He is so gentle massaging my arms and shoulders. He has given me exercises to do at home. If any exercise is too difficult for me, he finds a different way so I can do it. I highly recommend achieve therapy.

    - Roxana L.
  • My hats off to Achieve Therapy for their willingness to work with Veterans and their care outside of the VA. Thank you Achieve Therapy!

    After a reverse shoulder replacement (at the U of M) on my right shoulder, Cliff at Achieve Therapy was recommended to me by a few local veterans he had helped. We started out with routine physical therapy. After a short time it became evident that infection has set in on my shoulder. It then became impossible for Cliff to continue with my physical therapy. In the months to follow, and after 8 surgical debridements, it became evident that the only way to stop the spread of the injection was to remove the right shoulder joint. At this point I found myself back at Achieve Therapy, but this time with no shoulder. I remember Cliff’s interview asking me what my goals for recovery were. At this point the muscles in my shoulder were so weak from all those surgeries that I was unable to even lift the weight of my own hand. I remember telling Cliff that I’d like to be able to pick up a bale of hay and slap a sharp salute for my veteran’s activities. In the months to follow we were able to achieve those goals and much more. My hats off to Achieve Therapy for their willingness to work with Veterans and their care outside of the VA. Thank you Achieve Therapy!

    - Roger B.
  • I would definitely recommend Ricky and the staff at East Grand Forks Achieve Therapy.

    Ricky listened to my concerns and was very helpful with setting up a program. He did a great job!! I felt like my pain eased a lot and I was able to be more active. Thanks Ricky. I would definitely recommend Ricky and the staff at East Grand Forks Achieve Therapy.

    - Dave H.
  • Great job Jeff, to you, your company, and James Zoto in particular. Please greet James when you see him.

    I want you to know I am completely satisfied with the shoulder PT that I received from James Zoto this spring. My goal was to be able to return to playing tennis and golf, and to become relatively pain-free while doing either activity. I continue doing the PT routine James gave me, to this day. As of about 2 weeks ago, I am COMPLETELY PAIN-FREE in ALL activities I do, whether sports-related or just normal daily activity. Great job Jeff, to you, your company, and James Zoto in particular. Please greet James when you see him.

    - Dave B.
  • He was able to give me exercises I could do at home to help with my issues.

    Josh was kind and thorough. He was able to give me exercises I could do at home to help with my issues.

    - Geri L.
  • After the first day I could tell that he was going to be able to help me with my hip!

    I have been with my sore hip for 4 years now. I have tried different doctors and always ended up with different pills for the pain. They said surgery would do more harm than good because there is too much scar tissue from previous surgeries. I had an appointment with my VA doctor and I told her that the pills don’t help with my hip pain. She asked me to sit on the table and examined my hips and legs. She asked me if I had made an appointment with my Physical Therapist and I told her that I have been doing exercises by myself for a long time. She told me that I am not a licensed PT so I decided to make an appointment. With my luck I got the best PT. After the first day I could tell that he was going to be able to help me with my hip!

    - Eugene K.
  • Thank you for allowing me to give credit where credit is due.

    I have had the pleasure to workout with Beth Ness as the instructor. Being a Physical therapist (retired), I could not believe how much knowledge Beth had with positioning of body to get best wo, along with maintaining posture and engaging the abdominals during exercise and at rest. She watches her fitness members for evidence of any problematic symptoms and there’s no sloughing off!!!! My friends in class concur with my evaluation. Beth is definitely one employee that should be given one BIG pat on the back!!!!! Thank you for allowing me to give credit where credit is due.

    - Pam T.
  • Although I hate every minute of working out EVER, Beth somehow manages to craft the session into a ridiculously amazing, fun time and for that I am grateful!

    I’ve been a physical therapy patient at Achieve for many years(won’t go anywhere else), but hadn’t worked with a trainer until about 3 years ago. Lucky for me, Beth Ness has some mad skills I’ve worked with Beth off and on during times when my regular daily workouts don’t feel like enough, targeting areas of frustration. Beth has come through for me with flying colors each time I’ve met with her. I can see and feel results within a few sessions, and she enables me to reach the goals that sometimes feel unrealistic. Beth is my trainer, but she’s also my biggest cheerleader, a very real/grounded person, someone I look up to and someone whom I now consider a friend. SHE HEARS ME which is not something I can say when I walk into most establishments these days! I feel like the employee screening process at Achieve must essentially leave them with like people who want to help their members feel results, and grow to the potential we are capable of, and that we deserve. Although I hate every minute of working out EVER, Beth somehow manages to craft the session into a ridiculously amazing, fun time and for that I am grateful!

    - Barb D.
  • I'm living with some very new normal, they are really taking my concerns seriously.

    Still early in my Total Right Hip Replacement but so far, the team has been wonderful! Kind staff, excellent listeners and so encouraging – I’m living with some very new normal, they are really taking my concerns seriously.

    - Kelly L.
  • Feel extremely blessed to have their knowledge and experience.

    Great friendly staff always left feeling encouraged after my back surgery 7 months ago. They have helped me get my life back to normal through a therapy program. Feel extremely blessed to have their knowledge and experience.

    - Vicki T.
  • Knowledgeable, respectful and friendly staff are outstanding! Thanks Ricky and all.

    After this reckless 56yr old crashed his electric scooter, I was left with pain in my wrist, shoulder and ego. I felt immediate relief at my first visit and I am well on my way to full recovery. (however, ego is still bruised). Knowledgeable, respectful and friendly staff are outstanding! Thanks Ricky and all.

    - Larry A.
  • It sure makes the days much better moving.

    Thank you so much for doing these virtual classes while we can’t come into the building. We appreciate it and Beth Ness so much. It sure makes the days much better moving.

    - Brenda H.
  • they listened to me when I said what things were helpful and made me feel like things could improve

    staff were always friendly. they took the time to hear out my struggles. they worked with me at where I was at each week. they listened to me when I said what things were helpful and made me feel like things could improve

    - JSpan K.
  • Skills of staff, friendly atmosphere, encouragement, help for seniors through accepting insurance, convenient location.

    Skills of staff, friendly atmosphere, encouragement, help for seniors through accepting insurance, convenient location.

    - Marlene J.
  • Their therapy is awesome. And the exercise they recommend you do at home. They make you recover faster.

    Their therapy is awesome. And the exercise they recommend you do at home. They make you recover faster.

    - Anna S.
  • We cannot thank him enough for pushing her to work hard … See more

    My daughter just completed 4 months of physical therapy after an ACL surgery. The entire staff was so helpful and very friendly. We were always greeted by our name and with a smile! Our physical therapist, Tom Carson, was AMAZING ! He was so friendly and so helpful. He truly cares about his patients and wants to see them improve with each session. Without his help, Ellie would not be where she is today in her recovery. We cannot thank him enough for pushing her to work hard … See more

    - Tracey S.
  • I highly recommend Achieve. I am looking forward to becoming a member.

    After practicing yoga for 25 years, I didn’t want my hip replacement surgery to stop me from returning to it. I feel so fortunate to have Anni, a certified yoga instructor, as my physical therapist. She is helping me accomplish my goal. I have already returned to a Yin/restorative yoga class. Thank you Anni. I highly recommend Achieve. I am looking forward to becoming a member.

    - Elaine S.
  • Achieve has wonderful people and fantastic classes!

    Achieve has wonderful people and fantastic classes!

    - Kari W.
  • I HIGHLY recommend!!!

    After more than a year of doctoring with severe hip pain I finally found Heather and I am now… Pain Free! Drug Free! and Exercising again! Thank you Heather and Thank you Achieve for improving all aspects of my life! I HIGHLY recommend!!!

    - Monica O.
  • This place has turned into a senior citizens wreck room.

    Management removed all the weights and didn’t explain why to anybody. This place has turned into a senior citizens wreck room.

    - Justin T.
  • And, there is not a long wait time when you arrive for your appointments. Awesome place.

    Very happy with Achieve. Adam Suedell is my PT and he is absolutely the kindest, sweetest person. He is very knowledgeable and has answers to all my questions. I would recommend Achieve very highly to everyone. And, there is not a long wait time when you arrive for your appointments. Awesome place.

    - Helen H.
  • Workers know u by name it feels nice every time u walk in they talk to you by your name not just other number

    It’s a sad thing that I have to stop going here because I no longer have my job to get a pass but achieve fitness is where to go they are nice at the door and the place is clean beside that it is not to busy to get your work on and the workers know u by name it feels nice every time u walk in they talk to you by your name not just other number

    - Paul B.
  • She’d never let us quit and was there through the whole workout!! 10/10 recommend

    My sister and I did the winning edge program and it was awesome!!! Jenna was super nice and helped to push us to be better everyday . She’d never let us quit and was there through the whole workout!! 10/10 recommend

    - Grace V.
  • Not a lot of people go out of their way to do kind things like that at work. He was so excited!

    Achieve Therapy has the greatest physical therapists I have ever been to in Grand Forks. I have had several surgeries, been to many different physical therapists and none of them rate even close to the therapists at Achieve. They are very thorough by making sure you reach your goal before shoving you out the door. If you are honest with them they are very understanding. If something that you/they are doing hurts they want to know, they don’t want you to be in pain. They also don’t want to make things worse.

    As far as the workout area, it is very clean and has every piece of equipment is very clean. They also offer a great variety of classes that you can take to improve yourself.

    The staff is wonderful and very uplifting. They push you in a positive way if you need that little extra push. You will never hear any negative comments out of anybody.

    Achieve is a small enough place that when you go there you don’t end up running into 100 people that you know and end up talking for an hour. You can go in and get your workout done in a reasonable amount of time at very reasonable price.

    Achieve is locally owned and operated so they understand how people from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks expect the way things operate, so they do their best to meet those expectations. There is really no turnover of staff so you get to know the staff, and they get to know you.

    My son, at 10 years old, had a very serious injury and had sensory issues to touch prior to his accident. His therapist was so great and put him at ease. He recovered very quickly from his injury. He has some nerve damage but the therapist was very thorough on how to handle that and how long it would take. So not only are they great with adults, a wonderful with children as well :-).

    Ceiling fan of the My son is he huge Boston College hockey fan. He knows that it is practically illegal to cheer for Boston when you have the Sioux local, but he only cheers for Boston when they are in town and is a true Sioux fan just to make sure that is clear. His therapist went out of his way to write a letter and get my son a Boston College t-shirt, hat, poster and card written from the team and was signed by each player as well as each player signing the poster. Not a lot of people go out of their way to do kind things like that at work. He was so excited!

    - KMD
  • If you have questions about anything she's right there to help you.

    I won’t go anywhere else to work out. It’s a warm and friendly atmosphere. Beth is great . If you have questions about anything she’s right there to help you.

    - Roxana L.
  • Thank you for the excellent care!

    My therapist has helped me overcome a few obstacles. She treated my TMJ so I didn’t have to have surgery. She also treated my tennis elbow so I could keep working. Thank you for the excellent care!

    - Trisha S.
  • Great experience with Cliff to help my frozen shoulder. I highly recommend him.

    Great experience with Cliff to help my frozen shoulder. I highly recommend him.

    - Ann Mc.
  • I'd highly recommend Tom and the team at Achieve for any and all physical ailments and will continue to use the team throughout the future.

    I’ve had hip issues for years and could never figure out what was wrong. I met Tom at a networking event and told him what was going on and he suggested I come in for a free consultation. After that visit we started doing weekly session to address the issue before I looked into surgical options. It was concluded that surgery (At age 27) was the best option. Months later I had the surgery and was able to complete BFR (Blood Flow Restriction) sessions which greatly accelerated my recovery process. Which went from not being able to play hockey or golf for 6-9 Months to playing my first round of golf 3 months after surgery. Not only did Tom provide an excellent recovery schedule he also made himself available for questions and last minute issues. I recently pulled my groin which typically takes 6 weeks of recovery and after 3 weeks of PT with Tom I was able to get back to skating 4 times a week and able to snowboard. I’d highly recommend Tom and the team at Achieve for any and all physical ailments and will continue to use the team throughout the future.

    - Tanner M.
  • Always professional and pleasant.

    Excellent care, listen closely to concerns, explain treatment process, appointments are on time and they work with you to adjust appointments if necessary to change them. Always professional and pleasant.

    - Barry L.
  • Mom insists on Tom every time she needs therapy!!!!

    Tom Carson is an outstanding Physical Therapist and person!!! He treated my 86-year-old Mom like she was a life-long friend. He talked to her about his family–socialized with her while they did physical therapy. She didn’t even notice she was working because he is so personable. She also healed better with him than any other PT. Mom insists on Tom every time she needs therapy!!!!

    - Polly P.
  • My heart is filled with gratitude. Thank you Achieve Therapy (Tom)!!!

    Instead of me being the patient, this time my son was the patient. My son is 10 years old. He enjoyed going to PT so much that at his final appointment he became so emotional that he teared up saying goodbye to his therapy team. I will not go anywhere else for my family’s physical therapy needs. Achieve therapists truly care about our well-being and the therapists here teach practical strategies to incorporate into our daily routine that have changed our lives for the better every time. My heart is filled with gratitude. Thank you Achieve Therapy (Tom)!!!

    - Melissa B.
  • Always accommodating with your schedule.

    Very caring, helpful PTs here. Always accommodating with your schedule.

    - Janet G.
  • I have not had this little pain in a very, very long time. Thanks, Heather!!

    I cannot say enough good things about Achieve Therapy. I have so much confidence in Heather Walsh. Her therapies have been so succesful. I have not had this little pain in a very, very long time. Thanks, Heather!!

    - Katy J.
  • I highly recommend Achieve and any of their p.t.s especially Tom.

    Wonderful, courteous staff. Tom did a great job of explaining what caused my wrist pain, the treatments and exercises he gave were also described in depth and understandable.

    When it got to a point where surgery had to be done he wasnt afraid to refer me on to a surgeon. I highly recommend Achieve and any of their p.t.s especially Tom.

    - Stacey H.
  • I would recommend him to anyone. Achieve Therapy in Grand Forks is top notch care.

    Tom Carson is one of the best PT’s I have ever worked with. He is very knowledgeable and compassionate. I would recommend him to anyone. Achieve Therapy in Grand Forks is top notch care.

    - Jonathan T.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff!

    Friendly and knowledgeable staff!

    - Joyce R.
  • Treat you like you are special. So knowledgeable

    Staff is the best there is. Treat you like you are special. So knowledgeable

    - Kay A.
  • He has helped me to deal with my pain so much.

    I love this place! My PT Tom is awesome. He has helped me to deal with my pain so much.

    - Kymberli S.
  • ACL surgery and Gary has been guiding my way to recovery to hope one day to get back on the field!!!

    Great staff, just coming off ACL surgery and Gary has been guiding my way to recovery to hope one day to get back on the field!!!

    - Duane A.
  • I highly recommend.

    Consummate professionals who get you moving again. I highly recommend.

    - Catherine B.
  • Love the therapists!

    Love the therapists, they give great quality of care and in a very friendly atmosphere.

    - Danni B.
  • Good staff and quality products

    Good staff and quality products

    - K