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A picture highlighting the low back lumbar spine and associated acute and chronic injuries.
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Chronic Muscle Spasms

Nerve Impingement

Tension Headaches

Postural Dysfunction

Vertebrae Instability



Meniscal Tears

Patellar Tendinitis

Runner/Jumper Knee

Patellofemoral Dysfunction


SI Joint Dysfunction

Disk Herniation

Hip Joint Injuries

Chronic Muscle Spasms



Ligament Sprain

Shin Splints

Plantar Fasciitis

Achilles Inflammation

Chronic Swelling



Rotator Cuff Strain

AC Joint Sprain

Frozen Shoulder

Winged Scapula


Golf / Tennis Epicondylitis

Elbow Bursitis

Nerve Impingement

Wrist Joint Sprain

Finger & Palm Injuries

Brain Meets Brawn offers three distinct services to take you from pain and injury back to performing at your fullest potential. During your session you will work 1-on-1 with our athletic training staff and benefit from a combined 20+ years of sports medicine & personal training experience. Contact us or book a discovery session today and find out where the best starting point in our program is for you!


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A 1-on-1 personal training experience in a private setting with 100% focus on you. Your athletic trainer will guide you every step of the way as you learn safe, effective training methods to improve your awareness, strength, mobility, and balance. Our goal is to prevent injuries and promote consistency and longevity in your training program! We can also help with sport specific conditioning for those looking to play a particular sport (pickleball, basketball, golf) or fitness activity (boxing, CrossFit, cycling).

Safe Strength Training

Mobility & Flexibility

Calisthenics Training

Evidence Based Practices

A woman peforming calisthenics strength exercises during a private personal training session.

Private Personal Training


Don't let an injury keep you on the sidelines! Stop waking up every day in aching, chronic pain! Recover your body post sport competition or workout! Receive everything physical therapy has to offer and more. Our licensed athletic trainers will evaluate, diagnosis, and treat any orthopedic injury you are suffering from. We can also assist with chronic pain education, management, and relief. Do not let your pain or injuries derail your progress and leave you watching from the sidelines.

Acute & Chronic Pain Evaluation & Diagnosis

Clinician Based Manual Therapy Techniques

Chronic Pain Management & Relief

Post Physical Therapy Continuation

A client receiving treatment with Normatec Compression Boots during a physical therapy session.

Sports Medicine & Recovery


Surgery can be one of the most stressful things life can throw your way. Finding a well-trained, results oriented clinician can add to that stress. Research has shown that insufficient, low-quality rehabilitation leads to reinjury of the affected area or the development of chronic pain. We will work directly with your physician and health care team to provide appropriate, yet challenging therapy that will get you back stronger and better than before!

Prehab Strength & Conditioning

Surgical Education & Preparation

Evidence Based Rehab Protocols

Discharge Strength & Conditioning Programs

A client recieving ACL rehabilitation and physical therapy post surgery.

Pre & Post Surgical Rehabilitation



Learn about our philosophy and how it relates to your health and fitness goals. Learn to strengthen your mind and perform pain free!


We will address the issues and goals stated in your discovery session intake form and provide actionable solutions.


Based on info gathered during the evaluation you will receive a sample treatment including manual therapy and exercise perscription.


By the end of your discovery session, you will be better prepared to overcome any obstacle or achieve any goal you came with.


Finding an experienced, effective, and trustworthy clinician in the medical and fitness industry can be difficult! To help you decide if our program is the right fit, book a discovery session!


You will meet with one of our athletic trainers, learn about our philosophy, and experience our training methods and manual therapy techniques! Below you will find a step-by-step preview of your discovery session.



How bad is your pain?

What is your injury?

Where are you at on the road to recovery?


No matter your starting point we can help take you from pain and injury back to the things you love most & beyond. Our athletic training team are experts in diagnosing and treating numerous orthopedic injuries and surgeries. We will coordinate with your health care team to provide the most effective rehabilitation and performance program possible. Select a body part below to view a short list of dysfunctions we treat.

The Injury

You are suffering from an acute or chronic orthopedic injury. You are unsure of the diagnosis, severity, and are contemplating surgery.

The Rehab

You have had a successful surgery or avoided surgery. You are in need of a specialized and progressively challenging treatment plan.

The Return

You are able to perform pain free and are ready for a sport specific training program. You're looking to get back in action ASAP!

& Beyond

You have overcome your pain and injury and are in need of fine tuning to maximize performance and achieve your goals!


Finding success with any fitness, rehabilitation, or nutrition program can be a difficult and seemingly unachievable task. However, there is always a solution that will work for you. Take a moment to learn how we've helped our clients find their answers to overcoming pain and injury, improving their strength and mobility, and getting back to their favorite sports and workouts, better than before!


Our staff is dual credentialed in the healthcare and fitness industries to offer an all-encompassing service. You will work 1-on-1 with a licensed athletic trainer and certified personal trainer to rehabilitate your prior and current injuries and get you back to achieving your most ambitious fitness and nutrition goals. To learn about what a licensed athletic trainer can offer you, please use the link below to read more on our educational and continuing education requirements.


Located at 3029 Hilton Road in Fabulous Ferndale Brain Meets Brawn opened its doors in 2019. Upon walking through our doors you'll find open space and a creative assortment of equipment that will allow for any fitness activity or genre you can imagine. You'll also find a list of amenities including a purified drinking fountain, private restroom, fresh towels, and complimentary wi-fi. We also serve Royal Oak, Berkley, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Detroit, and all surrounding cities.


Sample our training methods and philosophy while staying up-to-date with all things BMB. We focus on providing short, educational content to help you perfect form, prevent injury, and get the most out of your movement and workouts. You can even sample a large portion of our online exercise database through our Youtube Channel. Use the links below to view our content and don't forget to like and follow!

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  • TikTok



Do not let pain and injury stop you from the things you love most. Turn to a new chapter in life and get back BETTER THAN BEFORE


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The owner and operator of Brain Meets Brawn private personal training and sports medicine clinic.

Michael Gorney, AT

Straight out of central Michigan university (fire up chips!), Mike found his passion in physical medicine early in his career. Through that experience, he learned the importance of living a pain-free life, but more importantly, getting individuals back to the workouts and sports they love most. Through a mind & body connection anything is possible!

The lead personal trainer of Brain Meets Brawn private personal training and sports medicine clinic.

Kris Kath, AT

Kris graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelors' of Athletic Training. Shortly after, he moved to Michigan and began a career in the unique field of spinal cord (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation. Kris has invested over a decade in educating individuals of all injury levels how to move, walk, and workout once again!

The overseeing physician of Brain Meets Brawn private personal training and sports medicine clinic.

Derek Hill, DO

Derek L. Hill, D.O. is an orthopedic hip and knee specialist and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The clinical coordinator of Brain Meets Brawn private personal training and sports medicine clinic.

Mr. Bones

Mr. Bones is the lead clinical & continuing education coordinator. He believes in a hands-on approach to learning through live demonstrations. If you can learn to move your joints, you can learn to move your body!

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The Adventurer

Continue to explore the world and all it has to offer with confidence and independence! Overcome those nagging injuries and finish your walks, runs, hikes, and adventures feeling strong, energized, and pain free!

A couple enjoying a vacation post hip replacement surgery.

The Traveler

Don't miss out on your next vacation! Strengthen your mind and body and gain the endurance and fortitude to travel around the world. Our programs are designed to allow you to take your workout with you anywhere!

An athlete playing tennis following treatment for a knee injury.

The Athlete

Get back on the soccer field with confidence following ACL surgery. Stop old injuries from surfacing during your next pickle ball match. Remember, age does not matter, only your desire to get back to the sports you love most!

Brain Meets Brawn offers an alternative to the traditional physical therapy and personal training model. Do not settle for another workout injury or early discharge from therapy! We will guide you every step of the way through a successful recovery and return to the things you love most.

Our program is a perfect fit for anyone who is looking to fix an injury, get out of pain, and take back control of their body!

Experience all that our athletic training staff, dual credentialed in the sports medicine & fitness industries, have to offer. Book a complimentary discovery session and click each image to find out more!

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