DScPT, Andrews University
Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT)
Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT)
Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT)
Dr. Coolman completed her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in 2006. She passed the Certified Manual Therapist (CMPT) exam in 2005 with distinction and Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2008. She also passed the Certified Manual/Manipulative Therapist (COMT) exam in 2008, with distinction. Dr. Coolman became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT) in 2010. She has served as the Director of the Post-Professional Physical Therapy Program at Andrews University as well as an Orthopaedic Fellowship Director. She is a Faculty member for ASPIRE OMT, Erl Pettman's newly founded institute and an Adjunct Professor for Andrews University. She serves as the Chair of the Leadership subcommittee for American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Valerie is passionate about treating patients at her clinic, Northwest Orthopaedics & Wellness, as well as mentoring other PTs on a journey of pursuing excellence. She enjoys anything outdoors, sports, and embraces the value of health and nutrition. In her spare time, you will see her “Behind the Bench” cheering on her husband, Head Coach of Valparaiso Varsity Basketball, or one of her active children. The Coolman family founded Championship Standards during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring support to other Coaching Families trying to maintain the "Home Court Advantage."