Contact Info

4128 E. Grand River Road
Howell, MI 48843

Phone: (517) 540-1060
Fax: (517) 540-1063

Mon- Friday, 6:00am to 7:00pm
Sat: by appointment

Nicole Hakala

Nicole Hakala, Physical Therapist
Howell Center Director

Howell Center, Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists, located on Grand River Road, brings the latest inrehabilitation knowledge and experience to this charming community.

Our state-of-the-art center is equipped with cutting-edge technology, including stationary bikes, treadmills, total gyms, free weights, and more, providing you and your physical therapist with everything necessary to achieve your optimal performance.

At PPTS Howell, our dedicated team is committed to meeting all of your outpatient needs. Whether you require treatment for orthopedic issues, sports injuries, joint replacement, industrial rehabilitation, pediatrics, or geriatrics, we are here to be an essential part of your rehab team. Working closely with you and your physician, our center director, Nicole Hakala, and the staff at PPTS Howell will collaborate to create a personalized therapy program that aligns with your goals, ensuring the best possible recovery outcomes. 

By implementing the latest evidence-based treatments and staying up-to-date with the newest information in the field of rehabilitation, we aim to enhance your experience, satisfaction, and overall results. Our mission is to build real relationships with our clients and deliver real results through the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques. 

Real Relationships. Real Results.


Nicole Hakala, PT, DPT, OCS, FAFS is a highly accomplished and dedicated Physical Therapist, currently serving as the Director of Howell and Brighton Centers at Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists. With a wealth of experience and a passion for her field, Nicole has made significant contributions to the healthcare community.

Nicole’s journey in physical therapy began with her completion of the GIFT Fellowship in 2016, which provided her with specialized knowledge and skills in her practice. Additionally, she has undergone extensive training in the McKenzie Method, further enhancing her expertise in the field. Throughout her career, Nicole has placed a strong emphasis on education and mentorship. She has had the privilege of guiding and inspiring several students and new graduates, helping them grow professionally.

Nicole’s professional interests revolve around return to sport rehabilitation, complex spine conditions, and managing complex multiple orthopedic injuries. She possesses a deep understanding of these areas and employs evidence-based practices to achieve optimal outcomes for her patients.

Nicole is also heavily involved in the hand therapy program, where she plays a crucial role in helping patients regain functionality and mobility in their hands. Additionally, she has contributed significantly to the development of a new balance program and the enhancement of the work comp program.

In her previous roles, Nicole has collaborated closely with various educational institutions, including St. Catherine’s High School, Catholic Central High School, Novi High School, and Cleary University, serving as the team Physical Therapist.

Outside of her work schedule, Nicole enjoys running and finds relaxation in spending quality time with her family. As a proud mother of two boys who excel in hockey and soccer, she takes pleasure in supporting them in their athletic pursuits.


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    Plymouth PTS

    Howell Center

    Call us at: 517-540-1060