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19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA

Mike Burggraaf, PT, DPT, LAT

Practicing at Adel & West Des Moines
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Mike is a founding partner at Core Physical Therapy. Mike practices at both our West Des Moines and Adel clinics. He graduated from Wartburg College in 1999 with a major in biology and minor in athletic training and received a Master’s Degree from Des Moines University Physical Therapy School in 2001. In 2011, he returned to school and received his DPT through Evidence in Motion’s Executive Program. Throughout his career, Mike has spent hundreds of hours continuing his education through courses that focus on how to treat the whole person and not just the specific area of pain that people are struggling with, specifically using techniques like myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. Mike enjoys working with all patients who hurt, but really relishes working with people that have tried multiple, varied healthcare options and continue to struggle with pain.

Mike has been very active in the Iowa Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), holding multiple positions throughout the years including President of the association. Mike was awarded the Olive Farr Distinguished Service Award by the IPTA in 2017. Mike and his wife Sarah have three boys and two dogs that keep them busy at home, and in his free time he loves to golf. He is also very active at his church, where he uses his gifts to help those around him. Mike believes that all people have gifts they have been born with, and when they use those gifts, it betters their own lives and the world around them. He wants to make sure that pain does not prevent people from using those gifts.

  • Visceral manipulation
  • Neuromeningeal manipulation

Meet Mike

Everyone in the Adel office is doing a fantastic job. I recommend them over anyone else I’ve ever been to for my needs. Mike is fantastic and goes above and beyond to get you thru to help you feel better.


I have seen Mike at CORE in Adel, Iowa. He was the first to be able to give me relief from pelvic pain after falling off my horse. Several “traditional” physical therapists were unsuccessful, but Mike’s myofascial technique, combined with exercises to do at home, have restored my ability to walk, golf, and exercise pain free. His professionalism and caring nature make me actually look forward to my appointments.


Mike at CorePT is excellent and I couldn’t recommend his services more. He is compassionate and works hard to understand his patients’ individual needs. If you’ve tried physical therapy at other offices with no success, this is the place for you — Mike has a unique practice style that goes beyond treating/minimizing the symptoms. I’ve been working with him for 3 months and my recurring shoulder pain is completely gone! I’m seeing additional benefits from my treatment at CorePT including increased mobility, better athletic performance, and improved posture.