October is National Physical Therapy Month; Physical therapy services at VMH

Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... October is National Physical Therapy Month. Pictured is the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital. This staff works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health, assisting patients within the hospital, patients in the hospital on a skilled level of care, as well as outpatients and in the patient homes. Pictured above, left to right, are Amy Robinson, PT, Rehab Director; Sara White, PTA; Alana Gavin, DPT; Amy Ghelf, PTA; Tami Gebel, OT; Brad Krambeer, Athletic Trainer; Shelly Valley, PTA and Athletic Trainer; Steven Mazzafield, SLP; Laurel Hagensick, PT; Melissa Clarke, OT; Austin Troendle, DPT and Athletic Trainer; and Dacia Johnson, Office Manager and Rehab Technician. Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The Rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. The Healthy Lifestyles Rehabilitation Center at Veterans Memorial Hospital is fully equipped for all rehabilitation patients with 17 weight machine stations, tread mills, exercise bikes, NuStep and eliptical machines. The six treatment rooms allow one-on-one evaluation and treatment with a therapist.

Individual Physical Therapy services provided include athletic training, home health, work hardening/conditioning, wellness programs, headache management, lymphodema therapy and wound care. Now four physical therapists currently serve Veterans Memorial Hospital and the surrounding community, including Amy Robinson, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Director; Laurel Hagensick, Physical Therapist; Alana Gavin, Doctor of Physical Therapy; and Austin Troendle, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Athletic Trainer; along with Amy Ghelf, Physical Therapist Assistant; Sara White, Physical Therapist Assistant; Shelly Valley, Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer; Dacia Johnson, Physical Therapist Technician/Office Manager; and Brad Krambeer, Certified Athletic Trainer.

Physical, Occupational and Speech therapies are provided by the Veterans Memorial Hospital staff members in a variety of settings, to people of all ages. They treat those in the hospital who are recovering from an illness, those who are at home yet come into therapy on an outpatient basis, and those who are unable to leave their homes, providing therapy through VMH Community and Home Care.

“Traveling the area and treating patients in their homes has been an enjoyable  challenge for all of us and very rewarding,” adds Robinson. “We try to go the extra mile for our patients by analyzing their surroundings and making adaptive equipment to help them be more independent while living on their own.”

The therapy staff is available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing treatment for patients around their busy schedules, saving them the time and effort of driving out of the area for their physical therapy.

For more information on the rehabilitation services available at Veterans Memorial Hospital, contact Amy Robinson, P.T., Rehabilitation Director, at 563-568-3411.