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Avera McKennan Rehabilitation Team

Our Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center Rehabilitation Center focuses on patient and family involvement within the team. We work together to ensure the best care and communication possible. You can learn more about our team components below.

Avera therapy team & specialties

Tracey Askew, PT

  • General orthopedics
  • Aquatic therapy

Jill Barron, OTR-L

  • Pediatrics and adults
  • Parkinson’s disease therapy
  • Assistive technology
  • Seating/mobility rehabilitation

Jamie Boomgarden, PT

  • Athletic training
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Dizziness/balance therapy

Amy Borgen, PT

  • General adult orthopedics

Dana Bumann, PT

  • Orthopedics
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Lymphedema treatment

Bob Cogley, PT

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Sports medicine
  • General orthopedics
  • Nutrition

Alisa Darling, PT, ATC

  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Women’s health

Deb Eberspacher, PT

  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Manual therapy
  • Geriatrics

Jay Eidsness, PT

  • Sports medicine
  • Knee/shoulder rehabilitation
  • Greg Fendrich, PT
  • Dizziness/balance therapy
  • General orthopedics

Sara Groher, PT

  • Women’s health
  • General orthopedics

Kristi Hupp, PT

  • Adult neurological therapy
  • Dizziness/balance therapy

Tina Jacobsen, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist

  • Adult neurological therapy
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Speech rehabilitation

Paula Jones, PT

  • Manual therapy
  • Lymphedema treatment

Kathy Koehn, PT

  • General outpatient orthopedics
  • Neurological therapy
  • Post-surgical and postural restoration
  • Preventive health

Stephan Kulzer, OTR-L, CHT

  • Upper extremity rehabilitation (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand)

Rhonda Lockwood, OTR-L, CHT

  • Upper extremity surgery/rehabilitation (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand)

Stephanie Myers, PT

  • Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Multiple sclerosis therapy
  • Brain injury rehabilitation
  • Parkinson’s disease therapy
  • Lower extremity function

Roy Osborn, PT, OCS

  • Orthopedics
  • Knee/shoulder/hip rehabilitation

Nancy Rausch, PT, ATC

  • Postural restoration
  • Lymphedema treatment
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • General orthopedics

Terry Schaap, PT, OCS

  • Orthopedics
  • Knee/shoulder rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Spine rehabilitation

Drew Schelhaas, PT

  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Knee/shoulder rehabilitation

Julia Schlekeway, PT

  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Down syndrome therapy
  • General outpatient therapy

Dave Ulmer, PT, OCS

  • Shoulder/foot/ankle rehabilitation
  • Lower extremity biomechanics
  • Balance and stability
  • General orthopedics

Brian Wienk, PT, COMT

  • Spinal rehabilitation
  • Sound assisted soft tissue manipulation (SASTM)
  • Nutrition

Staci Wietfeld, PT, OCS

  • General orthopedics
  • Pelvic floor health
  • Amputee rehabilitation

Paula Williams, PT

  • General orthopedics
  • Running injury treatment/prevention

Team member roles

Physiatrist - A physician who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. They will oversee and direct your individualized rehabilitation program to ensure high quality treatment.

Patient Care Coordinator - Rehabilitation Registered Nurse who works with you on care, education and identifying the best plan to meet your needs from pre-admission to discharge.

Rehabilitation Nurses - Our nurses will work with you, your family and the Rehabilitation Team to assist you in learning the skills you need to live as independently as possible. They will continually evaluate your care, progress and other medical, educational and emotional needs.

Physical Therapist - They will assist you to regain your greatest functional potential. They will evaluate and design an individualized exercise program to help you increase your mobility, strength, endurance, coordination and balance.

Occupational Therapist - They will evaluate your ability to complete familiar tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing and household/work tasks. They will plan a program of activities and exercises that will help prepare you to return to your home or job.

Speech & Language Pathologist - They will evaluate your strength and coordination to see how your facial muscles work for you during speech, eating and swallowing. They will evaluate your ability to understand others and express yourself.

Community Reintegration Specialist - They will work with you and your family to develop a program of enjoyable and appropriate leisure activities. Supervise outings related to your community needs such as movies, shopping, dining and sporting events may be provided.

Other Team members - Other team members who may be involved in your care - Your Primary Care Physician, consulting Physicians, Aquatic Therapists, Orthotist, Prosthetist, Dentist, volunteers, Pharmacy, Psychologist and Audiologist.