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Avera Therapy

When pain and stiffness increase the difficulty of doing the things you love, Avera Therapy is here to help. Whether it is a recent sprain, a sports injury or arthritis, Avera Therapy can help you move better, feel better and live better.

Our rehabilitation teams are found across the region and provide a broad range of services including physical, occupational and speech therapy.

  • Physical therapy treats injuries and diseases using therapeutic exercise and other hands-on techniques that focus on alleviating pain and improving posture, strength, endurance, balance, coordination and joint mobility.
  • Occupational therapy treats issues that arise from a disruption in a person’s occupations. Occupation is everything that people do to occupy themselves including taking care of personal needs, activities that allow one to enjoy life, achieving developmental milestones or work. Occupational therapy can increase independence with a variety of diagnoses including: Parkinson’s disease, stroke, painful hands and arms, spinal cord injury, diabetes, congenital heart failure, mental illnesses, dementia, Alzheimer’s, developmental delays, autism, lymphedema, wounds, fractures, joint replacements, etc.
  • Speech therapy addresses issues with communication, memory, problem solving, swallowing, sound production, stuttering and voice for all ages.

Therapy Services

Inpatient Therapy

Sometimes an injury or illness requires additional time in the hospital to focus on recovery. Avera Therapy offers services that strengthen individuals’ physical, cognitive, psychological, social and/or vocational abilities during their hospital stay.

Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient therapy with Avera therapists includes prevention, screening, consultation, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, intervention, management, counseling and follow-up for the services listed below.

Back/Neck Therapy

Physical therapy for back and neck pain uses active techniques (such as education and assistance on strengthening muscles, restoring muscular flexibility, joint mobility and spine motion) as well as passive techniques (such as ice, heat, ultrasound, traction, electrical stimulation). Education on proper posture and ergonomic principles for the spine allows the patient to return to normal activities with new awareness of his or her body mechanics.

Hip/Knee/Leg Therapy

When a joint or muscle in the hip, knee or leg isn’t working properly, pain or stiffness can occur. Physical and occupational therapy can help. By examining the patient’s walking, range of motion, strength, coordination and the way he or she performs activities, Avera therapists can identify the source of the pain and work with the patient on a treatment plan.

Shoulder Therapy

A shoulder condition could result from a rotator cuff/labral tear, frozen shoulder, overuse injuries or other issues. Avera therapists strive to decrease pain and improve motion, strength and function while the patient is on the road to recovery.

Neurological Rehabilitation

When disease or injury affects the nervous system, Avera therapists use evidence-based exercises and programs to improve movement, function, speech and activities.

Possible conditions Avera Therapy addresses:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple sclerosis, Guillian-Barre syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Vestibular disorders and dizziness
  • Frequent falls
  • Visual impairments
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

After an orthopedic injury or surgery, Avera therapists provide expert, quality care and support to help rebuild strength, motion and function in the affected bone, muscle, ligament or tendon.

Women's and Men's Health Therapy

Many Avera therapists have specialized training to help women (and men) with a variety of medical conditions. These therapists evaluate patients and design a personalized treatment plan aimed at promoting and enhancing lifelong health.

Possible conditions Avera Therapy addresses:

  • Bowel incontinence
  • Breast cancer
  • Constipation
  • Pediatric pelvic health
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lymphedema management
  • Male pelvic health
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pregnancy and post-partum issues

Hand Therapy

After surgery or injury, pain in the hand, wrist and arm can develop. This pain can range from mild to debilitating, affecting your ability to do your job or hobbies. Avera therapists have specific training for restoring function and relieving pain in the wrists, hands and fingers.

Possible conditions Avera Therapy addresses:

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tendon conditions
  • Nerve conditions
  • Arthritis, inflammation
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Pediatric Therapy

Avera Therapy has a specialized group of physical, occupational and speech therapists qualified to treat the pediatric population through family education, stretching, gentle exercises and activities. They are dedicated to providing the best possible treatment for children ages newborn to teen in a stimulating environment.

Possible conditions Avera Therapy addresses:

  • Movement disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Balance disorders
  • Speech-language disorders
  • Gait disturbances
  • Sensory deficits
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is a specialized treatment method used by therapists to help patients recover with better results. Water improves motion and flexibility, helps muscles relax and reduces pain. The natural buoyancy reduces gravitational pull and therefore makes exercising easier than on land.

Sports Therapy

Sports therapy uses manual therapy, stretches and exercises to reduce pain, increase mobility and improve overall performance. After an injury, sports therapy can be used to improve athletic ability and prevent future injuries. Avera Therapy works with the athlete’s specific goals to get him or her back in the game.

Possible conditions Avera Therapy addresses:

  • Sprains, strains
  • Joint pain
  • Overuse injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Concussions
  • Post-operation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Avera therapists work with walking, balance and dizziness problems. They conduct a fall risk assessment to determine balance and dizziness problems and then create a treatment plan for the patient. Therapy may include exercises that help with balance, exercises that help the brain resolve differences in inner ear signals, or exercises that improve the ability to visually focus.

Speech-Language Therapy

Avera Therapy offers services for disorders related to speaking, understanding or swallowing. With the help of our therapists, these services and exercises can improve the patient’s ability to express him or herself, communicate more effectively, work performance and overall self-esteem in both children and adults.

Possible conditions Avera Therapy addresses:

  • Slurred or mumbled speaking abilities
  • Stuttering
  • Vocal cord polyps
  • Learning disabilities
  • Problems with comprehension
  • Swallowing disorders

Occupational Health and Work Rehabilitation

Wellness, cognition, physical disabilities, psychological factors and medical conditions all affect work performance. Avera therapists evaluate worker job demands and environment with recommendations and interventions for optimal health and performance.

Services Avera Therapy offers:

  • Job placement assessments
  • Injury prevention and ergonomic assessments
  • Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs)
  • Injury rehabilitation and work conditioning
  • Accommodation recommendations

Other Avera Therapy Services

  • Wheelchair seating assessments
  • Assistive device (walker, canes, crutches) fitting and training
  • Treatment methods such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, biofeedback, dry needling, LLLT, elastic taping, etc.
  • Postural training and improving movement
  • Custom bracing/splinting, orthotic fitting, and prosthesis management
  • SASTM (fixing scar tissue)
  • Compression garment fitting
  • Wound management
  • Home safety assessments
  • Driving evaluations/vehicle modifications

Locations & Therapy Providers



Avera Holy Family Hospital

826 N. Eighth St.
Estherville, IA 51334
Phone: 712-362-6118
Fax: 712-362-6331

Monday – Friday | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Molly Jo Anderson, PT, MPT, Manager of Rehabilitation Services
  • Laura Edmonds, MA CCC/SLP
  • Heidi Farquhar, MA CCC/SLP
  • Rory Johnston, OTR/L
  • Rachel Anderson, PTA
  • Sandra Teachout, PTA


Hull Physical Therapy

807 Main St.
Hull, IA 51239
Phone: 712-439-2266

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Leah Destigter, PT, DPT
  • Jerry Zomermaand, PT, MPT
  • Traci Hiemstra, PTA
  • Stephanie Zandstra, PTA


Floyd Valley Therapy

714 Lincoln St. NE
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-3377
Fax: 712-546-3472

Monday – Wednesday, Friday | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Jerry De Wit, PT
  • Troy Henrich, PT
  • Genise Jentz, PT
  • Tarah Kooima, PT, DPT
  • Anthony Peyton, PT
  • Steph Raih, PT, DPT
  • Sheri Ahlrich, OTR/L
  • Erin Schroeder, OTR/L
  • Linda Timperley, OTR/L
  • Alison Vlieger, OTR/L
  • Alissa Brady, MA.CCC-SLP
  • Connie Hanson, MA.CCC-SLP
  • Amanda Conrad, PTA
  • Julie Schwickerath, PTA
  • Nichole Thoms, PTA

Rock Valley

Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera

1202 21st Ave.
Rock Valley, IA 51247
Phone: 712-476-8080
Fax: 712-476-2710

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Mallory Boor, PT, DPT
  • Sara Nelson, PT, DPT, Aq
  • Jessica Rozeboom, PT, DPT, CKTP
  • Nicolle Samuels, PT, MPT, CLT-LANA, CWS, CKTP
  • Danielle Rowland, MS, OTR/L

Sioux Center

Sioux Center Physical Therapy

1101 9th Street SE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-8125

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Julie Bajema, PT, DPT
  • David Bronner, PT, MBA
  • Trent Geleynse, PT, DPT
  • Sara Wielenga, PT, DPT
  • Jerry Zomermaand, PT, MPT
  • Austin Behrens, PTA
  • Stephanie Zandstra, PTA
  • Andrew Geleynse, OTR/L
  • Patricia Halse, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech Therapist
  • Ann Ter Horst, BSN, ARNP - Foot Care



Big Stone Therapies, Inc.

Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center
300 S. Bruce St.
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: 507-537-9172
Fax: 507-537-2728

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Jade Baxley, PT, DPT
  • Janet Bottelberghe, PT
  • Joe Brockway, PT, DPT
  • Laura Mikkelsen, PT, DPT
  • Andrew Schotzko, PT, DPT, CSCS
  • Amanda Beranek, OTR/L
  • Jill Jacobs, OTR/L
  • Melinda Steffl, OTR/L
  • Jody Oetken, MA/CCC-SLP
  • Abbey Olson, MS/CCC-SLP
  • Traci Pagel, MS/CCC-SLP
  • Kristen Almich, PTA
  • Gail Beck, COTA/L
  • Jill Runia, PTA
  • Nate Thomsen, PTA


Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera

916 Fourth Ave. SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: 507-825-6054
Fax: 507-825-6148

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Debbie Reinert, PT, MPT
  • Matt Rollag, PT, DPT
  • Theresa Stangle, PT, DPT, CKTP
  • Marit Sterud, PT, DPT
  • Lori Dump, OT
  • Brenda Hulstein, OT
  • Martha Femrite, PTA
  • Kim Uilk, PTA



Avera Creighton Hospital

1503 Main St.
Creighton, NE 68729
Phone: 402-358-5732
Fax: 402-358-5940

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Thomas Ostronic, PT, DPT, CSCS
  • Joan Lilly, OTR/L
  • Suzanne Gubbels, PTA

Speech Therapy is available but contracted.


Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital

300 N. Second St.
O’Neill, NE 68763
Phone: 402-336-5165
Fax: 402-336-2963

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Blake Bollwitt, PT
  • Cameron Everitt, PT
  • Elliot Neuheisel, PT
  • Jenny Pfeiffer, OT
  • Amy Scott, OT
  • Kim Ahlers, PTA
  • Alison Olson, PTA
  • Holly Young, OTA

South Dakota


Avera St. Luke’s Therapy Center

805 First Ave. SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: 605-622-5878
Fax: 605-622- 5888

Monday – Thursday | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Weekend outpatient therapy available by special appointment only.

  • Chris Albrecht, PT, DPT
  • Carl Bot, PT, DPT, OCS
  • Chad Falken, PT, MPT, SCS, ATC
  • Jason Gauer, PT, MPT, PRC
  • Michelle Johnson, PT, MPT
  • Scott Kram, PT, OCS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
  • Sherry McNulty, PT, MPT, CEEAA
  • Tonya J. Myers, PT, MPT
  • Leonard Suel, PT, DPT

Avera Therapy - Aberdeen

701 8th Avenue NW, Suite B
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: 605-225-0430 or 800-456-1039
Fax: 605-225-0876

Monday – Friday | 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Brad Orr, PT, MPT, Physical Therapy Director
  • Doug Cox, PT
  • Kelly Brennan, PT, MPT
  • Jenna Bain, PT, DPT
  • Nick DeVine, PTA, CKTP


Avera Therapy - Brandon

103 N. Splitrock Blvd.
Brandon, SD 57005
Phone: 605-582-3908
Fax: 605-582-3349

Monday – Friday | 7:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Deb Eberspacher, PT, MPT
  • Kathy Koehn, PT, MPT
  • Julia Schlekeway, PT, DPT


Avera Medical Group Brookings, A Department of Brookings Health System

400 22nd Ave.
Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: 605-697-7336
Fax: 605-697-9618

Monday – Thursday | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Monica Haar, PT, DPT
  • Ashley Hubregtse, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Kip Kludt, PT, MPT
  • Chuck McCullough, PT, DPT, CEES, CHT
  • Kim Holzer, PTA
  • Alexis Thuringer, PTA
  • Dodie Walsh, PTA

De Smet

Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital

306 Prairie Ave. SW
De Smet, SD 57231
Phone: 605-854-3329
Fax: 605-854-3161

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Gale Anderson, PT, DPT
  • Patti Larson, PT, ATC
  • Kelsey McCune, PTA

Dell Rapids

Avera Dells Area Hospital

909 N. Iowa Ave.
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
Phone: 605-428-2445
Fax: 605-428-2412

Monday – Friday | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Ron Tibke, PT, Manager
  • Megan Kaufman, PT, DPT


Eureka Community Health Services Avera

410 Ninth St.
Eureka, SD 57437
Phone: 605-284-2661
Fax: 605-284-2574

Monday – Friday | 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Miriam Hughes, PT, DPT, CLT


Avera Flandreau Hospital

214 N. Prairie St.
Flandreau, SD 57028
Phone: 605-997-5681
Fax: 605-997-2380

Monday – Friday | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Jody VerHey, PT, MPT, CSCS
  • Julie Stroup, PT, ATC
  • Elsie Schwing, PTA


Avera Gregory Hospital

400 Park Ave.
P.O. Box 408
Gregory, SD 57533
Phone: 605-835-5190
Fax: 605-835-5479

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Jennifer Hannifan-Diekmann, PT, MPT
  • Justin Hood, PT, DPT, ATC
  • McKenzie Randall, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Sandy Oleson, OTR contracted
  • Tania Witt, CCC-SLP contracted
  • Jada Sundquist, PTA


Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital

300 W. Fifth St.
Miller, SD 57362
Phone: 605-853-0350
Fax: 605-853-0331

Monday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Tuesday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Tim Haiar, PT, DPT
  • Caitlyn Ingle, PT, DPT
  • Amber Saienga, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Noelle Tvedt, PT, MPT
  • Heather McDonnell, PTA
  • Bobbi Joe Peterson, PTA


Avera Advanced Physical Therapy

409 S. Ohlman St.
Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone: 605-996-4552
Fax: 605-996-0577

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Jeff Lee, PT, MPT, ATC, CSCS, CKTP

Avera University Physical Therapy

2100 N. Kimball St.
Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone: 605-996-8712
Fax: 605-996-7513

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Deb Bergeson, OTR/L
  • Stephanie Flippin, OTR/L
  • Britney Geppert, PTA
  • Janice Johnson, PTA
  • Jon Kludt, PT, MPT
  • Cheri Knight, PT
  • Craig Magee, PT, MPT
  • Tanya Magee, OTR/L
  • Chris Marek, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Ben Nebelsick, PT, DPT
  • Amy Weier, PT, MPT


Avera St. Benedict Health Center

401 W. Glynn Drive
Parkston, SD 57366
Phone: 605-928-3311, ext. 179
Fax: 605-928-4418

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Occasionally open until 5 p.m.)

  • Heather Hisek-Prunty, PT, MPT, CKTP, LLCC
  • Denise Leischner, PT, DPT, CKTP
  • Rebecca Shultz, PT, DPT
  • Amanda Whittington, PT, DPT


Avera St. Mary’s Hospital

801 E. Sioux Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-224-3426
Fax: 605-224-3426

Monday – Friday | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Teresa Duncan, PT, DPT, EMT
  • Darcy Jones, PT, MPT, ATC
  • Debbie Holland, PT
  • Janet Kahler, PT
  • Brian Poelstra, PT, ATC
  • John Rounds, PT, DPT
  • Joanne Sarringar, PT
  • Ann Shoup, PT, MPT
  • Amy Weller, PT, MPT
  • Kayla Grutz, MS, OTR/L
  • Carrie Larson, MS, OTR/L
  • Jill M. Richardson, OTR/L
  • Jackie Protexter, MA CCC-SLP
  • Becky Gruba, LMT
  • Denea King, LPN
  • Becky Bergeson, RN
  • Sharon Litton, COTA/L
  • Deb Osier, PTA
  • Nikki Schnabel, PTA


Avera University Physical Therapy-Plankinton

404 E. Davenport (located within the Plankinton School building)
Plankinton, SD 57368
Phone: (605) 996-8712
Fax: (605) 996-7513

  • Gary Mentzel, PT, MPT


Platte Health Center Avera

601 E. Seventh St.
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-1500
Fax: 605-337-2670

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Matt Maxon, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Mark Petersen, PT, DPT, ATC


Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital Avera

600 Billars St.
Scotland, SD 57059
Phone: 605-583-6110
Fax: 605-583-4557

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Erin Odens, PT, MPT

Sioux Falls

Avera Balance and Dizziness Clinic

1325 S. Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605-322-5039

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Greg Fendrich, PT
  • Kristi Hupp, PT

Avera Johnson Aquatic Center

800 E. 21st St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605-322-5047

Monday, Wed., Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Avera Therapy – Plaza 2

1301 S. Cliff Ave., Suite 402
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605-322-5147
Fax: 605-322-5085

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Greg Fendrich, PT
  • Kristin Lohnes, MS, PT
  • Nancy Rausch, PT, MPT
  • Brian Wienk, PT, ScD, COMT
  • Staci Wietfeld, PT, DPT, OCS

Avera Therapy – Avera Sports

1601 W. 44th Place
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605-322-FAST (3278)
Fax: 605-322-5191

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Alisa Darling, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Jay Eidsness, PT
  • Roy Osborn, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Avera Therapy – Education Center

810 E. 23rd St., Suite 2000
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605-322-5123
Fax: 605-322-5174

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Tracee Ellwein, PT, MPT
  • Ali Koopmans, PT, DPT
  • Matt Leedom, PT, DPT
  • Stephanie Myers, PT, DPT
  • Drew Schelhaas, PT, MS
  • Katie Teveldal, OTR/L
  • Bethany Cramblit, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Tina Jacobsen, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Jennifer Stewart, MS, OTR/L

Avera Therapy – CORE Hands

2908 E. 26th St., Suite 108
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Phone: 605-322-4263
Fax: 605-322-4264

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Stephan Kulzer, OTR/L, CHT
  • Rhonda Lockwood, OTR/L, CHT
  • Andrea Ransom, OTR/L, CHT
  • Katie Teveldal, OTR/L

Avera Therapy – Fitness Center

3400 S. Southeastern Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Phone: 605-322-5350
Fax: 605-322-5340

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Tracey Askew, PT, MPT
  • Amy Borgen, PT
  • Dana Bumann, PT, MPT
  • Kelly Hipple, PT, DPT
  • Terry Schaap, PT, MHS, OCS

Avera Therapy – South

1910 W. 69th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: 605-322-5285
Fax: 605-322-5287

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Dave Ulmer, PT, MHS, OCS
  • Paula Williams, PT, DPT

Avera Therapy – West

4901 W. 41st St., Suite 2
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone: 605-322-5075
Fax: 605-322-5079

Monday – Tuesday | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Jamie Boomgarden, PT, ATC
  • Bob Cogley, PT, DPT, CSCS
  • Paula Jones, PT
  • Sara Groher, PT, MPT


St. Michael’s Hospital Avera

410 W. 16th Ave.
Tyndall, SD 57066
Phone: 605-589-2135
Fax: 605-589-3288

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Steve Mach, PT
  • Ann Rohlfing, PT, DPT


Wagner Community Hospital

513 3rd St. SW
Wagner, SD 57380
Phone: 605-384-4384
Fax: 605-384-7308

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Joe Sees, PT
  • Brittany Rothschadl, DPT
  • Rhonda Kuhlman, PTA
  • Nicole Holzbauer, OT
  • Kristi Kocer, ST


Avera Therapy - Watertown

1516 4th St NE
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 605-753-0430
Fax: 605-753-2663

Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tuesday 12-4 p.m. | Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Stephanie Lenards, PT, MSPT
  • Michelle McCormick, PT, MPT

Wessington Springs

Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital

604 First Street NE
Wessington Springs, SD 57382
Phone: 605-539-4549
Fax: 605-539-4580

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Jennifer Jensen, PT, DPT
  • Susan Krutzfeldt, PT
  • Lona Luke, PTA


Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

501 Summit St.
(Surgery Center entrance)
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: 605-668-8790 or 605-668-8268
Fax: 605-668-8793

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Sandy Cope, PT
  • Michael Donner, PT, MPT
  • Brian Fedde, PT
  • Kevin O’Brien, PT
  • James Reiner, PT, DPT
  • Lisa Wolfgram, PT
  • Tammi Adam, MS, OTR/L, CLT, CPAM
  • Beryl Olson, MOT, OTR/L, LANA-CLT
  • Alex Neukirch, MS, OTR/L
  • Sara Gilmore, MA, CCC-SLP

Collaborative Services

Avera Therapy works closely with a number of other Avera entities to ensure all patients have access to care and equipment that will improve their quality of life.

Primary Care at Avera

When you come directly to Avera Therapy or your Avera primary care physician refers you to our specialists, we keep him or her up to date on your condition, care plan, goals and progress.

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Orthopedic Care at Avera

Patients who receive orthopedic care are consistently prescribed therapy as part of their recovery process. Avera Therapy helps patients after joint replacement surgery, a healed broken bone, a repaired muscle or tendon, arthroscopic surgery and more.

Learn more about orthopedic care at the following locations:

Avera Sports

Serious athletic training demands the most of the physical body. That’s why Avera Sports provides a premier, comprehensive training experience supported by the top specialists in sports medicine and physical therapy.

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Avera Home Medical Equipment

Avera Therapy helps patients access the proper home equipment needed for their recovery from Avera Home Medical Equipment.

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Avera Therapy offers in-home physical, occupational and speech therapy through Avera@Home to help patients recover after surgery or maintain their independence at home.

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Do I need a physician referral for physical, speech or occupational therapy?
If you need physical therapy, Avera Therapy offers direct access to its services, meaning you don’t need a physician referral for treatment; you can refer yourself. However, our speech and occupational therapy services require a physician referral.

What should I wear to my therapy appointment?
Wear loose-fitting clothing so you can expose the area we will evaluate and treat. Gowns and shorts are available if you need them. Bring tennis shoes as exercise is important for treating most disorders.

Will insurance pay for therapy?
Insurance coverage rules vary from company to company. Some insurance companies have a deductible to be met first, some have co-pays and some have both. Some insurance companies require a prior authorization before starting any therapy, but this is completed by our office staff. The majority of insurance companies have a limited number of visits per year, but this may vary by company. Our office staff will verify your benefits and we can discuss them with you. However, we encourage you to contact your insurance company for more information on your plan.

Does Medicare cover therapy?
If it is considered medically necessary, Medicare will cover therapy. A physician must approve the plan of care by reading and signing your evaluation and goals we have set for you.

What are my options for paying my co-pays and deductibles?
We accept cash, check and credit card.

How much does each visit cost?
The cost of each visit varies with each individual treatment plan. Our staff can discuss charges with you on an individual basis.

How long will each appointment be?
Arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment to complete the registration process. This appointment runs 45 to 60 minutes. The duration of subsequent visits (typically 30 to 60 minutes each) are based upon your evaluation, plan of care and condition.

How often will I come for therapy?
After your initial evaluation, your therapist will consider your condition and the doctor's order when establishing the frequency of your treatments.

How long will I need to come to therapy?
You will attend therapy sessions until you and your therapist decide that you have reached your desired level of function or that further skilled therapy would not be beneficial.

What should I bring to my first appointment?
Bring your insurance card, driver’s license and your therapy prescription (if you have one). We will copy these documents to keep on file.

What is the cancellation policy?
Notify us as soon as possible (preferably within 24 hours) of any appointment you are going to miss so we can book another patient in that appointment slot.

Helpful Links

Your therapists, physicians and staff are dedicated to providing therapy that meets national standards. Learn more from these nationally recognized therapy organizations: