Staff

Hospital, IRU & Skilled

Physical Therapists

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Josh Buechler, PT

Josh Buechler, PT

Physical Therapist, Rehab Director

Hometown: Menno, SD
Education:
Des Moines University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Certifications: LSVT-BIG for Parkinson's Disease, Functional Dry Needling
Specialization and interests:  Neurological Disorders, Balance/Fall Prevention, Post-Amputee Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

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Renee Hagemann, PT

Renee Hagemann, PT

Physical Therapist, Lead Physical Therapist

Hometown: Yutan, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Specialization and interests:  Neurological Disorders, Neonatal, Pediatrics

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Stacie Christensen, PT

Stacie Christensen, PT

Physical Therapist, Lead Physical Therapist, Inpatient Rehab Unit

Hometown: Arnold, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Chadron State College
Certifications: Neuro-IFRAH
Specialization and interests:  Neurological Disorders, Balance/Fall Prevention, Geriatrics

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Launa Cumpston, PT

Launa Cumpston, PT

Physical Therapist

Hometown: Lexington, NE
Education:
Creighton University
Specialization and interests:  Geriatrics, Balance/Fall Prevention, Home Health

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Sarah Schmoldt, PT

Sarah Schmoldt, PT

Physical Therapist

Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Specialization and interests:  Orthopedics, Pediatrics

Kaitlin Thunker, PT

Physical Therapist

Hometown: Bartlett, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Hastings College
Specialization and interests:  Orthopedics, Geriatrics

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Tony Verzal, PT

Tony Verzal, PT

Physical Therapist

Hometown: Atkinson, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Specialization and interests:  Balance/Fall Prevention, Acute Care

Physical Therapist Assistants

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Brenda Biehl, PTA

Brenda Biehl, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Smithfield, NE
Education:
Colby Community College
Certifications: Neuro-IFRAH
Specialization and interests: 
Neurological Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance and Fall Prevention

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Michelle Fearnley, PTA

Michelle Fearnley, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Platte Center, NE
Education:
Colby Community College
Specialization and interests: 
Acute Care, Geriatrics

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Lance Fox, PTA

Lance Fox, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Cozad, NE
Education:
Clarkson College
Specialization and interests: 
Orthopedics, Aquatic Therapy, Manual Therapy

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Danielle Gronenthal, PTA

Danielle Gronenthal, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Lindsay, NE
Education:
Nebraska Methodist College
Specialization and interests: 
Acute Care, Geriatrics

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Chelsea Haack, PTA

Chelsea Haack, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Columbus, NE
Education:
Northeast Community College
Specialization and interests: 
Acute Care, Geriatrics

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Jacqui Hendrickson, PTA

Jacqui Hendrickson, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Cozad, NE
Education:
Clarkson College
Specialization and interests: 
Acute Care, Home Health

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Ron Renken, PTA

Ron Renken, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Bertrand, NE
Education:
Colby Community College
Specialization and interests: 
Orthopedics, Acute Care

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Kimberly Zwiener, PTA

Kimberly Zwiener, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Kearney, NE
Education:
Clarkson College
Specialization and interests: 
Acute Care, Geriatrics

Occupational Therapists

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Shannon Key, OTR/L

Shannon Key, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hometown: Omaha, NE
Education:
College of Saint Mary
Certifications: Physical Agent Modalities
Specialization and interests: Neurological Rehabilitation, Acute Care, Geriatrics

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Nichole Lungrin, OTR/L

Nichole Lungrin, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hometown: Axtell, NE
Education:
College of Saint Mary
Certifications: Physical Agent Modalities
Specialization and interests: Geriatrics, Acute Care, Pediatrics

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Valerie McCulley, OTR/L

Valerie McCulley, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hometown: Kearney, NE 
Education:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University
Certifications: LSVT-BIG
Specialization and interests: Neurological Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Pediatrics

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Stephanie Nelsen, OTR/L

Stephanie Nelsen, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hometown: Callaway, NE
Education:
College of Saint Mary
Certifications: Physical Agent Modalities
Specialization and interests: Home Health, Acute Care, Kinesiotaping

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Hilary Reichert, OTR/L

Hilary Reichert, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hometown: Elm Creek, NE
Education:
Washington University School of Medicine
Specialization and interests: Geriatrics, Orthopedics

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Kylee Saathoff, OTR/L

Kylee Saathoff, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hometown: York, NE
Education:
Creighton University
Certifications: Physical Agent Modalities
Specialization and interests: Neurological Rehabilitation, Vision Therapy

Melissa Smith, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hometown: West Point, NE
Education:
College of Saint Mary
Specialization and interests: Neurological Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy Assistants

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Paige Hawkinson, COTA

Paige Hawkinson, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Hometown: Dickens, NE
Education:
Casper College
Specialization and interests: Geriatrics, Pediatrics

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Allie Keller, COTA

Allie Keller, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Hometown: Shelton, NE 
Education: 
Central Community College-Grand Island
Specialization and interests:  Geriatrics, Acute Care, Orthopedic Post-Op Rehabilitation, Pediatrics

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Megan Nagorski, COTA

Megan Nagorski, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Hometown: Grand Island, NE 
Education: 
University of Nebraska-Kearney, Central Community College-Grand Island
Certifications: Physical Agent Modalities
Specialization and interests: Geriatrics, Acute Care, Orthopedic Post-Op Rehabilitation

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Alora Wilson, COTA

Alora Wilson, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Hometown: Kearney, NE
Education:
Central Community College-Grand Island
Specialization and interests: Hand Therapy, Neurological Rehabilitation

Speech-Language Pathologists

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Autumn Dugan, SLP

Autumn Dugan, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hometown: Greeley, NE
Education:
 University of Nebraska-Kearney
Certifications: VitalStim Swallowing Therapy
Specialization and interests: Swallowing Disorders, Voice and Voice Disorders, Alternative Augmentative Communication, Stroke Rehabilitation, Cognitive Communication Disorders, Pediatrics

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Chelse Krohn, SLP

Chelse Krohn, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hometown: Beaver Crossing, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Nebraska-Kearney
Certifications: Beckmann Oral Motor Therapy, Vital Stim, Deep Pharyngeal Nueromuscular Stimulation (DPNS), STAR Cancer Rehabilitation
Specialization and interests: Stroke Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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Diane Stittle, SLP

Diane Stittle, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Gretchen Sundberg, SLP

Gretchen Sundberg, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hometown: Land O'Lakes, WI
Education:
University of Iowa
Certifications:
Specialization and interests: Acute Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, Swallowing Disorders

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Kim Stover, SLP

Kim Stover, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hometown: Petersburg, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska-Kearney
Certifications: eSwallow
Specialization and interests: Swallowing Disorders, Stroke Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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Liz Weber, SLP

Liz Weber, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hometown: Kearney, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska-Kearney
Certifications: Vital Stim Therapy, Beckman Oral Motor, PROMPT
Specialization and interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding Disorders, Dysphagia

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Audrey Wise Carrier, SLP

Audrey Wise Carrier, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hometown: Kearney, NE
Education:
University of Nebraska-Kearney
Certifications: Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT LOUD), Beckmann Oral Motor Therapy, Vital Stim, Deep Pharyngeal Nueromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)
Specialization and interests: Swallowing Disorders, Voice, Alternative Augmentative Communication, Stroke Rehabilitation

Administration

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Michelle Ruzicka

Michelle Ruzicka

HR Director

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Megan Wichman

Megan Wichman

HR Coordinator

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Jim Ward

Jim Ward

Controller

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Kendra Beckstead

Kendra Beckstead

Office Manager