Athletic Trainers

 

Megan Birchard, MS, ATC, LAT

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

Athletic training - injury prevention, management and rehabilitation.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to impact our community by allowing my athletes in rural Iowa to access high-quality healthcare as soon as they need it. Whether that be injury prevention, acute care, post-surgical, rehabilitation or questions on their health. I want to continue to establish relationships with community members in and around my schools and grow athletic training services in the area.

What is your philosophy statement?

My philosophy as an athletic trainer is that first and foremost I am an advocate for the student athletes. I care for all athletes and treat each and every one tot he best of my ability. It is my duty to evaluate, treat and return athletes to full participation in their sport. I abide by the guidelines set forth by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Athletic Training Board of Certification. I strive to be the best I can be and treat each athlete as an individual.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I grew up around sports and have always been involved in athletics so I was looking for a career that allowed me to stay in the world of sports and combined that with helping people. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

During my free time I enjoy any outdoor activities, attending sporting events, traveling, walking my dog, reading and covering cheer and dance camps/competitions.

Cardiopulmonary Nurses

 

Shapall Jones-Rider, RN

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

Cardiopulmonary Rehab: cardiac and pulmonary rehab, anticoagulation management, stress testing, Holter monitor testing, arterial testing.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

Being a team player that goes the extra mile, being aware of tasks that need to be completed without being asked and always looking for ways to improve services.

What is your philosophy statement?

Be the person you want to work with.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I want to help people feel better.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Sewing and spending time with family.

Cali Purdum, RN, BSN

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

Services: Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Anticoagulation Management Therapy,
Stress Testing, ABI's, Holter and Event Monitors. I am also a CPR instructor.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to make an impact at GRH by assisting to develop, expand, and provide quality Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation to all patients in our program. I want to raise awareness for critical and chronic health issues and to help safeguard patient health.

What is your philosophy statement?

Using empathy, compassion, knowledge, and respect, I will provide physical, spiritual, and emotional care for each patient to the best of my ability.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

The medical field allows me to use critical thinking skills and my compassion for helping others to assist patients to lead a more productive and healthy life.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Spending time with my family and watching my four children participate in their activities, such as dance and sport events.
Volunteering with childrens' ministries at church.
Teaching children acro and clog at Spotlight
Volunteering at Creston Animal Rescue Effort
Reading

Occupational Therapists

 

Physical Therapists

Brittany Christoffersen, OTD, OTR/L

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

My areas of specialty include pediatrics as well as general, rural health. Thus, I see patients of all ages and with varying concerns primarily involving fine motor and self care skills. 

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I would like to continue to expand the services we can provide to children in the surrounding areas. 

What is your philosophy statement?

It is my desire as an occupational therapist to provide care that will impact the well-being of others for generations to come. This involves seeing and caring for each patient as an individual person.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

In 2007, my father was diagnosed with a very rare form of muscular dystrophy. Because of this, I have attended many medical appointments that have peaked my interest in the functions of the human body. At the time of his diagnosis, I was a high school student interested in science and helping others. I knew that entering the medical field would allow me to combine both of these interests into a profession.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

My husband and I enjoy spending time at the farm and taking care of our home. Personally, I enjoy running road races and spending time with my family. 

Andrea Skellenger, OTD, CLT, CEAS

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

As an occupational therapist we treat both inpatients and outpatients. For inpatients that are in the hospital we look at their activities of daily living (ADLS) such as can they dress themselves, brush their teeth, use the toilet, and shower along with cooking and cleaning. As an outpatient therapist we evaluate their injuries mostly the arm by making splint, exercises, or job retraining. I am certified in lymphedema therapy for swelling in the arm or legs. Ergonomics is specialty in which I am certified for making a job easier on the body and more productive and efficient for the company.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to bring unique services to Southwest Iowa so that way people don't have to travel to the city for their needs. I want people to refer to GRH occupational therapy department and know what occupational therapy is.

What is your philosophy statement?

"Occupations are activities that bring meaning to the daily lives of individuals, families, and communities and enable them to participate in society. All individuals have an innate need and right to engage in meaningful occupations throughout their lives. Participation in these occupations influences their development, health, and well-being across the lifespan. As such, participations in meaningful occupation is a determinant of health". American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2011.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I have always liked the idea of helping people live their best life and felt like I could do the best job by becoming a therapist.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

n my very little free time I enjoy spending it with my husband, Bret, and my wild child daughter Karsi along with other family and friends. We enjoy riding horses, attending Karsi's extra curricular events, and quiet evenings on our acreage.

 

Travis Eggman, DPT

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

I am certified in functional dry needling and also provide comprehensive care for a wide variety of conditions and impairments in both the outpatient and acute care setting.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I would like continue to make GRH the first choice for healthcare and rehabilitation for the
communities we serve.

What is your philosophy statement?

I strive to provide value to the patients and community through innovation, collaboration
and consumer-centricity.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

The medical field provides opportunities for daily critical thinking and problem solving as well as developing meaningful relationships with patients and other providers Most impactful to me is helping patients to reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with friends and family doing a variety of activities outside. We enjoy raising and showing cattle as well as boating and camping.

Jill Hoakison, PT, DPT

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

I am the Director of Rehabilitation working with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Athletic Training, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Services. I am also a physical therapist providing care from birth to end of life. I enjoy working with patients to create an individualized therapy program that is unique to them and their needs.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I aspire to provide quality healthcare close to home. Greater Regional Rehabilitation provides specialized services that one would find in an urban area without the drive. We are highly educated dedicated professionals who integrate your needs and goals into your care. Whether you desire golfing, walking around the lake or climbing in to the tractor, we are here to help—close to home!

What is your philosophy statement?

I value working in the community in which I live. Our Rehabilitation Team is integrated within each of our respective communities whether through volunteerism, school activities, or hobbies. Because of this, our team is able assist with personalized care and goals.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

When I was in 5th grade, my grandma had a stroke. I was able to help with her physical therapy at a young age and see the impact a dedicated and caring physical therapist can have not only on a patient but also the whole family. Functional impairments are bump in the road; rehabilitation allows for maximum recovery to help patients get back to work, play, and life.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

My husband, Caleb, and I live north of Creston We have three boys, a herd of Herefords, two farm cats and a black lab. We rarely sit still—always looking for new places to explore and food to eat. Personally, I enjoy running and spending time outside.

Teena Jones, TPS, DPT

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

Therapeutic pain specialist, orthopedics, acute care, geriatrics, and manual therapy.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to help patient's engage in society and enjoy life by prevention and restore or managing effects of aging, diseases, stress and strains through appropriate and safe exercises.

What is your philosophy statement?

To provide evidence-base care to each individual based on their personnel needs to be able to restore and return to patients optimal function.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I chose to go into the medical field due to family history of multiple medical conditions which required physical therapy and occupational therapy to be able to carry out personal skills. I also enjoyed sports and wanted to be able to help others return to play and accomplished specific goals.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Spending time with my husband, four children and friends going to sports events as well as raising, breeding and showing cattle.

Amy Longstaff, PT, DPT, CSMT

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

I am a certified spinal manual therapist, and provide a variety of hands on, manual therapy techniques to my patients.  I have also been certified in ASTYM, although I no longer use their system/tools, I utilize the techniques I learned when certified with different tools to increase circulation, blood flow and decrease scar tissue.  I love sports rehab, and providing comprehensive return to sport care.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I strive to help every patient achieve their individual goals, and return to their prior level of function.

What is your philosophy statement?

I strive to be the best Physical Therapist that I can be.  Through advanced certifications, CEU’s and constant learning, I am committed to help every patient achieve their goals, and to return to their normal, every day activities.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

My parents were both in the medical field, and I grew up always wanting to help others.  When I was trying to decide what I wanted to be, I stumbled across an article where they used horses as a physical therapy modality, and it drew me in to look more into the field.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love animals, being active, spending time with my family and friends, going to concerts, and being outdoors. I have 4 horses and 2 dogs, and I started barrel racing again when I moved back in 2016.  Barrel racing has become a passion for me, and I spend a lot of time persuing that dream.

Stormy Wilson, DPT, VRT

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

Working in rural Iowa requires adaptability and versatility regarding therapy services. While I treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions etc my primary area of focus is Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management. I have a certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Evidence CEU.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

GRH has made great strides providing well-rounded healthcare to local and surrounding communities. I hope to assist with this overall goal of providing quality health care close to home by continuing to expand my knowledge regarding Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management as well as providing effective multifaceted treatment.

What is your philosophy statement?

It is my ambition to grow as a member of the PT provider community exercising compassion, interdisciplinary teamwork, communication skills, adaptability and passion to enrich my community and our local team of quality healthcare providers with unprecedented versatility and quality care. I have a passion for learning and immersing myself in medicine and am eager to explore new challenges
and gain further education to better serve our patients.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

Both my mother and grandmother worked in healthcare for over 30 years. They received much satisfaction in their work encouraging me to explore a career in medicine. The satisfaction gained from improving people's quality of life I found rewarding and further pushed me pursue an education in the health care field following my undergraduate studies.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my 2 young children riding bikes, coloring, exploring nature and more. I have always made personal fitness a priority and enjoy physical activity in all capacities including running, biking, rollerblading and love sitting down and diving in to a good book.

Nick Young, DPT

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

I am the CCCE (center coordinator for clinical education). I'm in charge of all the incoming
students for physical therapy. I offer several different services for patient, from manual, joint mobility, PNF and several other hands on services. I also treat patients in multiple settings from acute, skilled, and outpatient rehab.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I try to offer the best care possible to all patients in all situations. I have a unique opportunity to see patients from the beginning of the care to the end. I try to be compassionate and empathetic to everyone I see.

What is your philosophy statement?

Treat all patients as a family member, because in the end, that is someones grandmother, or son, or grandson. And I want the best for my family.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I was initially in physical therapy as a teenager. I had to go through a sports injury and thought I would like to be able to work in the medical field. Then my stepfather got sick and I had to help him around the house with his mobility.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy playing and watching pretty much all sports. I like to cook on my smoker and try a lot of different foods. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Speech Therapists

 

Travis Miller, MS, CCC-SLP

What are your specialties? What services do you provide to your patients?

I diagnose and treat disorders of speech production, language comprehension and expression, swallow function, and voice.  I am certified in the LSVT Loud program for individuals with  Parkinson's Disease, and I have received additional training in medical speech/language pathology and oral-facial myology.

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to provide excellent care to all of my patients.  I would like the community to see that an individual can receive exceptional care close to home.

What is your philosophy statement?

I strive to treat all of my patients with respect and compassion.  My goal is to work diligently with my patients so they can meet their goals and achieve a higher quality of life.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be involved in a career that made a difference in people's lives.

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