Kearney Family Physical Therapy – Balance and Mobility Clinic
At our Balance and Mobility Clinic we offer a friendly atmosphere where each patient will receive one-on-one care and we will work closely with the patient’s family and doctors to create an individualized program to maximize their outcome. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapies for multiple different types of illnesses and injuries. Our speech therapists treat people with difficulty swallowing, voice production, stuttering, social skills and cognitive deficits. Here our physical therapists work with clients suffering from vertigo, balance and ambulation issues, decreased lower extremity strength, and pain in the lower extremities, back, neck and shoulders. Occupational therapy works with individuals having difficulty completing daily home and work tasks, pain in the upper extremities, and weakness in the upper extremities. Having three therapy disciplines at this location allows us to offer well rounded rehabilitation for any individual.
We are committed to helping our patients regain function and independence that may have been lost due to neurological conditions. We provide fast and easy scheduling and are often able to see walk-in visits as needed. Please stop by any time to learn more about the programs we offer.
615 West 39th Street
Kearney, Nebraska 68845
Our Occupational Therapists work specifically with pelvic floor issues. This can include bowel or bladder incontinence, urgency, frequency, and hip, low back, perineal or pelvic pain.
Our Physical Therapists have had further training to treat people suffering from vertigo, Parkinson’s disease and lymphedema as well.
Our Speech Therapists are able to offer VitalStim for accelerated strengthening, restoration of function and to help the brain re-map the swallow.
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike
- Sport Cat Balance Machine
- Pelvic Floor rehab
- Gait and transfer training
- Balance Screens
- Home assessments
- Vestibular Therapy- Vertigo
- Customized splinting
- Wheelchair positioning/assessments
- Adaptive equipment training
- Manual Therapy
- Neurological Rehabilitation
- Pain Management/Relief
- Serenity/Woman’s Health
(Back row, pictured left to right)
McKenzie Behrendt: Occupational Therapist
McKenzie is from Filley, Nebraska by Beatrice and went to school at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and got her advanced degree from Creighton University. She enjoys anything outdoors, volleyball and pretty much anything that consists of a game. McKenzie job shadowed positions across the spectrum and realized she loved getting people back to what they enjoyed doing and what was important to them. She loves the teaching aspect and the relationships she builds with clients. Her favorite part about being an Occupational Therapist is hearing the patients stories and seeing the smile that spreads across their face when they meet a goal. A song she feels like represents herself is, Life’s A Dance by John Michael Montgomery.
Allison Ellicott: Physical Therapist Assistant
Jordan Siekman: Physical Therapist Assistant
Jordan grew up in Bertrand, NE and obtained her Physical Therapy Assistant license from Colby Community College. At a young age she sustained two major knee injuries that required extensive therapy for seven months at a time and after watching others and herself overcome challenges she knew that therapy was something she wanted to do. She wanted to help others achieve their goals to continue living a healthy and functional life. One of her favorite parts about her job is seeing people do the impossible, it is rewarding when patients achieve goals to live a better, stronger and healthier life. In Jordan’s spare time she enjoys baking and ATV trail riding. A quote she lives by is, “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” -Proverbs 31:25
(Front row, pictured left to right)
Crystal Hinrichs: Speech Therapist
Crystal is from Kearney, Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She went into speech so she could help others communicate. So her patients could interact with their loved ones and regain swallow function to make meal times an enjoyable social event. Her favorite part of her job is hearing a child say his/her first words, helping a patient with severe aphasia utter their first words following a severe stroke or a TBI, or being able to give a patient that has had difficulty swallowing their first cup of ice water. A quote she lives by is, “Cherish every moment.”
Amber Morris: Tech
Amber grew up in Benkelman, NE and went to McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She went into her career path because of the passion she has for fitness with a focus of helping people. She loves helping people reach their fitness goals and assisting proper form and technique to avoid an injury. She especially enjoys teaching her group exercise classes at the assisted living homes. In Amber’s spare time she enjoys spending time with family, fishing, softball and basketball. She loves being outdoors in the summer and going to baseball games as well. A couple quotes she lives by are, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Gandi
“I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it.” -Abraham Lincoln
Josie Lee: Physical Therapist
Josie grew up in Sutherland, Nebraska and got her undergraduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center to obtain her advanced degree in Physical Therapy. She decided to become a Physical Therapist because she wanted to help people and in physical therapy she gets to see her patients regularly and build relationships with them while helping them achieve their goals. In Josie’s free time she enjoys running, home remodeling/decorating and spending time with her son and husband. A quote she lives by is, “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he would never be found out.” -Thomas Babington Macaulay
(Front row, pictured left to right)
Tori Garcia: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Tori is from Cambridge, NE and graduated from Central Community College in Grand Island. Growing up she had always known she wanted to work in a field where she could help people. After shadowing both an Occupational Therapist and COTA, she instantly knew that was the career path she wanted to take. One of her favorite parts of her job is that there are so many opportunities to work with a wide variety of people and every day is always different. It’s always amazing to watch people reach their goals and get them back to doing what they love. Her favorite part of her job is being able to build a relationship with each and every patient she gets to work with. In Tori’s free time she likes spending time with her family and friends, baking, camping, and anything outdoors in the summer time. A quote she lives by is, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”
Kathee Norseen: Office Manager
Kathee grew up in Lexington, NE she went to Annapolis Maryland Community College for one year and then came to Kearney to finish her college career. Later on she went to Lincoln Myotherapy Institute in the Grand Island branch. She likes working with people, she thinks it is fun to get to know people/patients even if it is only for a short period of time. Getting to know all of the patients is very rewarding to her. In Kathee’s spare time she enjoys walking with her dog Romeo, riding her bicycle, reading, crochet and knitting. A quote she lives by is, “Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss
Ann Shirley: Occupational Therapist
Ann is from Kearney, Nebraska and got her undergraduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and obtained her advanced degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She became a therapist because when she observed an Occupational Therapist in high school she saw a gentleman raise his arm the highest he had since his stroke. She saw how happy it made him and his therapist and she decided then she wanted to do the same thing. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help people recover from an illness or injury so the person is able to complete their daily living, work tasks and hobbies as independently as possible. When Ann has spare time she enjoys running, volleyball, playing with her son and hanging out with family and friends. A quote she lives by is, “What matters to you” not, “What’s the matter with you?”