Kearney Family Physical Therapy – Kearney Regional Medical Center
Family Physical Therapy is located within the building for inpatient and outpatient services.
804 22nd Ave
All services include an in depth evaluation with therapeutic interventions designed to improve, develop, correct, rehabilitate, and/or prevent the worsening of physical functions that have been lost, impaired, or reduced as a result of acute or chronic medical conditions/injuries.
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
(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 obtained 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.
Jill Wright: Occupational Therapist
Jill grew up on a farm/ranch 20 miles north of Newport, Nebraska. She went to Kearney State College and got her advanced degree from University of Kansas Medical Center. She enjoys hiking, traveling and anything that is outdoors. Being able to help people, so they can live life to the best of their abilities is one of her favorite parts of her job and helping someone progress toward their goals and seeing someone happy with their accomplishments fulfills her days.
Dave Howsden: Physical Therapist Assistant
Dave grew up in South Central Nebraska and went to Colby Community College to obtain his Physical Therapist Assistant license. When he has free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He became a PTA because he had personally been through physical therapy, and after being told he needed to change professions, he felt this field would be very rewarding. He especially likes seeing a smile of someone that is happy with their outcome.
Dan Kern: Physical Therapist Assistant
Dan grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska and went to Northeast Community College to obtain his Physical Therapist Assistant license. He was already in the medical profession when he decided to obtain his degree, but he wanted to further his education to be able to further help and treat his patients. He loves hearing the “Thank you’s” from the people he has helped. When he has free time he enjoys golfing, camping and spending time with his family. The quote he lives by is, “It is what it is.”
Brett Shipp: Physical Therapist
Brett grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney for his undergraduate and to Creighton University to obtain his advanced degree in Physical Therapy. He became a Physical Therapist because he knew from a very young age that he wanted to go into a profession where he could help people. He was also given the opportunity to shadow a Physical Therapist and he immediately fell in love with the profession. His favorite part of his day is getting the opportunity to work with people of all different backgrounds and helping patients achieve their goals and/or get them back to the activities they love and enjoy. When Brett has free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, being at the lake and cycling. A quote he lives by is, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine
Crystal Hinrichs: Speech Therapist
Crystal is from Kearney, Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She became a Speech Therapist so she could help others communicate so they can 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.”
Joe Almazan: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Joe is from Gibbon, Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Central Community College in Grand Island. He became a therapist because he loves helping others achieve their goals and making a difference in their lives. His favorite part of his job is seeing his patients reach their goals to improve their quality of life and meeting new people and their families. When Joe has spare time he enjoys playing sports, especially volleyball and most importantly spending time with his family and friends. A quote he lives by is, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful,” Joshua J Marine.
Ann Shirley: Occupational Therapist
Ann is from Kearney, Nebraska and got her undergraduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and 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?”
(Front row, pictured left to right)
Kelsey Land: Physical Therapist
Kelsey Land grew up here in Kearney and went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to obtain her advanced degree in Physical Therapy. Her passion for athletics and the rehabilitation process following an injury in high school was where her interest and excitement for Physical Therapy originated. It grew into a love for helping others meet and exceed their physical goals. She especially enjoys the connection formed with others when she as a therapist educates and empower patients to reach their full potential. In Kelsey’s spare time she likes running with her golden doodles, Marley and Luna, traveling with her husband and playing women’s volleyball. A quote she lives by is, “Be tough minded, but tenderhearted” –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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 to her 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
Shaun Hiemstra: Speech Therapist
Elizabeth Klinginsmith (Liz): Physical Therapist
Liz Klinginsmith grew up in Seward, Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney for her undergraduate in Communication Disorders and obtained her advanced degree in PT at the University of Nebraska Medical Center UNMC. She went into her career path as she thought she wanted to be a Speech Pathologist throughout all of her undergrad career and realized before she graduated that she wanted to be more hands-on working with patients and mobility. Her favorite part of her day is listening to patients’ stories and helping them improve their quality of life. In her spare time she enjoys trying new breweries/restaurants with her husband. A quote she lives by is, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis