The professional staff with Family Physical Therapy strives to give the best of care to all patients at Mt. Carmel, Mother Hull and other surrounding communities across Nebraska . We offer personalized care for all of your Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy needs at these locations. The licensed staff at Family Physical Therapy offers a comprehensive treatment plan for all levels of care. Our goal is to see each patient through their therapy treatment to restore function and recover to their fullest extent.
Maintaining balance is essential for carrying out activities of daily living such as washing, dressing, getting in and out of the car and walking up stairs. Not only might a balance problem affect your ability to carry out these and other tasks, it also puts you at an increased risk for falls.
Our staff is committed to provide quality, effective balance restraining programs designed for the prevention of falls and improvements in balance, mobility and coordination. We will conduct a complete musculoskeletal exam and our therapists with perform an inventory of tests designed to measure gait and balance.
Each patient will receive a highly customized therapy program unique to his or her specific limitations and capabilities. Our therapists will teach the patient strategies to compensate for balance deficits to ensure safe, independent mobility for a healthy lifestyle.
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Tanya Cronk: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Tina Schmitz: Physical Therapist Assistant
Tina grew up on a farm by Naper, NE and went to college at Northeast Community College to obtain her Physical Therapist Assistant license. She went into the field because she wanted a career where she could make a difference and feel accomplished. Her favorite part of her job is meeting new people and seeing them reach their goals. When Tina has free time she likes going for walks, arts and crafts and anything outdoors. Her quote that she lives by is, “Everything happens for a reason.”
Becca Taylor: Physical Therapist Assistant
Becca is from St. Paul, Nebraska. She went into the field because she wanted to help people achieve and maintain a better quality of life as they age. Her favorite part of her day is seeing people’s excitement when they are able to return home. In Becca’s spare time she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, baking and doing different kinds of crafts and refurbishing. A quote she lives by is, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
Alisa Pecka: Occupational Therapist
Alisa grew up in Ravenna, NE and went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for her undergraduate and her advanced degree from Cox College in Springfield, MO. She states she has always had a natural act of caring for others. She shadowed an OT back in high school and immediately knew that was the career of her dreams. She loved how the medical field collaborated with the emotional and occupation-based needs of others to make such a wonderful field. Her favorite part of her day is the diversity of settings/people she is able to work in/with everyday. In Alisa’s spare time she enjoys boating, camping, fishing, hunting, spending time with friends/family and playing with her dog “Chip.” A quote she lives by is, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” –Mahatma Gandhi
Megan Harms: Physical Therapist
Megan is from Grand Island, NE and got her undergraduate from South Dakota State University and her advanced degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She received physical therapy in high school for a basketball injury and learned first hand how beneficial it is and was. Her favorite part about her day is having the opportunity to improve a persons life. In Megan’s spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and golfing. A quote she lives by is, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Misti Fiddelke: Physical Therapist
Lorene Miller: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Lorene Miller is from Kearney and went to Central Community College in Grand Island. Her favorite part of her day is watching each person conquer new tasks. The pride and happiness that comes across the patients faces when they complete a task makes each day worth it to her. She enjoys spending time getting to know each person and finding what is meaningful and important to them. After being a nurses aide for years she knew she wanted to be in a healthcare position with the ability to help people. She saw what occupational therapy did for the nursing home residents and knew that’s what she wanted to do with her life. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her three boys and husband. They enjoy swimming, fishing, and being outdoors! A quote she lives by is, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”
Ann Shirley: Occupational Assistant
Ann is from Kearney, Nebraska and received her undergraduate at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and received her advanced degree from the University of Kansas University Medical Center. She decided this was the field she wanted to go into when she observed an Occupational Therapist in high school and she saw a gentleman raise his arm the highest he had since his stroke. She saw the satisfaction in his face and knew that was what she wanted to do. 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. In Ann’s spare time she enjoys running, volleyball, playing with her son and hanging out with family and friends. A quote she lives by is, Occupational therapy practitioners ask, “what matters to you” not, “what’s the matter with you?”
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. Her passion is to help her patients so they 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.”
Shaun Hiemstra: Speech Therapist