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For information about any of the following programs or to contact any of our therapists, email us or call 706-475-3511.

Amputee Rehabilitation
Physical therapy intervention prepares a patient with recent amputation for fitting of a prosthesis (pre-prosthetic therapy) as well as continued therapy for prosthesis management and gait training (post-prosthetic therapy). The goal of therapy is to facilitate safe and functional mobility of the patient in the home and community.

Aphasia Intensive Program
Offered by our speech therapists and supported by recent research that demonstrates benefit from intensive treatment with progress noted in both acute and chronic aphasia for improved communication.

Marianna Wright, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy rehabilitation is typically a short course of guided, therapeutic exercise in our heated, indoor pool for those patients who are initially unable to effectively participate in land-based therapy. The goal of aquatic therapy is to help low functioning patients transition to more challenging interventions in the regular clinic setting (land-based) or transition to a community-based pool program for maintenance exercise.

Laurie Guy, PTA

Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)< br />AAC intervention is vital to children who are unable to communicate through gesture, speech and/or written expression. AAC utilizes any piece of equipment to maintain, improve or increase the functional communication capabilities of children with disabilities. Pediatric Rehab offers the capability to evaluate children, treat, train and provide a lending library for patients and their families for AAC.

Kelley Claas, M.Ed., CCC/SLP

"Before The Fall" Balance Program
A physical therapy evaluation is completed to assess balance, range of motion, strength, and gait. An occupational therapy evaluation may be recommended to assess environmental, lifestyle factors, and balance. The whole person is assessed to address issues that may contribute to an increased risk of falling and subsequent injury. Therapeutic exercise and a patient-specific home exercise program address the problems identified during evaluation. This program is best suited for patients who can exercise independently or who have strong, consistent family support to assist in the routine. Patients with cognitive deficits, memory deficits, or a history of falls would benefit from a traditional rehabilitation treatment program.

Cancer Rehabilitation
This program focuses on regaining muscle strength, improving endurance, and increasing mobility of patients who are currently undergoing or have completed cancer treatment. Our therapists specialize in Breast Cancer rehabilitation, addressing the limitations faced by those diagnosed with breast cancer. The program concentrates on strengthening the shoulder, chest, back and abdominal muscles to help regain full function of the affected area and improve posture. Aerobic conditioning is also addressed to decrease the fatigue level experienced by most patients. The program also includes manual therapy to address scar mobility, pain and upper extremity tightness associated with scar tissue formation.

Mary Kathryn McSwain, PT, MPT
Lisa Wommack, OTR/L, CLT

Cochlear Implant/Auditory Training
Cochlear implants are an alternative for improving auditory skills in hearing impaired children who receive little or no benefit from hearing aids. A cochlear implant is an electrical, prosthetic device implanted in the damaged part of the inner ear and provides auditory sensory input. Intense auditory verbal training is required for a child to successfully use a cochlear implant for hearing, communication, and speaking. Our therapist has completed the Network of Educators for Children with Cochlear Implants Curriculum (NECCI) to appropriately provide auditory training for these children.

Kelley Claas, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Cognitive Rehabilitation
Program for patients with impaired cognitive functions including: attention/concentration, memory, reasoning, executive functions, and language skills. The program is particularly designed for patients wishing to transition back to the community and returning to work or school. Computer assisted programs may be used.

Marianna Wright, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Jennifer Ponder, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Tracy Young, OTR/L

Driving and Aging - How Old You Are is Not the Issue
The course will cover driving skills and abilities, normal aging and its effect on driving, self and family assessments for drivers, playing it safe and self-limiting driving, and driving retirement. Resources for further guidance will be presented.

Tracy Young, OTRL

Driving Evaluation in Clinic
Part One Clinic assessment provides a thorough evaluation of skills needed for driving such as strength, brake reaction time, visual acuity and perceptual skills, memory and sequencing. Following successful completion of Part One, the individual will be referred to a Certified Driver Trainer to complete Part Two- Behind the Wheel Test. Clients not passing Part One Clinic assessment may be given a home program or treatment to improve skills.

Tracy Young, OTRL

Dysphagia/Modified Barium Swallow Testing*
Dysphagia treatment can benefit those with swallowing problems caused by neurological diagnosis, progressive diseases and head/neck cancers. The specially trained speech language pathologists utilize diagnostic and treatment procedures including modified barium swallows (MBS), diet modifications, and exercise programs to facilitate improved swallowing function. (*Swallow study is performed in the main hospital building.) Vital Stim is offered as a modality to stimulate weak muscles involved in swallowing

Jennifer Ponder, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Jeanne Das, M.A, CCC-SLP

Early Intervention
Developmental assessments are completed for children from infancy to school age. If delays are identified, a plan of care is developed in conjunction with parents to assist the child in developing skills. These may include speech, motor skills and functional activities.

Hand Therapy
Occupational therapists evaluate and treat acute to cumulative injuries as well as arthritic conditions of the hand. Post-surgical hand treatment is also offered and may include brace or splint fabrication as part of the plan of care.

Tracy Young, OTR/L
Julie Rivers, OTR/L

Lymphedema Program
Our Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) provides manual lymphatic drainage (a specialized, advanced training technique), compression bandaging, exercise, and education to manage primary and secondary pathologic swelling of the extremities. Lymphedema management therapy is offered to patients who develop post-surgical swelling from procedures such as mastectomy and lymph node dissections.

Lisa Wommack, OTR/L, CLT

Neurological Rehabilitation/General
Team of highly experienced occupational, physical, and speech therapists provide individual treatment with a personalized, coordinated approach to care of individuals who have neurological deficits from strokes, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Other diagnoses treated include Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. ARMC social work is often engaged to assist these patients and families.

Tracy Young, OTR/L
Jennifer Ponder, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Marianna Wright, M.Ed., CCC/SLP

Neuromuscular Re-education
Evaluation and treatment for children with various diagnoses that include the following, but are not limited to, cerebral palsy, torticollis, traumatic brain injury, idiopathic toe walking, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, or any other developmental delay. The therapist works closely with the family and team members to formulate a specialized plan for each child. In addition, the therapist will make recommendations for custom orthotics and adaptive equipment.

Laurie Fox, PT

Orthopedic Rehabilitation/General
Our experienced physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who evaluate and provide one to one care for orthopedic conditions of the shoulders, knees, hips, ankle, foot and spine. Individualized treatment plans of care are devised for patients who are post-surgical, non-operative, or injured in sports activities. Treatment for patients with diagnoses of osteoporosis and/or osteopenia is offered.

Amanda Stewart, PT, DPT
Eddie Joslyn, PT, M.S.
Mary Kathryn McSwain, PT, MPT
Laurie Guy, PTA
Danielle Couch, PTA

Osteoporosis
We offer treatment for those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia to increase their ability to function in a safe way and prevent functional limitations.

Julie Rivers, OTR/L

Pediatric Rehabilitation
Our team of highly experienced occupational, physical, and speech therapists provide individual treatment with family engagement using a coordinated approach to care for children with a variety of developmental challenges and injuries. The ARMC social work is often engaged to assist these patients and families.

Laurie Fox, PT
Kelley Claas, M.Ed., SLP-CCC
Kim Crowe, OT
Marcie Cochran, M.Ed., SLP-CCC

Pediatric Feeding/Dysphagia/Modified Barium Swallows
Evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders for infants to young adults with feeding challenges. Issues are addressed by an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals including: physicians, radiologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and nutritional dietitians. These specially trained individuals utilize diagnostic and treatment procedures including videofluoroscopy swallowing studies (MBS), pre-feeding evaluation, compensatory/stimulation techniques, and specialized diet recommendations.

Jennifer Ponder, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Pelvic Health for Women and Men
Experienced orthopedic physical therapists with advanced training evaluate and treat pelvic pain, pelvic laxity. These conditions can result in urinary/fecal incontinence and/or pain with activities of daily living, including sexual intercourse. This program includes, but is not limited to, assessment of structural and compensatory influences throughout the body, incorporating biomechanics, motor control, joint/myofascial restrictions, and core activation. We assess the pelvic musculature intravaginally and/or intrarectally. Treatment may include EMG biofeedback and other modalities including electrical stimulation, manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, education in good bladder/bowel habits, instruction correct posture/body mechanics, and home program with use of dilators as needed. We often use Pilates equipment and exercises for rehab.

Teresa Morneault, DPT
Kelly Poole, PT, MPT

Pregnancy and Postpartum Rehabilitation
Experienced orthopedic physical therapists with advanced training evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy. This includes but is not limited to appropriate exercises, self-care home program including correct body mechanics, manual therapy, and recommendations for stability belts/supports. Postpartum rehab focuses on strength/stabilization of the lumbo pelvic musculature, building endurance, and education in correct posture/body mechanics when caring for a new baby. Women that have painful scars from a Cesarean delivery or episiotomy/tear can benefit from ultrasound and scar massage.

Teresa Morneault, DPT
Kelly Poole, PT, MPT

Spinal Rehabilitation
Our therapists have advanced training in a variety of approaches in evaluating and treating neck, mid-back, low back, and sacral/pelvic orthopedic problems. Headaches, of musculoskeletal origins, are also treated by the spinal therapists. Spinal radiating symptoms/radiculopathies into the upper and lower extremities are either ruled out or incorporated into the spinal treatment course. Spinal rehabilitation includes both non-operative and post-surgical cases.

Amanda Stewart, PT, DPT
Eddie Joslyn, PT, M.S.
Mary Kathryn McSwain, PT, MPT

Sensory Integration
Sensory integration therapy is utilized when children have difficulty “organizing” themselves or integrating their senses of touch, smell, vision, hearing, taste, position sense and balance sense. They may present with hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, lack of responsiveness, and/or lack of attention. Therapists use a variety of tasks and techniques, including parent education formulate “sensory diets” at home. This form of treatment encourages the integration of senses and assists children in gaining and organizing their sensory information so they can lives their lives more fully.

Kim Crowe, OTR/L

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Our therapist has the certificate of competence from Emory University in vestibular rehabilitation. She treats individuals experiencing symptoms of dizziness, positional vertigo, motion sensitivity, and loss of balance.

Vision Therapy
Our Low Vision Rehabilitation Certified therapist evaluates and treats those who have functional vision problems including: scanning or search deficits, loss of acuity, and any functional deficits resulting from neurological diseases, macular degeneration, diabetic neuropathy, glaucoma and cataracts. The goals are to assist the patients in safely returning to their daily activities and identify and implement strategies to improve independence.

Tracy L. Young, OTR/L

Voice Therapy
A variety of services to address problems such hoarseness, vocal fold weakness and cough. This may include evaluation; preventative care and treatments are offered for singers and vocal professionals. Our therapists have advanced training to provide Laryngeal Videostroboscopy (LVES), which is used to examine and analyze vocal cord movement. Our Lee Silverman Voice Treatment certified therapist uses this proven program to help patients with neurologically impaired voice disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Marianna Wright, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Jennifer Ponder, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Women's Health
Our Women's Health program includes physical therapy for pelvic pain, incontinence and rehab following gynecological surgery and treatment.

Kelly Poole, PT