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Therapy

L-R: Denny Gillard, Megan Foster, Eric Bradshaw, Tressa Beezley, Meredith Holt, Sharon Stewart, Caleb Geiger, Heather Mlekus
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L-R: Denny Gillard, Megan Foster, Eric Bradshaw, Tressa Beezley, Meredith Holt, Sharon Stewart, Caleb Geiger, Heather Mlekus

Girard Medical Center is committed to serving all patients with decreased mobility, Orthopedic Injuries, Sports Injuries, Orthopedic Surgeries, Neurologic Injuries, Wound Care, Work Related Injuries and Conditioning, and Speech Related Dysfunctions. Our therapy department features state-of-the art equipment and a comfortable, relaxing environment conducive to restoring your health in a timely manner. We provide one-on-one  In-Patient, Out-Patient, and Home Health Services.

Physical Therapy (PT) provides services where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, surgery, disease or environmental factors. Our Physical Therapy department develops an individual plan for each patient to promote the ability to move freely, reduce pain, restore functional mobility and prevent disability. Our team uses customized plans to maximize each patient's  mobility and get them back to good health.

Occupational Therapy (OT) involves the therapeutic use of self-care, work, and leisure activities to increase independent function and prevent disability.  Some specific areas of treatment include: ADLs (Activities of daily living)-grooming, feeding, dressing, bathing, toileting; use of adaptive equipment-elevated toilet seats, reachers, sock-aids; upper extremity range of motion, strengthening, fine motor coordination, splinting; energy conservation/work simplification techniques; homemaking tasks; vision; and cognitive perceptual tasks.  The goal of occupational therapy is to achieve a maximum level of independence by rebuilding important skills and abilities lost as a result of illness, injury, or disability; and by adapting the environment to meet the client€™s needs.

Speech Therapy (ST) specializes in the treatment of communication disorders, cognition, voice disorders, and swallowing difficulties.

Life Extenders is a program offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm - 7pm to anyone who would benefit from an exercise regime.  A CPR-trained PT employee is present and monitors the participants at all times.  Participants are offered one-on-one instruction until they are comfortable using the equipment on their own.

Our staff works as a team to provide the highest quality care for our patients. We are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm and we can be reached directly at 620.724.5159. Fax number is 620.724.5291

 

Meet our Staff:

Denny Gillard, Director of Physical Therapy
Denny is a graduate of KU Physical Therapy. He has been a therapist now for 13 years.  He has experience in Manual Therapy, wound care, Home health, Inpatient, Outpatient, Neurologic injuries, Sport Injury Rehab, spine pain and injuries, Work related injuries, and Orthopedic injuries/surgeries.  He has his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from KU Medical Center Physical Therapy.  Denny is a resident of Girard and is married with 2 children.  He loves practicing physical therapy and looks forward to serving his community and his patients.

Eric Bradshaw, Physical Therapist
Eric is a graduate of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO where he received his doctorate in Physical Therapy.  He received his credentials to become an OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist) in New Mexico.  Eric is a resident of Pittsburg and he and his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Youtsos, are proud parents of a little girl.

Tressa Newberry, Director of Occupational Therapy
Tressa is a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she received her Master in Occupational Therapy.  Prior to graduate school, Tressa attended Kansas State University, where she received her Bachelor in Biology.   Tressa is an active member of both the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, and Girard Medical Center Foundation .  Tressa currently resides in Girard with her husband and 2 children.

Caleb Geiger, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Caleb is a recent graduate of Neosho County Community College.  He enjoys watching sports, golfing, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Meredith Clark, Certified Physical Therapy Assistant
Meredith is a 2005 graduate from NEO A&M where she received her education in physical therapy.  She has been an employee of GMC since 2011. Meredith and her husband, Joseph, are active in the Girard community where they reside with their 3 children.

Megan Foster, Certified Physical Therapy Assistant
Megan is a graduate of Kansas City Kansas Community College where she received her education in Physical Therapy.  Prior to school for Physical Therapy, Megan attended Ottawa University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.  Megan is an active member in the Kansas Physical Therapy Association as well as the American Physical Therapy Association.  Megan currently resides in Girard wither husband and baby boy.

Heather Mlekus, PT/OT Tech
Heather has been with GMC since 1997. Heather assists the therapists and performs all clerical duties, she also oversees the LIfe Extender program.  Heather resides in Arma.