Physical Therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and PT Education.
Our team of Physical Therapists are highly educated, licensed professionals who bring over 100-years of experience to the table. They will work with you individually to help you learn how to prevent or manage your condition so that you can regain motion, reduce pain, and improve your quality of life.
Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior, starting a more active lifestyle or recovering from a stroke, surgery or injury, we will work with you to create an individualized program for recovery. This may include:
- Therapeutic Exercises
- Manual Therapy Techniques (Soft Tissue & Joint Mobilization)
- Gait Training
- Neuromuscular Re-education (Balance & Proprioception)
- Mechanical Traction
- Electrical Stimulation/ TENS unit
- Laser Light Therapy
- Deep dry needling
- Kinesio Taping
- Biodex Balance Testing & Treatment
- Lymphedema Massage & Wrapping
- Wound Debridement & Dressing Changes
We take an integrative approach to care, allowing you to receive multiple therapies and additional services all at one time. As a patient, you have a choice where you receive therapy. Please ask your physician for a referral.
While it may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting, and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal issues.
Dry needling is a treatment performed by our skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in this procedure. A thin needle is inserted into the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for managing neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
So, what is a trigger point? A trigger point is a tight band in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict the range of motion, or cause tenderness. When dry needling is used on a dysfunctional muscle or trigger point, it can decrease banding or tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce local and referred pain.
To learn more about Dry Needling at Memorial Medical Center, watch the video below:
Physical therapy wound care is for patients who have open wounds as a result of pressure, poor circulation, trauma, surgery, and/or diabetes. Most common wounds treated by wound care specialists are:
- Necrotic wounds
- Stage III, IV or unstageable pressure ulcers
- Diabetic wounds
- Chronic wounds
- Venous and/or arterial wounds
- Extremity wounds with edema
- Non-healing surgical wounds
What does physical therapy wound care involve?
Patients must be referred by their physician to physical therapy wound care.
Physical therapy wound care begins with an evaluation and development of an individualized care plan. Common treatment approaches can include:
- Measurement and documentation of the wound characteristics
- Cleaning of the wound
- Debridement (removal) of any dead tissue
- Selection and application of wound dressing
- Application of compression if necessary
- Education of the patient, caregivers and/or family members regarding wound care and dressing changes
To learn more about Wound Care at Memorial Medical Center, watch the video below:
Vestibular rehabilitation, within the scope of physical therapy, addresses symptoms of vertigo and dizziness. These symptoms affect how you move throughout the day.
Vertigo may lead you to avoid certain positions because of fear of intense room spinning sensations. Dizziness affects your ability to move throughout your day, and both vertigo and dizziness affect your balance.
Physical therapists use vestibular rehabilitation methods to help eliminate and reduce symptoms, as well as teach you ways to compensate for symptoms that interfere with your activities.
Click the video below to learn more about Vestibular Therapy at MMC:
Lori Anderson, PT, DPT
Lori is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in manual therapy/hands-on techniques and is an advanced fascial counterstain practitioner. She graduated from the University of North Dakota and has been practicing for over 15 years. Her continuing education has focused on the treatment of spine disorders, chronic pain, myofascial pain, joint pain, and pelvic health. Lori practices a holistic and individualized style of treatment, also achieving a diploma in osteopathic manual practice. She is a certified health coach.
Kathy Chenier, PT
Kathy received her masters in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica with an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology. She has a particular interest in orthopedics, joint replacement, pediatrics, sports/athletics, and deep dry needling. She enjoys running, hiking, cross-country skiing, camping, and spending time with her family.
Jill Gibbon, PT, DPT, CWS
Jill received her bachelor of science in exercise and sport science from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, and her doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of North Dakota. She sees patients of all ages with all types of conditions. She is a certified wound specialist, has advanced training in TMJ/TMD, performs dry needling, and enjoys problem-solving to get at the root of her patient’s symptoms. She enjoys outdoor time with her husband and two sons. Fun fact: Jill was a three-sport college athlete competing in soccer, hockey, and track and field. She now coaches her sons’ hockey and soccer teams.
Nikki Gleeson, PT, DPT
Nikki grew up in Ashland and was a three-sport athlete. She continued on in athletics by receiving her bachelor of science in exercise science followed by a doctorate of physical therapy. She primarily sees athletes and children, but she’s also certified in dry needling, a process that treats pain and movement impairments by inserting a thin needle through the skin into areas of the muscle. She plans to further her education in pediatrics and sports physical therapy, including emergency athlete assessment and treatment. She enjoys the outdoors with her family and black lab.
Mitch Kontny, PT, DPT
Mitch completed his undergraduate in biomedical science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls followed by a graduate doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has a particular interest in orthopedics, vestibular/balance treatment, and sports therapies.
Betty Madison, PT, CLT, CWS, DWC
Betty has been practicing physical therapy for 30 years. A graduate of St. Scholastica, Betty is a certified lymphedema therapist who can help people manage arm, leg or trunk swelling caused by damage to the venous or lymphatic system. She is also a certified diabetic wound care specialist. She enjoys cross-country skiing, road bicycling, and general outdoor activities.
Bernadette Mattila, PT
Bernadette received her physical therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She sees patients of all ages and specializes in vestibular and concussion therapy. She is also the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Memorial Medical Center.
Courtney Roush, PT, CLT
Courtney has worked at Memorial Medical Center for 14 years. As a physical therapist, she sees patients of all ages but also specializes in lymphedema therapy which seeks to reduce swelling in an arm or leg caused by an impaired lymphatic system. She is also certified in dry needling, inserting thin needles into the skin at specific areas throughout the body. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor of science in physical therapy.
Mike Weispfenning, PT, DPT
Mike has a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a doctorate of physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica. He likes working with patients in many different areas of physical therapy practice and he enjoys outdoor activities.