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Personalized care and treatment
At Arbor Health we know that it is best to recover close to home. That is why we offer both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services at Morton Hospital. Our goal is to facilitate restoration of prior skills, acquisition of new skills, and maintenance of current functional skills. In addition, we help to establish adaptive strategies, determine assistive device needs and identify techniques to promote independence and safety.
Whether you are recovering from surgery, have an acute injury, a chronic ongoing condition or a life-changing event like a stroke, our staff can help you achieve your goals. Once we receive a referral from your primary healthcare provider, we will schedule you for an evaluation with the appropriate discipline; physical, occupational or speech therapy.
We provide comprehensive and compassionate evaluation, treatment, training, and education. Our approach is patient and family centered to support you, the patient, in your learning and recovery. Our services are available for school age, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.
Services are available for:
- Aquatic therapy
- Balance and fall prevention
- Chronic pain
- Cognition and memory
- Concussion rehab
- Extremity pain and weakness
- Hand therapy
- Home safety and adaptation
- Joint replacement rehab
- Medical massage therapy
- Neurologic rehabilitation e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s, etc.
- Orthopedic rehabilitation
- Pediatric speech and occupational therapy
- Pelvic floor pain and incontinence
- Pre-op prehabilitation
- Spine rehab
- Sports therapy
- Vestibular assessments
- Voice and communication rehab
- Wheelchair assessments
See below for more detailed information on the different therapy services we offer.
Rehabilitation Services Director Edwin Meelhuysen
Edwin Meelhuysen has been a Physical Therapist for over 30 years. Though he grew up in Ohio, he has spent much of his career in the Pacific Northwest. After completing his undergraduate work in Lincoln, Neb., he went on to Physical Therapy School at Loma Linda University. He later attended the University of Oregon in their graduate program in Exercise and Movement Science.
Edwin has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, hospital-based outpatient, preventative medicine and skilled nursing where he went on to be a facility and then regional manager. He spent the next 10 years in outpatient orthopedics where he managed clinics in Oregon for a large outpatient group.
In 2010 he moved to Lincoln where he went to work as a lead therapist on the acute inpatient rehab unit at a large community hospital/trauma center and eventually became the Rehab Services Manager, overseeing the acute care, adult and pediatric outpatient and athletic training departments, covering the hospitals' two campuses.
With the goal of moving closer to his granddaughters in Oregon, he moved to Washington State in 2017, providing direct patient care. His desire to return to leadership and love for Lewis County lead him to accept the position as Rehab Services Director at Arbor Health, Morton Hospital in April of 2019. Edwin still sees patients as a clinical mentor and is a certified orthotic provider.
In addition to work, he loves to be outside and active, hiking, and training for triathlons. In 2019, he completed his first half-marathon and the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim in a day with his wife. Ed has three grown children living in the Pacific Northwest and loves being with his granddaughters. Ed is also actively involved with his church.
Chana Albracht, MPT
Chana Albracht earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific Union College and her master’s degree in physical therapy from Andrews University. During her 20-plus years as a physical therapist, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute care, pulmonary rehabilitation and home health. Her areas of expertise include orthopedic injuries and surgeries, vestibular and balance disorders and women’s health. With a desire to live in a small town and closer to family, Chana moved to Morton from Texas in 2013.
Chana developed the pelvic floor physical therapy program at Arbor Health, Morton Hospital in order to bring this much needed service closer to home for the residents of East Lewis County. She is currently working toward becoming a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
Chana particularly enjoys the close relationships and teamwork demonstrated by the dynamic group of therapists at Morton Hospital and their dedication to expanding the therapy services provided to the community.
When she is not working, she spends every spare minute with her husband and their children. She enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, skiing, hiking and mountain biking. She is actively involved in homeschooling as well as church activities including children’s programs and teaching.
Amy Ballard, PT, DPT
Amy Ballaard earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at the University of Utah and her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Amy has worked previously in physical therapy research with stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease patients. As a therapist, she has worked in acute care, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation.
Amy loves working at Arbor Health, Morton Hospital because it gives her the opportunity to serve the local community and enjoys the challenge of the variety of diagnoses that the clinic encounters. Amy spent six months as a traveling therapist at Arbor Health prior to accepting a permanent position. She is excited to be a part of our team and is looking forward to assisting to grow our specialty programs and spread the word of what our clinic can offer to the community.
When not in the clinic, you can find Amy skiing at White Pass or on the local hiking trails.
Debi Cole, PTA
Debi Cole received an Applied Science degree in the Arts of Physical Therapy in 1985. For the past 34 years, she has been working with adult orthopedics, aquatics, geriatrics, acute care, sports medicine, neurological conditions, balance deficits--and early in her career, worked with pediatrics in the clinic setting as well as the school setting.
Debi has been a lifelong learner. She has taken multiple continuing education courses, staying up to date with the latest Physical Therapy techniques and evidence-based care. She is currently working to complete her Certificate in Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency certification so that she can better serve the residents of East Lewis County at the therapy pool here at Arbor Health, Morton Hospital.
Debi is passionate about being able to serve the people in her local community by providing excellent care, close to home.
She and her husband have lived locally for over 25 years. When not at work, she enjoys family time with her grandkids, camping, cooking, hiking, church activities, going to the beach and at times just hanging out on the couch binge watching her favorite TV programs.
Karli Devoe, MS OTR/L
Karli Devoe was born and raised in Olympia, Wash. After completing her undergrad degree in Race Studies at The Evergreen State College she worked as a Spanish Medical Interpreter for several years. While working as an interpreter with Industrial Rehab clients, Karli concluded that there should be more Spanish-speaking providers in the healthcare field. She began to think about a career change and going back to school. Her younger sister was studying Occupational Therapy at Eastern Washington University and casually mentioned to Karli that she should consider OT, and the rest is history.
Karli earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from EWU and has been a practicing occupational therapist for the past four years. Much of her experience has been working with skilled nursing rehab patients but she has also spent time working in Home Health, Industrial Rehab, Hand Therapy, Acute Care and Pediatric Rehab.
Karli recently married in a tiny ceremony on her parents’ back deck, officiated by her father. She and her husband, Perry, just moved to Packwood in the Spring of 2020 and they are very excited to hike, camp, and explore the area.
Karli is very happy to part of Arbor Health’s awesome rehab team!
Mikaela Flowers, PT, DPT
Mikaela Flowers comes to Arbor Health from West Texas where she graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Hardin-Simmons University after completing her undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University.
Mikaela has experience in multiple settings through her program, including acute care, outpatient and assisted living facilities. While in physical therapy school, she earned additional training in Parkinson’s Disease rehab and headache management.
Mikaela has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Arbor Health, Morton Hospital because of the close-knit population that reminds her of the rural community in which she grew up in.
Mikaela is thrilled to be a part of the team and looks forward to having a positive impact on the community and patients she sees. When not in the clinic, you can find her with her husband and dogs on a hike or enjoying a good book.
Christina Foxley, MA CCC-SLP
Christina Foxley has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology since receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minnesota.
Christina has experience in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, working with swallowing disorders, voice disorders, stroke recovery, cognitive-communication disorders and degenerative diseases. Christina has also worked in the school and pediatric outpatient settings gaining experience with language delays and/or disorders, articulation (sounds) delays and/or disorders, fluency (stuttering) disorders, and voice disorders in the pediatric population.
Christina loves working as a team with patients, their family, caregivers, and colleagues to provide everyone with the best chance to overcome their communication and/or swallowing challenges.
In her free time, you can find her exploring the Pacific Northwest, showing her visiting friends/families around the area, learning how to cook, and playing with and training her new puppy.
Bryan Gettys, PT, DPT
Bryan Gettys completed his undergraduate training at the University of LaVern in California while he served in the U.S. Navy in the Avionics department. After his time in the military, Bryan completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of New England in Portland, Maine.
Since then, Bryan has been practicing physical therapy treatment around the country broadening his skills as a traveling therapist. He has special interests in dysfunction of the spine, sports medicine, working with the aging population, orthopedics, manual therapy and neurological dysfunction.
Bryan has a strong passion for sports, both participating in and working with individuals who also share his enthusiasm. His future professional goals include: community integration, orthopedic manual certifications, and combining technology to enhance patient care.
When not in the clinic, you can find Bryan enjoying all sorts of outdoor activities or working on his other passion, wood working.
Sami Jo Vertz, LMT
Sami Jo Vertz received her diploma in Massage Therapy from Everest College, Vancouver Washington, in 2014. She is board certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Sami has experience working with a wide range of symptoms including repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, arthritis, migraines,fibromyalgia and stress related conditions. Sami has additional certification in intra-oral massage and is trained in multiple modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release and Trigger Point, Accupressure, cupping and hot stone.
She is very passionate about helping people find relief from pain from injuries and stress of everyday life and enjoys working as a team with her patients and colleagues to provide the best care outcome possible.
Sami is lifelong learner she enjoys researching and learning everything she can about the human body and is currently taking course work to earn her certification as a Personal Trainer as well as continued education classes in massage therapy.
Sami was born in Japan and had lived in many other countries before her family settled in Washington State in 1984. She married her husband, a longtime resident of Randle, and moved here herself in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband, trail riding with her horses, training dogs, gardening, hiking and good conversation around a warm fire.
Physical therapy (PT) helps reduce pain and improve or restore your physical function, mobility, and fitness level.
It assists with any of the conditions listed:
- Tendon or ligament problems.
- Post joint replacements and other orthopedic surgeries.
- Balance deficits.
- Limited mobility.
Occupational therapy (OT) helps with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, grooming and feeding. High level functional skills are also addressed and include: meal preparation, money management, shopping, community navigation, household chores and school- or job-related skills.
Occupational therapy assists with any of the conditions listed:
- Limited mobility.
- Post joint replacements and other orthopedic surgeries.
- Cognitive deficits.
- Poor endurance.
- Tendon and ligament problems.
Speech therapy (ST) helps with communication, thinking skills, and swallowing. Skills include those needed at home, in the community, at work, and at school.
Speech therapy assists with any of the conditions listed:
- Voice disorders.
- Fluency (stuttering).
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing.
- Disorders of speech.
- Cognitive deficits, e.g. difficulty with memory, concentration, problem solving, etc.
- Difficulty with language which includes reading, writing, math, listening and understanding, and word finding.
Adult Speech and Language Information
Children's Speech and Language Information
Medical Massage is an outcome-based treatment conducted by pressing, rubbing and manipulating skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from a light touch to deep pressure, depending on the need.
Medical Massage differs from spa massage in that medical massage therapists use a broader set of therapies for muscle health and recovery. In addition, medical massage therapists provide a targeted plan for treatment along with recommendations for a series of timed visits versus a periodic spa visit.
Medical massage is often used to:
- Manage pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve circulation
- Relieve nerve compression
- Increase flexibility
- Facilitate recovery after exercise or activity
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Our rehabilitation services team is dedicated to continually expand the care that we provide for you. Our therapists can personalize your therapy program to meet your individual needs. We are here to help you return to work, to your daily activities and to the things you love doing the most.
Office Hours of Operation:
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday