MRHC Welcomes New Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapist, Amanda Arneson

The therapy department at Manning Regional Healthcare Center is excited to welcome a new Occupational Therapist, Amanda Arneson, MOTR/L, to the therapy team. Arneson is now offering a wide range of occupational therapy services at MRHC for people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental, or psychological impairment, need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapist, Amanda Arneson

“I am thrilled to be joining the team as an Occupational Therapist here at MRHC,” shared Arneson. “I fell in love with occupational therapy when I observed in Carroll at the hospital. I knew immediately that I wanted to help people of all ages get back to doing all the things they want to do independently. I am looking forward to growing the Occupational Therapy department here at MRHC and I have a big vision for the future,” Arneson said.

Therapy Director, Taylor Nelson, PT, DPT, is excited for Arneson to join the team and looks forward to being able to offer occupational therapy services full time at MRHC.

“Amanda is a great asset to add to the Rehab Department and has experience treating a wide range of diagnoses,” said Nelson. “Occupational therapy can be beneficial for many different individuals ranging from children with developmental issues to people recovering from stroke. OT’s wheelhouse focuses on treating not just the diagnosis but treating the person as a whole in order to reach their functional goals.”

Arneson will offer occupational therapy services for adults who have difficulties with routine care such as brushing their teeth, getting dressed, feeding themselves breakfast, or driving to work. She will also provide pediatric care which consists of ensuring that children are meeting developmental milestones and progressing as they should. Pediatric services can include helping with handwriting and behavioral and mental health.

“My passions are in mental health and pediatrics,” Arneson shared. “I hope to explore more and bring skilled therapy here locally, so we don’t have to drive so far outside of town with our little kiddos.”

Geriatric services will be available as well. Arneson has experience working in local nursing homes and brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to geriatric care. She will work to get elderly people stronger and back home to be able to live independently.

After graduating from Audubon High School in 2012, Arneson received her master’s in Occupational Therapy at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. Arneson and her husband live in Audubon with their two children. She enjoys spending time with family as well as doing anything outdoors.

To schedule an occupational therapy appointment, call (712) 655-8298.

MRHC Therapy Department Evolves to Improve Patient Experience

Sadie Schwartz, new speech therapist at MRHC

The therapy department at MRHC has undergone several changes within the last few months in order to improve the overall patient experience and convenience of appointments. Most recently, a new speech therapist, Sadie Schwartz, M.A. CCC-SLP, has joined the therapy team. Sadie Schwartz, new speech therapist at MRHC

Schwartz is now offering speech therapy services at MRHC that can address issues with speaking, reading, listening, writing, thinking, and swallowing.

“There are many different ages and areas that we focus on with speech services: cognitive, articulation, expressive/receptive language and swallowing. I typically serve school age but have experience with adults as well,” said Schwartz.

Schwartz graduated with her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota in 2016. She worked for Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) in Eastern Iowa for three years while her husband was in dental school. Sadie and her husband, Dr. Derek Schwartz, dentist at Manning Dental, moved to Templeton in 2019. Sadie currently works full-time as a Speech Therapist for Green Hills AEA.

“I was hired at MRHC as a PRN employee, so I work as needed and after hours of my full-time job,” shared Schwartz. “The hospital is convenient for me and close to home.”

In addition to speech therapy, the therapy department offers physical and occupational therapy. To provide convenient and flexible care for physical therapy patients, new hours have been announced. Physical therapy appointments are now available on:
Monday and Wednesday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 7:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The therapy team is also trying to transform the perception of physical therapy. MRHC Physical therapist Taylor Nelson, PT, DPT reminds everyone of the benefits it can have.

“Many people associate physical therapy only with rehabilitation after suffering an injury or recovering from surgery, but physical therapy can also help those who may be dealing with any sort of acute or chronic pain,” shared Nelson.

According to Choose PT, here are five reasons to choose physical therapy for pain:
1. Get better safely, without fear of causing further injury
2. Stay physically active to avoid risk of surgery and the need for pain medication
3. Recover as soon as possible
4. Avoid other problems caused by chronic pain
5. Achieve your goals

“In the therapy department at MRHC, our treatment philosophy first focuses on identifying the root cause of your pain or dysfunction, then developing an individualized treatment plan to address muscle imbalances that may have contributed to the injury, pain, or are a result of your condition,” said Nelson.

Nelson and the physical therapy team utilize an exercise-based approach in their treatment plans, whether that be strengthening or stretching certain muscles, or hands on techniques to facilitate movement of stiff joints or tightness within the muscles.

One thing that has remained the same is the therapy team’s continuum of care close to home.

“The past few years have taught us that receiving high quality healthcare should not be something you expect to travel multiple hours for,” said Nelson. “Our goal is to listen to each individual and identify the cause of your symptoms, what important activities in your life have been limited by your condition, develop a plan to reach your goals, and communicate with your health team on what is going on.”

To schedule an appointment in the therapy department, call (712) 655-8298.