Medical Services

Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation

The Clarinda Regional Health Center Rehabilitation Department offers Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech Therapy. CRHC Rehabilitation programs are offered as both In-Patient and Out-Patient services provided with a physician's referral.

For questions or scheduling questions call the Rehabilitation Department at (712) 542-8224. To email questions to our Rehabilitation Department click here.

Physical Therapy treatment often consists of exercises and modalities for strengthening and healing of injuries or pain in all areas of the body such as the shoulder, back, hips, knees and feet. Therapists also work with patients to improve their balance and walking abilities. Aquatic Therapy is available on an Out-Patient basis and is done in the pool at the Clarinda Lied Center.

Occupational Therapy treatment is provided for injuries and pain in the hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Occupational Therapists conduct evaluations to improve ergonomic practices within the workplace. The OT will also make recommendations for home safety modifications, as well as adaptive equipment to improve safety and independence with activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing.

Speech Therapy treatment includes assessing, diagnosing, treating, and helping prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Speech, language, and swallowing difficulties can result from a variety of causes including stroke, brain injury or deterioration, developmental delays or disorders, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, voice pathology, mental retardation, hearing loss, or emotional problems. Our speech therapist will develop an individualized plan of care, tailored to each patient's needs.

The Rehabilitation Department is located in the south end of the hospital. Appointments for the PT/OT Department are scheduled between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. The Speech Therapist is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment.



rehabilitation staff

Kevin Ketter, PT

Kevin Ketter, PT, received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Kansas University.

Jill Smolczyk, PT

Jill Smolczyk, PT, received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Dakota. She received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Sue Smith, OTR/L, CLT

Sue Smith, OTR/L, CLT, graduated from Creighton University. She is an Ergonomic and Lymphedema specialist. Sue is able to offer Lymphedema massage and exercise for post-mastectomy and lymphatic system drainage. In addition to her OT experience, Sue has extensive training in ergonomics, fitting workers to the workplace using proper body mechanics. Sue is also able to make recommendations for use of adaptive equipment to increase their independence with daily living skills. She is also trained for SAEBO Flex Splint Therapy for post-stroke patients.

Travis Miller, Speech Therapist

Travis received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Iowa in Political Science and earned a Master of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD program for patients with Parkinson's disease. He also has pursued specialized training in oral/facial myology, evaluation/treatment of pediatric and adult swallowing disorders, and medical speech/language pathology.  Travis provides services to inpatients, outpatients, and local nursing home residents. 

Ed Beatty, PTA

Ed Beatty is a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). He graduated from Colby Community College in 1991 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. Ed is licensed in Iowa as a PTA and spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force (1984-88) as an Emergency Medical Specialist at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Mike Hartman, PTA

Mike Hartman is a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). He is a graduate of Clarkson College . Mike works with hospital inpatients, outpatients and home health patients.

Lora Hicks, PT Tech

An IWCC graduate, assists PT’s, OT, ST and PTA’s in daily activities, makes sure patient charts are up to date with all information correct, maintains infection control records and assists patients under therapists supervision.    Lora also covers secretarial duties as needed.

Crystal Henke, Department Assistant

With over 20 years in customer service, Department Assistant Crystal Henke is a familiar face in SW Iowa. Crystal administers all appointments and scheduling for the CRHC Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapy team.