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.

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 Miller is a certified speech pathologist having received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and his Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Robert Hess, DPT

Robert Hess attended Iowa Western Community College receiving an Associate's Degree. He then graduated from Northwest Missouri State University receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Professional Zoology (Pre-med). Lastly, Robert received his Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in December 2016.

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/Secretary

Lora Hicks is an Iowa Western Community College graduate. Besides helping with PT office duties, Lora is also responsible for the PT Maintenance Program for patients who no longer benefit from therapy but need to maintain their present exercises.

Shalee Laughlin, PT Department Assistant/Secretary

Shalee Laughlin is responsible for admitting and scheduling patients, working with insurance companies, and other office or clerical duties. She enjoys working with the public and considers making our patients feel welcome and comfortable a top priority.