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I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) in 2006.  For me, that means it gets a little harder each year to use my right side.  With the help of Tim, Jon and the rest of the PT staff at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor, I am maintaining and slowly improving my balance and ability to walk. Their LiteGait System benefits so many people and has made it possible for me to walk without the fear of falling by helping with my balance and grip.  Within a month of beginning therapy with the LiteGait System and with the therapist’s help, I was able to walk with two walking sticks which provide more support than canes. A couple of weeks later, with the therapist’s help, I was able to walk with two canes which is much harder. Having a progressive disease means I need to work continuously to maintain what I have gained.  Tim, Jon and the rest of the staff never seem to tire of helping and encouraging me.  I highly recommend the PT staff at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor for your physical therapy needs!

Connie Shebeck, Client

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Connie Shebeck

Following surgery in June 2018 for a total left knee replacement, Jim White (better known as the Bates Flowers man), chose to have outpatient physical therapy in Grinnell at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor, which provides physical, occupational and/or speech therapy to individuals of all ages.

"My quality of life has improved tremendously since my surgery and therapy," Jim stated enthusiastically. "I went from hobbling around with a cane and having a difficult time delivering flowers, to walking and climbing stairs like I did when I was young. I should have done it sooner!"

"Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl and Physical Therapist Jon Duke are a class act in my opinion"; Jim continued. "Their attention, kindness, and compassion to me and the other clients I observed receiving therapy was top-notch. After I completed about a month of physical therapy and was released, I felt so good I went home and planted 40 bulbs! I never thought I'd be able to get on my hands and knees again."

Tim Stahl has been serving St. Francis Manors rehabilitation programs for over 10 years and enjoys helping individuals of all ages and fitness levels along their roads to recovery. Jon has been the primary physical therapist at St. Francis Manor since March 2015 and has a strong passion for improving function in the geriatric population.

When asked Jim why he chose the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor for his outpatient physical therapy, he stated, Hearing positive things and seeing big improvements in others who had gone to the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor for outpatient therapy with Tim and Jon. "St. Francis is lucky to have them!”

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Jim White

My husband, Marv, has Lewy Bodies Dementia (LBD) and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s as a side diagnoses to his LBD. Following a 5-day hospital stay in early 2018 without any follow-up physical therapy or cognitive reinforcement following his discharge, Marv was having significant trouble with his balance and walking. After several months of working with him on a variety of home equipment, I could tell that he just wasn’t bouncing back like he had in the past.

Since I wasn’t ready to accept “it is just the disease” causing his problems, I started exploring other options to help my husband. Through discussions with our doctor, I learned about the LiteGait system which is a gait training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture and balance over a treadmill or ground. I thought the LiteGait system would be the best fit for his needs so the doctor prescribed therapy for Marv at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor.

After a little over two months of outpatient physical therapy using the LiteGait system, Marv is now walking much better and his ability to transfer has improved. I know that my husband’s recovery is not only due to the equipment, but also to the dedication of Physical Therapist Jon Duke and Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl who have been outstanding at helping him achieve his therapy goals. Speech therapy from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor has also played a big role in his improvement.

I am certain that Marv would not be where he is today without the LiteGait system and the knowledge and dedication of Tim and Jon. What he has gained is such a huge benefit for him and makes our life easier at home. With hard work and great therapists and equipment, I believe he will accomplish his goals. I wasn’t expecting a miracle when Marv started receiving outpatient therapy but we’ve come close to receiving one!

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Nancy Renaud

As the result of a fall in early 2014, Lori Van Roekel began experiencing occasional pain in her shoulder.  She recognized that it was finally time to do something about it after her shoulder pain became more persistent during a weight training program in the fall of 2016. “Upon learning that physical therapy at St. Francis Manor was not just for residents, I was referred to Tim Stahl and Jon Duke,” said Lori. “Together they worked on my shoulder to begin bringing me some relief. I ended up needing minor surgery followed by additional out-patient physical therapy.”

 “I can’t say enough good things about the skills and professionalism of Tim and Jon as they worked on my shoulder with a three-year-old injury.  They worked hard to put together a program specifically designed for me that has finally given me freedom of movement, freedom from pain, and FINALLY a good night’s sleep!” said Lori.  “I would highly recommend the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor to anyone needing physical therapy.  They made me feel comfortable and encouraged even on days when I was feeling pretty low.  No more sitting on the sidelines watching the fun activities around me—I’m now able to enjoy yoga again and to get down on the floor to play with my 17-month-old granddaughter!”

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Lori Van Roekel

Following a double-knee replacement in November of 2016, Dale Selix, a Seeland Park resident since 2007, received skilled care at St. Francis Manor for about a month following his surgery. After Dale’s discharge home, he continued receiving outpatient therapy for another five weeks at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor. 

“The nursing care and therapy were excellent at St. Francis Manor,” said Dale recently. “In addition to physical therapy, I was also pleased to receive occupational therapy which helped prepare me to go home. They even gave me long-handled tools to assist me which made it easier to put on my socks and shoes. A big advantage to living at Seeland Park was being able to return to my fully handicapped-accessible home with a walk-in shower. The only adjustment that had to be made was picking up a throw rug!”

Dale has returned to exercising three times a week in the S.H.A.P.E. fitness and chair yoga classes on campus which are free to Seeland Park residents. Dale says, “I’m not a morning person, but the fitness program here at Seeland Park is excellent and I look forward to starting my day with exercise!”

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Dale Selix

Last July, Kaiden was sidelined after fracturing his left ankle in a skateboarding accident. When Kaiden was still experiencing ankle problems in December, his orthopedic physician determined physical therapy was needed. “My sister spoke very highly of the physical therapists at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor after she had therapy there and she recommended that we take Kaiden there too,” said Kaiden’s grandma, Cristy Peak-Osborn. “At first I felt kind of weird going to a nursing home facility because I was a kid” remarked Kaiden, “but the guys (therapists) helped make me feel very comfortable and less out of place.” 

Within approximately one month of starting out-patient physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor, Kaiden’s ankle pain and decreased strength, functional mobility and range of motion were resolved. “Kaiden progressed quickly in terms of strengthening, balance and decreased pain with the combined use of patterned electrical stimulation and very specific exercise,” stated Physical Therapy Assistant Tim Stahl.

“After dealing with ankle pain and restrictions for so many months, our family was pleased to see how quickly the physical therapy helped Kaiden regain full use of his ankle,” stated Cristy. “Kaiden’s injury was to the growth plate so if Kaiden should need surgery and rehab in the future, we would return to the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor for physical therapy.”

“I won a new skateboard at a fundraiser this spring and I’m anxious to use it,” says Kaiden, “but I’m going to take it slow!”

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Cristy Peak-Osborn

"The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor was a lifesaver to me last year after I broke my wrist. I had a plate, 7 screws, and very little range of motion in my wrist when I went to the clinic to start my rehab program. The professional and friendly staff were wonderful to work with, scheduled appointments to fit within my work schedule, and had great equipment and exercises that allowed me to rehab quickly. Today, I have full use of my wrist and can do everything I was able to do before my accident. I really appreciate having this great service available to us in Grinnell!"

Lynn Mawe

"After developing a painful tendonitis condition in my left elbow from playing golf referred to as “golfer’s elbow,” I sought treatment at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor. Their ultrasound and electrical stimulation treatments helped to reduce the pain and inflammation and after a few weeks of regularly performing the exercises recommended by the therapist, I had a quick and full recovery. Best of all, I received some pointers on my golf swing to prevent a recurrence of the tendonitis which also improved my swing—I am now able to hit the ball straighter and further!"

June Watkins
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