Our skilled therapists have more than 125 years of combined experience in treating patients individually based on orthopedic, neurological, medical, post-surgical and geriatric needs.
Kelly was born in Cody, WY and raised in Glasgow, MT. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1993 and went on to Williston State College where she received her Associates Degree in Applied Science and became a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in 1996. After seven years of experience at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, she returned to medical school at the University of North Dakota and earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She returned to Glasgow where she worked at FMDH as licensed Physical Therapist from 2006 to 2008 before relocating to Kalispell, MT with her family. She has since been employed at Brendan House and is currently the therapy supervisor.
She has experience in acute care, wound care, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, long term care, restorative nursing, and geriatrics.
In 2008 Kinesiology Publications, University of Oregon published her scholarly project, "The effects of body weight supported gait on muscle activation and gait kinematics in patients status-post a stroke and in healthy elders: a comparative study."
Areas of focus are neurological impairments, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pain, shoulder injuries, and preventative medicine.
She and her husband, Nathan have three children.
She was listed in the Chancellor's List 2004-2005. From 1999-2002 she served as President of Women's City League Basketball in Glasgow, MT. She was a Relay for Life team captain in 2000 and was Vice President of Beta Sigma Phi from 1999-2000. She enjoyed coaching basketball for the 1999 and 2000 seasons as well as soccer for the 2007 season.
Her hobbies include golfing, playing basketball and volleyball, skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, and camping with her family.
Mary Anne began her college career earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame and continued on at Stanford University's medical school working towards her masters degree in Physical Therapy from 1981-1982. She then transferred to the University of Indianapolis, graduating in 1984.
In 1993 she founded the Discovery Developmental Center, an all inclusive childcare center.
She has 20 years of experience as a Pediatric Therapist and has worked for KRMC since 2001. She has been at Brendan House since 2005 and has experience in outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, and geriatrics.
In 2009 she was awarded the Rose Award for being an outstanding Brendan House Employee.
Her Husband, Dr. Christopher Gill, is a physician board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine working with Family Health Care. They have four children
She enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and knitting.
Her motto: You are never too old to play!
Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado in 1982.
She has experience in multiple settings including outpatient care with spinal and orthopedic emphasis, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, long term care, and skilled nursing facilities. She enjoys working with the geriatric population.
She and her husband Larry live in Whitefish and have four children.
She enjoys country living in Montana, sports activities, skiing, swimming, bicycling, reading, and playing the piano.
Lori received her Associates of Applied Science from Williston State College in 1998. She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.
Her work experience includes providing therapy to patients of all ages and diagnosis for Roundup Memorial Healthcare from 1998-2007 and Brendan House from 2007 to present.
Her areas of focus include geriatrics, amputations and prosthetics, vestibular rehabilitation, and neurological impairments and osteoporosis exercises, and utilizing gaming technology for rehabilitation purposes.
She has one dog, Nemo, a Boston Terrier.
When she isn't walking and playing with Nemo, Lori has knitting needles in hand.
Jeni is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who received her Associate in Applied Science degree from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.
While in California, she met the criteria to challenge the state boards and was awarded her PTA license in 1991. Jeni returned to school in the following years, and graduated from the PTA program at Cerritos College with her associate’s degree in 2001. She now is licensed in three states – Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Jeni and her husband of 28 years have a 13-year-old son. She enjoys cooking, reading and enjoying Montana’s great outdoors.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1987. She also earned a therapeutic recreation degree from Northern Colorado University in 1977.
She has over 23 years of experience in rehabilitation services including inpatient rehabilitation, SNF Rehabilitation, home health, acute care, and outpatient services primarily with the adult and elderly populations. Linda also has therapeutic recreation experience with the pediatric population.
Linda's hobbies include knitting, quilting, yoga, hiking, and cross country skiing.
Shellie received her Associates in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy degree from MSU College of Technology in Great Falls, Montana in 1992.
She has over 18 years of experience working in long term care and skilled nursing facilities with the elderly population.
She and her husband Marc have 2 children. She enjoys one grandson. She loves her 2 dogs and 2 cats.
She likes to snow shoe, bike, bake bread, restore furniture, and spend time with her family and pets.
Summer received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Brown Mackie College in Boise, Idaho.
She now is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in her duties with the Brendan House Rehabilitation Therapy Team.
Summer is a versatile professional. In her training and career, she has accumulated experience working both with pediatric clients and geriatric clients.
She has two children, a boy and a girl. She enjoys camping, hiking, reading and swimming in her free time.
Rhonda earned a BA in special education and communication disorders from Augustana College in 1986, a MA in Speech Pathology from the University of South Dakota in 1988 and was part of SDSU's Pre-Medicine program in 1998.
She has over 23 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, serving pediatrics through geriatrics.
She has specialized training in brain injuries, stroke, progressive diseases, and swallow disorders. She is a certified VitalStim provider for dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).
She is married to Dr. Robert Nitschelm and they have 4 children.
She enjoys singing, playing the piano, oboe, and saxophone, cooking, hiking and snow skiing as well as attending her children's events.
Ashley received her high school diploma from Flathead High School in 2007.
She has been a Certified Nursing Assistant since 2005.
She has experience with long term and transitional care residents and has been at Brendan House since 2005.
In 2010, she was trained by skilled therapists as a rehabilitation aide and has been part of the Brendan House rehabilitation team as well as office assistant for the therapy department.
She was born and raised in the Flathead Valley. She married her husband, Brad, in 2007 and they enjoy riding motorcycles with their dog, Ryder, building household items and completing projects around the house, hiking, and camping. Ashley also enjoys crocheting.
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