Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement.  Physical therapists identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems based on your individual situation and preferences. Pain-free movement is crucial to being able to complete the activities in life that are important to you.


Why should I choose Stewart Memorial for my physical therapy needs?

The physical therapists at SMCH are committed to delivering highly skilled care that is tailored to your individual needs.  Our physical therapists continuously build on the professional skills they can offer to their patients to ensure cutting edge treatment.  Our SMCH PTs are trained in advanced techniques and specialties including:

What should I expect at my appointment?

At your initial appointment, your therapist will discuss your symptoms, concerns, and goals for treatment with you.  After your assessment is complete, your therapist will explain his or her findings and recommend treatment options to help you achieve your goals. Therapy appointments are scheduled to give you the appropriate 1:1 time with your therapist for your treatment plan so it is important to arrive on time. 

Conditions that Benefit from Physical Therapy

  • Ankle and Foot Disorders
  • Chronic Pain
  • Elbow, Wrist and Hand Disorders
  • Fit and Dispense Durable Medical Equipment including: CAM Boots, Braces and Mobility Assistive Devices such as Crutches, Canes, Walkers and Wheelchairs.
  • Hip Disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Industrial Rehab
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lymphedema Management and Compression Garment Fitting
  • Neck and Back Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Pelvic Health and Pain
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sport injuries
  • Vertigo     

 

Meet our Physical Therapists

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Jill Birks, PT, MSPT, ATC, CMYK

505 E. Lake Street, Rockwell City, IA 50579
Phone:(712) 297-5016

Education:
• Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, 1992
• Bachelor of Science, Biology & Athletic Training, Buena Vista University, 1990

Professional Interests & Specialized Training
• Graston Technique
• Manual Therapy Technique
• Orthopedics
• Sports injuries
• Concussion Management
• Certified Myokinesthetic Practitioner

Personal Information and Interests:
• Biking, hiking and golfing
• Watching family compete as coaches and athletes

Community Involvement:
• Elderbridge and Matter of Balance Instructor
• Sideline PT and ATC for South Central Calhoun Community School (SCC)
• Baseline ImPACT concussion testing program manager for SCC

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Kay Crabb, PT, MSPT

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone:(712) 464-4244

Education:
Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, 1994
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Iowa State University, 1988

Professional Interests & Specialized Training:
• Aquatic Therapy
Balance Problems
Corporate Health and Wellness
Craniosacral Therapy
Dizziness and Vertigo
Functional Aging Exercise Specialist
Graston Technique
Hippotherapy
Home Based Therapy
Musculoskeletal and Joint Pain
Manual Therapy Technique
Orthopedics
Senior Strong Instructor

Personal Information and Interests:
Avid cyclist and RAGBRAI participant, including century rides
High School and AAU volleyball coach
Iowa State Cyclone Alumni and Athletics Enthusiast
Spending time with husband and two wonderful sons

Community Involvement:
Iowa Physical Therapy Association Member
American Physical Therapy Association Member
East Sac County Youth Soccer Coach
Elderbridge and Matter of Balance Instructor

 

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Bob Dickkut, PT

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone:(712) 464-4244

Education:
Bachelor of Science, The University of Iowa, 1971
Certificate of Physical Therapy, The University of Iowa, 1972

Professional Interests & Specialized Training:
• Muscle Energy
Phase 1 Cardiac Rehab
Pulmonary Rehab
Wound Care
Graded Exercise Testing
Electrical Acupuncture

Personal Information and Interests:
Retired as SMCH Rehab Director in 2014 and currently practices as needed
Golf, Traveling, Riding Motorcycles, Model RC Planes
Spending time with family and friends

Community Involvement:
American Physical Therapy Association, Lifetime Member
Former Cub Scout Leader
Former President of Southern Cal Athletic Boosters

 

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Kevin Hejtmanek, PT, DPT, MHA  

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone:(712) 464-4244

Education:
Master of Health Care Administration, Des Moines University, 2020
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, 2007
Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2004

Professional Interests & Specialized Training
Corporate Health & Wellness Team Lead
Clinic management
Dry Needling
Dizziness and Vertigo
Headaches
Manual Therapy Technique
Orthopedics
Work related injuries

Personal Information and Interests:
Outdoor recreation, soccer, running, triathlons
Spending time with family and friends

Community Involvement:
Iowa Physical Therapy Association Member
American Physical Therapy Association Member
Safety Educator for Calhoun County
Titan Youth Soccer Coach

 

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Laura Hejtmanek,PT, DPT, CLT

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone:(712) 464-4244

Education:
• Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, 2006
• Bachelor of Science, Biology with Minor in Psychology, Wartburg College, 2003

Professional Interests & Specialized Training
• Graston Technique
• Manual Therapy Technique
• Orthopedics
• Certified Lymphedema Therapist
• Craniosacral Therapy
• Muscle Energy Technique
• Myofascial Release Technique
• Pain Neuroscience

Personal Information and Interests:
• Running, Pure Barre, kayaking and reading
• Spending time with family and friends

Community Involvement:
• Iowa Physical Therapy Association Member
• American Physical Therapy Association Member
• SMCH Western Days Fun Run Organizing Committee Member

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Luke Larson, PT, DPT

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone: (712) 464-4244

Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, May 2016
Bachelor of Science, Human Physiology, The University of Iowa, May 2013

Professional Interests & Specialized Training
Dizziness and Vertigo
Functional Dry Needling
Graston Technique
Manual Therapy including Joint Manipulation
Work related injuries
Neuropain Science
Orthopedics
Sports injuries and performance

Personal Information and Interests:
Golfing, Working Out
Spending time with family and friends

Community Involvement:
Iowa Physical Therapy Association Member
American Physical Therapy Association Member
Safety educator for Calhoun County workers
Elderbridge and Matter of Balance Instructor
Central Church Connect Team Member

 

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Ann Riat, PT, MSPT

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone: (712) 464-4244

Education: 
• Master of Science in Physical Therapy, The University of Iowa, 1999
• Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Foods & Nutrition, Kansas State University, 1997 

Professional Interests & Specialized Training:
• Graston Technique
• Orthopedics
• Pelvic Health, including:
     o Bowel Disorders
     o Incontinence 
     o Pain
     o Pre and Postnatal treatment 

Personal Information and Interests:
• Cooking, Running, Snow Skiing
• Enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters

Community Involvement:
• Iowa Physical Therapy Association Member
• American Physical Therapy Association Member
• SMCH Western Days Fun Run Organizing Committee Member
• Active Member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church

 

 

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Branden Roberts, PT, DPT

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone:(712) 464-4244

Education:
• Doctor of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, Valedictorian, May 2016
• Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, University of Northern Iowa, May 2013

Professional Interests & Specialized Training:
Evidence-based practice with a wholistic perspective
     o Functional Dry Needling
     o Graston Technique
     o Manual Therapy including Joint Manipulation
     o Myofascial Release
     o Neurological Disorders
     o Neuropain Science
     o Orthopedics
     o Sports injuries and performance

Personal Information and Interests:
• Kayaking, Hunting, Running, Biking and Weight Lifting
• Spending time with family and friends

Community Involvement:
• Iowa Physical Therapy Association Delegate and Member
• American Physical Therapy Association Member
• South Central Calhoun School Injury Clinic Therapist

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Jaclyn Warehime, PT, DPT

505 E. Lake Street, Rockwell City, IA 50579
Phone:(712) 297-5016

Education:
• Doctor of Physical Therapy, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, May 2020
• Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Wartburg College, May 2017

Professional Interests & Specialized Training:
Treating patients based on their goals and the best available evidence in order to return patients to the activities they love. Special interest in the following areas:
     o Therapeutic exercise
     o Pain Neuroscience Education
     o Orthopedic conditions
     o Sports injuries and performance
     o Running related injuries

Personal Information and Interests:
• Running, biking, hiking, & camping
• Cooking
• Traveling

Community Involvement:
• American Physical Therapy Association Member
• South Central Calhoun Middle School Injury Clinic Therapist