Physical Therapy Direct Phone Number: 785-345-5542
You can now schedule a physical therapy evaluation without having a referral from your doctor. If you’re experiencing worsening joint or muscle pain, feeling dizzy and having balance problems, becoming weaker, or are seeking advice on your own wellness routine, you can call the PT department directly at 785-345-5542 to schedule an evaluation. Precertification will be performed to confirm insurance coverage prior to your first appointment. Worker’s compensation injuries and accidents still require a referral from a physician prior to an initial evaluation. Direct Access does not change the fact that your primary care provider can still refer you for physical therapy treatment.
Physical therapy at OCMH offers a wide variety of treatment interventions for individuals experiencing functional limitations, weakness, pain, and other health and movement related conditions. Some of the conditions that are evaluated and treated in physical therapy include:
Acute Injury, Sprains, Strains
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Dizziness, Vestibular Impairments
Generalized Weakness or Deconditioning
Musculoskeletal and Joint Pain
Neck pain and Headaches
Neurological Rehab for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, etc.
Pre-op and Post-op Rehabilitation for Joint Replacements and Orthopedic Surgeries
Sports Injury Recovery
Physical therapy services are also provided to hospitalized patients (inpatients). Inpatients often need skilled therapy to improve their functional strength, endurance, and balance to allow for a safe return home as they recover from illness. Our team provides skilled care and works with the medical providers and nursing team to improve the healing potential of inpatients at OCMH.
Occupational Therapy services are also offered at OCMH. Occupational therapy helps improve individuals’ ability to function independently in daily life activities that may have become limited by injury, illness, or surgery. Interventions often include restoration of fine motor skills, personal hygiene, equipment recommendations and training, etc.
Speech Language Pathology services are offered to assess, evaluate, and treat communication and swallowing disorders. Speech deficits can occur in children and adults, and can result from certain medical or neurological conditions. Individuals with diagnoses such as aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, literacy deficits, or cognitive and social communication disorders can benefit from speech therapy treatment.
Dry Needling Is Available Via Direct Access
Meet the Team
Aaron Geist, PT, DPT, Dip. Osteopractic, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN
Education: Osborne High School, 2009
The University of Kansas - Exercise Science (BS), 2013
The University of Kansas Medical Center - Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), 2016
Aaron was born and raised in Osborne, KS. After graduating from OHS he attended KU and KUMC, graduating in 2016 with his DPT degree. Aaron began his role as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at OCMH in 2017. In 2019 Aaron earned his Diploma in Osteopractic, which is a post-graduate training program in the use of spinal and extremity thrust manipulation, ultrasound-guided dry needling, instrument assisted manual therapy, and differential diagnostics of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Aaron is excited about the equipment now available in the Rehab Department, including multiple resistance training stations, new treadmills and recumbent steppers, and aquatic therapy.
Jesse Rosser, PTA
Education: Shawnee Mission East, 1995
Kansas City Kansas Community College - Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) degree, 2018
Jesse grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated high school from Shawnee Mission East. He has an extensive background in strength and conditioning, and he owned a gym in Kansas City for several years. Jesse’s previous certifications include CrossFit level 1, Mobility and CrossFit Kids, USAW level 1. In 2016 Jesse qualified and competed in the Masters National Championships in Savanna, GA. Jesse earned his PTA degree in 2018, and worked in the home health and orthopedic settings before moving to the community and starting at OCMH. When working with patients, Jesse emphasizes education and focuses on teaching patients about their pathologies as well as techniques that can be used to reduce symptoms and improve functional outcomes.
Pierce Wolters, PTA
Education: Osborne High School, 2017
Fort Hays State University - Health and Human Performance (BS), 2021
Washburn University - Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) degree, 2023
Pierce grew up in Osborne, KS and graduated from OHS. After high school Pierce attended Sterling College for two years and was on the cross country and track teams. He then completed his bachelor’s degree at FHSU before earning his PTA degree at Washburn University and being hired as a new graduate at OCMH. In a rural community there is often a wide variety of conditions treated by physical therapy interventions, and Pierce is eager to contribute to improved patient outcomes at OCMH. He takes particular interest in joint replacement and musculoskeletal rehab. Osborne has always felt like home to Pierce, and he is excited to be back in his hometown community.
Linda French, Rehab Aide
Education: Rocky Mountain High School,1982
Colorado State University
Linda grew up in Fort Collins, CO then attended Colorado State University where she was on the swim and diving team. She moved to Osborne, KS in 1985. Linda was a clerical worker at the Sharpe Clinic for 30 years, beginning in 1989. In 2019 Linda began working in the PT/Rehab Department. Her experience working in a medical clinic is extremely helpful when it comes to patient care in the Rehab Department. Linda completes registration for new patients, maintains patient scheduling, measures the department quality assurance standards, helps keep the rehab area in pristine condition, and so much more.
Stephanie Tiernan, M.S, CCC-SLP
Education: Tipton High School, 1989
Kansas State University - Elementary Education (BS), 1993
Fort Hays State University - Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS) 1994 and (MS) 1996
Stephanie is a native of Tipton, KS. After graduation from Tipton High school, Stephanie attended K-State and FHSU, earning two bachelor's degrees and her master’s degree. Stephanie has provided services throughout Kansas in multiple locations, including Liberal, Osborne, Seneca, Hiawatha, Abilene, and in several states via tele-practice. She has worked in a variety of settings within the field of Speech Pathology, including school age, early intervention, private practice, skilled nursing, home health, hospital, tele-practice, and at the university level. Her tele-practice experience led to her role as an innovator and clinical supervisor of the Communication Sciences Disorders department at FHSU. OCMH is fortunate to have Stephanie available to offer speech therapy services.
Dry Needling involves inserting fine needles into myofascial trigger points, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves to stimulate a healing response.
*Bio photos courtesy of the Portrait Place
I attended physical therapy with both Aaron and Jesse. Their guidance took me from a weak individual that experienced movement and balance difficulties (i.e. trouble walking) to a “strong” woman who was confident in my abilities to maneuver. They were extremely knowledgeable, explained what muscles each exercise would strengthen, and gave me “homework” exercises that would help certain muscles, improve my walking, and strengthen my core. After multiple therapy sessions, I noticed my balance and core strength had made gains. I also noticed improvements in my walking, and I even jogged for the first time in years! Both Aaron and Jesse were great to work with. I highly recommend them for their knowledge, positive attitude, and dedication towards improving their clients.
I had reverse shoulder replacement surgery last November 1, 2021. Dr. Herrenbruck did the surgery at the Salina Surgical Center. All of my therapy was done at the Osborne County Memorial Hospital Therapy Center. The surgery and therapy went well. I have since been released and can work without restrictions. The local therapy department and staff were wonderful. I worked with both Jesse and Aaron. Believe it or not, I did follow their instructions! Dr. Herrenbruck told me the day he released me, “whoever your therapists were, they did a good job!”
Thank you to you both. It was so good to be able to receive these services locally and not have to drive to another town.
Words cannot express how thankful I am for my P.T. experience at OCMH. You definitely work well together as a team! Great cheerful atmosphere! Not only was it “rehab”, it was very informational. I felt along with the exercises and workouts I learned the reasoning as to why - the cause of and effect - so to speak. Hope you don’t become overworked as I have been recommending you to all! Thanks so much!