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Occupational Therapy


  • Adaptive Equipment  Assess needs for specialized equipment such as wheelchairs and positioning devices.
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Independent Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) – Promote independence in patients across the lifespan with re-engagement in desired daily activities.
  • Aquatic Therapy – Provide increased support for appropriate patients in a comfortable environment.
  • Cognitive Evaluation – Assess memory, problem solving, and sequencing with education on compensatory strategies.
  • Ergonomic Evaluation – Assess work stations to decrease pain and prevent injury.
  • Hand and Upper Extremity – Address pain, edema, range of motion, strength, and scar management to increase functional use of an extremity.
  • Home Safety Evaluation – Assess home environments and provide education on adaptive equipment and modifications to increase safety and maintain independence.
  • Kinesio Taping – Compensatory treatment used to re-educate the neuromuscular system.
  • LSVT BIG – Treatment for patients with Parkinson’s, focused on moving at a more “normal” pace and amplitude.
  • Lymphedema Management – Treatment focused on reducing swelling and controlling pain.
  • Neurological Conditions – Assess and treat deficits from a neurological insult such as CVA, TBI, Multiple Sclerosis, or Cerebral Palsy.
  • Orthotic Services – Assist with hand and arm splints and other positioning devices. Collaboration with an orthotist.
  • Pediatric Conditions – Assess and treat conditions in children with developmental delays and disorders, genetic disorders, feeding difficulties, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and more.
  • Joint Pre-Op Consult – Educate patients on expectations after a hip or knee surgery.
  • Visual and Perceptual Skills – Assess and treat visual skills after a neurological incidence.

Meet Our Staff

Darcy Esau, MOT, OTR/L

Darcy Esau earned her Master of Occupational Therapy Degree from Nebraska Methodist College in July 2020.  She began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in August 2020.  Darcy is a certified lymphedema therapist with a focus on helping patients with chronic swelling and those recovering from cancer-related surgeries, in addition to serving a wide variety of patient types.  Originally from a small town in Kansas, Darcy currently lives in rural Beatrice with her husband, Brett, and their three children. She enjoys spending time outdoors, staying active and attending K-State football games.  

Emily Foland, MOT, OTR/L

Emily Foland earned her Bachelor of Rehabilitation Studies in May 2016 and her Master of Occupational Therapy Degree in May 2017 from College of Saint Mary, Omaha. She completed clinical rotations at Children's Rehab Center in Grand Island and Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. She began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center after graduation.

While Emily enjoys working with patients of all ages, she has a special interest in the pediatric population.

A Doniphan native, Emily now lives in Lincoln with her husband, Cory. They enjoy spending time outdoors and being with friends and family.

Brooke Jensen, OTD, OTR/L 

Brooke Jensen earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Degree in December 2013 from Creighton University, Omaha. She began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in May 2015.

Brooke has a special interest in working with the pediatric population with sensory processing disorders as well as feeding, and is Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) certified. Brooke also works with patients with upper extremity orthopedic conditions as well as patients with neurological deficits including those with Parkinson’s, and is LSVT BIG certified.

Brooke and her husband, Josh, live in Pickrell with their sons. She enjoys an active lifestyle and is a fan of Kansas City Royals baseball.

Nicole Jones, MOT, OTR/L

Nicole Jones earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2004 and her Master’s of Occupational Therapy Degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2006. She began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in July 2008.

Nicole has a special interest in geriatrics and orthopedics including: fall prevention, home modifications, and Kinesio Taping. Nicole is a lymphedema certified therapist. She also specializes in wheelchair positioning and provides clinics for residents at Mosaic and Region V.

Nicole grew up in Grand Island. She enjoys gardening, playing volleyball and golf, and traveling. She lives in Beatrice with her husband, Grant, and two daughters.



Part-Time Staff

  • Tanya Kilpatrick, MOT, OTR/L
  • Tiffany Wallman, MOT, ORT/L

Assistants and Aides

  • Mary Hansel
  • Jan Werner

Secretaries & Schedulers

  • Deb Fralin
  • Kristi Moslander
  • Carol Riens
  • Joleen Wrightsman




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