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Adaptive Equipment – Assess needs for specialized equipment such as wheelchairs and positioning devices.
Aquatic Therapy – Provide increased support for appropriate patients in a comfortable environment.
Blood Flow Restriction Training – Lift lighter weights while getting the same benefits of a heavy, intense workout.Cupping – A form of deep tissue massage.
Dry Needling – Stimulate reactions of muscle tissue to reduce tone and tightness in order to alleviate pain.
Fall PreventionGait and Balance Instability – Treatment focused on decreasing fall risk and maintaining safety and independent mobility.
Graston Technique – Treat soft tissue conditions through use of specialized instruments.
Kinesio Taping - Compensatory treatment used to re-educate the neuromuscular system.
McKenzie Method of MDT – Specialized treatment for neck and back pain.
Mechanical Traction – Decompression therapy to relieve pressure on spine and decrease pain from joints, sprains, and spasms.Neurological Rehabilitation – Assess and treat deficits from a neurological insult such as CVA, TBI, Multiple Sclerosis, or Cerebral Palsy.
Orthotic Services – Assist with ankle or foot splints. Collaboration with an orthotist.
Orthopedic Conditions Including Total Joints – Focused on strengthening and endurance.Pediatric Conditions – Assess and treat conditions in children with developmental delays and disorders, genetic disorders, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and more.
Preoperative Consultation for Total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty
Total Joint RehabilitationVertigo – Non-invasive treatment for decreasing symptoms.Women’s Health Issues, Pelvic Floor and Pregnancy Pain – Assess and treat pelvic health.
Garret VanBrocklin, director, MPT
Garret Van Brocklin earned his Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1995. He began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in June 1995.
Garret has special interests in sports rehab, shoulder rehab, joint replacement, and orthopedic injuries/therapy.
He has additional training in sports injury/rehab, wound care and orthopedic rehab.
Garret grew up in Creighton, and currently lives in Cortland. He and his wife, Susan, have four children: Ben, Zach, Anna, and Eli. Garret spends his spare time coaching youth sports, cycling, fishing, kayaking, and attending his children’s activities.
Morgan (Lenners) Frerichs, DPT
Morgan Frerichs earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in 2020. She began working at Beatrice Community Hospital in June of 2021.
Her special interests include orthopedics such as joint replacements, post-operative recoveries, and back pain; as well as improvement of balance deficits. Her approach includes a combination of both manual treatments and exercise to reach optimal recovery.
Morgan grew up in rural Adams, and currently lives in Beatrice with her husband, Adam. Her hobbies include running, playing volleyball, boating, and spending time with family.
Jason Hatcliff, MPT
Jason Hatcliff earned his Master’s of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1999. He began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in 2001.
Jason has a special interest in sports injuries/sports rehab and orthopedic conditions. He serves as the Rehabilitation Services Department Clinical Education Coordinator.
Jason grew up in DeWitt, and he and his wife, Jaime, have three daughters. Jason enjoys watching his daughters play sports, hunting, and fishing.
Jordan Kershaw, DPT
Jordan Kershaw earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in July 2018.
Jordan has additional certifications in dry needling, blood flow restriction training, and vestibular rehabilitation. He enjoys rehabbing orthopedic conditions including sports injuries and joint replacements, as well as treating patients with vertigo.
Jordan grew up in Culbertson, and now lives in Beatrice with his fiancé, Jill. He enjoys working out, playing basketball and golf, and attending Husker events.
Kristin Riekenberg, DPTKristin Riekenberg earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013.She began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in 2014. She enjoys working at BCHHC for many reasons, but perhaps her favorite is the variety of patient types she gets to see. Since starting work at the hospital, she has attended training for treatment of vestibular disorders such as vertigo as well as several pediatric courses to advance knowledge of therapeutic interventions for pediatric conditions.She lives in Beatrice with her husband, Brian, and their children.
Justin Schardt, DPT, Cert. MDT
Justin Schardt earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in 2008. He began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in 2017.
Justin enjoys working with orthopedic patients with an emphasis on manual treatment approaches. He is Graston Technique certified, which provides effective techniques to remove scar tissue and myofascial adhesions. He is also a certified provider of the McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) approach, which enhances his treatment for all musculoskeletal problems, but with emphasis on pain in the back, neck, and extremities, as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain and intermittent numbness.
Justin grew up near Deshler and currently lives in Beatrice with his wife, Linsey, and two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and playing basketball.
Nate Schmidt, DPT
Nate earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in 2007. He began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in 2020.
Nate enjoys working with orthopedic patients with an emphasis on functional deficits and manual mobilization. Nate is ASTYM certified, which is used to improve soft tissue mobility following an injury and to minimize risk of re-injury. He has been active in developing “Return to Play” protocols for overhead athletes, ACL, and hip injuries.
Nate grew up near Wymore and currently lives in rural Gage County with his wife, Brandi, and their three children. He enjoys following all sports as well as outdoor activities, including golf and hunting.
Stephanie Sorensen, PT
Stephanie Sorensen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1985. She started working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in August 2000.
Stephanie has a special interest in geriatrics, orthopedics and women’s health, and is certified in weight training for the elderly. Stephanie grew up in Rising City. She and her husband, Jay, have been married for 30 years and have two adult children. Stephanie enjoys gardening, golfing, cooking, and traveling.
Amanda Thimm, PT
Amanda Thimm earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2002 and her Master of Physical Therapy Degree in 2004 from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She began working for Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in July 2012.
Amanda has special interests in aquatic therapy and orthopedic patients.
Originally from a small town in Missouri, Amanda moved to Beatrice when her husband began farming with his family. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and stays active taking care of her two young boys.
Annette Wehnes, DPT, certified athletic trainer
Annette Wehnes earned her Bachelor's
Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center in 2005.
Annette has special training in manual therapy and Kinesio Taping techniques, in addition to being a certified and licensed athletic trainer.
Annette has a special interest in treating a variety of orthopedic issues including: joint replacements, athletic injuries, and dysfunctions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
Annette grew up near Bennet and graduated from Palmyra High School. In her spare time she enjoys remodeling her home, caring for her pets (one dog and two cats), and showing her two horses.
Karlie Byleen, DPT
Mandy Cramer, DPT
Ryan Knight, DPT
Assistants & Aides Mary HanselJan Werner
Secretaries & SchedulersDeb Fralin