Therapy Services

Recover from an injury – Rehabilitate from surgery – Restore function – with the support of the experienced and knowledgeable therapists at Grundy County Memorial Hospital. Our professional team of therapists with graduate level education and advanced training in orthopedics, sports medicine, geriatrics, and other specialized areas, offers caring, compassionate therapy that is customized to your individual needs.

At GCMH Therapy Services we believe:

  • Every patient is entitled to therapy that is customized to their needs. 
  • The patient is entitled to direct one-on-one contact with a licensed professional at every visit. 
  • That actively involving the patient in a functional, exercise-based therapy program will lead to quicker results with fewer visits. 

Therapy can assist a variety of health conditions. Treatment is available for:

  • Outpatient and Inpatient Orthopedics, including rehabilitation after total joint surgery 
  • Sprains and Strains 
  • Sports Injuries/Prevention 
  • Vestibular Disorders/Dizziness 
  • Arthritis/Fibromyalgia 
  • Stroke and other neurological conditions 
  • Hand Therapy 
  • Geriatrics 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Speech disorders
  • Cognitive Disorders 
  • Women's health/incontinence

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) is the practice of rehabilitation of functional mobility after an illness, injury or disease. Treatments may include gait, balance and transfer training, exercise programs, manual therapy, and possibly the use of physical modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound/photophoresis, iontophoresis or thermotherapies. Physical Therapy also offers specialty programs for treatment of fibromyalgia, lymphedema, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and vestibular (dizziness) issues.

Watch our brief video to learn what a high school athlete and a local banker have to say about their surgery and recovery through our Physical Therapy and Orthopedic services.   

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapy assists people in developing skills necessary for independent and satisfying lives and restoration of functional skills after illness, injury or disease. OT treatments are designed to improve one's ability to perform daily activities. They may involve home and job site adaptive recommendations, performance and skills assessments and treatments, adaptive equipment recommendations, guidance to family members and caregivers, manual therapy and many other services.

New – Driving Assessments

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Grundy County Memorial Hospital offers evidence based Driving Assessments for those experiencing functional changes due to trauma, surgery, a neurologic incident, or the aging process. Specific medical conditions that may affect driving skills include stroke, Parkinson's disease, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, acquired or traumatic brain injury, macular degeneration, glaucoma, neuropathy, cardiac disease, and arthritis.  These conditions may affect the ability of senior citizens to drive safely, as well as those younger who have experienced an injury or suffer from a neurological condition. 

A licensed Occupational Therapist will conduct the 45-minute Driving Assessment after receiving a referral from a medical provider.  The Driving Assessment will evaluate the skills necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle, including physical, cognitive, visual, and perceptual, as well as the complex interaction of all of these components during driving.  If indicated, the therapist may also recommend an on-the-road assessment provided by the Department of Transportation.  At the conclusion of the assessment, the referring physician receives the evaluation and may then make an objective recommendation.

If you are unsure if you or your loved one's health condition is affecting the ability to drive safely, or if you need a doctor's order to medically clear you to drive, you may benefit from a Driving Assessment. If you are concerned about the driving abilities of a family member or friend, you may want to recommend that they participate in a Driving Assessment.   A provider's referral is needed; contact the Therapy department for more information at 319-824-5097.

Speech - Language Pathology

Speech therapy provides skilled therapy services to adults and children to facilitate improved communication, swallowing and cognitive skills. Speech Language Pathologists are trained to facilitate improved speech, language, voice and fluency to improve communication and are also trained to evaluate and treat swallowing disorders. Cognitive skills, such as memory, concentration and problem solving, are also skills which speech pathologists evaluate and treat to maximize a person's ability to function safely.

Quality, personalized care and emphasis on patient outcomes are fundamental to the Therapy Services at Grundy County Memorial Hospital, where outpatient services consistently rank among the nation's highest in customer satisfaction.

Therapy Staff

Jeff Nolder, MSPT, MHA
nullJeff is the manager of Therapy Services and has more than seventeen years of experience as a physical therapist. He enjoys supporting patients who are recovering from orthopedic conditions and surgeries. He is a former college and professional soccer player, so he also enjoys working with the sports medicine aspect of therapy. Jeff and his wife have three children and live in Grundy Center.

Joni Wright, MPT
nullWith twenty-five years of experience as a therapist, Joni is a familiar face to therapy patients in the area. She enjoys working with the many orthopedic needs of local patients, as well as rehabilitation after total knee surgery. Joni lives in rural Dike along with her husband and two teen age children. When she's not at work, she enjoys the outdoors and following her kids' activities.

Sara Jacobson, DPT
SaraJacobsonSara is a former high school athlete and college volleyball player who enjoys meeting the therapy needs of patients of all ages. Sara has been a physical therapist for more than fifteen years, and enjoys orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation. In addition, she likes to take a "hands on" approach with therapy using manual techniques. She and her husband live in Parkersburg with their three young sons. Sara enjoys outdoor activities, reading, spending time with family, and following her kids' activities. 

Jeremy Fehrmann, PT, DPT, CLT

nullJeremy has been a physical therapist for 7 years. Jeremy played collegiate golf and is certified through Titleist performance institute to reduce injuries associated with golf swing mechanics. He enjoys working with a variety of patients to optimize movement to improve the human experience. He now lives locally in Grundy Center with his wife and two daughters. 

Beth Koch, PT
BethKoch-EhlersBeth has more than thirty-five years of experience as a physical therapist. She loves hospital inpatient and geriatric therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, whether it's walking, biking, camping, or kayaking. Beth has four children and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Margo Dierdorff, OTR/L
MargoDierdorfMargo has been practicing occupational therapy for more than 23 years, after receiving her Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Missouri. Margo says she enjoys every aspect of Occupational Therapy and feels privileged to serve the local area with its diverse therapy needs. She lives in Grundy Center with her husband and two sons.

Kevin Keller, PTA
KevinKellerKevin lists helping orthopedic and spine patients, as well as sports injury rehabilitation, among the favorite parts of his role with Therapy Services. He has seven years of experience as a physical therapy assistant. He is married with three children, and lives in Grundy Center. He enjoys being active in the community and his church.