Kathleen Laboray, PT, MHS
Kathleen currently serves as Outpatient Rehab Director at CAH. She has been a physical therapist for 38 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Maryville University in 1990 and a Master of Health Care Services degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education in 1978 from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to her time at CAH, Kathleen worked in a variety of settings including large hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, worker’s compensation clinics and home care. She has specialized training in Lymphedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and is currently studying Thai massage and lymphedema management. Over the years, Kathleen has developed a love for working with the geriatric population. “In these hurried, busy times, they have taught me to slow down, listen, breathe and enjoy their wisdom.”
At CAH, Kathleen is proud of our outstanding team and hospital. A Litchfield resident, she feels that “getting to know people in this lovely community is a joy. They remember my name and are very grateful. For a small community and hospital we see a wide variety of conditions. This keeps us innovative, creative and up to date.” Outside of her physical therapy career, Kathleen is also a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. She enjoys horseback riding, snow skiing, hiking, biking, Yoga, and reading.
Tanya Kessinger MS, OTR/L
Tanya currently wears a couple of hats here at Carlinville Area Hospital. She is the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) Coordinator, overseeing the inpatient therapy department and coordinating care for our TCU/ Swing Bed patients, works in outpatient therapy as an Occupational Therapist, evaluating and treating patients ages 3 and up, and is the Coordinator of the HS2HC (High School to HealthCare) program. Originally from Hettick, Tanya received at B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. She has worked at CAH for 12 years and loves getting to know her patients and their families. Understanding what patients’ goals are, how an injury or illness has affected their lives, and partnering with them to regain their abilities, rehabilitate, and sometimes adapt to or understand how to LIVE with disability is what makes me Tanya tick. She says that being a therapist is a rewarding job and there is nothing better than knowing you were a part of someone’s journey at a vulnerable time. “Whether I’m working with a patient who is recovering from a stroke, helping someone rehabilitate from a hand injury and return to work, or working with a child and their family to understand how to help their child function best with their disability, I know that people are counting on us for compassionate and understanding expertise. I feel really blessed by the therapy team here at CAH. This is an exceptional group of therapists to work with each day. We all come alongside each other when we need it, share ideas from our varied experiences, and work together to make sure our patients have an excellent experience in inpatient, TCU and outpatient therapy. Because CAH is fairly small, patients, coworkers, and families are the people you see outside of work too. That creates a sense of family and a sense of responsibility to our community that inspires the work we do here at CAH. “
When Tanya isn’t working, she enjoys traveling with friends and family, cheering for her teenage boys at CHS sporting events, kayaking, biking, and being involved in community projects and Project Third Day, NFP.
Jane Reichmann, PT
Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois Medical Center in 1974 and has been practicing PT for 42 years. Jane specializes in pediatrics and has been a certified provider of Early Intervention services for children 0-3 years since 1998. Jane also has significant experience treating children in public schools as well as on an outpatient basis. She serves children with apraxia, developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy, prematurity, learning disabilities and other diagnoses. Jane is also skillful in providing postural analysis for patients of all ages and incorporates yoga and stretching programs into her treatment plans. She enjoys providing community education presentations on stretching and posture for all ages, encouraging participants to “Please Be Upstanding”! At CAH, Jane enjoys the variety of patient ages and a “good team of therapists who have the patient’s best interest at heart”. When she is not working, Jane stays active with yoga, tap dancing, golf, water aerobics, cycling and many other hobbies.
Paula Hulin, PT, DPT
Paula received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1991 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010, both from St. Louis University. Paula has gained a wide variety of experience during her 25 years as a therapist, treating patients in Missouri and South Carolina as well as Illinois. She is adept at patient care in many populations, including spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, sports injuries, and pediatrics. Due to her wide variety of expertise, Paula is skilled at managing patients with multiple traumatic injuries. She has specialized training in kinesiology taping and in Thai Massage. In order to expand her skill set, Paula will be completing her Associate Degree in Nursing in May ’16, and will be pursuing her RN licensure in June ’16. Paula has found a home on the CAH therapy team where the “coworkers are supportive,” and she can manage a “wide variety of patients.” Paula and her husband, Andy, have been married for 21 years and have 3 children. She enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing.
Cindy Reents, PT
Cindy received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University. She brings a valuable 28 years of experience to our rehab team. The majority of her experience is in the outpatient orthopedic PT setting, as well as in the home health setting. Cindy has worked PRN for Carlinville Area Hospital for many years, and recently she joined our team as a regular part-time therapist. Cindy is excited to work in our extraordinary new facility, and to join a “great group of professionals that work as a team.” Cindy loves sports, playing piano and spending time with her husband, 4 sons and 4 grandsons.
Amy Murphy, PT, DPT, NCS
Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Health Management from Southeast Missouri State University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She has 12 years of experience as a physical therapist. In 2011, she attained board certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Amy specializes in treating patients with neurologic and vestibular disorders, including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, MS, Parkinson’s disease, dizziness and balance disorders, BPPV, and others. Since joining CAH in 2011, she has grown her skills in treating pediatric patients and patients with all types of orthopedic conditions. Amy is a certified clinical instructor for physical therapy students. She appreciates the opportunity at CAH “to serve others in my own community, and to grow my skills in a wide variety of treatment areas.” Outside of working at CAH, Amy enjoys hiking and other outdoor adventures with her husband and 2 sons.
Laura Starr, PT, MS
Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Maryville University. She is a certified clinical instructor for physical therapy students. Laura has 6 years of experience as a physical therapist and joined the CAH therapy team in 2015 after gaining valuable experience in a regional medical center/level 1 trauma center. A Carlinville native, Laura is happy to be working close to home where she can serve the people in her own community. Laura loves the physical therapy profession because “I am able to talk with people all day long, while prescribing them appropriate exercises to help them feel better and do their best.” Laura and her husband, Nathan, have 4 very active little kids that keep them on their toes.
Deborah Grejtak, PTA
Debbie brings depth and diversity of experience and knowledge to our therapy team. She has worked as a licensed PTA for 38 years, in many different situations and settings. Debbie began working at CAH in 2007, and in 2015, she joined our team full-time. Debbie appreciates the opportunity at CAH to “see patients with a wide range of diagnoses, a chance to learn from other therapy personnel who are all interested in different approaches to healing, and a chance to follow my patients from beginning to discharge. Working in a small hospital allows me to get to know my patients better and ‘custom make’ a treatment that will fit their specific needs.” In addition to working as a PTA, Debbie enjoys baking, reading, going to the Fox Theater, and traveling to spend time with her family.
Debra Martin, PTA
Deb is a long-standing member of the therapy team at CAH. She has 18 years of experience as a PTA. Deb is skilled and experienced in treating a wide variety of patient populations, and takes special interest in treating balance and gait disorders as well as sports injuries. Deb also has experience in pediatrics and spent 4 years as an onsite PTA at Monterey Coal Mine. At CAH, Deb appreciates the opportunity to “work closely with the treating PT…everyone freely shares new ideas and techniques.” When she is not working, Deb enjoys traveling with her husband, Ken, who is a local musician, gardening (“playing in the dirt”), and enjoying their 5 children and 14 grandchildren. “We love an adventure!”-
Stephanie Callarman, COTA/L
Stephanie is a local girl that hails from Chesterfield who enjoys working in her own community. “It seems like we always know some of the same people and have something to talk about during our session”. She received her associate degree of Applied Science – Occupational Therapy Assistance (OTA) in 2013. Her passion is the geriatric population but has been working with more pediatrics too since being a CAH. Stephanie is a wife and mother of one daughter named Grace. She also has a big extended family that she is very close with and enjoys having family events. She loves working at CAH and loves being a part of the CAH Therapy Team.
Tammy Frankford, PTA
Tammy brings 19 years of experience to our therapy team. She decided to pursue her education and licensure as a PTA after spending time working as a physical therapy tech, because she loved building a personal as well as professional relationship with her patients. Tammy has gained experience in a wide variety of patient populations, but has specialized experience and a special place in her heart for geriatrics. Tammy also takes special interest in orthopedics and has received specialized training in the use of kinesiology taping. Tammy enjoys working at CAH where she gets to “work with a wide variety of diagnoses and age groups. I love getting to know the people in and around our community.” She looks forward to seeing our department continue to grow and expand our expertise. Tammy and her husband, Mark, have been married 21 years and have 4 children and one grandchild. They enjoy camping and racing dirt bikes. Tammy enjoys supporting her family in any of the sports they choose.
Carol Jarden, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Carol has 26 years of experience as a PTA. She is an important part of the therapy team at CAH, working on an as-needed basis. A self-proclaimed “jack of all trades,” she has worked in many other careers as well. Most notably, Carol is also a licensed massage therapist and is owner of “Time-Out and Relaxation Therapeutic Massage Clinic” in Litchfield, IL. Carol’s knowledge and training in therapeutic massage has influenced her style when working as a physical therapist assistant. Carol enjoys helping people to “live their lives, no matter what the situation may be.” She is happy to be a member of the therapy team at CAH, where everyone is “on the same page with patient care.” Carol enjoys creative projects, family time with her 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren (and one on the way!), and living on the farm with her significant other, Bob.
Kelsey Gee, OT
Kelsey comes to CAH after working as an OT in a certified stroke center/ level I trauma center.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from SIUE (2009) and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from SLU (2013). Currently, Kelsey is pursuing lymphedema certification (Feb 2017). “I enjoy the OT profession because I am able to assist patients with all aspects of their lives, and have fun while doing so.” Kelsey is married to husband Pat and they have 2 beautiful children, Maddie and JT.
Deb Hernandez, PTA
Deb hails from the Brighton area and brings 34 years of working experience in a variety of different settings including inpatient acute care and rehab, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and home care. Currently Deb loves working with our “Number 1 Rehab Team” in the Transitional Care Unit at CAH and “loves being a part of the therapy services at CAH (whether treating inpatients or filling in with outpatients). In addition to working as a Physical Therapy Assistant, Deb enjoys having a positive attitude toward life and spending time with her family.
Kristina Welch, PTA
Kristina has been a Physical Therapy Assistant for 3 years and has been a member of Carlinville Area Hospital’s rehab team for 1 year. After obtaining her Physical Therapy Assistant License in 2014, Kristina finished her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science where she continued her studies in biomechanics, nutrition and exercise physiology. As a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, Kristina particularly enjoys working with pediatrics and sport related injuries. Kristina enjoys working at Carlinville Area Hospital because it is such a positive environment that encourages its employees to continue to learn and grow as a professional. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband Jake, serving in various ministries at their home church in Bunker Hill, traveling, running and training their German Shepherd, Apollo.
Amber Da Gama Rose, PT
Amber received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Maryville University in St. Louis Missouri in 2000 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2009. She has spent the majority of her work experience in the outpatient setting and is certified in Functional Capacity Evaluations and work hardening. She has a special interest in post-surgical patient care as well as the injured athlete. Amber enjoys working in the rural hospital setting and loves working at CAH where she can work one on one with patients to help individualize their care and really get to know them. Amber was born and raised in Staunton Illinois and continues to reside there with her husband and her two sons. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling all over the world.
Brooke Chowles, PT
Brooke received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2012 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 from Saint Louis University. She has 6 years of experience as a physical therapist working primarily in the skilled nursing facility setting treating the geriatric population for a variety of conditions. She is a Carlinville native and is very happy to be working within her own community. She is excited to be working at CAH where she is given the time to really get to know patients and families in order to treat the whole patient and provide an experience that will improve their overall quality of life. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, golfing, reading and spending time with family. Her and her husband, Jonathan stay very busy with their toddler and 3 dogs.
Brandy Olroyd, ST
Brandy received a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville in 2007, and Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University in 2009. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She has been providing therapeutic services in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, acute hospital, extended care, outpatient, early intervention and private practice for 8 years. During the course of her career, Brandy has developed skills for treating across the lifespan-birth to geriatrics. She is trained in the Reading with TLC Lively Letters program, Myofascial Release for dysphagia management, as well as has received training for providing FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing), and holds a Specialty Certificate in VitalStim Therapy. Brandy has served as a Clinical Fellowship Mentor for new graduates, as well as a clinical educator for graduate externships.
Brandy has worked with CAH since 2016, and now provides speech therapy services for the outpatient clinic as well as the transitional care and med/surg units. She has always traveled extensively to serve many facilities during her career, and looks forward to being settled at CAH, close to her home in Benld, and to provide services to the local communities. She says that her favorite part of her job is “being able to fill a patient or family’s toolbox with skills and knowledge. Then seeing them take and use each of those things to build something amazing, something that has been missing, something that allows them to feel whole and functional. It’s a really amazing thing to run into those people after several months or years and hear how they have shaped their lives.”
When she is not working, Brandy enjoys spending time with her two kids and traveling with friends and family.