Occupational Therapy

About RCH Occupational Therapy Services

The Rooks County Health Center Occupational Therapy Department is staffed by one board-certified Occupational Therapist and one Occupational Therapist Assistant who believe strongly in providing quality, small-town health care. RCH’s staff provides a comprehensive approach to therapy to include not only our patient’s physical needs, but emotional, social, and sensory needs as well.

To initiate OT services, one should first receive a referral from his or her health care provider. An initial evaluation will be scheduled during which RCH’s occupational therapist will administer an assessment appropriate for the medical diagnosis given by the health care provider. The information gathered will guide the therapist in determining an individualized treatment plan.

Services provided may include:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Retraining
    • Personal Hygiene, Eating, Dressing, Bathing, etc.
  • Adaptive Equipment (AE) or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Training
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Coordination Training
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Modalities for Pain or Scar Management
  • Sensory Integration/Desensitization Programs
  • Splinting/Orthotics
  • Therapeutic Activities/Exercises

Inpatient Services

The RCH’s Occupational Therapy team provides care on an inpatient basis as well. Hospitalized patients are assisted in improving self-care, functional mobility skills, and general strengthening in order to return home or an alternative discharge location safely. Our therapy team also makes recommendations regarding adaptive or durable medical equipment to increase independence with daily living. 

RCH offers a fully functional kitchen and bath setup to incorporate in therapy sessions to simulate the experience of a home environment.

Splinting/Orthotics

RCH Occupational Therapy provides custom splinting/orthotic fabrication for protection or support of the upper extremity to allow for effective healing, positioning, or improving functional use. Orthotics are commonly used in spasticity management for individuals with abnormal tone, reducing joint strain secondary to arthritis, immobilization due to fracture, and improving movement patterns from nerve impairment. Rather than a one-size fits all approach, each orthosis is custom-fit to meet an individual’s unique needs.

Pediatrics

Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps a child maximize independence in areas related to age-appropriate play, school performance, and daily self-help activities. Occupational Therapy will assess developmental skills in a variety of domains and provide intervention in underlying areas impacting performance which may include fine/gross/visual motor coordination, sensory processing, and social/self-care skills.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is offered on an outpatient basis in addition to and/or alternative to, traditional land-based therapy. The buoyant properties of water can be very helpful when rehabilitating an upper extremity injury, incorporating strength/endurance training, pain management, and restoring range of motion for greater functional use. Aquatic therapy can also be beneficial in the pediatric population for children with abnormal muscle tone, limited mobility, or sensory-motor deficits.

Jessie Tien, MOT, OTR/L
Amy Karlin, COTA

Enter Rehab Center on North Side of Hospital with Direct Access from North Side Parking Lot

Phone: 785-688-4425
Fax: 785-688-4496

“Excellent in every way, shape and form. Thank goodness we have such a professional facility so close to home.”

“Jessie was always cheerful and helpful and fantastic to work with! She understood my goals and got me where they were met.”

“Bri was amazing!! Very caring. She tried everything to get me to feeling better.”

Occupational Therapy Moves to Direct Access!

If you or a loved one are having difficulty completing daily activities due to an upper extremity injury, developmental delay, or other functional impairment, Occupational Therapy may be able to help without a referral from your physician. Prior to your first appointment, our staff verifies with your insurance provider that no referral is needed.

*Occupational and Physical Therapists cannot make a formal medical diagnosis or order imaging. Your therapist will refer to the appropriate provider if needed.

Some of the conditions for which RCH offers Occupational Therapy treatment include:

  • Arthritis Pain
  • Developmental Delay or Learning Impairments
  • General Weakness or Deconditioning
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes
  • Neurological Impairment
    ○ Brachial Plexus Injuries, Cerebral Vascular Accidents (Stroke), Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic
    Brain Injuries, Parkinson’s Disease
  • Orthopedic Injuries of the Upper Extremity
  • Overuse Conditions (i.e. Tendonitis)
  • Post-Operative Joint Replacements
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Traumatic Fractures

Daniel J. Sanchez, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Bio:

Dr. Daniel Sanchez is a family medicine physician. He joined the staff at Rooks County Health Center in 1993. He enjoys preventive medicine — fixing risk factors before they cause problems.

He lives in Plainville with his wife, Karen, and their two children.

Education:

  • Residency: Family Medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital; 1993
  • Doctorate of Medicine: Loma Linda University; 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Chemistry Minor: Union College; 1986

Statement:

During medical training, I liked a bit of everything I did and Family Medicine became a very logical choice.  To follow a patient over many years, often treating generations of the same family, gives many insights into a person’s make-up–physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

I once asked a friend’s dad who was a general practitioner (the term used in that day) what his favorite part of medicine was and he told me preventative medicine.  I asked him what that meant and he said it was about helping people become and stay healthy so they wouldn’t get sick.  “Boring!” I thought.  I wanted to save lives, remove disease and do heroic things.

Now I understand.  We can really abuse our health and then bring our broken bodies for a doctor to try and heal, but how much better to take care of it in the first place and maintain it in good working order.  I understand my mentor’s line of thinking. 

My medical school’s motto is, “To Make Man Whole”.  That is my deepest desire, to restore the whole person to his or her greatest potential and maintain the highest quality of life possible.

Cynthia Peticolas, DMD

Specialty: Dentistry

Bio:

Dr. Cynthia Peticolas is a seasoned dental professional with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Peticolas was born in Maryland, but when she was a year old, her father landed a job with IBM and her family moved to Northern California. When she was in 6th grade her family relocated once again to Eugene, Oregon where her father worked as a physics professor at The University of Oregon. When it came time to go to college, the obvious choice would have been to go to her home-town college where her father worked, but instead she chose Oregon State University, 50 miles north, in Corvallis, Oregon.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State and then attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where she received her dental degree in 1982.

Dr. Peticolas, practiced in Salem and Mill City, Oregon from 1982 until 2007 when she married and moved to Stockton, Kansas. She now lives in Damar, Kansas with her granddaughter and all her pets!! Anyone who knows her, knows how much she loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She is an avid horse-woman and enjoys trail riding (at a really fast trot). She attends local gaming events and has been active in the sport of endurance riding for nearly 25 years.

​Dr. Peticolas is still a student of dentistry and eager to learn and expand her knowledge and skills as a dental practitioner. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and is president-elect for the Kansas AGD for 2016.

Charles Schultz, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

Education:
University of Kansas School of Medicine 1979-1983
Residency- St. Luke’s Hospital/University of Missouri at Kansas City 1983-1989
Doctorate of Medicine- University of Kansas School of Medicine 1983

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery

Lavelle Ellis, MD

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1986

Fellowship:
Wayne State University,
Gastroenterology
Royal Free Hospital, Hepatology

Residency:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certifications:
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Memberships:
American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology,
American Association of Liver Disease.

Luann Evert, APRN

Specialty: Cardiology

Education and Training

Medical Degree(s)

Masters in Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
BSN, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Patricia Crawley, MD

Specialty: Cardiology

Specialty:
Cardiology

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City

Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita

Fellowships:
Cardiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Board Certified:
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Scot Bandel, DPM

Specialty: Podiatry

Bio:

Dr. Bandel is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the area of Foot Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Bandel is a Western Nebraska native, who attended undergraduate school at Chadron State College, in Chadron, Nebraska and then went on to pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University. In 2006, Dr. Bandel completed a 3-year surgical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

​Dr. Bandel treats a vast number of foot and ankle ailments, both surgical and non-surgical, including but not limited to plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions, sprains, fractures, and diabetic foot care needs. 

​During his time not spent with patients, Dr. Bandel is a very active member of his church and enjoys camping and spending time with his family.

Leann Zimmerman, APRN

Specialty: APRN
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Leann Zimmerman, APRN, is a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been providing health care services for over 30 years in rural Kansas.  She also provides a wound care clinic service for inpatients and outpatients at Rooks County Health Center.

Her clinical interest is being a patient advocate and providing care that makes a positive difference in others’ lives.

She lives in Hays with her husband, Jayme. They have 6 children. She enjoys many sports and family events.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Counseling- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Mental Health- Wichita State University

Family Nurse Practitioner- Fort Hays State University

Jerome M. Molstad, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

With over 35 years of experience, Jerry was one of the first physician associate’s in Kansas to provide locum coverage to rural and small-town hospitals.

He spent most of his career supporting underserved areas and fulfilling his military obligations including separate deployments to Iraq and Kuwait.

A native of Colby, Jerry is always on the move enjoying hiking, skiing, travel, camping, flying, motor paragliding and John Deere equipment restoration. When possible he assists with EMS and firefighting. Jerry is the busy father of six.

Medical Education:

  • Doctorate of Medicine – University of Kansas School of Medicine 2016
  • Master of Public Heath – University of Kansas Medical Center 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – University of Kansas 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism – University of Kansas 2005

Military Education:

  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (Squadron Officer School)

Certifications:

BLS, ACLS, ATLS, PALS, TCMC

Beth Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Dr. Beth Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

She is delighted to work in the community of Stockton and build a practice at the new clinic. Clinical interests include maternal/child care, quality improvement, and rural medicine/access to care.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her family. She also likes to read, cross-stitch, and explore Kansas.

Education:

  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Kansas; 2002

Mike Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Dr. Mike Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

He is pleased to live in the community of Stockton and excited to work at the new clinic. Clinical interests include quality improvement, chronic disease management, preventive and procedural medicine.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys nature photography and gardening.

Education:

  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Master of Public Health: University of Kansas; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Fort Hays State University; 2003

Emily Decker, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Emily Decker is a Physician Associate providing medical services at Rooks County Health Center’s walk-in clinic, Doctors Without Delay. She also worked several years as a Physician Associate at Rooks County’s Post Rock Family Medicine. In 2018 she rejoined the staff of Rooks County Health Center. Emily lives in Hays with her husband Thomas, and their son Grayson. Emily enjoys traveling, reading, crafting and spending time with her family & friends.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fort Hays State University
  • Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University

Certification:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support