Rehabilitative services are provided to Hospital, Outpatient Clinic, the Care Center, and Home Health (within a 60 mi radius)
Physical Therapy: Lower extremity and spine disorders to include musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction; gait, balance and endurance training
Occupational Therapy: Upper extremity disorders to include musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction, early intervention development and visual/vestibular retraining.
Speech Therapy: Speech, swallowing, modified barium swallow studies, cognitive disorders and early intervention development
We share an average work experience of 17 years, come experience how our team of dedicated, hands-on, compassionate, knowledgeable, professionals who demonstrate an intrinsic drive to improve the health and well-being of others sets us apart.
Our Therapy department has been operating for over 20 years. We provide Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services to outpatient, acute observation, swing bed care center and home health clients. Satellite clinics were opened in Flagler in 2005 and in Limon in 2012. We treat muscular, skeletal, neurological & developmental conditions including but not limited to; joint replacements, tendon and ligament reconstruction, balance and gait disturbances, paraplegia, vertigo, sprains and strains.
Erika Saffer, DPT, MPT, NHA
I completed my B.S. in Health Sciences from McPherson College in 1995 and my Masters of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in 1999. I came to work for LCH in 1999 and then completed my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2008. I have recently received my Nursing Home Administrator’s License, and have found a new interest in leadership development. I cherish spending time with my husband, two children and parents.
Jennifer Witt, DPT
After receiving my B.S. in Biology with an Athletic Training minor from York College in Nebraska, I went on to complete my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. While completing my studies, I was fortunate to get to experience a variety of settings which proved helpful when I joined the LCH staff in 2013. I currently see the PT patients in our satellite clinic in Flagler. I also work with patients in the hospital, care center, and outpatient clinic in Hugo. I grew up in Flagler so I am really blessed to be back in the area and surrounded by our amazing, generous community.
Jennifer Sitzman, PTA
I received my Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Colby Community College in 1996. I started my career with NovaCare, a contract therapy company for the hospital. I travelled to many facilities on the Eastern Plains, with Hugo being my home base. I became an LCH staff member in October 1998 when the hospital went in-house for therapy services. I live in Hugo with my husband and 2 children.
Amy Cox, PTA
I received my Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan. I worked for 9 years in an outpatient clinic. In 2008, I came to LCH where I see patients in the hospital, care center, home health, and outpatient clinic. I also see patients at our satellite clinic in Limon. I am married and have 2 children. I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, hiking, and camping.
Sharon Mason, OTD, OTR/L
I completed my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Creighton University, while raising 2 kids. I have been an Occupational Therapist for 16 years and have practiced in various settings around the United States. I’ve specialized in working with people who have had head injuries due to trauma.
Lisa Bacharach, COTA
I received my Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Pueblo Community College in 2007; I received my B. S. in Healthcare Administration in 2012 from Ashford University. I have experience in a variety of settings due to my love of travelling, which is what brought me to LCH in 2013 as a traveling therapist.
Cathy Wallace-Berndt, MS, CCC-SLP
I graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1991 with my Masters in Communicative Disorders. I have worked with Early Intervention and school-aged children prior to hospital based services. I enjoy the variety of patients Speech Therapy offers. I am married with 3 children and enjoy scrapbooking.