Timothy McGuire, PT Rehabilitation Service Manager
“Working and helping people is what lead me to choose the
profession of physical therapy. I have the opportunity to meet and help people
avoid or get over their injury and back to the activities they want to do.
Whether it is an athlete returning to sport, a grandmother returning to her
home, or a worker returning to work, I feel privileged to be able to assist in
this rewarding process. I’m also privileged to manage the great therapy staff
here at DCHS along with working closely with our referral sources. Being a
local boy, I’m very proud of what we are able to offer in our community.”
BS Biology, 1985 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BS Physical Therapy 1987, University of Michigan –Flint
Clinical Interest/Expertise:Orthopedics, post operative rehabilitation, work conditioning/ return to work rehabilitation(Isernhagen-Workwell Certified), ergonomic assessment, healthcare management
Paul Leverson, MSPT
"The miracle of the human body is evidence of a great Creator. It’s humbling and honorable to be able to work with people, helping them to see all they can do to help themselves regain a more excellent life and then empowering them with effective tools to achieve this more excellent life. Whether its pain limiting them for years, a post-surgical recovery, or a recent injury...there are universal principles true for all of us in restoring the normal, inherent balance and function to the body. Through appropriate interventions, exercises and education this is an achievable goal. Patients are more than diagnoses, or numbers. They are people…and people matter."
Undergraduate: Augustana College – Sioux Falls, SD; Pre-Physical Therapy
Graduate: University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science – Des Moines, IA; MS Physical Therapy
"Working in a small town is a unique setting, especially when it’s the same small town you grew up in. Having strong roots in the area, with a close personal connection to so many of my patients, I am so thankful to be able to provide quality physical therapy to those in the Wausaukee area. I love being able to follow patients through their course of treatment and helping them to achieve their goals. I want all of my patients to feel comfortable and satisfied with their care, and I encourage them to take an active role in their therapy program. "
Undergraduate:Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy—UW Madison
Postgraduate: Simmons College – Boston, MA Doctorate of Physical Therapy Bridge Program completion December 2006
Clinical Interest/Expertise:Outpatient orthopedic care, Post operative rehab, Vestibular rehab, Aquatic therapy, Women’s health
Edward Mathis, PT, DPT
“I work both in the acute setting as the Inpatient Rehab Coordinator and in the main outpatient clinic in Iron Mountain. My primary goal is best summed up in the American Physical Therapy Association’s new vision statement: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience." I wake up each morning and am excited to able to evaluate each patient’s mobility restrictions and analyze what treatment techniques I can apply to meet their goals. In addition to therapist technique, I strongly emphasize home program and education to allow the patient to increase their locus of control over their dysfunction.”
Undergraduate: BA, (General Biology) with Honors, The College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 1998
Postgraduate: t-DPT, The University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences, Saint Augustine, FL, 2011; MPT, The University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences, Saint Augustine, FL, 2000; Multiple Courses, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine; APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
Clinical Interest/Expertise: Osteopathic Manual Therapy, TMJ/headaches, Pelvic and Rib cage dysfunction, Early mobilization in the Acute Care Setting; Advancement of the Physical Therapy Profession.
Lauren Smith, PT, DPT, AT, ATC
"I feel very fortunate to begin my physical therapy career in such a fantastic community where I can touch the lives of so many different people. With a strong passion for pelvic health, women’s health, pregnancy, and postpartum physical therapy, I am excited to bring new treatment techniques to the area and begin to help those that may not have been reached previously, while also using my wide range of skills to treat any patient that comes through the door. I am so honored to be a part of the amazing rehab team at DCHS and I look forward to serving this community."
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University, 2011 Graduate: Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University, 2016 Certifications: Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy Clinical Interest/Expertise: Women’s Health, Pelvic Health, Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, Sports Medicine, Oncology Rehabilitation
Brian Kass PT, DPT, OCS
"Over the course of the last 6 years, I’ve had a strong compassion for helping those in pain and helping them get through life’s challenges. I enjoy assisting people in re-gaining a higher quality of life. I also have interest in becoming a true expert of managing physical ailments and injuries through physical therapy. I continue to pursue advanced post-professional training to better myself and the care that patients receive. In doing this, I became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2013. My interest in becoming an expert and my desire to help patients alleviate their pain give me the tools to help individuals reach their greatest physical potential. I’ve found physical therapy to be very rewarding for myself and for the patients that I work with. "
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science: Summa Cum Laude; Northern Michigan University – Marquette, MI. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.
Graduate: Doctor of Physical therapy: Summa Cum Laude; Mayo Clinic College of Medicine – Rochester, MN.
Post-graduate: Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Advanced Orthopedic training through North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy
Clincal Interests/Expertise: Orthopedic clinical specialist, Fall/balance prevention, Post-surgical care
Jessica Geyser, PT, DPT
“As an Iron Mountain High School Graduate I am fortunate to have been able to return to my hometown and am excited to be providing care for people in our community. I primarily work in our main Outpatient Clinic. I enjoy working with people of all ages, injuries and conditions. I strive to work hard and continuously improve my clinical skills through continuing education courses to provide the best care possible. It is truly a gratifying experience to help others improve their independence and achieve goals that are meaningful to them by providing individualized therapy programs. ”
Undergraduate: 2008 Bachelors of Science – Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
Major: Health Fitness in Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs
Postgraduate:2011 Doctor of Physical Therapy – Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
Clinical Interest/Expertise:Pediatrics, Oncology Rehabilitation, Outpatient Orthopedics and Neuro, Gait and Balance Training
Erin McIntyre, PT, DPT
“After living away from the Upper Peninsula for the last 9 years to study, do some world traveling, and expand my professional horizons, it’s so wonderful to be back home in the U.P. treating people from a community that I care so much about. I have a strong love of my work, and improving the lives of my patients is my top priority. Whether helping a patient get out of bed for the first time in the acute care setting, facilitating someone to reach their functional goals in the outpatient setting, or assisting someone in their home, I consider this to be an honor and a blessing. I am proud to be part of a great rehab team at DCHS.”
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences—Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Graduate: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree—Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, NY
"I knew physical therapy would be an ideal career choice for me after I was injured playing college basketball and had to go through the rehab process on several different occasions. With that experience I saw the impact PT can have on a person, both physically and mentally. I’m fortunate to work in a field I am passionate about and I truly enjoy the interaction we have with each one of our patients. Every single person has a different life story, and it is our job to individualize each session to best meet our patient’s needs. I love being back in the UP and I am happy to be here helping serve our local community."
Undergraduate: BS Biological Sciences and Exercise Science - Michigan Tech University
Graduate: MS Biological Sciences – Michigan Tech University DPT University of Wisconsin-Madison
“I have a personal passion for exercise and see the benefits in my own health and function in water and on land” “I enjoy seeing the progress I can make with my patients. We become friends and partners in achieving their personal goals. I have as much excitement as my patients when they are able to return to the activities that they love to do. I continue to expand my knowledge in Aquatic Therapy to offer the best and most up-to-date treatments for all of my patients. I also have over 15 years of experience in outpatient care working with a full spectrum of orthopedic and neurological conditions. I enjoy using all of the skills I have learned to get my patients back to the activities they love to do."
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison BA, Psychology Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College Associates, Physical Therapy Assistant
Certifications: Aquatic Therapy
Clinical Interest/Expertise: Aquatic therapy, Advanced Proficiency Certification for the Physical Therapy Assistant from the Amer. PT Association
Amy Giesen, PTA
"Physical therapy and
cancer are words that people don’t associate with each other.It has been proven, however, that physical
therapy can help patients maintain strength and range of motion to help
increase function during and after cancer treatments. "
Undergraduate: BS Environmental Engineering: Michigan Technological University - Associates of Science Degree Physical Therapist Assistant Suomi College
Certifications: Lymphedema Therapist, Wound Care Specialist, Advanced Proficiency for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Clinical Interest/Expertise:Cancer Care; Inpatient/Acute Care Rehab; Lymphedema, Chronic Edema and post surgical swelling.
Lanny Brown, PTA
Fifteen years of experience working as a physical therapist assistant mostly in inpatient acute care and home health settings, I’ve met many great people. The gratification I get from seeing a patient recover their independence after a surgery, serious fall or neurological condition ect.. can’t be seen on a paycheck. My philosophy is: “ put yourself in the place of the patient. How would I want to be treated?” Therefore my goal as a PTA is to design an individual plan that meets the patients needs and one they can live with. Going beyond physical therapy, I believe in advocating for my patients; calling doctors, social workers and outside agencies in order to provide patients with tools to get back their independence. From being homebound, to driving yourself to the grocery store……Priceless!
Undergraduate: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Associates, Physical Therapy Assistant
Clinical interest & expertise: Acute care rehab, Home heath rehabilitation with special interest in treatment of balance disorders, progressive neurological disorders & post surgical orthopedic rehabilitation.
Jessica Roell, PTA
“Being able to provide care in a variety of settings allows me to become more familiar with the patients personal goals and functional abilities, which I am very grateful in being able to provide them consistent, continuous care. I enjoy following them through their journey and trying to make their transition from each stage of therapy as comfortable as possible”.
Education: Finlandia University – Hancock, MI Associate in Applied Science – Physical Therapist Assistant Graduate class of 2011
Clinical Expertise/Interests: Musculoskeletal, Orthopedics, Post-operative rehab, Neuromuscular, and Functional retraining in Home Health, Outpatient, and Inpatients settings
Lawrence Pierce, PTA
"It is a joy to see people once again being able to do what they could not do when I met them. Treating people the way you would want to be treated; getting to know people and teaching them how to apply the tools that will improve their quality of life and bring a smile back to their face is a wonderful privilege."
Education: Associates Degree of Physical Therapy – Volunteer State Community College, 1991.
“The gift of communication is one that most of us take for granted. It is vital for connecting us to what is most important, such as family and friends. I feel blessed to have chosen a career in which I am able to help individuals who have difficulty speaking or understanding oral and written language develop new skills or relearn old ones to help them communicate. I also enjoy the other aspects of speech pathology, like improving an individual’s ability to regain swallow function, such as after a debilitating stroke. I feel fortunate that I can work with people and be part of their rehabilitation journey toward greater speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing function. It is a joy to be able to work in a wonderful, supportive community hospital at DCHS.”
Undergraduate Degree : BSEd Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Georgia 1992; National Student Exchange program for Communication Sciences and Disorders 1988-1989, West Chester University.
Graduate Degree: MEd Speech-Language Pathology, University of Georgia 1993; Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 1993.
Clinicial Interest/Experience: Neurology, Head and Neck Cancer, Dysphagia Management, Adult and Pediatric Speech/Language Disorders, Geriatrics.
Colleen Sleik, PT, DPT, OCS
"As a physical therapist, I strive to examine the entire person, including work or play activities, disease processes, and other contributing factors when evaluating pain or injury. I love working with children of all ages, educating parents and caregivers in appropriate activities to promote development and mobility. Vestibular rehabilitation, the treatment of dizziness, is very successful and alleviates severe limitations in daily functioning. Orthopedic rehabilitation is an important part of recovery from pain, after injury or surgery. There are often challenges along the way, requiring ongoing assessment of movement to promote the most effective movement patterns to decrease pain and likelihood of re-injury."
Undergraduate:Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science College of St. Catherine
Graduate: Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of St. Augustine in Florida, Master of Physical Therapy – College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis, MN
Post-graduate: Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation through Emory University Atlanta, GA, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
"Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, including the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It merges occupational and physical therapy theory and practice to treat individuals with injuries and / or post surgical procedures. The surgeries are often complicated and delicate. The technical complexity of these kinds of surgeries necessitates a high level of competence by the therapists with advanced skills in upper quarter rehabilitation and an understanding of the surgical procedure. The Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) must also remain current with changes in hand therapy practice. "
BS Degree - Occupational Therapy: Mount Mary
College – Milwaukee
Certificate as Certified Hand Therapist - 2005
Special Interest/Training:Traumatic Hand Injuries, fractures and post surgical interventions.
Ashley Bernard, OT
“I was grateful to receive the opportunity to return to my hometown after graduation and provide care to people in our community. I chose to pursue occupational therapy, because I truly enjoy working with both adults and children to increase function and independence in things they do every day. ”
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Magna cum Laude; Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI (2011)
Graduate: Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy; Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI (2014)
Special Interest/Training: Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Acute Care, Home Health, Neuro Rehab including stroke/ and traumatic brain injury
Jamie Paternoster, OTR
“I was drawn to the field of occupational therapy because I enjoy working with people and after graduation I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in the community where I grew up. At DCHS, I am privileged to provide care to a variety of patients from pediatrics to geriatrics with the goal of improving daily life after an injury, illness or disability.”
Western Michigan University 2001- Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy
Special Interest/Training: Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Oncology Rehab Neuro Rehab and Home Health
Judy Phelps, RN
"When the opportunity to work in Cardiac Rehabilitation presented itself to me in 1992, I was reluctant to say the least. After over 20 years working with heart patients I can now say it was the best career decision I ever made. Our patients generally spend several months with us and some continue to attend the program for many years. I enjoy helping patients learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. The most rewarding part of my job is when I see them years later in the community still exercising and looking great."
Bay College Assoc. Degree 1983
Clinical Interest/Expertise: Health & Wellness and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Shirley Dishaw - Beck, RN, BSN, CCRN
“I love working with my patients in Cardiac / Pulmonary Rehabilitation because I see their progression over months, and sometimes over years,” commented Shirley Dishaw-Beck, RN. “They become friends, and there is time to make a real connection with them. Inpatient nursing is very rewarding as well, but the nurse’s impact is over a much shorter period of time, and we do not necessarily see the long term effects of our care.”
Northern Michigan University BSN 1982
Clinical Interest/Expertise: Pulmonary Disease.
Rehabilitation Office Staff
Cheryl Shoreman: "Working in the Healthcare Field can be challenging. The Rehabilitation Department is a great department to be a part of. Patients come through our doors not feeling very well whether it from an injury, surgery etc. When you greet that patient with a “smile” it makes them feel welcome knowing their rehabilitation experience will be a pleasant one. I have been a resident of Dickinson County all of my life and am very proud of our hospital and what it represents for our community. "
Linda Coe: "The Road to Rehab can sometimes be bumpy – We are here to smooth it out. I have always worked in public service and I truly enjoy helping people. I was born and raised in Iron Mountain and believe in our local hospital. I once was a patient here in the rehabilitation department and was so satisfied with my care that I applied to work here. I look forward to working with you to make your rehabilitation experience pleasurable."
Cathy Bonneau: "As a rehabilitation service department scheduler, I assist in scheduling your appointments and work with other departments to assist with insurance questions and billing. I enjoy working in the rehab dept as you get to see how a patient progresses from their first appointment until they are ready to leave us. When you work in our department you see patients quite often and you get to know them and it is great to be part of their recovery. Our therapists are very compassionate and understanding with each patient’s care, even when they have to push them to make them better. It makes me proud to be part of this team. Thank you for letting us be part of your rehabilitation experience!"