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Physical therapy

A physical therapy program can be a key part of your recovery from an illness or injury. But the strides you'll make in therapy are deeply dependent on the skills and expertise of the physical therapists who work with you—and the ability of that program to help you reach your goals. You'll need expert care in order to get the best results.

At Berger Health System, we can provide you with intense physical therapy programs built around your needs and your goals. And your care will be delivered by a coordinated and trained team that is dedicated to delivering excellent care to each and every patient. Berger Therapy has helped patients throughout Pickaway, Ross, Fairfield, Hocking, Perry and Franklin counties. Several of our patients have come from Chillicothe, Bainbridge, Williamsport, South Bloomfield, Lancaster, Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, Logan, Laurelville, New Lexington, Columbus, Canal Winchester and Gahanna.

Learn more about our services offered at our new Health & Wellness center at 1280 N. Court St. here!

Your physical therapy plan

We offer two different formats of physical therapy. In our inpatient programs, we come to see you while you're still in the hospital. You may be in recovery from a serious accident, or you might be recovering from a traumatic health event, such as a stroke.

Our inpatient physical therapy services are designed to help you build up strength and endurance, so you can leave the hospital and continue with your recovery at home. We will work with you and guide you, and when it's time to leave the hospital, we'll offer discharge instructions so you can continue your work at home.

Our outpatient physical therapy services are the perfect complement to your at-home work. Here, we'll work with you in a series of appointments, showing you techniques and performing assessments at our locations. We'll send you home with exercises and stretches you can do at home to work on your recovery every day.

Whether you're getting care as an inpatient or an outpatient, your plan will be tailored to you. We can help you:

  • Restore your mobility and function to return to prior level of activities.
  • Reduce swelling through manual therapy and Kinesiotape techniques.
  • Reduce dizziness and balance issues through vestibular rehabilitation therapy.
  • Reduce pain through education and therapeutic methods.
  • Address deficits in daily activities, fitness, recreation or sports activities.
  • Return to work after industrial injury.
  • Design a program for maintenance upon completion of therapy services.

Other physical therapy services we offer

In addition to inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, we offer other services. For example, we offer functional capacity evaluations to determine the level of work capacity an individual is able to do. We also offer sports medicine therapy techniques to athletes in local schools.

Need more?

You will need a referral to enroll in our outpatient program. Our outpatient rehabilitation services are available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Matching you to the right physical therapist

All of our physical therapists are trained and licensed. When you come to Berger for care, we will match you with a physical therapist that has the training and expertise you will need to address your issue.

Rebekah Ashmore, PTA

Rebekah Ashmore, PTA

  • Bekah has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2005. She spent her first 8 years working for a Columbus outpatient clinic. There she started with basic orthopedic cases, especially the treatment of foot/ankle injuries and return to sports protocols. She also specialized in the treatment of injured workers, work station ergonomics, and job task simulation. Bekah has been with Berger Health System since January 2014, with a focus on School Based Physical Therapy. Since then, she has been helping to build the outpatient Pediatric Therapy program as well. Bekah grew up in rural Michigan (Go Bucks!) with her parents, three older brothers, some horses, cats, chickens, and a dog. Lake superior is still her favorite place on earth, though she likes to travel anywhere. Her brothers all married well, and gave Bekah 11 nieces and nephews. When she's not spending time with family, she enjoys photography, hiking, and cycling.

Joy Atwood, PT

Joy Atwood, PT

  • Joy Atwood is originally from Amanda, Ohio and graduated from Amanda-Clearcreek High School. She received her BS in Physical Therapy from Bowling Green State University in consortium with the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo in 1993 and has practiced physical therapy in the central Ohio area ever since, working in outpatient settings in Gahanna, Columbus, Grove City, and Groveport. She joined the team at Berger in 2013. Joy enjoys working with orthopedic therapy clients. She has experience in all types of post-op care, foot and ankle biomechanics and orthotic fitting, temporal mandibular joint treatment and has previously managed a CARF-accredited Work Hardening program. She is certified to complete ErgoScience Physical Work Performance Evaluations (FCEs). In 2015 she completed coursework and exam for becoming a certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, and in 2017 was invited by the Kinesio group to participate in the Arnold Fitness Classic to provide taping demonstrations. Joy and Eric have been married since 2000 and live outside of Circleville with their daughter, Carly.

Mandy Givens, PTA

Mandy Givens, PTA

  • Mandy Givens is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She was raised in Frankfort where she attended Adena Local Schools. In 2006, she graduated from Hocking College where she obtained her Associates Degree. Mandy has worked at Berger Health System since 2007 with her primary focus in outpatient physical therapy. Mandy has attended continuing education in muscle energy techniques for the lumbar spine and pelvis and vestibular rehabilitation, and she has completed the APTA CI education and credentialing program. Mandy is currently a Delay the Disease Parkinson's Fitness Program Certified Instructor as well. Mandy and her husband Ben have been married for 10 years and are the proud parents of 2 children, Emilee (7) and Blake (5).

Anna Goodbar, PT, MPT

Anna Goodbar, PT, MPT

  • Anna Goodbar has been a physical therapist since 2003. She is originally from Ashville, Ohio and graduated from Teays Valley High School in 1997. Anna then attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she graduated summa cum laude in 2001 with a BS in Biological Sciences, then continued on to Physical therapy. Anna also walked on to the varsity women's basketball team at Ohio University during her time in undergrad and was a member of the team for 2 years. Anna has practiced as a physical therapist at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Lexington, VA for 8 years, and has been a member of the Berger therapy team since 2011. Anna has experience in all types of post-operative care and orthopedic diagnoses, and is very interested in sports physical therapy. She is a Delay the Disease Parkinson's Fitness Program Certified Instructor as well. Anna and Tim have been married since 2008 and live in Teays Valley School District with their two children, Cooper (6) and Stella (3). Anna enjoys coaching and being involved in her children's sports teams in her free time.

Valeria Haslar, PTA

Valerie Haslar, PTA

  • Valerie has been a part of the Berger family for the past 18 years, working as a PTA primarily in the acute care setting. She worked for many years in the inpatient rehab unit and also has experience in outpatient, skilled nursing facility rehab and home health. Valerie graduated in 1994 from North Central Technical College in Mansfield, Ohio with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. After obtaining her degree in physical therapy, she relocated her family to the Columbus area where she worked in rehab and home health prior to joining Berger Hospital in 1999. She has completed the APTA CI credentialing program and has mentored many students over the years. Valerie and her husband Jon have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, and cycling.

Cathy Marck, PTA

Cathy Marck, PTA

  • Cathy Marck has been a Physical Therapist Assistant at Berger Health System for the last 12 years. She was raised in Jackson, Ohio and graduated from Jackson High School. She earned her associate degree in Business Management form Hocking Technical College in 1982 and an associate degree in Applied Science of Physical Therapy from Central Ohio Technical College in 1990. She has worked in Hocking, Fairfield, and Franklin Counties for 15 years. Her favorite hobbies are golf and hiking.

Scott Marguglio, PT, DPT

Scott Marguglio, PT, DPT

  • Scott has worked at Berger for 4 years, primarily focusing on acute inpatient care. He is the primary evaluating physical therapist who works with patients that have been admitted to the hospital. He attended The Ohio State University for both his undergraduate and graduate level studies, as well as to play varsity soccer for the Buckeyes. In 2009 he graduated summa cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis on Health & Wellness. Following this, Scott had the privilege to work with the Cleveland Indians' medical staff, assisting in daily rehab programs for the team throughout the 2012 season. Scott returned to Columbus after this, and he has accumulated a wealth of experience in the field working in numerous settings including outpatient orthopedics/sports clinics, home health, skilled nursing facilities, acute inpatient rehab, and acute care. Scott is married to his wife, Ashley, and they recently welcomed their first child, Layla, to the family. He has an English bulldog named Oscar, is an avid Cleveland sports fan, and he golfs as much as he can find time to.

Doug Mills, PTA

Doug Mills, PTA

  • Doug Mills is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). He grew up in nearby West Jefferson and graduated there before earning a BA from The Ohio State University. Doug earned his PTA degree from Central Ohio Technical College in 1996. He works primarily as an outpatient therapist. He is a certified Delay the Disease Parkinson's Instructor as well as a certified LSVT BIG Parkinson's instructor. He has been a clinical instructor to over a dozen PTA students. Doug has been a therapist with Berger Health System for over 20 years. In his spare time Doug enjoys hiking, golfing, and listening to the sweet sound of Golden Age Opera.

Janet Robinson, PT

Janet Robinson, PT

  • Janet graduated from Washington Senior High in Washington Court House. She went to Ohio University in Athens and later attended physical therapy school at The Ohio State University. She mainly works with outpatients at Berger Hospital. She also does physical therapy at Wyngate. She sees a variety of patients including patients who have dizziness. She is also certified to teach 2 programs for patients who have Parkinson's: LSVT BIG and Delay the Disease. Janet stays active by belonging to the following organizations: 1)The American Physical Therapy Association, 2) Altrusa International, 3) The first Presbyterian Church where she is on the Board of Deacons and Mission Council, 4) The Rebounders Club, 5) Buckeye Boosters, and 6) The Buckeye Club. She works the polls and is a Voting Location Manager. She is also on a Relay for Life team sponsored by her church. In her spare time, Janet enjoys travelling and attending sports events (especially Ohio State football games and Ohio State women's basketball games). She also enjoys spending time with her nephews and niece.

Christine Saltsman, PT, MBA

Christine Saltsman, PT, MBA

  • Christine Saltsman holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy and a Masters of Business Administration. Her background of 16 years in the healthcare profession includes spinal, orthopedic, neurological and geriatric clinical work in the post-acute and home health setting, clinical instructor positions, and numerous healthcare management leadership roles. Her background is strong in sales and referral marketing, financial growth strategies, regulatory compliance, audit readiness, and resource management. As the Director of Therapy and Sports Medicine at Berger Health Systems, Christine oversees the multisite operations of inpatient, outpatient and home health therapy, sports medicine and athletic training, and fitness and wellness service lines. She specializes in budget and cost containment, program development, staff engagement and clinical rehab excellence. She works on numerous committees in the OPTA, and serves as the State Membership Chair for the Ohio Therapy Association. She is passionate about promoting active and healthy lifestyles. In her free time, Christine stays active with yoga, golf, participating in triathlons and is an avid traveler. She and her husband are both proud "Buckeyes" residing in Columbus, Ohio.

Scott Stevens, PT, DPT

Scott Stevens, PT, DPT

  • Scott started working at Berger as an outpatient physical therapist in September of 2016. He grew up in Ashville, Ohio and graduated from Teays Valley High School in 2010. He attended the University of Findlay for both his undergraduate and graduate programs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis on pre-physical therapy. He then went on to get his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2016. Scott is married to his wife Paige, and they recently had their daughter, Willow. Scott is a Buckeye football fan and his main hobbies are working out and playing video games. He currently is working on becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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