Our team of professional, caring therapists at Jefferson Community Health & Life Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services is available to help you with your physical, occupational and speech therapy needs — inpatient, outpatient and home health. Our newly remodeled Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services location is accessible from the main entrance of Jefferson Community Health & Life.

Please let us know if you need assistance in getting to our department.

You can call us directly at 402-729-6840.


Occupational Therapy

  • Helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations).
  • Enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
  • Common interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes

Speech Therapy

  • Provides treatment for many types of communication, swallowing and cognition problems

Therapeutic Exercise

  • Performed to increase range of motion and strength while improving postural deficits
  • Includes assistance creating a home exercise program, enabling the patient to continue the rehabilitation process independently

Manual Therapy

  • Any rehabilitation technique in which therapists use their hands to manipulate muscle tissue and joints
  • Includes soft/deep tissue massage, joint mobilization and joint manipulations

ADL Training

  • Utilized by occupational therapy to improve activities performed everyday around the home and increase independence
  • Therapist will provide education on use of adaptive equipment to make everyday tasks, such as dressing and eating, easier

Hand Therapy

  • Utilized by occupational therapy to improve fine motor strength and dexterity after surgical intervention or injury
  • Can help with pain management with arthritis and other chronic conditions

Aquatic Therapy

  • Increases strength, endurance and range of motion in joints using the pool at the Jefferson Community Health & Life Burkley Fitness Center
  • Effective in decreasing pain levels while exercising
  • Buoyancy of water reduces stress on all joints, enabling patients to move more freely with less pain

Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Used for balance deficits, dizziness or vertigo
  • Solution for sensations of constant dizziness that cause ongoing discomfort or affects quality of life

Pediatric Therapy

  • Therapy specifically offered for babies and children, as well as teens and young adults with developmental disorders
  • Commonly treated conditions include amputation, cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders, movement disorders, neurological conditions, orthopedic conditions, sensory deficits and integration disorders, spasticity, speech-language disorders, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic or non-traumatic brain injuries
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Lymphedema Management

  • Primarily used by our licensed lymphedema specialist
  • Treatment may include pressure garments, exercise, skin care and massage therapy techniques
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Parkinson’s Therapy

  • Parkinson’s Treatments including movement and speech


  • Therapeutic methods for managing pain, re-educating muscles and increasing circulation for optimal healing after an injury
  • May include electrical stimulation, ultrasound or cryotherapy, such as a cold pack or vasopneumatic cold compression, paraffin wax, or a moist hot pack

Spinal Traction

  • Used to treat low back and neck pain using decompression or “stretching” techniques with our state-of-the art spinal Decompression Traction System (Triton DTS)
  • Used for treating herniated discs, degenerative discs, facet syndromes, sciatica or for spinal stenosis
  • Alternative to surgery if other treatments have not been effective

Kinesiology Tape

  • Supportive, therapeutic tape applied over a muscle for a variety of reasons, such as decreasing pain, increasing blood flow to increase the amount of oxygen available to the muscle, lymph drainage to reduce swelling and remove toxins, structural support for weak or injured body parts, and keeping the patient or athlete active while injured

Graston Technique

  • Specific tools used to decrease soft tissue adhesion and improve outcomes with acute and chronic conditions
  • Assists with mobilizing scar tissue after surgery and injury
  • Can decrease pain, inflamation and overall treatment time

Balance Training

  • Improves walking and safety with a focus on posture
  • Strengthens your vestibular system to control balance in conjunction with muscle strengthening
  • Can significantly improve activities of daily living and quality of life


  • Reduces inflammation in musculoskeletal conditions
  • Preferred method uses a 4-6 hour patch containing Dexamethasone (a corticosteroid in a sodium phosphate solution)
  • Very localized, which significantly reduces side effects when compared to oral medication

Postural Education

  • Provided to ensure any underlying issues can be resolved
  • Promoted with the preventative thought, “If you don’t break yourself, you won’t have to fix yourself!”

Dry Needling

  • Myofascial release technique using fine needles to release muscle tension and spasms
  • Can help manage pain due to arthritis, nerve irritation, muscle strains, ligament strains, and herniated discs
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Nutritional Physical Therapy

  • May include diet assessment, making diet and food recommendations to optimize recovery, reduce pain and alter inflammation, and educating patients on benefits and drawbacks to food choices and dietary plans.

Women’s Health Therapy

  • Four therapists trained in Women’s Health therapies – including treatments to assist with pelvic floor issues, lymphedema, bone loss, lactation, nutrition, and more.
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  • Amy Martin, MPT, Director
  • Callie Engler, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Certified Manual Physical Therapist
  • Travis Kostal, PT, DPT
  • Nichole Thorp, PT, DPT
  • Landon Zarybnicky, PT, DPT
  • Kasey Murphy, PT, DPT, CLC, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
  • Cassidy Bentley, MOT, OTR/L, CLT
  • Kristen Banahan, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Taylor Zimmerman, MOT, OTR/L
  • Kyle Warneke, Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Kayla Bennett, Rehabilitation Aide
  • Sammie Lange, Rehabilitation Aide
  • Andrew Ebke, Medical receptionist

If you have any questions, contact Amy Martin, MPT, our Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services Director, at 402.729.6840 or Amy.Martin@JCHealthandLife.org.