In addition to our Medical and diagnostic testing capabilities, we also provide many physical therapy treatment services for our patients, including: vestibular rehabilitation, balance therapy, concussion therapy, traumatic brain injury (TBI) therapy, and general muscle strengthening and reconditioning for our patients.
Our physical therapy team is highly trained for the evaluation and treatment of dizzines, vertigo, balance disorders, and mild TBI’s. Most of our team have certifications from the very prestigious Susan Herdman Vestibular Rehab program as well Impact concussion management.
Sara Oxborough, PT - Rehabilitation Department Manager
Sara is the manager of clinical operations at NDBC and coordinates care among our different provider departments. In addition to clinic practice, Sara is a member of the leadership team of the Vestibular Special Interest Group through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Sara has been involved in the development of a new American Physical Therapy Association sponsored course entitled Expanding Neurologic Expertise: Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has done many presentations locally and recently spoke at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting regarding motion sensitivity.
Rachel Ahn, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Rachel enjoys traveling, staying active, and spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband welcomed a daughter in 2016 and keep busy chasing after her.
Jessica Amling, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Jess joined the National Dizzy and Balance Center after several years of treating patients in an out-patient orthopedic setting in California. She loves being a part of NDBC’s comprehensive approach to vestibular disorders and enjoys working with patients of all ages who are experiencing dizziness and imbalance. Outside of work, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Angela Everson DPT, CSCS - Staff Physical Therapist
Angela gained interest in vestibular rehabilitation through her clinical rotations and loved how effective the treatments could be in getting people active and improving quality of life. She especially enjoys working with the athletic population in concussion recovery and returning athletes to sport.
Christine Pearson, PT - Staff Physical Therapist
Christine enjoys outdoor activities and travelling. She loves being able to help people return to a more full and active lifestyle.
Lori Puchalski, DPT - PT, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Lori’s love of vestibular rehab began when she was placed at the National Dizzy and Balance Center during one of her clinical rotation. Shortly after graduation, Lori returned to the National Dizzy and Balance Center to work full time. Lori enjoys seeing patients of all ages and abilities. She believes in a multidirectional approach to physical therapy.
Lori likes to utilize her additional coursework to make a personalized exercise program to help patient reach their goals. NDBC provides a great platform for patients to receive all the testing needed to make an accurate vestibular diagnosis. She loves to work closely with the medical and audiology team to ensure great continuity of care.
Wendy Rader, PT - Lead Physical Therapist
Wendy found her passion treating vestibular disorders after experiencing dizziness herself, and frustration with the lack of available information and treatment. She enjoys working with the entire team at NDBC to help patients return to activities they enjoy.
Lisa Schlieff, PT - Staff Physical Therapist
Lisa particularly enjoys working with seniors to focus on functional strengthening, balance training, and education to promote confidence, and to decrease their fall risk when at home and in the community. Her career background has been in long term care, home care, and she has been doing outpatient vestibular rehabilitation since 2004.
What Lisa appreciates most about working at NDBC, is the one on one treatment time spent with patients to get to know them, educate them, and best of all, to help them return to their most possible active lifestyle.
Tamara Schroeher, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Tami started her career working at a hospital and gained interest in vestibular rehabilitation after working with many patients with brain injuries and acute BPPV in the hospital setting. During her time there she assisted with development of a balance center and concussion program for the hospital. She started with NDBC in 2016 and has enjoyed working with such a great team of people all working together to help patients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
Dallas White, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Dallas joined NDBC after previously working in outpatient orthopedic and skilled nursing settings. He enjoys working with patients of all ages to help them achieve their goals and enjoys working with the multidisciplinary team at NDBC.
Melissa Wick, PT, DPT - Lead Physical Therapist
Melissa is passionate about treating vestibular and balance disorders, and has being doing so her entire career. Every patient presents with a unique set of challenges and needs, and she enjoys being an active part of each of their rehabilitation journeys from start to finish. She is involved in the APTA’s vestibular special interest group, serving on the Fact Sheet Committee.
Kathryn Engelman, PTA - Staff Physical Therapy Assistant, Social Media Coordinator
Katie enjoys working with patients and thinking outside the box in creating individualized treatment plans that help return patients to their previous active lifestyle. She feels education is an important part of recovery and that NDBC’s comprehensive approach provides the patient with the best path to recovery.
Aleisha Theisen, PTA - Staff Physical Therapy Assistant
Aleisha loves the team-centered approach to patient care at NDBC. She finds it rewarding to help people improve their balance and dizziness so they can feel well again and resume the activities they love.
Kathryn Jung, PTA - Staff Physical Therapist Assistant
Kathryn had an introduction to vestibular rehab while on one of her clinical rotations. Kathryn joined NDBC shortly after graduation, in the summer of 2017. She enjoys the team approach that NDBC takes toward diagnosing and treating vestibular conditions. It is very rewarding to help patients feel better, safer and more functional with their day to day activities.