Overview

What is the neurologic residency program?

The ABPTRFE accredited neurologic resident program at Madonna is an opportunity to gain unique practice experience in a rehabilitation hospital with a pediatric rehabilitation program and adult rehabilitation programs for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke.
The program is set up to have a 6 month rotation on inpatient and a 6 month rotation on outpatient. 

  • In the inpatient setting, the resident will job share on the CVA team Mondays & Fridays with Thursdays dedicated to mentoring in the various neurological programs.  The resident will have approximately 2 month rotations in the pediatric/stroke programs, the traumatic brain injury program, and the spinal cord injury program on Thursdays with 3 hours per week of dedicated one on one mentoring with expert clinicians in each of these programs. 
     
  • During the outpatient rotation, the resident will have a caseload composed primarily of neurologic diagnoses. The resident treats patients on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with 3 hours of dedicated one on one mentoring on Thursdays and Fridays. 
     
  • The program is supported by inpatient and outpatient clinical directors at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital pairs with Creighton University to provide the resident a well balanced residency education including: clinical, didactic, and teaching experiences.  For more details see Creighton University website at http://spahp.creighton.edu/departments-offices/physical-therapy-department/physical-therapy-residencies or contact the Residency Clinical Coordinator Kathy Sievers at ksievers@madonna.org or 402-413-3870..

Our Mentors:

Inpatient CVA

Carol Olson, PT, NCS has been a physical therapist for 18 years. She has experience primarily working with patients with CVA, MS, and Guillian-Barre diagnoses. Carol received her NCS in 2004 , is NDT and Bioness trained, and is an APTA advanced certified clinical instructor.

Cali Carlson, PT, DPT has been a physical therapist for 5 years. She has experience primarily working with patients with CVA and TBI.  Cali is trained on the Lokomat, body weight support treadmill, ICARE, and Bioness electrical stimulation units.

Inpatient Pediatrics/TBI

Sarah Economides, PT, DPT, PCS has been a physical therapist for 4.5 years. She has experience primarily working with pediatric patients with diagnoses of TBI, CVA, SCI, burns, pulmonary/vent patients, in the NICU, and school therapy. Sarah received her PCS in 2014, is CPI trained, and is an APTA advanced credentialed clinical instructor. Sarah is trained on the Lokomat, body weight support treadmill, iCare, and is a child passenger safety technician. 

Inpatient SCI

Kathy Sievers, PT, NCS has been a physical therapist for 12 years.  She has experience primarily working with patients with spinal cord injury, Guillian-Barre, amputees, and cardiac diagnoses.  Kathy received her NCS in 2010 and she is an APTA advanced certified clinical instructor.  Kathy is trained on the Lokomat, body weight support treadmill, FES bike, and Bioness electrical stimulation units. 

Inpatient TBI

Heather Knight, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS has been a physical therapist for 6.5 years.  She has experience primarily working with adults recovering from TBI and spasticity management.  Heather obtained her NCS in 2011, is a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS), certified in crisis prevention intervention (CPI), certified in Snoezelen and sensory work, and is an APTA advanced certified clinical instructor. Heather is trained on the Lokomat, body weight support treadmill training, ICARE, and serial casting.

Outpatient

Sara Lockard, PT, DPT, CBIS has been a physical therapist for 6 years.  She has worked in pediatrics, adult neuro, and manual therapy for orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses. The primary diagnoses groups she treats include: SCI, CVA, TBI, MS, and various other neurological diagnoses and she serves on the Mild TBI adolescent team.  Sara has her Certification of Manual Therapy, is a certified brain injury specialist and is an APTA advanced certified clinical instructor. Sara is trained on the Lokomat, ICARE, and Proprio.

Marin Salisbury, PT, CLT has been a physical therapist for 15 years.  The primary diagnosis groups she treats are CVA, TBI, SCI, MS, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, and general falls/balance.  Marin is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and is a member of the mild TBI team.  She is trained on the Lokomat, FES cycle, Bioness electrical stimulation units, and Ekso.

 
 
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 413-3000
Toll-Free: (800) 676-5448