Patients are seen daily by a physiatrist (a physician who specializes in rehabilitation), and as needed by physicians with other medical specialties such as internal medicine and pulmonology.
As Program Manager, Amy manages Madonna’s Stroke Program, including providing clinical leadership, program and referral development, quality improvement, outcomes management and customer relations.
Amy earned her Doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is trained in the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) Approach for treating adults with hemiplegia. She has 11 years of clinical experience, including nine years working with the stroke population.
In addition to clinical work, Amy has served as co-investigator on several stroke clinical research trials in the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Amy’s professional affiliations include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA), American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA). She represents Madonna’s Stroke Program on the Lincoln Stroke Partnership committee and is a member of the Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council Rehab Task Force.
Madonna has a dedicated interdisciplinary rehabilitation team of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation professionals who have completed stroke competency training and testing, demonstrating the skills necessary to address each person’s rehabilitation as well as medical needs. In addition to the rehabilitation physician, the stroke team consists of physical, occupational, speech, recreational, nutrition and respiratory therapists as well as a neuropsychologist, social worker, case manager and rehabilitation nurse. Together they work to meet the age- and diagnosis-related physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of the adults and children we serve with stroke. Madonna is Nebraska’s only rehabilitation hospital whose team includes a full staff of specially trained rehabilitation neuropsychologists on site who participate in team meetings, lead behavioral intervention plans and provide counseling and support patients and their family members.
Therapy team members hold special certifications and training in the following areas: • Neurodevelopmental Treatment • Neurological Clinical Specialist • Geriatric Certified Specialist • Cardiopulmonary Certified Specialist • Physical Agent Modalities • VitalStim • Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing • Modified Barium Swallow • Lokomat Trained Clinician • Certified Kinesiotaping Practicioner • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse • Advanced Cardiac Life Support • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Therapy team members have completed additional training in the following areas: • Mary Massery Breathing Techniques • Serial Casting • Splinting and Bracing • Spasticity Management • Vestibular Rehabilitation • Driving Rehabilitation • Kinesiotaping • Neurological Vision Rehabilitation • Augmentative and Alternative Communication • Gait Analysis • Bioness H200/L300 • Ventilator, Tracheostomy Tube and Passy Muir Speaking Valve