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Lawyer ready to give back after spinal cord injury
In the News, Patient Stories
December 14, 2021

An aspiring lawyer, Shantel Thompson’s dreams of helping her community were put on hold after the unthinkable happened. She was shot and suffered a spinal cord injury. Shantel recovered at Madonna, fueled by her strong faith as she healed. She also shifted her focus to regaining strength and reclaiming her independence. “I don’t want that one moment to define me for the rest of my life,” Shantel said. “I still want to go on and become a great lawyer, have my own family one day, and help the people of my community.”

Staff Spotlight: Meet Diane Ulmer, OTR/L
In the News
September 30, 2021

Spinal cord injuries affect an estimated 17,730 indiviuals each year in the U.S. Madonna cares for hundreds of these patients annually, and we are committed to improving their independence and quality of life. In honor of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, we spoke with Diane Ulmer, OTR/L, the program manager for Madonna’s specialized Spinal Cord Injury Program.

Active Kansan enjoys full life after a teenage SCI
Patient Stories
September 09, 2021

Survivors of a spinal cord injury may have to navigate life differently after an injury, but it doesn't mean an end to the passions or hobbies they once enjoyed. Kraig Kettler suffered a spinal cord injury as a teen. Years later, he credits much of his active lifestyle to his attitude and the care he received at Madonna's Lincoln Campus.  

Iowa teacher returns to classroom after spinal cord injury
Patient Stories
February 25, 2021

As a teacher, lesson plans are a part of Whitney Hulse’s daily life. But after suffering a spinal cord injury in a car crash, Whitney, from Ames, Iowa, shifted from Spanish teacher to patient at Madonna’s Lincoln Campus, becoming a full-time student in relearning how to stand, walk and build stamina. Whitney worked tirelessly in therapy for six weeks, reaching milestones like standing, walking and driving. Today, Whitney is back in the classroom, teaching Spanish to her middle and high school students.