Overview
Rehabilitation

REHABILITATION SERVICES

One of the many ways Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) serves the people of the Monadnock Region is through our rehabilitation services. MCH offers programs for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, and speech rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders with the primary goal of improving movement and function; expanding movement potential; and relieving pain. Physical therapy is offered through the MCH Rehabilitation Department which provides outpatient and inpatient services to patients of all ages from infants to geriatrics.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy includes the evaluation, treatment and client/caregiver consultation regarding life tasks that are meaningful to the individual. Environmental factors are assessed and modified as needed including adaptation of the home or living environment; training in the use of adaptive equipment; and the fabrication and skilled application of orthotic devices.

Speech Therapy

The speech-language pathology department at MCH treats a broad range of disorders.  We work with people who have difficulty talking or understanding language, difficulty swallowing, and with people who have cognitive, reading or writing disorders.  Evaluation services include the full range of speech and language disorders, clinical swallowing assessment and modified barium swallow.  Our patients’ diagnoses include stroke, head injury, concussion, head and neck cancer, laryngectomy, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, MS, developmental disorders, and related disorders of communication and swallowing.  Home program is usually an integral part of the treatment plan.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a medically prescribed and supervised rehabilitation program for those individuals with a cardiac condition or who may be prone to heart disease due to risk factors. The 12-week outpatient program combines behavioral modification, health education classes, and monitored exercise to reduce cardiac risk factors. Cardiac rehabilitation has three main features: education, exercise and support.

Pulmonary Fitness

Pulmonary Fitness at MCH is a comprehensive outpatient exercise and educational program specifically designed for patients with chronic lung disease. The goal of the program is to help patients with lung disease and breathing problems achieve a better and more enjoyable quality of life through exercise, education, and support.


Rehabilitation Staff Members

Brian Alejandro, PTA

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Mount Wachusett Community College

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Brian received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Mount Wachusett Community College is 2008.  He most recently practiced in a dementia unit and spent several years working with brain injury and other complex medical conditions.  A recent accomplishment that is very important to Brian was receiving the “2019 Caregiver of the Year” award at the nursing home at which he was working.  In his spare time he enjoys playing softball, collecting sports cards, and spending time with his family.

Maria Bemont, PT, Wound Healing Center Coordinator

Specialties: Physical Therapy, Wound Care

Departments: Wound Care Center, Rehabilitation

Education: University of New England

Phone: (603) 924-1735

Locations: Medical Arts Building, 452 Old Street Rd Suite 201 Peterborough NH 03458

About: Maria Bemont is a physical therapist with more than 25 years of experience, specializing in wound care. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of New England in 1994. She has experience with inpatient and outpatient orthopedics. She managed the Rehabilitation Department for 10 years before moving on to start up the Wound Healing Center in May of 2007. Maria has worked at MCH her entire professional career and was also born at this hospital.

Hannah Burfoot, PT, DPT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458 

 

Erin Chamberlain, PT, MS

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Erin received her bachelors’ degree in Exercise Physiology (1997) and her masters degree in physical therapy (1999) from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has worked at MCH as a physical therapist since graduating in 1999. Erin is a clinical specialist in Cardiac, Pulmonary and Diabetes Rehabilitation directs the Medical Rehab Programs at the Bond Wellness Center. Other areas of specialty are pediatrics, vestibular and women’s health. Erin enjoys practicing across a spectrum of populations is interested in new challenges.

Alison Cody-Fletcher, PT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

 

Eric Dacey, PT, DPT, GCS, Outpatient Rehab Coordinator

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Boston University

Board Certification: Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Eric has been a physical therapist since 1996. Eric received his master’s degree in PT from Boston University in 1995, and his post-professional doctorate from Temple University in 2007. Eric has been a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist since 2002. Eric has practiced in a variety of settings during his career, including outpatient, inpatient, and skilled nursing facilities. Eric has also volunteered as an item writer for the Geriatric Clinical Specialist examination, served on the APTA Geriatric Academy Finance Committee, provided continuing education seminars for therapists, and served as an adjunct professor for a local PTA program during his career. Eric and his wife currently live in Peterborough.

June den Hartog, PT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

 

Ryan Griffiths PT, DPT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Shenandoah University

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Ryan is a combat veteran who served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, NC. He served from 2000 to 2004 and completed tours in Afghanistan and Colombia. While in the Army he attended many specialty schools, to include becoming Airborne and Air assault qualified.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science in 2008 from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He graduated with his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2012 from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, VA. He is interested in manual therapy, orthopedics and sport specific therapy, as well as spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He enjoys working with the spine and understanding its influence on other systems of the human body. Ryan is pursuing his certification in manual therapy. He lives in Peterborough and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, working on carpentry and home renovations, mechanic projects, and outdoor activities.

Jamie Hummel, OTR/L, MS, CLT

Specialty: Occupational Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Bay Path University

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Jamie Hummel has been a practitioner of Occupational Therapy for five years receiving her associates degree in 2014 and her master’s degree in 2018 from Bay Path University.  In 2015, Jamie receiver her certification in Lymphedema Therapy.  Jamie works with patients to achieve health and quality of life through treatment that addressees dysfunction in the lymphatic system.  This treatment includes complete decongestive therapy, exercise, education, and compression garments.  Jamie’s other area of focus is rehabilitation for patients hospitalized due to acute illness.  This includes training in activities of daily living, safety awareness, functional mobility and energy  conservation for a safe and healthy return to home

Chris Jensen, PT, ATC, MA, CSCS

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Long Beach State

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Chris has over 35 years’ experience as a Physical Therapist, as well as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He graduated from Long Beach State with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science.

Most of Chris’s clinical experience has been with patients and athletes in an outpatient setting, who have had a variety of injuries or surgeries involving the spine, and upper and lower extremities.  He specializes in joint mobilization, deep tissue massage, kinesio-taping and developing strength and conditioning programs to assist patient with their full recovery.

Chris is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, mountain biking and skiing, as well as gardening and bee keeping.

Niccole LeBlanc, PTA

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Niccole has a background in Movement Science and Sports Medicine, and is licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has experience teaching Barre, Pilates, and Yoga. She is LSVT BIG certified for Parkinson’s patients as well as Graston certified. She loves to spend her free time enjoying nature; hiking, biking, skiing and surfing!

Rebecca Lyons, PT, DPT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Quinnipiac University

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Becka received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in January 2015 from Quinnipiac University. Since that time she has worked extensively with Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury patients. She has additionally worked with both inpatient and outpatient primarily with vestibular, post op, and geriatric clients. Outside of the clinic, Becka enjoys working with young athletes through coaching Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field at the middle and high school levels. Becka has a passion for the outdoors and spends most of her free time running, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing. She has hiked all 48 of the New Hampshire “4000 Footers” and is always up for the next adventure!

Reuben Lyons, PTA, ATC

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Reuben comes to Monadnock dually licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer treating in the clinic and on the sidelines. As a life-long athlete, Reuben brings his passion for sports and fitness into his practice utilizing a biopsychosocial approach. Through pain neuroscience education, movement analysis, manual therapy, and exercise-based techniques, Reuben enjoys treating all levels of chronicity. In addition to general orthopedic conditions, Reuben has experience treating post-operative sports injuries, persistent and/or chronic pain conditions and specializes in cycling and running-related injuries. Reuben is a certified Bike Fitter and offers his services at our Peterborough office.

Lynne Maloney, PT, Director of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Simmons College

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Lynne is a graduate from Simmons College in 1984, with her degree in Physical Therapy.  She has completed extensive studies in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Wound Care which supports her work with the adult and geriatric population.  During her career, she has enjoyed her work in acute hospital and acute rehabilitation settings.

Lynne has spent over 20 years of her career here at MCH, and at this time is currently the Director of the Rehabilitation team including Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology on site and at our off site clinics.  Lynne is committed to supporting her department to serve the Monadnock Region with superlative clinical care, as well as maintaining cutting edge training for her staff.

Kathleen Nelson, PT, DPT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Quinnipiac University

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Kathleen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2016. She previously worked in acute care and currently works in MCH’s inpatient and outpatient rehab. She is certified in LSVT BIG  a treatment approach to help people with Parkinson’s disease. In her free time she enjoys traveling

Greg Nerz, PT, MEd, Jaffrey Physical Therapy Coordinator

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Jaffrey Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation

Education: University of Delaware, Temple University

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Kathleen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2016. She previously worked in acute care and currently works in MCH’s inpatient and outpatient rehab. She is certified in LSVT BIG  a treatment approach to help people with Parkinson’s disease. In her free time she enjoys traveling

Sarah Neuhaus, OTR/L, MS

Specialty: Occupational Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Sarah joined the rehabilitation team at MCH in December 2018. She received her Bachelors degree in Clinical Exercise and Sports Science in 2016 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2018. Sarah’s focus is in the outpatient rehabilitation department, where she treats a variety of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries and disorders. Sarah also works in the inpatient rehabilitation department where the focus of therapy is on helping patient’s return to their prior level of function in their activities of daily living and assessing patient’s safety to return home. Sarah is certified in the LSVT BIG program which helps people with Parkinson disease (PD) use their body more normally. The treatment improves walking, self-care and activities of daily living by helping people “re-calibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. Sarah has a strong interest in orthopedics, wound care, and neuro rehabilitation.

Sasha Paquin, PT, DPT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Franklin Pierce University

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Sasha received her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2018. She has experience in the inpatient and home health settings prior to her current practice of outpatient physical therapy. She enjoys treating patients of many different backgrounds and physical abilities.

Josh Paradis, PT, DPT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: University of New England

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Josh received his bachelors degree in Applied Exercise Science in 2007 and his Doctorate of Physical therapy in 2014 from the University of New England. He has experience in acute care and outpatient orthopedic clinics. Areas of clinical interest include sports medicine, post-surgical rehabilitation, and manual therapy. In his free time Josh enjoys spending time outdoors.

Ashlyn Rockwell, PT, DPT

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Ashlyn received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2018. She has experience working in outpatient orthopedic settings, both in the hospital based setting and private clinics. She enjoys working with varying patient populations, specifically sports medicine of all ages. In her free time, Ashlyn enjoys teaching Irish Step Dancing.

Kim Taylor, OT/L, CHT, ICLM, COMT, Senior Therapist

Specialty: Occupational Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: BS 1996, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Kim Taylor is a Certified Hand Therapist who specializes in injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, helping clients with a wide range of diagnoses to regain function. She has been an Occupational Therapist at MCH since 2000. She has 15 years of experience serving both outpatient and inpatient populations. In addition, Kim has an International Certification in Lymphedema Management, working with clients who have undergone cancer treatments or have chronic swelling conditions such as venous insufficiency. She pioneered the implementation of a Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Program at MCH. She received her Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1996.

Christine Walsh, M.A., CCC-SLP

Specialty: Speech Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UMASS Amherst

Fellowship Credentials: Clinical Fellowship in Keene Public Schools

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Over a decade of experience working with pediatric and adult populations between the Keene Public School system and Monadnock Community Hospital (per-diem).  Pediatric experience includes: working with children with Autism Spectrum disorders, developmental delays, and apraxia of speech.  Adult experience includes: working with stroke, swallowing disorders, traumatic brain injury, cognitive-linguistic impairments and voice.  Experience setting up and using augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems for communication.  Christine is LSVT LOUD and eLOUD certified, the gold standard in Parkinson Disease voice therapy.  She also holds MBSImP certification, the standardized assessment for modified barium swallow studies.

I feel fortunate to bring my skills and experience to the Monadnock community!

Elizabeth Warner, PTA

Specialty: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: BS 1996, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

Erin Zotto, OTR/L, MS, Inpatient Rehab Coordinator

Specialty: Occupational Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation

Education: University of New England

Phone: (603) 924-4635

Locations: 458 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 03458

About: Erin Zotto has been an Occupational Therapist at MCH since 2006, when she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England. Erin’s focus is on inpatient rehabilitation and areas of intervention include: activities of daily living (ADLs), home management and community reintegration, neuromuscular reeducation, safety awareness, functional mobility and positioning. Erin is also the Fieldwork Coordinator for OT students who complete clinical rotations at MCH, and participates in staff and community education classes throughout the calendar year.