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Rehabilitation Services expand at MCH
July 2, 2014
Madison County Hospital's Rehabilitation Services program is proud to announce that it is expanding its services to help meet the needs of the community.
Brittney Cottman, MS, OTR/L, AT will provide support as the team's additional Occupational Therapist.
As an occupational therapist, Cottman works with adults who have neurological or orthopedic conditions and are challenged with participating in everyday occupations. She also educates patients and caregivers in compensation and adaptation techniques to allow individuals to function as independently and safely as possible.
Using intervention methods, Cottman helps her patients prevent deconditioning, promote development and restore function. She has a passion for encouraging their participation in purposeful and meaningful daily activities.
"I am drawn to the joy exhibited by patients and their families when they achieve different levels of recovery," said Cottman. "Seeing how happy a patient is to use their hand to pick up a cup of water after a stroke or how happy a patient is to independently dress themselves after a spinal cord injury brings me so much joy. I love being part of an occupation that helps patients regain their happiness and independence."
Before coming to MCH, Cottman worked as an athletic trainer for The Ohio State University men's and women's track teams. She has also worked alongside other athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists to learn how the disciplines work together to provide excellent patient care.
Cottman graduated from
In addition to helping others, Cottman enjoys photography and spends many weekends working with her clients to capture their special moments. She also loves playing the piano, painting and attending country concerts.
Also joining the Rehabilitation Services team as a full-time Speech Language Pathologist, is Kelsey Kreemer, MS, CCC-SLP.
In her position, Kreemer works in the diagnosis and intervention of speech and language, swallowing, voice, feeding and cognitive-communication disorders in pediatric and adult patients. These disorders impede patients from communicating functionally with others and living independently with a high quality of life.
On the pediatric side, she is typically referred patients with a medical diagnosis, but also assists children who have not met speech and language milestones for their age. Adult patients are often referred after a medical event such as stroke, traumatic brain injury or head/neck cancer; however, she also takes care of patients who have progressive diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's or ALS.
The personal care that Kreemer received growing up helped inspire her to encourage her own patients.
"As a previous patient of an ENT and Speech Language Pathologist for my own voice disorder, I found I was inspired to work in this field because I was able to relate to my patients," said Kreemer. "As I began learning about the field in college, I discovered that I am very passionate about speech and the services I offer, as well as continuing to educate myself and sharpen my skills. What continues to keep me inspired and passionate is knowing that I get to make a difference in my patients' lives and that they are continually making a difference in my life as well."
Kreemer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, as well as a minor in music, from
Her first position after school was with Florida Hospital Flagler where she primarily worked as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist in outpatient rehabilitation. She also assisted with acute care and Modified Barium Swallow studies.
After moving back to
Kreemer enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping boating, golfing, playing piano and singing. She is also the proud owner of two three year-old Cavachons.
To learn more about Rehabilitation Services at MCH, please call 740.845.7275.