Monument Physical Therapy - Morrill

 
 

Our Morrill office provides physical and occupational rehabilitation services including outpatient services and we serve the local public school. We serve all ages ranging from infants to geriatric patients. We help restore the range-of-motion, strength, coordination, and functional mobility that allows our patients to improve the quality of their lives. Our goal is to provide instruction and appropriate exercise programs that allow people to return o the activities they enjoy.

Location Details


Address: 617 West Webster Street, Morrill, NE 69358 
Hours: Tues & Thurs: 9AM - 1PM
Fax: 308-247-2423
Michael Moravec, DPT, OCS, SFMA

Supervisor


I first decided to be a Physical Therapist when I was 13 years old.  Young?  Yes, but I have always had a desire to know how the body works, and how I could make it work better!  From that age on, I have only strengthened my passion for helping people feel better without the need for surgery or medication through getting my doctorate. As my passion continues to grow, I am now working to obtain my certification in manual therapy (COMT) by the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine (IAOM) in order to can give my patient’s the latest and most effective evidence-based treatment for their orthopedic problems.

Education:

  • 2001 - Bachelors of Science in Human Biology – Chadron State College
  • 2004 – Doctor of Physical Therapy – University of Nebraska Medical Center

Board Certifications:

  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association – Orthopedic Section Member

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Level II Intramuscular Therapy (Dry Needling)
  • Graston Certified
  • Wound Care Certification trained
  • Sports Medicine Therapist
  • Level III Kinesio Taping Trained
  • CarFit Technician

Working toward Certifications as:

  • COMT – Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist

Hometown: David City, NE

Family: Wife: Lisa Sons: Logan, Luke, Mitch, Ben

Hobbies: Ice Fishing, Hunting, watching kids’ sports, Running

 
Meghan Pollnow, DPT, SFMA

Sophomore year of high school, I tore my ACL playing soccer.  During my time as a patient following surgery, I became interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy.  I am most passionate about working with patients in orthopedic and neurological populations, and am grateful to be in a field where I am able to connect with so many people.  I am dedicated to providing the best care to each of my patients.  I relocated to Scottsbluff from Lincoln, Nebraska to join the Monument Physical Therapy team in July of 2015.

Education:

  • 2012 - Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science – Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • 2015 – Doctor of Physical Therapy – University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • CarFit Technician
  • Women’s Health
  • Level I Intramuscular Therapy (Dry Needling)

Working toward Certifications as:

  • Intramuscular Therapy (Dry needling)

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Hobbies: Hiking, Kayaking, Snowboarding, and camping

Josh Hill, PTA, SFMA

While in high school I injured my shoulder playing football and required physical therapy.  This was followed by multiple track injuries that also required PT treatments.  I began my studies in college focusing on Exercise Science.  During that time, I worked as a physical therapy technician in an outpatient physical therapy clinic and realized that my passion was in rehabilitation.  That was when I began pursuing my career in Physical Therapy Assistance. 

Education:

  • 2002 - Associates of Science in Physical Therapy Assistance – Clarkson College

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Nebraska Coaching Certification 2010
  • Sportsmetrics Certification 2010
  • Niel-Asher trained for treatment of Frozen Shoulder 2010
  • CarFit Technician

Hometown: Grand Island, NE

Family: Wife: Sundee, Children: Cora, Teà, Easton

Hobbies: Being outdoors with family, swimming, biking, playing in the snow

 
Toni Hulinsky, PTA

Throughout high school and college, I was very active in competitive running.  I ended up becoming a patient at one point in my running career and after seeing how much physical therapy helped, I realized at that moment that I wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy and help people of all ages recover from injuries as well.   I couldn’t be happier with my choice, every day I learn something new from my patients and find pure joy out of helping patients achieve something that is important to them.  In the end I have gained some of the greatest friendships.

Education:

  • 2012 – Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science – Concordia University
  • 2014 – Associates of Science in Physical Therapy Assistance – Clarkson College

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • CarFit Technician

Working toward Certifications as:

  • Kinesio Taping certification
  • Pediatrics

Hometown: Bayard, NE

Family: Fiancé: Nate

Hobbies: Spending time with family and puppy Oakley, being at the lake in the summer, running for fun, and being outdoors.

 
Austin Freeburg, ATC Sportsmetrics Certified, SFMA

Growing up a coach’s kid I’ve been around sports my entire life and as a result have seen my fair share of injuries. I was intrigued by the recovery and rehabilitation process, which is how I developed a passion for helping athletes return to sports after an injury. It is rewarding for me to work with an athlete and help them return to a sport at or above their level of performance prior to injury. I also enjoy the ability to work with athletes in the injury prevention aspect of sports through Sportsmetrics and strengthening and conditioning. I enjoy being around athletes that share the same passion and drive as myself to become greater at a sport they enjoy.

Education:

  • 2009 – Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion – University of Wyoming
  • 2010 – Athletic Training Certification

Board Certifications:

  • Nebraska Board of athletic Training
  • National Athletic Trainers Association Board Certification

Professional Society Memberships:

  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Sportsmetrics 2012
  • ImPact Trained Athletic Trainer 2014

Working toward Certifications as:

  • Strength and Conditioning Certification – IYCA
  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Hometown: Torrington, WY

Family: Wife: Jessica, Children: Jayson, Alexa

Hobbies: Spending time with family, being outdoors, running

 

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Latest News & Info


Physical Therapist in Wyoming Explains the Difference Between Stretching and Warming Up


March 22, 2017

If you’re an active person, you’ve probably heard that you need to stretch and warm up before a workout, but do you know why? Many people assume that stretching and warming up are the same, but according to a physical therapist in Wyoming, they’re actually quite different. Here’s what you need to know about both of these activities:

Stretching

Stretching on a regular basis can help improve your flexibility and increase your range of motion. Additionally, stretching can relieve tension that you may be holding in your muscles and make you feel less stressed out. It can also help you keep your muscles loose so you don’t feel any aches or pains after a tough workout. If you are experiencing pain related to bad posture, stretching can also help you realign your body so you can correct your posture problems and prevent future pain.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you stretch at least two times per week, and even more if you are elderly or exercising on a daily basis. It is best to think of stretching as something that should be part of your everyday life instead of limiting it to only before and after workouts. Learn how to stretch here.

Warming Up

Although many athletes often say they injured themselves because they forgot to stretch prior to a workout, they could be mistaken. Many injuries are actually caused by not properly warming up. What is warming up? Before engaging in any type of physical activity, you should get your body ready by starting off slow to gently engage each group of muscles and prepare them for a more strenuous workout. When you warm up, your heart rate starts to increase, which means your muscles will receive more nutrients and oxygen. Warming up also increases your body temperature, which leads to your muscles becoming more pliable, and thus lowering the risk of injury.

Although stretching and warming up both increase the flexibility of your muscles, warming up goes one step further by getting your whole body prepared for the workout. So, the next time you plan on working out, start off with low intensity cardio by speed walking or going for a slow jog. It’s best to warm up for about 10-15 minutes so your heart rate and temperature have enough time to increase and get your body ready for the work ahead. Getting into the habit of warming up before you exercise can keep you healthy and injury-free!

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to helping clients prevent injuries as they enjoy their favorite physical activities. But accidents happen, so if you do injure yourself while exercising or because of an accident, contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about how we can help you recover. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming, and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan for your personal needs.
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How Children With Autism Benefit From Physical Therapy in Cheyenne WY


March 15, 2017

When you think of physical therapy, images of older or injured adults recovering from surgery probably come to mind. However, physical therapy is not just for those who are aging or injured. In fact, special needs children such as those with autism can greatly benefit from regular physical therapy in Cheyenne WY. Here’s how:

Imitation Skills

Children who have autism often do not develop imitation skills on their own. What are imitation skills? When children are young, they often imitate what they see people around them doing. These skills will eventually help children socialize and learn to speak, so they are crucial to a child’s development. If your child has not mastered his imitation skills, a physical therapist can help. For example, trained physical therapists can use fun songs such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” to help children learn how to mimic movements. Learn more about imitation skills.

Motor Skills

Children with autism typically have limited motor skills, which makes it difficult for them to navigate through their daily lives. A physical therapist can work one-on-one with affected children to help them improve their balance and develop the muscle strength they need to perform daily activities. After attending regular physical therapy sessions, children with autism may see improvements in their ability to sit upright, walk, run, and jump without assistance.

Physical therapists can also help children learn how to use these motor skills to play on their own or with others. For example, therapists can work with kids to help them understand how to climb on a playground or kick a ball in a game of soccer. They can also help them improve their motor planning skills. For instance, kids with autism may be able to climb into a swing, but they still might not be able to figure out how to pump their legs to get the swing to move. In this case, a physical therapist can focus on motor planning to fine tune these skills, which will help the child become more socialized as he learns how to play with others.

Posture

If you’ve ever seen a physical therapist after an injury, you know the importance of good posture. Practicing good posture can prevent painful injuries caused by slouching your shoulders or hunching your back. Unfortunately, children with autism often suffer from generalized joint hypermobility (GJH), which can cause weak muscles, and therefore bad posture. A physical therapist can help by correcting any misalignments that are often found in the postures of children with autism and teaching them the importance of sitting up straight to elongate their spines.

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to helping clients of all ages and abilities. If you’re curious about physical therapy, contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about how we can help you and your children live healthier lives. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan for your personal needs.
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CarFit Event coming soon!


By Amanda Libsack - July 8, 2016

Coming to Monument Physical Therapy in Gering, NE!  We are offering a 1 day clinic for older drivers to come have their vehicles checked out to make sure they are safe on the road!  Saturday July 23rd from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.  Contact us at 308-633-5361 if there are any questions!! 

Spring Up the Bluff Relay Winners!


By Amanda Libsack - April 26, 2016

Congratulations to the Monument Physical Therapy team for taking home first place in the Spring Up the Bluff relay this past weekend held at the Scotts Bluff National Monument.  Each member carried the baton for a distance up the bluff to the summit.  It was a fun time had by all.  Team members included:  Mike Moravec, Amanda Libsack, Meghan Pollnow, Toni Hulinsky, Austin Freeburg, and Luke Moravec. 

Morrill Clinic In the news!


By Amanda Libsack - April 15, 2016

The Morrill Clinic was able to participate in the Annual Morrill Business Expo once again with Lisa Todd, PTA and Amy Banghart running the booth.  This event is a great way for businesses in the small community to come out and represent themselves and get the word out to the public about what we do and where we are!