North Platte Physical Therapy - Torrington

 
 

We opened the Torrington clinic in February of 2006 as the 13th clinic in our company. North Platte Physical Therapy came to Torrington with one goal:

To provide quality professional care with a family-friendly atmosphere to the people of Goshen County and surrounding areas.

In March 2012 we were proud to move into our current state-of-the-art facility. This facility has allowed for additional program development in fall prevention and youth athletic performance programs as well as being able to add professional staff and increase our depth and breadth of knowledge in order to offer industry-leading therapy techniques to patients of all ages and injuries.

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Location Details


Address: 1301 East M Street, Torrington, WY 82240
Hours: Therapy - Mon - Thurs: 7AM - 6PM, Fri: 7AM - 5PM | Fitness - Mon - Thurs: 7AM - 6PM, Fri: 7AM - 5PM
Fax: 307-532-5455


Marnie Elizabeth Herring, DPT, LAT, ATC, OCS, SFMA

Partner, Clinic Supervisor


My first experience with physical therapy was as a patient in high school. I was very active in sports and was driven, encouraged, and challenged by my physical therapist to return to a competitive level. Because of that experience, I wanted to become a physical therapist and athletic trainer so that I might have the same influence on young athletes and active individuals. I have been blessed with that opportunity and am honored to have MY physical therapist as a colleague and partner now. Physical therapy should be a positive experience and should provide the patient with life goals that lead to good health.

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Creighton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Northern Colorado

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations Certified
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association Board Certified
  • SFMA Level 1 & 2
  • Practical Blood Flow Restriction
  • National Athletic Training Board Certified
  • Dry Needling Certified
  • FMS 1 & 2 Certified
  • Graston Certified
  • Kinesio Tape Certified
  • Impact Trained Athletic Trainer
  • Worksaver Certified
  • Kevin Wilkes: Online and Live Certificate

Professional Society Memberships:

  • National Athletic Training Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association

Hometown: Douglas, WY

Family: Husband, Crockett Herring, son, Bodie, daughter, Brenna

Hobbies: Following her children with their sports, cycling, team roping & quilting.

 
Quinn Carroll PT, MSPT

My father and I worked together in the oilfield. One day he was badly injured in an accident and had to have major surgery on his hip and knee. Over the next few years he underwent hip and knee replacement several times and each time physical therapy was a requirement to help him recover. When I finally went back to school, I knew I wanted to be in a profession that helped others as much as he had been helped. It was a natural choice for me.
I have been blessed to have been in this profession for 3 decades and I still feel passionate about it. It has been said many times that it really isn't work if you love what you do and it really isn't work for me. When I'm not enjoying my time in the clinic, you can find me golfing, hiking, looking for nature in various ways, or enjoying the intricacies of good food and drink. 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI
  • Bachelor of Science, Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI
  • Associate Degree, Brainerd Community College, Brainerd, MN    
  • A whole bunch of school of life in between!!

Certifications/Specialized Training: 

  • Advanced Topics in the Examination, Evaluation, and Treatment of the Shoulder and Knee
  • Certified Kinesiotaping
  • Visceral Manipulation I-VI from The Barral Institute
  • Manual Physical Therapy Classes 1-8, Institute of Physical Art, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • More than 50 continuing education classes ranging in topics from skull, neck, back, and pelvis injuries to joint replacements. 
  • IAOM: Differential Diagnosis and Musculoskeletal Management of the Cervical Spine
  • Certification in Applied Functional Science
  • By default, I have become knowledgeable and proficient in chronic pain management.
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Thoracic Spine

Community Involvement: 

I am a Mason and within the Masonic family, I am a York Rite member, a Shriner, and a Scottish Rite member.  I also enjoy participating in the various festivals and community events in Southeast WY. 

Hometown:  I was raised in the Pavilion/Riverton area of Wyoming and have always considered the Wind River Valley my home regardless of where my house is. I graduated from Wind River High School. I have lived in many states over the years all across the northern border of the US but call Torrington home for now.

Family:  I have three children, all busy adulting themselves. One is in Oregon, one in Colorado, and the other in Cheyenne. I also have two granddaughters who are, undoubtedly, the smartest and prettiest grandchildren anywhere!

 
Emily Yorges, DPT, LAT, ATC, SFMA

I have had a strong passion for athletic training since high school, and always knew it would be the career path I would take. Being able to work in the clinic as well as working with student-athletes at school gives me a unique opportunity to see their injuries firsthand, followed by taking them through a sport-specific rehabilitation program to return them to their sport. There's nothing I love more about my job than seeing an athlete come back after an injury, and helping them return to their sport with confidence and the strength to play to the level they were at before their injury.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion-Athletic Training 

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • SFMA Level 1
  • Hawk Grips Level 1 & 2
  • Graston Level 1
  • IMPACT Trained Athletic Trainer
  • Wyoming Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification
  • Sportsmetrics Certified
  • FMS Levels 1 & 2 Certified

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Rocky Mountain Athletic Training Association
  • National Athletic Training Association

Community Involvement:

  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries Instructor
  • Goshen County High School's Athletic Trainer

Hometown: Douglas, WY

Family: Husband, Colin; sons, Colby and Dax

Hobbies: Raising club cattle

Tara Nicolay, PTA SMFA

There is nothing more rewarding to me than being stopped by a former patient on the street and being told that because of what we did for them they can enjoy their life again.  There is nothing better than a hug or happy tears from a patient that just met a goal they thought unattainable.  This job gives me a real sense of accomplishment that is hard to find anywhere else.

Education

  • Associate of Science, Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Bachelor of Science, Wellness Management

Certification/Specialized training: 

  • Advanced Topics in the Examination, Evaluation, and Treatment of the Shoulder and Knee
  • IAOM Elbow Course
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy       
  • Nebraska Board of Physical Therapy
  • Certification for Sole Support Orthotics
  • Certification for Graston Technique
  • Certification for Kinesiotaping
  • Certified Cupping Therapist
  • LSVT Big Certification
  • Kevin Wilkes: Online and Live Certificate

Hometown: Torrington, WY

Family: Husband:  Robb, Children: Tyler and Regan

Hobbies: Reading, Scrapbooking, Crocheting/Knitting, Watching sporting events, Following my children in their many sporting events

 
Melanie Herring, PTA, SFMA

Education: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
  • Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Certifications/Specialized Training: 

  • IAOM Elbow Course
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Certification in Fall and Prevention
  • Certification in Kinesio Taping
  • Certification For Sole Support Orthotics
  • Kevin Wilkes: Online and Live Certificate
  • LSVT Big Certification
  • Otago Exercise Program
  • Gray's Applied Funcational Science
  • Community Falls Prevention
  • IAOM: Differential Diagnosis and Musculoskeletal Management of the Cervical Spine

Professional Society Memberships: 

  • Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy
  • Nebraska Board of Physical Therapy

Hometown: Chadron, NE

Family: Husband, Boone, Children, Cade & Cord

Hobbies: Scrapbooking, kayaking, horseback riding

 
MEGAN DUNCAN MS, ATC, LAT, NASM-PES, NASM-CES, ITAT

Athletic training allows me to combine my love of sports with that of healthcare. Athletic training allows me to provide injury prevention as well as recovery and rehabilitation after the injury. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing an athlete pour their heart and soul into their injury recovery and step back onto the field or court. 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science, Eastern New Mexico University
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Emphasis on Human Biology, Chadron State College

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification 
  • Wyoming Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist Certificate
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercises Specialist Certificate
  • Impact Trained Athletic Trainer
  • IASTM Certification
  • Kinesiology Taping Certification
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
  • Stop The Bleed Instructor
  • Kevin Wilkes: Online and Live Certificate

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Community Service:

  • Goshen County Victims Assistance Program

Hometown: Fort Laramie, WY

Family: I was born and raised in Goshen County and have recently returned after living and working in the Houston, TX, area as the Head Athletic Trainer at a large high school.  

Hobbies: Spending time with family, managing the family farm, cooking, reading, and spending time with my dogs. 

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Physical Therapy Services: Cerebrovascular Patient Goals


Physical Therapy Services: Cerebrovascular Patient Goals
Most people associate physical therapy with injuries. Patients are given a rehabilitation protocol to follow in order to return movement in various limbs, joints, or other range of motion expectations. While true, this extremely limits the capabilities proven to be effective for many physical therapists across the country. Beyond activity style injuries, physical therapy is often applied to those suffering from cancer, people with growth issues, and many more instances - including cerebrovascular patients. 

A cerebrovascular accident often occurs unexpectedly with varying degrees of impact and type. These events, commonly referred to as a stroke, are known to be debilitating and require almost immediate medical attention. When detected early, the patient's chance of survival with minimal impacts improves considerably. Due to the dangers of these cerebrovascular incidents, patients are often left with a need for physical therapy services in order to assist with their recovery.

Strength

Focusing on regaining strength throughout the body is important after suffering a stroke. Fortunately, each individual’s personal recovery plan of action will be set specific to their needs and goals. Instead of serving a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery, physical therapists create exercises and actions to best implement results.

Balance

Another area often impacted by a stroke involves balance. These characteristics can be especially important to address as it is a cornerstone of mobility. Creating a plan of action to improve or restore balance components is paramount on the road to recovery.

Coordination

Combining these feats of balance and strength focuses on coordination. Even simple movements often become complex depending on the severity of an individual’s cerebrovascular incident. Orchestrating an approach to encompass each of these needs is extremely helpful.

Education

Educating individuals and their immediate loved ones is also an important part of the physical therapy recovery process. Physical therapists often provide patients with activities which can be completed between visits in order to assist with the recovery process. Giving both the patient and their support group the tools to understand why the curated individualized approach is best for recovery and treatments remains a key goal to assist everyone involved.

Quality of Life

Ultimately, the goal for any physical therapy program is to improve an existing quality of life and this remains true for cerebrovascular patients. Depending on the severity of their episode, a personalized action plan will be implemented to provide patients with the best quality of life possible for their situation. 

If you or someone you know has sustained a cerebrovascular episode, suffers from chronic pain, could use assistance with mobility issues, or is seeking services for another reason, then consider reaching out to the physical therapy experts at North Platte Physical Therapy, Monument Physical Therapy, Big Country Rehabilitation, and Bear Lodge Rehabilitation today. Offering 18 different locations across Wyoming and Nebraska, our professional staff are ready and willing to help administer and create a personalized plan of action specific to your needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Available for all of your physical therapy and related offerings, we look forward to meeting you and providing the type of service you can rely on to help improve your overall wellness very soon!
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Physical Therapy Services: Percussive Treatment Benefits


Physical Therapy Services: Percussive Treatment Benefits
The benefits of physical therapy are numerous, but an understanding of how each treatment program is specifically designed for the patient is one of its most special characteristics. The desired results are specifically targeted toward how an individual adapts to the therapy and ensures all are receiving their best treatment options. Focusing on specific movement patterns, many goals of physical therapy are associated with returning clients to their previous state prior to some type of injury, surgery, or other detrimental diagnosis. Fortunately, these targeted treatment plans are being designed to make the most out of each therapy session in order to help patients achieve their goals.

What is physical therapy? Unfortunately, many individuals don’t understand exactly the capabilities or reasoning behind seeking treatment but there are multiple benefits for patients with all kinds of ailments. The range of treatments also expands considerably depending on the type of injury or a patient’s condition with percussive therapy being one of the most popular options today. This treatment features many positives and should aid in pleasing a client base, especially for those where percussive therapy can assist recovery.

Muscle Strength

One of the most common applications of physical therapy revolves around injury treatment. This capability typically enhances muscular strength and percussive applications are one of the best methods of enhancing these conditions. Increasing blood flow into the muscle, percussive treatments help boost strength within certain areas of the body. 

Flexibility

The enhanced blood flow also aids with stretching muscle fibers and enhancing flexibility within a targeted area. Since each physical therapy treatment session is focused specifically on helping the individual, understanding how flexibility is enhanced through percussive therapy is important to aid patients as needed.

Recovery

Those who are undergoing some type of recovery may also benefit from percussive therapy, especially since it helps improve blood flow to the targeted area. By specifically focusing on the area in need of recovery, individuals can speed up their return to maneuverability at a targeted, healthy pace.

Pain Reduction

Another significant benefit of percussive therapy is an ability to reduce the pain associated with certain ailments. The repetitive motion and increased blood-oxygen levels helps reduce pain and any other inflammation within the treatment area. This focus on improving treatment not only boosts personal satisfaction, but it also assists in creating a well established foundation for any similar treatments in the future.

If you have suffered an injury or know someone who has chronic pain, could use assistance with mobility issues, or is seeking services for another reason, then consider reaching out to the physical therapy experts at North Platte Physical Therapy, Monument Physical Therapy, Big Country Rehabilitation, and Bear Lodge Rehabilitation today. Offering 18 different locations across Wyoming and Nebraska, our professional staff are ready and willing to help administer and create a personalized plan of action specific to your needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Available for all of your physical therapy and related offerings, we look forward to meeting you and providing the type of service you can rely on to help improve your overall wellness very soon!
 
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Physical Therapy Services: Common Lower Back Injuries


Physical Therapy Services: Common Lower Back Injuries
There are numerous reasons why individuals elect to pursue physical therapy services, but one of the most common often involves some type of back injury. As a core component in the makeup of the human body, the back and spinal cord connect all limbs and are a major piece in coordinating movement. When any injury occurs in this area, there’s definitely going to be significant repercussions and a need for treatment to heal. Often these mending services require physical therapy to aid in dealing with any lingering issues and helping those impacted return to a pre-injured state.

Lower back pain is caused by a variety of different issues and understanding the cause can be especially helpful when seeking treatment. In the event pain is from one of the more common lower back injuries, then the likelihood physical therapy treatments will assist is going to be helpful. One of the best ideas associated with physical therapy is being able to receive a personalized plan of action to assist in the desired results for whatever the case may be, from returning mobility to pain reduction. Having this specified approach for each individual also allows for the recovery plan to be targeted and personalized to fit the needs of each patient.

Strains 

Injury strains in the lower back are one of the most common culprits for individuals requiring physical therapy. Typically these are the result of improper lifting techniques, trying to move too much weight, or twisting/turning when carrying some heavy object. The notice for these types of injuries is almost instant, but they also may arise over time after having moved in a certain way. 

Arthritis

Over time arthritis can occur in the joints and bones of humans and unfortunately, the lower back is no different. If the spine becomes inflamed then similar pain is going to arise from the impacted areas. While arthritis may be more common to the hands and feet, lower back arthritis is also a cause for chronic pain in many individuals.

Herniated Disk

There are many different causes for a herniated disk, but even sleeping in an improper position can lead to lower back pain. These issues cause pain and potentially swelling, causing those affected to seek treatment in order to alleviate some of the issues. Depending on the specific cause, a targeted physical therapy regimen could aid in providing some comfort.
Fracture

Lower back injuries causing a break in the bone are also common and can lead to a debilitating condition. If you’ve ever even strained the back, then you know any injury here comes with a constant reminder of the issue regardless of how you move. With a fracture, this is definitely the case and should be adhered to appropriately to help ease any issue and prevent further damage.

If you have suffered a lower back injury or know someone who has chronic pain in their joints, could use assistance with mobility issues, or is seeking services for another reason, then consider reaching out to the physical therapy experts at North Platte Physical Therapy, Monument Physical Therapy, Big Country Rehabilitation, and Bear Lodge Rehabilitation today. Offering 18 different locations across Wyoming and Nebraska, our professional staff are ready and willing to help administer and create a personalized plan of action specific to your needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Available for all of your physical therapy and related offerings, we look forward to meeting you and providing the type of service you can rely on to help improve your overall wellness very soon!
 
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Physical Therapy Services: Benefits for Osteoporosis


Physical Therapy Services: Benefits for Osteoporosis
Physical therapy services are beneficial for a variety of different ailments and used as recovery procedures to help individuals of all ages. These specific programs are typically formulated to fit the needs of each individual depending on their situation, age, and capabilities. Creating a personalized plan is important to ensure patients are getting the care they deserve to help their bodies and formulate as close to a full recovery as possible. As we age, these needs become even more specific and many are related to their timing - including osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a bone related disease which decreases density and increases the risk for a break or fracture in the event of any high impact. Most frequently, this occurs when older individuals take an unexpected fall and then realize they have broken a bone. While unfortunate, often these individuals aren’t even aware they may have this disease until it’s too late. Fortunately there are many benefits to undergoing a physical therapy plan for those who either already suffer from osteoporosis or fear they may be in danger, should they take an unexpected slip, trip, or fall.

Strength

A personalized physical therapy plan should be implemented to help strengthen the body . These exercises and plans help boost how a person’s body responds to the aging process and may assist in protecting them from suffering any injuries during some other impactful event. 

Balance

As individuals age their balance typically becomes more and more of an issue. Often, those who are elderly may be at risk more so than others of falling and physical therapy assists in maintaining balance. Depending on the individual, therapists will create a specialized plan of action to address any areas of concern. 

Mechanics

The physical mechanics of moving - walking, stairs, bending, lifting, etc. - are subject to vulnerability due to osteoporosis and a physical therapy regimen can help. Individuals who need assistance in creating or returning to their best bodily mechanics to an optimum performance level can benefit from taking part in a specialized physical therapy plan.

Pain Relief

Many individuals who suffer from osteoporosis also endure chronic pain, but starting a physical therapy plan will assist in eliminating this issue. Depending on the care being needed, a therapist may be able to service the individuals and help alleviate the constant pain that many deal with each and every day.

If you or someone you know may have osteoporosis, suffers from chronic pain, could use assistance with mobility issues, or is seeking services for another reason, then consider reaching out to the physical therapy experts at North Platte Physical Therapy, Monument Physical Therapy, Big Country Rehabilitation, and Bear Lodge Rehabilitation today. Offering 18 different locations across Wyoming and Nebraska, our professional staff are ready and willing to help administer and create a personalized plan of action specific to your needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Available for all of your physical therapy and related offerings, we look forward to meeting you and providing the type of service you can rely on to help improve your overall wellness very soon!
 
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Physical Therapy Services: Five Helpful Rehabilitation Activities


Physical Therapy Services: Five Helpful Rehabilitation Activities
Physical therapy is useful in a variety of different scenarios to aid individuals of all ages in a range of situations. From those who have undergone certain surgeries to people attempting recovery after suffering an accident, there are numerous indications of implementing rehabilitation activities to achieve helpfulness. These characteristics also assist individuals across a range of abilities, from those who have suffered an injury to the elderly placed in long-term care facilities. Regardless of the reason, it seems almost everyone is able to achieve some benefit from participating in rehabilitation services. 

Helping reduce pain and manage movement, physical therapy covers a broad range of applications. Not only are there different reasons for administering these practices, but the benefits cover an entire range of different capabilities. Serving in the realm of rehabilitation, there are five areas where physical therapy is especially prevalent. These specifications not only apply to those attempting a recovery, but they can also benefit individuals who are aging and those who may need an area of focus to enhance their mobility.

Universal Conditioning

One area where rehabilitation services impact everyday life is when it comes to universal conditioning. Essentially, being able to implicate some style of daily walking and movement for individuals is especially beneficial. These characteristics not only help increase blood flow, but it also assists in improving joint flexibility and lung capacity for increased efforts as time passes.

Joint Range-of-Motion

Another common application for rehabilitation involves the ability to increase range of motion of any impacted joints. These practices help manage pain and allow for those affected to return movement patterns previously administered without any pain or restriction.

Targeted Strength

Certain exercises also allow for those in the midst of rehab to target areas needing increased strength. Muscle building activities centered around standing, walking, and other mobile activities assists in building upon a foundation for movement. These targeted strength ideas also allow for an additional focus on critical areas of need for those individuals being prescribed rehabilitation activities.

Balance and Coordination

Another critical realm of focus for all rehabilitation exercises revolves around balance and coordination. Being able to stabilize an individuals’ movements, helps them feel confident in their abilities and allows for an improved quality of life knowing they can be left to their own functional mobility.

Transitional Activity

In the event mobility becomes a significant issue, working on transitional activities is helpful. These options include a focus on being able to safely maneuver from one position to another, including: bed to a walker, chair to a walker, wheelchair to bed, seated to standing, etc. Focusing on these everyday movements helps individuals build the strength, confidence, and capability to safely execute each action.

If you or someone you know suffers from mobility issues, needs assistance with recovery, or is seeking services for another reason, then consider reaching out to the physical therapy experts at North Platte Physical Therapy, Monument Physical Therapy, Big Country Rehabilitation, and Bear Lodge Rehabilitation today. Offering 18 different locations across Wyoming and Nebraska, our professional staff are ready and willing to help administer and create a personalized plan of action specific to your needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Available for all of your physical therapy and related offerings, we look forward to meeting you and providing the type of service you can rely on to help improve your overall wellness very soon!
 
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