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Rehabilitation Services

Physical, Occupational, & Speech Therapy Brochure

Thayer County Health Services (TCHS) Rehabilitation Department is located in the west side of the hospital and has been a part of TCHS since 1985. The rehab staff, dedicated to the mission of TCHS, works to provide services county wide and throughout the surrounding communities. The rehabilitation department services include physical, occupational and speech therapies.

To schedule an appointment for any of our rehabilitation services, please call 402-768-4633.
If you have questions please call or email us at rehab@tchsne.org

Currently the rehab department provides a multitude of services in many locations:

  • Onsite Outpatient Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
  • In-Hospital Therapy for acute and swing bed patients
  • Home Health Therapy
  • Nursing and Care Home Facilities in Thayer County

The rehabilitation department provides work screens for various organizations in the community, can test for body fat composition via impedance, and is available for presentations on various topics privately or to the public.

Physical therapists treat individuals with diagnosis, such as orthopedic dysfunction and neurological impairments. A continuum of care is provided as patients progress from an inpatient to an outpatient setting. The goal for our patients is to achieve a smooth transition for those whose diagnosis allows them to maximize their rehabilitation potential. Educating families and patients about the impairments that challenge them enhances their ability to return to employment, school and independent living.

Bradley D. Cooper, PT, DPT, OCS joined the rehabilitation staff as the department head in June of 2000. He received his Master’s and Doctorate of Physical therapy from the University of NE medical Center, Omaha. Brad became board certified as an Orthopeadic Specialist by the APTA in 2007.

Steven E Williams, PT, DPT, CCI joined the Rehabilitation staff in July of 2010. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Clarke University in Dubuque IA. He has been credentialed as an Advanced Clinical Instructor by the APTA in July 2011.

Traci Zelenka, CPTA has worked in the rehabilitation department of the hospital since 1998. She received her Physical therapy assistant diploma at Colby, Kansas and is certified in the state of Nebraska. Traci has been recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association with certification in advance clinical knowledge in the area of orthopedics.

Shelby Schardt, CPTA joined the TCHS rehab staff in September 2016. Shelby completed the Pharmacy Technician program at Southeast Community College in Beatrice before completing the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. She graduated with distinction in March of 2015.




Occupational therapy can help patients maximize their abilities in everyday aspects of life and maintain their quality of life. An Occupational Therapist can advise patients about techniques they can use to reduce fatigue and increase independence. They can also suggest equipment, in-home alterations, and individual programs which would enable our patients to improve their function in specific areas.
Jessica Shepler, MOT, OTR/L joined the Rehabilitation staff in July of 2014. Jessica received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, Nebraska. Jessica became certified in Physical Agent Modalities in October of 2014.




Anne Simms, BS, COTA re-joined the TCHS rehab staff in May 2011 as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, after receiving her degree from Central Community College. Prior to returning to school, Anne worked as the Rehab office manager from July 2007-June 2010. Anne also received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the area of Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University in May 2005. Anne became certified in Superficial Thermal Agents in August 2011. Anne provides occupational therapy services throughout Thayer County and the surrounding communities.



A speech therapist, also called a speech-language pathologist, evaluates, diagnoses, and treats difficulties involving speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing. Speech therapists work with children and adults who cannot produce sounds clearly, who have rhythm and fluency difficulties, or who have voice disorders. Individuals who have problems producing or understanding language, as well as those who want to modify an accent, can be helped by speech therapy.

Amy Nash, Speech & Language Therapist, joined the TCHS staff in 2008. Graduating from the University of Nebraska Kearney in 2004 with her masters in Communication Disorders, Amy is also trained in LSVT Loud Therapy, Vital Stim, and PROMPT Therapy.