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Meet the team

With our team of over 16 therapists, we work hard to accommodate your busy schedule and start your therapy in a timely manner. We have therapists who focus on women's health, pediatrics and lymphedema. We also take care of student athletes by coordinating their care with our sports medicine programs at Stephenson, Crivitz, Marinette, Menominee, and University of Wisconsin-Marinette. 

Darin Atkinson, PT, MS, MHA, MBA, Director of Rehabilitation and Occupational Health Services

Specialties 

  • Neuromuscular disease, occupational rehabilitation, orthopedics, sports medicine and geriatric care.

Curriculum vitae

  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah—Bachelor of science, exercise science.
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri—Master of science, physical therapy.    
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota—Master of health administration/master of business administration.

Statement of care
My treatment style is focused on helping patients achieve their personal goals and finding the right techniques or strategies that best fit with their background. My clinical training is largely focused on assessing movement patterns and then using exercise to help restore or improve appropriate function. I also have clinical training in the McKenzie method for conditions that impact the neck and low back and clinical experience in working with patients who have neurological conditions such as stroke.

Physical therapy

Jessica Aubert, DPT

Specialties

  • Bladder screenings, incontinence, lymphedema, osteoporosis, pelvic pain, women's health, orthopedics and pediatric incontinence.

Curriculum vitae

  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan—Bachelor of science, Health fitness in preventive and rehabilitative services.
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan—Master of science, physical therapy.    
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan—Doctorate of physical therapy.

Statement of care
My goal as a physical therapist is to treat each patient as an individual, with specific concerns and goals, and integrate these into a plan for success. I treat patients with orthopedic conditions affecting the neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee and ankle. My clinical focus and areas of emphasis are women's health issues, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pain during/after pregnancy and lymphedema secondary to breast cancer. I also treat lymphedema in men and women due to circulation problems, such as chronic venous insufficiency in the legs.

Amber Buelteman, DPT

Specialties

  • Manual therapy, neuromuscular disease, occupational rehab, geriatric care, orthopedics and sports medicine.

Curriculum vitae

  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan—Bachelor of science, health fitness in preventive and rehabilitative services.  
  • Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin—Doctorate in physical therapy.

Statement of care
I enjoy working with a wide variety of injuries and pathologies from acute injuries and pain to chronic injuries and pain in the adolescent through older adult populations. Spinal pain and dysfunctions are one of my favorite things to work on because of the challenge they can present. No 2 patients are exactly alike even if their diagnosis is the same. My treatment style of choice includes hands-on care involving manual physical therapy skills. Manual skills can range from soft tissue work and stretching through joint mobilization and manipulation, including thrust techniques when indicated. I was first exposed to this in my graduate career at Concordia and have taken 2 continuing education classes since to further advance my evaluation and treatment skills for the spine.

Pete Carriveau, PTA

Specialties

  • Aquatic therapy, manual therapy, neuromuscular disease, occupational rehab, osteoporosis, sports medicine, and balance and vestibular problems.

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin—Bachelor of science physical education (wellness and health promotion).    
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin—Associate degree as physical therapist assistant.

Statement of care
I have 20 years of experience in outpatient and aquatic physical therapy. I enjoy working with patients from a variety of different populations, including adult, school age and geriatric. The patients I treat come from a large scope of conditions, including problems with the hip, knee, shoulder, back, ankle, neck and balance. The thing I like most about my job is the variety of settings I work in and getting to know a little bit about each patient I work with and the stories they have to tell.

Julie Conley, BS, MS, PT

Specialties

  • Balance and vestibular problems, temporal mandibular disorders (TMD), manual therapy, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain and orthopedics.

Curriculum vitae

  • College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota—Bachelor of science.    
  • College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota—Master of science in physical therapy.

Statement of care
I have enjoyed working as a physical therapist at Bay Area Medical Center (BAMC) for over 20 years. I like helping my patients meet their goals and return to their maximal potential. I treat patients from young adults to geriatrics. With my years of experience, I can successfully treat spinal and orthopedic joint issues in the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle. I also specialize in balance and vestibular issues, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, TMD, and McConnell and kineseo taping.

Dana Fameree, PTA

Specialties

  • Aquatic therapy, manual therapy, neuromuscular disease, occupational rehab, osteoporosis and orthopedics.

Curriculum vitae

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin—Associate degree as physical therapist assistant

Statement of care 
I specialize in providing aquatic therapy at the only warm-water pool in the area. I am committed to assisting patients recover from injury, surgery, painful conditions or any other physical dysfunction in a soothing environment for healing and strengthening. My goal with every patient I see in the pool is to make your therapy experience as stress-free and rewarding as possible. I will be in the pool right beside you each and every visit as you perform specific corrective exercises appropriate for your most effective recovery.

Kayla Gauthier, DPT

Specialties

  • Manual therapy, neuromuscular disease, osteoarthritis, orthopedics and sports medicine.

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin—Bachelor of science in biology.  
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin—Doctorate of physical therapy.

Statement of care
I am compassionate about and enjoy rehabilitating individuals with a wide array of physical limitations. It is rewarding to be able to assist, encourage and witness the progress each patient makes toward meeting their therapy goals. I believe that each individual needs to take an active role in working toward achieving their goals, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to teach the skills necessary and provide motivation to facilitate success.

In addition to providing rehabilitation for joint pain and surgery, I am trained and experienced in providing manual therapy. Manual techniques are performed by applying pressure to and manipulating specific body parts and are beneficial in helping to relieve neck and back pain and restore motion. I am also very interested in and working toward increasing my knowledge and experience in sports medicine to help prevent sports-related injury and rehabilitate local athletes.

Lynette Marklein, DPT, PT, ATC, LAT

Specialties 

  • Manual therapy, neuromuscular disease, occupational rehab, osteoporosis, pediatric therapy, post-concussive treatment, pediatric incontinence and sports medicine.

Curriculum vitae

  • Concordia University of Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin—Bachelor of science in athletic training.  
  • Concordia University of Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin—Doctorate of physical therapy.

Statement of care
I specialize in pediatrics, both orthopedic and nonorthopedic, at Bay Area Mobility Center. I work with each patient to develop specialized treatment plans to help them meet their goals and return to the activities they enjoy. Family involvement is important to each child's treatment session, and I strongly encourage participation at each appointment so that the parents can work on skills at home to increase the level of independence and effectiveness of treatment.

Becca Hilden, PT, DPT

Specialties 

  • Neuromuscular disease, occupational rehab, osteoporosis, post-concussive treatment and sports medicine.

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota—Bachelor of science in exercise science.  
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin—Master of science in physical therapy.    
  • College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota—Doctorate of physical therapy.

Statement of care
My goal as a physical therapist is to treat each patient as an individual, with specific concerns and goals, and integrate these into a plan for success. I treat patients with orthopedic conditions affecting the neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee and ankle. I also treat neurological conditions, including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and sciatica. My clinical focus and areas of emphasis are foot and ankle injuries, balance, and fall prevention.

Jennifer Miller, PTA

Specialties

  • Bladder screenings, women's health and orthopedics.

Curriculum vitae

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin—Associate degree as physical therapist assistant.

Statement of care
I enjoy working with general orthopedic patients but see a variety of diagnoses throughout the day. I perform job placement assessments and cover at our satellite clinics as needed. I also have some background and experience with women's health.

Julie Olsen, PTA

Specialties

  • Acute care, geriatrics and orthopedics.

Curriculum vitae

  • Suomi College, Hancock, Michigan—Associate degree as physical therapist assistant.

Statement of care
My primary position is working with acute care patients. Although I enjoy working with adults of all ages, my passion is working with the geriatric population with a variety of diagnoses. I have worked at BAMC for 16 years and feel such joy when I am able to help the older population regain their strength, allowing them to return or progress toward going home. I also occasionally work in the outpatient clinic treating orthopedic conditions with my clinical focus on total joint replacements. It is very satisfying to be able to watch them progress so quickly toward their functional goals.

Occupational therapy

Leigh Brooks, MS, OTRL

Specialties

  • Hand therapy, occupational rehab and cognitive re-education.

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin—Bachelor of science in occupational therapy.
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin—Master of science in occupational therapy.

Statement of care
My goal as an occupational therapist is to treat each patient as an individual. I assess their specific needs and how to maximize treatment to focus on their specific goals and concerns. Therapy is focused to allow for increased independence and effectiveness in each treatment session to allow carryover into social, work and home environments, and treatment is supplemented with individualized home programs to meet each patient's specific needs. As an occupational therapist, I provide needs-based solutions to manage the complex primary care needs individual to each patient.

I enjoy working with patients across the lifespan with conditions varying from orthopedic, work injury, cognitive, sensory, and neurological. My clinical focus and areas of emphasis are shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries; work conditioning and work-related injuries; splint fabrication; functional capacity evaluations; and independence with activities of daily living.

Lynn Caelwaerts, COTA

Specialties

  • Aquatic therapy, hand therapy, neuromuscular disease, occupational rehab and osteoporosis.

Curriculum vitae

  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin—Associate degree as certified occupational therapy assistant.

Statement of care
I truly enjoy working with people of all ages. It is important that I give my patients quality care as well as help them feel comfortable and at ease while I work with them.

Erik Graglia, OTR

Specialties

  • Hand therapy, occupational rehab, neuromuscular disease, work conditioning, pediatric therapy, visual-perception and cognitive re-education.

Curriculum vitae

  • Michigan Tech, Houghton, Michigan—Associate degree in electrical engineering.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin—Bachelor of science in occupational therapy.

Statement of care
My focus is to help patients achieve their highest level of function in all areas of their life to be able to complete those tasks and activities that are important and meaningful to them. I have continued my education with courses ranging from treatment of hand injuries due to trauma or repetitive use; to courses on shoulder injuries; to pediatric courses, including topics such as sensory processing disorders.

Shirley Pisani, COTA

Specialties

  • Aquatic therapy, hand therapy, pediatric therapy, neuromuscular conditions, occupational rehab and osteoporosis.

Curriculum vitae

  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin—Associate degree as certified occupational therapy assistant.

Statement of care
I have been with BAMC for 19 years. I work in outpatient therapy at the Mobility Center and also at the satellite clinic in Crivitz. I also instruct aquatic exercise classes in the warm-water pool at the Mobility Center. I have taken continuing education courses in most upper extremity diagnoses, tendon injuries, carpal tunnel, epicondylitis and rotator cuff disorders. I have specialty certification in Ai Chi, which is a form of Tai Chi completed in an aquatic environment, and certification in a healthy aging program. My interests include alternative and complementary treatments for rehabilitation, and I have taken courses in aromatherapy and energy work.

Marguerite Thyne, COTA

Specialties

  • Acute care, occupational rehab, neurological disease and orthopedics.

Curriculum vitae

  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin—Associate degree as certified occupational therapy assistant.

Statement of care
I have been working with BAMC for 17 years and enjoy the variety of roles I assume as a certified occupational therapy assistant. I work half my day in acute care where I work with the geriatric population in progressing independence through strengthening activities and training with adaptive equipment for safety in functional tasks such as dressing and bathing.

I also work in the clinic with orthopedic, cumulative trauma and neurological patients. Some of the areas of emphasis are work conditioning, job placement assessments and isokinetic job placement testing.

Occupational health

Pam Harju, LPN, COHC

Specialties
Occupational health: drug testing, EBT, spirometry and audio testing.

Curriculum vitae

  • Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, Michigan—Licensed practical nurse.

Statement of care 
I assist in the treatment of acute and nonacute work-related injury care and also pre-employment, respiratory, Department of Transportation and wellness physicals. I enjoy my job. It's a pleasure to assist people with their pre-employment physicals—to see their excitement in getting a new job. I also enjoy helping people by providing assistance with injury care. It's very rewarding to see people improve and get better. I also like communicating with the many company contact people, working as a team to meet their needs and provide quality care and services.

Gail Meyer, LPN, COHC

Specialties

  • Occupational health: drug testing, EBT, spirometry and audio testing.

Curriculum vitae

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin—Licensed practical nurse.

Statement of care
To provide a unique contribution to the health and well-being of the working population by being readily approachable and accessible to the worker on the day they have a problem. Making time to listen and respond to a wide range of questions that meet the needs of the worker. Have a strong doctor-nurse relationship to provide the best treatment option to minimize lost work time and to establish contact with other specialists as needed.

Charles E. Simpson, DO

Specialties

  • Occupational medicine.

Curriculum vitae

  • Board-certified—American Board of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  
  • Occupational medicine residency—University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.    
  • Internship—Southeastern Medical Center, North Miami Beach, Florida.    
  • Medical school—Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.   
  • Student flight surgeon—Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida.    
  • Fellow—American College of Preventive Medicine.

Cardiopulmonary rehab

Brian Cleven, MS, RCEP, LAT

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary rehab, sports medicine and athletic training.

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin—Bachelor of science in athletic training.  
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin—Master of science in clinical exercise physiology.

Statement of care
Treating patients starts by learning their history and getting to know them as a person to find out what personally motivates them. From there, I challenge patients to improve by setting goals that are important to them. These goals may be health-, fitness-, diet- or habit-related. After identifying what they hope to achieve, I use positive encouragement and education to help them get where they want to be! I enjoy working with patients of all ages and feel like I have the ability to relate with patients of any age. I truly value the opportunity to help others and love to share my passion for health and wellness with my community.

Dianne Menor, RN, BSN

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary rehab.

Curriculum vitae

  • Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan—Bachelor of science in nursing.

Statement of care 
My area of clinical focus involves treating patients across a vast continuum. I started my nursing career in 2009 at a long-term rehabilitation center. In 2011 I joined the BAMC team as a medical/surgical nurse. During my past experiences, I developed a passion for both heart and lung disease patients, which brought me to the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation unit. I continue to work per diem on the medical/surgical unit to keep all my nursing skills current. My end goal for each patient is to restore and maintain maximum health and well-being.

Tory Wettstein, RCEP

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary rehab and stress testing.

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin—Bachelor of science in kinesiology-exercise science.  
  • American College of Sports Medicine—Registered clinical exercise physiologist.

Statement of care
I am the team leader in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and have over 15 years of experience performing and monitoring cardiac stress tests. I have also been involved in providing rehabilitation to cardiac and pulmonary patients to improve their quality of life and help them return to important, everyday activities.

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3100 Shore Drive
Marinette, WI 54143
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