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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, PT, 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, PT, 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 the adolescent and older adult populations to address a wide variety of injuries and pathologies from acute injuries and pain to chronic injuries and pain. My preferred treatment style of choice is hands-on care through manual therapy techniques. Manual therapy skills can range from gentle soft tissue work and stretching to joint mobilization and manipulation. Spinal pain and dysfunctions are an area I am passionate about due to the challenge they can present. I have a strong belief in the importance of patient education. My patients tend to have much better results when they are an active part of the rehab process which includes education on what their impairment is or why it is occurring, recommendations on how to reduce symptoms, and how to prevent future occurrences.

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, PT, MS

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 25 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.

Becca Hilden, PT, DPT

Specialties 

  • Orthopedics, balance and vestibular problems, neurological diseases, geriatrics.

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.
  • Certified in LSVT BIG

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 stroke.

Kari Hohendeder, PTA

Specialties

  • Manual therapy, neuromuscular disease, orthopedic and vestibular rehab.

Curriculum vitae

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin—Associate degree as Physical Therapist Assistant

Statement of care 
I am committed to making a difference in the lives of others. I find it rewarding to gain the trust of my patients and hold myself accountable in making a positive impact on their lives. In addition to providing rehabilitation for joint pain and surgeries, I have a special interest in treating headaches, spinal pain, and chronic pain throughout the body through various hands on techniques, including CranioSacral Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, and Strain Counter Strain techniques. I also have great success and enjoy treating dizziness and vertigo. I value my education and will continue to improve my skill set for optimal results in the clinic.

Kayla Ihde, PT, 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.

Ashley Kaster, PT, DPT

Specialties

  • Manual therapy, orthopedics and sports medicine, balance and vestibular problems, occupational rehab

Curriculum vitae

  • Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota-Bachelor of Science-Biology 2011
  • Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa-Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2014
  • Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa-Master’s in Healthcare Administration 2015

Statement of care
My goal as a physical therapist is to treat each patient as an individual and provide them with an evidence based treatment plan. I provide evidence based treatment strategies and provide a comprehensive home program throughout the treatment for you as the patient to continue your treatment after we our finished with our sessions providing lifelong prevention and management strategies. I have a special interest in manual therapy for the cervical spine along with treating low back pain in patients who are pregnant

Kayla Mansur, PT, DPT

Specialties

  • Orthopedics, manual therapy, sports medicine, geriatric care, occupational rehab

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire- Bachelor of Education & Human Science
  • The College of St. Scholastica- Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Statement of Care
I enjoy treating a variety of orthopedic injuries in the adult and geriatric population. Making individualized treatment plans for each patient is important, as no two patients are alike. My treatment style utilizes a combination of exercises and hands-on, manual therapy. What drew me into the profession of physical therapy is that it is a career where I have the privilege to help others improve their mobility. Through empowering patients and giving them the tools they need to succeed I have the opportunity to help patients achieve their goals and get them back on their feet.

Lynette Marklein, PT, DPT, ATC, LAT

Specialties 

  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Incontinence, Sports Medicine, and Post-Concussive Treatment

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.

Jessica Nakaoka, PT, DPT

Specialties

  • Pediatric Therapy, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Neuromuscular Disease, Occupational Rehab, Acute Care

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT- BS in Exercise Physiology
  • Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI- Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Statement of care
I am passionate about working with each and every one of my patients to achieve their maximal potential. I focus on treating my patients on an individual basis with techniques specific to their various goals and levels of function. I feel that utilizing a team approach and collaborating the patient, their family, and other healthcare professionals results in a rewarding experience that optimizes lifelong carryover.

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, OTR/L

Specialties

  • Hand Therapy, Occupational Rehabilitation, Work Conditioning, Functional Capacity Evaluations, 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.

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.

Speech therapy

Andrea Hallfrisch, MA, CCC-SLP

Specialties

  • Swallowing disorders, Cognitive-communication skills training, and voice disorders

Curriculum vitae

  • Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI —Bachelor of science in speech, language, and hearing sciences
  • Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI —Master of arts in communicative sciences and disorders

Statement of care
As a Speech-language Pathologist, I diagnose and treat a wide variety of disorders in both pediatrics and adults. I take a patient-centered approach that focuses on rehabilitation of skills as well as training new ones. I work closely with the treatment team including doctors, ENTs, and other therapists to ensure a team-centered approach to care. My clinical focus includes voice disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, aphasia (loss of language), swallowing disorders, and speech/language delay. I am also certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LVST) program for patient with voice disorders due to neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease. I enjoy working with all of my patients to help them find their voice and improve their quality of life.

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.

Sherman Jew, DO

Specialties

    • Occupational medicine

Certifications

      • Preventive Medicine/Public Health
      • Occupational Medicine
      • Medical Review Officer
      • DOT Medical Examiner

Statement of care 
As an occupational medicine physician, I strive to provide the best care for my patients and work closely with employers for better health, safety, and wellness at the workplace.

Cardiopulmonary rehab

Vincent BasileVincent Basile

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Resistance Training, Exercise Stress Testing

Curriculum vitae

  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Statement of Care
I am involved with prescribing exercise to cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients as well as performing stress tests. Because of my extensive strength and conditioning background, I am able to provide personalized resistance training programs tailored to each patient’s needs. I am very passionate about this population group, helping them reach their individual goals, and ultimately returning to their highest level of fitness and everyday activities.

Dianne Menor, RN, BSN

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Exercise Stress Testing

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 understand what patients and family members experience first hand after having a father who has had open heart surgery.  With experience and compassion as a team we strive to return patient's to their maximum health and wellness and give them an excellent experience overall.

Melissa PullenMelissa Pullen, RN, BSN

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Exercise Stress Testing

Curriculum vitae

  • Bellin College of Nursing, Green Bay, WI – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Statement of Care
I started my career with BAMC as the first nurse extern in 2002 and have continued working as a nurse in the hospital for 10 more years before specializing in the cardiac field. I have enjoyed helping patients throughout their healthcare journey from the first diagnosis through the rehabilitation program.  My primary focus is educating patients and helping to improve their quality of life. It is very rewarding to see these positive changes and it’s the main reason why I love what I do.

Tory Wettstein, RCEP

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Exercise 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 18 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.

Erika WurthErika Wurth

Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Exercise Stress Testing

Curriculum vitae

  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI – Bachelor of Science in Clinical Exercise Science

Statement of care
I work with both cardiac and pulmonary patients in cardiopulmonary rehab to help them better understand and manage their chronic disease. Helping patients increase their independence, health, and overall quality of life is a very rewarding experience. I strive to work together with each patient to reach individual and program goals.

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