Wallace State Community College and Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce invited 8th Grade Students from across the Greater Cullman area to come explore hands-on a variety of careers and professions at the Cullman Area Career Awareness Fair on November 7, 2017. Almost 1,000 students attended the event held at Wallace State in Hanceville, Alabama.
Sharing their passion for athletic training and rehabilitation are Encore Rehabilitation Athletic Trainers l-r: Gage Brewer; Dewayne Fortenberry; Adrianne Borland; and Jessica Burnetti with Occupational Therapy Assistant Leslie Perry. Also representing Encore Rehabilitation at the event were Adrian Dickerson and Bo Shirey.
Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. was proud to share the fields of Athletic Training-Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Encore Rehabilitation Athletic Trainers worked with students to teach the proper way to place an individual onto a spine board when there is a suspected neck or spine injury. The Athletic Trainers also discussed the need for taping in sports and activities to provide greater stability and prevent injury and some students received a taping to their ankle. Therapists were on hand to share how physical therapy and occupational therapy can help individuals recovering from an accident, injury or illness.
Best of success to all of the students in attendance!
Congratulations to Bailey Webb for being named Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!
Bailey is a Senior at Winfield High School. He has played varsity football for the Pirates for four years. You can find him on the field wearing jersey #34. When not on the football field, Bailey enjoys fishing.
His post-gradation plans include becoming a nurse practitioner. He is the son of Grant and Jana Webb.
Ashley Bosarge was in pain, and lots of it. She relates, “Midway through my junior season of softball, I injured by right shoulder and started to realize the pain I was experiencing was serious. I had very limited range of motion in my shoulder and certain movements of my neck sent a painful burning sensation down my arm or my hand would go numb. After months of waiting to find out the exact cause, my MRI showed that I had labral tearing. I was diagnosed with long thoracic nerve palsy.”
Ashley has been receiving treatment at Encore Rehabilitation – Tillman’s Corner for about six months. Recovery from an injury such as hers can take time-and patience.
Ashley says, “The therapists at Encore – Tillman’s Corner truly care for their patients. They have made me realize that some progress is better than no progress and they continue to keep me motivated. It feels great to be surrounded by people who want to see you succeed as much as you do. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!”
We wish you continued recovery, Ashley! Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!
Beginning a new career path at age 41 was not easy but Barry Haisting shares, “Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant is by far the best career decision I’ve made!”
“When I began this career path 8 years ago, my interest was based around athletics and returning athletes to play. Since then, I would say my interest has definitely changed to helping others return to work and independence,” he expressed. Barry is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Encore Rehabilitation of Haleyville.
Previously to receiving his PTA degree from Wallace State Community College, he had received a business degree from Northwest Shoals Community College. Happy to be treating patients, Barry has been in the physical therapy field for 8 years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for 4 years.
Happy National Physical Therapy Month, Barry! We appreciate all you do!
If you were to ask Marla Kizzire, LPTA, ATC, what she likes best about being a Physical Therapist Assistant, she would be happy to answer, ” I like interacting with my patients and meeting new people. I enjoy the opportunity to treat each patient. I really like being part of getting people back to their prior lifestyle.”
Marla has been a practicing clinician for 21 years, spending four of those years with Encore Rehabilitation where she treat patients at Encore Rehabilitation – Fayette. In addition to her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Wallace State, Marla has a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from the University of South Alabama. Marla enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and boating.
Thank you, Marla, for all you do! Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
Congratulations to Madison Taylor, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation – Clanton! Madison is a 6th Grader at Chilton County Middle School. She has played softball for 5 years. Great job, Madison!
Congratulations to Brody Rowell, Athlete of the Month for Holly Pond High School-Encore Rehabilitation Cullman!
Brody plays football, basketball, and golf for the Broncos. Holly Pond Head Football Coach Mike Bates has high praise for Brody,“Brody is what a high school football player should be. He works extremely hard, tries every day in practice, and is a true team player! Brody plays RB, QB, OLB, S, punts, and whatever we ask. It is my honor to be a part of his athletic career.”
Congratulations to Matthew Dixon, Athlete of the Month for Good Hope High School – Encore Rehabilitation Cullman. Matthew (#44) put up impressive stats for September as running back for the Raiders: 1 interception, 7 touchdowns, averaging 127 yards rushing, 37 yards receiving, and 7 tackles per game. Way to go, Matthew!