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Outpatient Rehabilitation

Our Bend Team

Our rehabilitation team uses an integrated approach to provide ongoing care for adults and children. We help you recover, renew and resume.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Eric Ballinger, MSPT, ATP

Eric has 22 years of experience as a physical therapist at St. Charles Medical Center and has been in outpatient services since 2000.  His expertise is working with neurologic conditions such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and ALS. He is the lead physical therapist with the ALS clinic and conducts a weekly wheelchair clinic.  He has multiple certifications involving custom seating and positioning techniques and has an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credential through the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA).

Eric has been greatly involved with Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) with a passion of providing access to outdoor recreation experiences to individuals with disabilities.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, tending a small hobby orchard, and exploring the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Jamie Krefting, DPT

Jamie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas in 2016. Jamie provides physical therapy services to both children and adults with a variety of neurological, genetic and movement disorders.  After working for many years in marketing Jamie returned to school to study physical therapy as her second career.  She is committed to helping her clients and families achieve their goals and reach their full potential.  Jamie feels lucky to work with a strong multi-disciplinary team at St. Charles outpatient.  Their staff of therapists includes a range of experience and therapeutic disciplines, which helps ensure each patient receives the most appropriate and personalized care.  In her free time, she enjoys trail running in the woods around Bend, especially with her husband, young daughter and dog.

Laura Taylor, DPT

Laura Taylor, a native of the Seattle area, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado in 2013. She worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer for Central Oregon high schools prior to returning to school to become a licensed Physical Therapist and coming on board at St. Charles. Laura has focused her continuing education and skills in Orthopedics and Vestibular conditions and enjoys working with a variety of orthopedic injuries and neurologic conditions.

"I love working with patients and getting them back to their highest level of function. We live in a community with so many great opportunities to get outside and play, and I hope to help each patient reach both their daily function and recreational goals."

Lindsey Berg, DPT

Lindsey received her Doctor of Physical therapy in 2009 from the University of Washington and has worked at St Charles Medical Center since 2010. She has broad experience in treating patients with neurological, orthopedic and oncologic conditions in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She has a special interest in treating patients with vestibular and balance impairments.

When Lindsey is not at work she is busy with her family, including 3 young kids, and enjoys getting outside.

Mark Schafer, PT

Mark has 26 years of experience as a physical therapist, and has been in outpatient services at St. Charles since 2001. His expertise lies with the rehabilitation of neurologically involved patients; he has worked with cancer patients in excess of 10 years.

Mark enjoys many of the outdoor recreation opportunities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mike Edgerton, PT, NCS, ATP

Mike graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1992. He obtained his clinical specialty in Neurological Physical Therapy from the APTA in 2000 and again in
2010. He also received his competency certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation through the APTA in 2009. He also obtained his Assistive Technology Professional certification from RESNA in 2004. He has worked full time in Neurological Physical Therapy since 1995 first at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA and for the past 17 years at St.Charles Medical Center in Bend, OR. He currently works in the outpatient neurological physical therapy clinic where he routinely sees patients with vestibular disorders, gait/balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, orthopedic conditions, amputations, etc. and is the lead Physical Therapist for the entire medical center. He also helps to run a weekly wheelchair/seating clinic. He has given continuing education courses for Allied Health Education and NORCO Medical.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

Karlee Dunn, OTR/L, CIMI

Karlee graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University’s occupational therapy program in 1996. Karlee has worked in many areas of practice ranging from neonatal care to geriatrics. She has worked in nursing homes, home health, inpatient rehab, outpatient, acute care, transitional care, early intervention and in the public schools.

Karlee, who joined St. Charles in 2008, enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and floats to all floors and areas, including specialty clinics. Her passion and specialty training is working with infants. She has worked in the NICU for more than 18 years and is certified in infant massage and NIDCAP.

Trish Dyer, OTR/L

Trish Dyer is an occupational therapist working in hand and arm rehabilitation for the past 38 years.  Her career has evolved from managing her own hand therapy business and working in private clinics, to treating patients in the hospital and out-patient therapy settings.  She maintains credentials as a board Certified Hand Therapist, and registered Occupational therapist.  She brings skillful healing and a caring touch to the treatment sessions for both the orthopedic and neurological patient whose symptoms affect hand function.  
Aside from work, Trish enjoys time outdoors taking bike rides, camping, swimming, and skiing.  She enjoys getting dirt on her hands from her ½-acre garden including culinary herbs, berries and fruit trees. 

SPEECH THERAPISTS

Nicole Ashley, SLP

Nicole is a speech language pathology with 7 years of experience treatment patients following neurological disease in the acute care and outpatient settings. She is skilled in providing treatments for disorders of cognition, communication, swallow safety, and voice. She is knowledgeable in completing modified barium swallow studies and administering Lee Silverman Voice Therapy for patients with vocal changes associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys cycling, hiking, reading, spending time with her dog, Penny, and traveling.