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.
Andrew was born, raised and schooled in Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” and
surrounding suburbs. A four-year stint in the U.S. Navy brought him to California in 1989 and he has been on the West (Best) Coast ever
since. Andrew received his master’s degree in physical therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., in 1998 and has primarily worked
in hospitals ever since. He is currently striving to improve mobility and function with a diverse patient population in an acute care setting.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys hiking and winter sports, particularly cross country skiing. Enjoying live music and traveling
with his wonderful wife are passions as well. He also closely follows his favorite team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Andy received his doctorate in physical therapy from New York University
and completed his critical care training at Stanford University Hospital’s cardiopulmonary ICU. Since arriving at St. Charles,
Andy has spearheaded the development of a rehab team specifically dedicated to the ICU and IMCU. He is an active
member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Andy, who played on the lacrosse team at Auburn University, now coaches Summit High School’ varsity lacrosse team.
He is passionate about the outdoors and can most often be found with his wife Nicole on a chairlift or a trail.
Brigitte graduated from the University of Oregon with her master’s degree in communication
disorders and sciences in 2005. After completing her clinical fellowship at St. Charles, Brigitte spent 10 years in Los Angeles, most recently
at LA County + USC Medical Center where she worked with culturally and medically diverse patient populations, both in acute care and with
complex voice and swallowing disorders in the otolaryngology clinic. Brigitte especially enjoys working with swallowing, airway and voice.
Brigitte spends her free time enjoying Bend with her husband and friends, hiking, practicing yoga, reading, cooking and hanging out with her two cats.
Cecelia graduated with a master’s degree in communication disorders from Texas
State University in 2004. She has gained knowledge and experience in a variety of settings and across the continuum of care, including
acute care, long-term care and inpatient rehabilitation, and in the outpatient setting, pediatrics to geriatrics. Although she enjoys the
fast pace acute setting, she misses connecting on a one-on-one level in a specialized treatment plan that outpatient has to offer.
Outside of work, Cecelia enjoys everything outdoors, yoga, baking and cooking, hearty laughter and reading nonfiction.
Cindy graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in occupational
therapy. During her 29-year career, she has worked in acute care, skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehab, home health, outpatient and mental health
settings. With her vast repertoire of skills, she excels at quickly developing a rapport with her patients resulting in patient-centered treatment.
In her free time, Cindy enjoys exploring the Northwest with her husband, baking, hiking, and volunteering. New to the
community, Cindy is always on the lookout for volunteer opportunities and welcomes any and all information.
Jen graduated from Chapman University in 2000 with a master’s degree in physical therapy.
She started at St. Charles Health System in 2002 and has worked in many different departments as a physical therapist
during that time. She likes working with a diverse patient population and being an integral part of a strong team.
She enjoys spending time with her family, biking, skiing, hiking, camping and traveling.
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.
Kate graduated from Simmons College in 2007 with a doctorate degree in
physical therapy. Passionate about pediatrics, Kate was fortunate to join the therapy team at Children’s Hospital Boston. She
then moved to Florida where she spent several years at a trauma hospital expanding her acute care skills working with an adult
population. Since starting her current position at St. Charles, Kate has been able to mix her passion for patients with acute polytrauma
while expanding her pediatric experience to include coverage of our Level III NICU. She continues to support the growth
of her profession as a clinical instructor and most recently obtained her training as a certified infant massage instructor.
Kate is excited to be back in Oregon near her family. She is enjoying the great outdoors of Central Oregon
and recently started a family of her own with the addition of her daughter in 2016.
Katie graduated from Pacific University in 2008 with master’s degree
in occupational therapy. She worked in skilled nursing facilities in Boise, Idaho, as well as Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras until
2015 when she began working in acute care at St. Charles. She also recently became certified in lymphedema therapy. Katie continues
to work as an occupational therapist in acute care and in lymphedema therapy in Outpatient Rehab and the Cancer Center.
She enjoys spending her free time with her two young children and husband, and loves to read, bike, camp, travel and walk on the beach.
After graduating with a degree in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University in 1989, Lori
worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., in acute care. Her drive to master patient orthopedics and learn manual therapy techniques
took her to California, where she enrolled in the Folsom (Norwegian-based) and the Maitland (Australian-based) programs for training. In
the Kaiser Permanente system, she worked toward her CHT and specializing in the upper extremity, in particular post-hand surgery.
In 2003 she moved back to Central Oregon, where her career has taken her back to the acute care.
In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and friends cross country skiing, downhill
skiing, mountain biking, road biking and hiking around Bend with her springer spaniel.
Michell graduated from Creighton University in Omaha,
Neb. She currently works in acute care and is a driving evaluator and instructor for the disabled.
Michell is married and has three wonderful boys. She enjoys traveling, mountain biking and riding, and loves sports.
Miroslava received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University
in Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Connecticut. She continues to stay current on her massage and yoga
teacher certifications, which enables her to provide a more holistic approach when interacting with her patients. Her guiding principles in therapy are
that the mind-body connection and an individual’s personal belief system have a tremendous impact on their ability to heal, progress and thrive.
Outside of work, Miroslava enjoys seeking out new experiences, whether they be kinetic, travelling or experimenting with her latest creative outlet.
Tom grew up in Pendleton, Ore. After graduating from high school in 1966, he received
a bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho in 1970, and then graduated from the University of Iowa School of Physical
Therapy in 1975. He joined St. Charles in1980, and works primarily with post-operative orthopedic patients.
Tom is married and has three grown children.
A 2000 graduate of Creighton University, Tracy began her career in occupational therapy working in the
inpatient rehab unit at Stanford Hospital in California and later moving to New York City, where she worked in the inpatient brain injury unit at
Mt. Sinai Hospital. Since then, she has gained experience working in acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing and home health settings. Tracy
has also spent many hours volunteering in multidisciplinary rehab medical teams in Vietnam, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
Tracy enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two young boys. Together they enjoy
rock climbing, camping, surfing and are currently learning how to sail.