Mid-Valley Hospital offers all the necessary therapy services to assist patients in their recovery. Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy are all offered to patients by licensed professionals.
One of the specialty services offered for Speech Therapy is VitalStim, which uses a Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation device to encourage swallowing muscles in the throat to work normally. Physical and Occupational Therapy services include post operative orthopedic rehab, neurological rehab, hand therapy and vestibular rehab.
Charlene Desautel, PT
Charlene is a 1995 EWU graduate with a degree in Physical Therapy. She grew up in the Coulee Dam area and is married with two children. She has been in the Okanogan area for 15 years as the Therapy department manager. As a PT she uses exercise to treat mobility and flexibility problems after orthopedic surgery, stroke and many other musculoskeletal problems. She works with adults and children both in the hospital and in the out patient clinic to improve strength, range of motion, flexibility, balance, posture, body mechanics, coordination, endurance, and general mobility.
Sandie Romine, MA, CC-SLP
Sandie graduated in 1998 with a Masters Degree in communication disorders. She moved to the area in 2001, when she met her husband. Together they have 2 girls and as a family they enjoy camping, fishing and waterskiing. Sandie specializes in dysphasia therapy (rehabilitating swallow function); and also works with adults and children to regain/ learn speech and language, improve fluency, voice and cognitive-linguistic skills.
Danielle Lowary, MS, OTR/L
Danielle graduated from EWU with a Masters Degree in occupational therapy. She grew up in the Methow Valley and recently moved back to Okanogan County with her husband. Together they enjoy being in the outdoors; camping, backpacking, boating, and rafting the local rivers. As an OT, Danielle specializes in evaluation and treatment of various diagnoses that limit functional independence including injuries of upper extremities and hands, workplace injuries, surgeries, illnesses, strokes or other ailments that limit function. She treats both adults and children who have neurological or orthopedic disabilities both in the hospital and in the outpatient clinic to improve strength, range of motion, fine motor coordination, cognition, and everyday functions for daily routines.
Julie Ayika, PTA
Julie graduated from Spokane Falls Community College in 2007 as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She is from Okanogan and returned here from Spokane after finishing college. As a Physical Therapy assistant, she assists Charlene in carrying out physical therapy treatments both in the hospital and the outpatient clinic. Julie also enjoys local outdoor activity with her husband and 3 children.
Kellee Orr, PT