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Outpatient Therapy Services

We offer comprehensive rehabilitation services – including physical, occupational and speech therapy – in our bright and airy clinic space located on the second floor of the Springdale Center for Health.

We provide therapy for:

  • orthopedic diagnoses such as back pain, arm or leg pain
  • sports rehabilitation such as athletic injuries
  • post-operative care such as knee or shoulder surgery and total joint replacement
  • neurological diagnoses such as stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis
  • senior health such as Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis
  • general weakness, deconditioning and loss of balance
  • communication and swallowing disorders

Our skilled therapists use the most current research-based rehabilitation techniques. Our goal is to provide the highest standards of care to our patients, to return them to independence and confidence as quickly as possible.

In addition, we continue to offer pelvic and obstetric physical therapy to help patients who may be struggling with pelvic dysfunctions as well as pregnancy pain. Therapy is a combination of pain-relieving modalities, exercise, bladder retraining and biofeedback training. With a national success rate of approximately 70 percent, pelvic therapy can help to eliminate surgeries and improve quality of life.

Whether you are preparing for or recovering from pelvic surgery, struggling with pelvic pain or avoiding social situations for fear of leakage, our therapists can create a program to meet your functional goals.

Pelvic diagnoses we treat:

  • urinary and fecal incontinence
  • back and pelvic pain with pregnancy
  • urgency and frequency with urination
  • painful intercourse
  • chronic constipation
  • pre- and post-prostatectomy
  • vaginal prolapse

Ashley Striegler graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and earned a clinical doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of Central Arkansas. She completed internships in several locations, giving her varied experiences in the field of physical therapy. In Little Rock, she completed the only specialized pelvic physical therapy program in the state at that time. She now is continuing her professional growth by attending courses to prepare for the Pelvic Therapy Practitioner Certification exam.

Charla Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and biomechanics at the University of Arkansas before obtaining her doctor of physical therapy degree at the University of Central Arkansas. She then went on to complete post-doctoral specialization training around the country in the field of women’s health, including pelvic physical therapy, obstetric physical therapy and high-risk prenatal and postpartum physical therapy. She is certified in obstetric physical therapy and is a member of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Charla has been featured on KNWA's "Your Health." Click here to view the video

Laurel Sexton completed her clinical doctorate in physical therapy at Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center after completing her Master of Science in physical therapy at Des Moines University and a Bachelor of Science in athletic training. She went on to pursue post doctorate work in pelvic therapy for men and women. Before working exclusively in pelvic therapy, she worked in a combined setting of pelvic therapy and orthopedics, specializing in spine and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. She has extensive training in manual therapy such as muscle energy techniques, myofascial release and visceral mobilization. She is currently working toward a Women’s Health Specialty Certification.

Laurie Pharis graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in kinesiology exercise science and biomechanics. She then went on to obtain a clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Rockhurst University. Her current work focuses on helping patients with balance problems and neurological conditions as well as orthopedic musculoskeletal conditions. Laurie is an active member of the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association, advocating for patients and therapists. She is pursuing specialized training for treatment of Parkinson’s disease in the LSVT Big certification.

David Keck completed his physical therapist assistant degree at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. He has experience with a variety of settings and diagnoses, including joint replacement, brain injury, stroke and post-operative cardiovascular rehab. He is pursuing specialized training for treatment of Parkinson’s disease in the LSVT Big certification.

Carrie Millar earned a master’s degree in communication disorders from the University of North Texas. She worked for the VA North Texas Health Care system, treating a wide variety of communication, voice and swallowing disorders in adults, including veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injury. She served on the board of the Texas Laryngectomee Association and has worked extensively with head and neck cancer patients in voice and swallowing rehabilitation. Carrie is a certified in Vital Stim and Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (Loud).

Washington Regional Outpatient Therapy Services
813 Founders Park Drive
Springdale, AR 72762
Phone: 479-463-6824
Fax: 479-463-5653
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