Carolina brings many innovative ideas and a wealth of knowledge to our Physical Therapy Department. Carolina received her Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialty in Biomechanics from San Diego State University and then continued her education at University of Florida where she received her Doctorate Degree. Carolina has a clinical interest in neurological rehabilitation, gait analysis, and locomotion training. She also enjoys working with patients that require post-surgical rehabilitation and joint replacements. Carolina is excited about implementing the many different modalities of treatments available to her patients, including water therapy, short wave diathermy, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and the OmniVR Virtual Reality Augmented Therapy System.
Dawnen works closely with each patient, their family, and rehab team members in ensuring therapy goals can be carried out. Dawnen shares that residents appreciate when their therapy plan meets them “at their level,”allowing them to succeed at their rehab goals. Dawnen is also responsible for bringing group exercise classes and wellness programming to all residents at the Odd Fellows Home. Those receiving rehab services can also benefit from these classes in addition to their regular therapy schedule. Dawnen enjoys the quality time she gets to spend with each resident and is thankful for a job that allows her to help people in need. Dawnen states, “the smallest thing can makes someone’s day. I feel it’s important to go the extra mile to make their stay as comfortable and successful as possible.”
Barbara has had the opportunity to work in many different settings during her career, but says she found her “niche” when she first started working in geriatrics. Barbara values being a part of the rehabilitation process that makes it possible for a resident to recover and return home. Some areas of special interest and expertise have included lymphedema management and wound care, wheelchair seating, sensory and vision issues, and behavior management. Barbara has enjoyed being a part of a continuum of care that tries to alleviate pain and suffering, yet still promoting well-being and involvement in meaningful activities to the best of ones abilities.
As a COTA, Keith brings a wealth of experience to our team having experience with ACP modalities, higher technology rehab, pain management, incontinence rehab, and additionally aquatics skills. Keith is passionate about working with the elderly and shares that his relationship with his grandparents when he was younger paved the way for his career in occupational therapy. He believes living life to our fullest is what it’s all about. Those that work with Keith know he approaches life with enthusiasm and a positive energy that is contagious.
Keith also manages the Therapy Department, facilitating management of clinical services, treatments, staffing, and ensuring quality of care for all of our patients.
Erin discovered her interest in Speech-Language Pathology at a young age and in her quest
to explore the field further volunteered at the Odd Fellows Home and Walla Walla School District prior to college. Her experiences inspired her to continue her education and goal to become a Speech language Pathologist. She received her undergraduate degree at EWU, then continued her education receiving a Master’s degree through WSU/EWU in the University Programs Communication Disorder program.
Erin is passionate about seeing her patients quality of life improved, whether that means being able to communicate after a debilitating illness or improving swallow function enough that they can eat a regular diet again. Erin is also Vital Stim Certified, one of the only Speech therapists here in the Walla Walla Valley that has received this certification and feels strongly that the patients she works with have every opportunity to be successful in therapy.