Rehabilitation Staff at City Hospital
Out-Patient Physical Therapy Staff:
- Brenda Allen, MBA, PT
Brenda has been the Director of Rehabilitation Services at WVUH-East City Hospital since 2005. She obtained her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and later received her Masters in Business Administration from Marymount University in 1995. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Berkeley Class of 2007. Brenda has over 20 years experience in physical therapy with her roles being both clinical and in management. She has been with WVUH-East City Hospital since 2005.
- Lia Anderson, DPT
After graduating with a BS in Biology from Towson University (1999), Lia earned both her Masters (2002) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2004) from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Since then she has been practicing physical therapy throughout the Shenandoah Valley, coming to WVUH-East City Hospital in 2006. She continued her education in Manual Therapy through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and balance training utilizing the NeuroCom Balance Master. Lia enjoys working with a variety of patients.
- Melissa Houghton, PT, DPT
Melissa graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology, with a special emphasis in aquatics, from WVU in 2007. She then went on to graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2010. Melissa enjoys working with a variety of orthopedic and aquatic patients. She plans to work towards her specialization in Women's Health, treating patients with conditions such as incontinence and pelvic pain.
- Tim Hull, PT, FAAOMPT
Tim graduated from West Virginia University in 1991 with a BS in Physical Therapy.
He also completed a residency program in manual therapy in 1994. Tim has been at WVUH-East City Hospital since 1994 and has an interest in treating general orthopedics.
- April Perkins, MPT
April is graduated from West Virginia University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2006. In addition, she also holds a BA in Human Performance and Health from WVU. Since graduating, April has worked at WVUH-East City Hospital and likes to works with a variety of patients, specifically children with orthopedic injuries and developmental delays. She also enjoys working with patients with balance problems and received additional training to utilize the Neurocom Balance Master in 2008. April hopes to work toward a Pediatric Clinical Specialist certification.
- Carolyn Gatrell, PTA, LPN
Carolyn graduated from James Rumsey Vocational School in 1975 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 1979, she obtained her PTA License after performing 4000 hours training at City and Kings Daughter's Hospitals and Heartland Nursing Home. She has 30 years experience in both in and out-patient physical therapy with a special interest in both aquatic and geriatric out-patient rehabilitation.
- Brian Pikerowski, PTA, LMT
Brian is a physical therapy assistant who holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Allegany College and a certification from the Virginia School of Massage. He has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant since 2007 and a licensed massage therapist since 1998. He is a former football player at the high school, college, and semi-professional level and has a specific interest in working with athletic injuries. He assists with running and creating several programs through the SMART Clinic. He has been with WVUH-East City Hospital since 2006
Occupational Therapy Staff:
- Todd M. Anderson, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS, CLT
Todd received his Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in 1991. He has worked at WVUH-East City Hospital as the primary hand therapist since 1998. Todd received his Certification in Hand Therapy in 2001. He has also received training on ergonomics assessment and is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. He also has a certification in complete decongestive therapy for the treatment of lymphedema, a condition of swelling usually in the extremities. Todd's clinical practice includes hand injury, injured worker rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, and lymphedema treatment.
- Krista Kendall, BS, MOT, OTR/L
Krista Kendall graduated from West Virginia University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Occupational Therapy. Krista currently works within the following settings: pediatrics, outpatient hands and upper extremity injuries, and some inpatient care including stroke and orthopedics. Krista has had specialized training in Low Vision Rehabilitation, Muscle Energy therapy and positional release, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and specialized Dementia training. In the future, Krista would like to obtain her Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT) Certification to utilize with her pediatric clients and possibly become certified in hand therapy.
- Kelsey Ritenour
Kelsey received her bachelor's degree in biology from Virginia Tech in 2004. In December of 2009, she received her master's of occupational therapy from Shenandoah University. She currently works both in the inpatient and outpatient settings and enjoys working with people of all ages and dysfunctions. She is interested in pursuing certification in low vision and stroke rehabilitation.
- Benjamin Shank, COTA/L
Ben received his associate's degree in Occupational Therapy from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010. Ben has been working at WVUH- East City Hospital since 2011. He currently works both in the inpatient and outpatient settings and enjoys working with people of all ages and diagnoses. He has hopes of someday returning to school to earn his master's in occupational therapy.
Speech Therapy Staff:
- Lindsey Holmes, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Lindsey received her BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2005 and her Master of Science in Speech Pathology in 2007 from West Virginia University. She also holds a
Certificate of study in Gerontology and an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Studies. She performed a clinical fellowship at the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.
Lindsey achieved a Certificate of Clinical Competence and a certification from the
American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
In-Patient Physical Therapy Staff:
- Sandy Nalls, PT
Sandy is the In-Patient Rehabilitation Coordinator. She graduated from VCU/MCV with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1985. She has worked at WVUH-East City Hospital for 23 years. She is interested in treating geriatric patients and working in the acute care department. She also directs the wound care program.
- Teresa Landt, MPT
Teresa began working for WVUH-East City Hospital 6 years ago. She received her BS in Zoology in 1994 from North Carolina State University and later her Masters in Physical Therapy from North Carolina University in 1996. She has an interest in treating geriatrics and in acute care. She is also an Independent Beachbody Coach and enjoys teaching.
- Jennifer D. Miller, MS, OTR/L
Jenny received her Bachelor's Degree from Shepherd University in 1996 in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a specialization in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Athletic Training. She then furthered her education by obtaining a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at the Medical College of Virginia in 1998. Jenny has been working at WVUH-East City Hospital since graduating from MCV, during which time she has developed specialties in geriatric care and treatment of patients with low vision. Jenny's clinical experience includes treating patients with a variety of orthopedic, cardiovascular, and neurological diagnoses in the acute and sub-acute hospital setting.
- Mary Anderson, PT
Mary graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in PT in 1987. She has worked at WVUH-East City Hospital the last 8 years. She has an interest in treating geriatric patients and in acute care.
- Joyce Kisner, PTA
Joyce has worked at WVUH-East City Hospital for 33 years. She began her PTA career in high school with on the job training, passing her state board to become a licensed PTA. Her interest is geriatrics/acute care.
- Julia Harper PTA
Julia has worked at WVUH-East City Hospital for 32 years. She began her PTA career in high school with on the job training, passing her state board to become a licensed PTA. Her interests are in geriatrics/acute care.
- Melody Miller
Melody is a rehab technician and has been with the department for 19 years.
- Edna Albright
Edna has been with the department for 18 years as a rehab technician.
- Nancy Shipper, PT
- Colleen Happy, PT