Stroke Rehab Specialists | Hillandale Communities

Like all proud families, we love to recognize the accomplishments of our people.  Recently, four of our therapists earned a rather prestigious certification. Rebecca Chou (MPT), Anna Bowling (OTR/L), Grace Brooks (OTD, OTR/L), and Alicia McGuire (DPT) are now Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists (CSRS)!

This ground-breaking program from the National Stroke Association is the nation’s only stroke certification program for physical and occupational therapists.  It involves a rigorous series of four courses culminating in a comprehensive certification exam. Each specialist is also required to obtain continuing Stroke-specific education and renew the certification every two years.

According to Rebecca, who serves as our Hillandale Therapy Manager, this is a great benefit for all the residents at Chesterwood Village, Doverwood Village, and Birchwood Care Center.

Two years ago we built the Advanced Therapy Center at Chesterwood Village.  The ATC is a technologically advanced therapy facility featuring some of the most specialized equipment available.  However, creating the Tri-State’s most advanced therapy center was only the beginning when it came to stroke rehab. 

Since opening the ATC, we’ve worked to make it a specialized area where in-depth knowledge, training and skill offer the very best treatment outcomes for our patients.  That’s why we are so excited to now include stroke rehab-certified physical and occupational therapists to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services.

Anna holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Occupational Science along with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.  She maintains a special interest in neurological rehab using cutting-edge equipment like the Armeo Spring, the Motomed/Functional E-stim, the Cmill and the Hydorworx 2000 Therapy Pool. She is also a certified Kinesio Tape Therapist.

Grace holds a degree in Human Development and Family Studies Occupational Therapy from Bowling Green University and earned earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Kettering College of Medical Arts.  She has treatment experience in skilled rehabilitation, long-term care, assisted and independent living, and outpatient therapy.  Her goal is to help every patient achieve the highest level of independence.

Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Wilmington College and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Cincinnati.  She has extensive experience treating a wide variety of challenging acute diagnoses as well as neurological conditions in a variety of settings: skilled nursing, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health and long-term care.

Alicia earned an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Cincinnati. She began her professional career in pediatrics where she received particular training in the use of assistive devices, orthotics and serial casting. After working as a therapist in several skilled nursing facilities, she joined the Hillandale Family, specializing in skilled nursing and long-term care with specific training in aquatic therapy and a certification in Kinesio Taping.

We are so proud of these remarkable members of our Hillandale Therapy Team!