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Outpatient Rehabilitation

Our Bend Team

Our rehabilitation team uses an integrated approach to provide ongoing care for adults and children. We help you recover, renew and resume.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Eric Ballinger, MSPT, ATP

Eric has 22 years of experience as a physical therapist at St. Charles Health System and has been in outpatient services since 2000.  His expertise is working with neurologic conditions such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury and ALS. He is the lead physical therapist with the ALS clinic and conducts a weekly wheelchair clinic.  He has multiple certifications involving custom seating and positioning techniques and has an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credential through the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA).

Eric has been greatly involved with Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) with a passion for providing access to outdoor recreation experiences to individuals with disabilities.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, tending a small hobby orchard and exploring the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Lindsey Berg, DPT

Lindsey Berg received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009 from the University of Washington and has worked at St, Charles since 2010. She has broad experience in treating patients with neurological, orthopedic and oncologic conditions in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She has a special interest in treating patients with vestibular and balance impairments.

When Lindsey is not at work, she is busy with her family, including three young children, and enjoys getting outside.

Mike Edgerton, PT, NCS, ATP

Mike Edgerton graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1992. He obtained his clinical specialty in Neurological Physical Therapy from the APTA in 2000 and again in 2010. He also received his competency certification in vestibular rehabilitation through the APTA in 2009 and his Assistive Technology Professional certification from RESNA in 2004. Mike has worked full-time in neurological physical therapy beginning in 1995 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA and for the past 17 years at St. Charles in Bend, OR. He currently works in the outpatient neurological physical therapy clinic where he routinely sees patients with vestibular disorders, gait/balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, orthopedic conditions and amputations and is the lead Physical Therapist for the hospital. He also helps run a weekly wheelchair/seating clinic. He has given continuing education courses for Allied Health Education and NORCO Medical.

Meg Gleason, PT

Meg earned her master's degree in physical therapy in 2002 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn. She moved to Bend in 2006. Since becoming a physical therapist, she has worked in almost every clinical setting, but her favorite is inpatient rehabilitation. Meg has earned her Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) certification and her passion lies in working with individuals with neurological conditions and traumatic injuries. When she is not at work, Meg enjoys spending time skiing, rafting, mountain biking, running or practicing yoga with her husband and son.

Rebecca Loveman, DPT

Rebecca began her career as a physical therapist in 2004 and has been at St. Charles since 2012. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, acute care and home health.  

When not at work, Rebecca enjoys the outdoors. Her passions include hiking, running, skiing and mountain biking. She also spends time volunteering for community organizations that empower people to find enjoyment in outdoor activities.

Mark Schafer, PT

Mark has 26 years of experience as a physical therapist and has been in outpatient services at St. Charles since 2001. His expertise lies with the rehabilitation of neurologically involved patients and has worked with cancer patients for more than 10 years.

Mark enjoys many of the outdoor recreation opportunities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Laura Taylor, DPT

Laura Taylor, a native of the Seattle area, earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Colorado in 2013. She worked as a certified athletic trainer for high schools in Central Oregon prior to returning to school to become a licensed Physical Therapist and joining St. Charles. Laura has focused her continuing education and skills in orthopedics and vestibular conditions and enjoys working with a variety of orthopedic injuries and neurological conditions.

Laura loves working with patients and getting them back to their highest level of function. She recognizes that we live in a community with many great opportunities to get outside and play and she hopes to help each patient reach both their daily function and recreational goals.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

Tara Burrows, OTR/L

Tara has been working as an occupational therapist at St. Charles Bend since 2018. Her primary role is to provide occupational therapy services to children from 2-21 years of age with diverse physical, emotional and behavioral conditions including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, coordination disorders, Cerebral Palsy and Downs Syndrome. Tara works one-on-one with patients to facilitate and promote improved sensory integration, self-regulation, social and play skills, coordination, strength and overall well-being. Outside of work, Tara enjoys teaching yoga, skiing, climbing, travel, cooking and building a strong Bend community.

Karlee Dunn, OTR/L, CIMI

Karlee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University’s Occupational Therapy program in 1996. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology. She has worked in numerous areas of Occupational Therapy including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, transitional care, early intervention and NICU. She has also done work with public schools.

Karlee, who joined St. Charles in 2008, enjoys working with a wide variety of patients. She floats to all floors in the hospital and works in outpatient rehab and clinics with people of all ages. Karlee’s passion and specialty training is working with infants. She has extensive experience working in the NICU and has several specialty NICU certifications. Karlee also specializes in developmental feeding for infants 12 months and younger.

Trish Dyer, OTR/L

Trish Dyer is an occupational therapist who has worked in hand and arm rehabilitation for the past 38 years.  Her career has evolved from managing her own hand therapy business and working in private clinics, to treating patients in the hospital and outpatient therapy settings.  She maintains credentials as a board certified Hand Therapist and registered occupational therapist. Trish brings skillful healing and a caring touch to the treatment sessions for both the orthopedic and neurological patient whose symptoms affect hand function. 

Trish enjoys spending time outdoors taking bike rides, camping, swimming and skiing. She enjoys getting dirt on her hands growing culinary herbs, berries and fruit trees in her half acre garden. 

SPEECH THERAPISTS

Rachel Allen, MS CCC-SLP

Rachel Allen has been working as a speech-language pathologist at St. Charles since 2016 after completing her clinical fellowship in the elementary school setting. Her primary role is to provide speech therapy services to children birth through 21 years of age with diverse etiologies. Her specialties include assessment and treatment of school-age language disorders, speech delay, articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia, autism, fluency, traumatic brain injury and children with feeding difficulties. Rachel has special training in assessment and treatment of children with sensory based feeding challenges as well as younger children with severe feeding difficulties and in performing X-ray imaging for evaluation. Rachel enjoys working creatively with patients and makes parent engagement and education a priority.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys travel, reading, gardening and all of the abundant outdoor activities that Bend has to offer.

Ashley “Ander” Andersen, MA, CCC-SLP

Ander has been working as a speech-language pathologist at St. Charles since 2014. She has provided speech therapy services to a wide array of ages and diverse needs in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Her specialties include assessment and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders, including nasoendoscopic and X-ray imaging for evaluation. In addition, she has special training in manual therapy for voice and swallowing deficits following head and neck cancer. Ander enjoys working creatively with patients on their language and cognitive needs for improved daily functioning and quality of life. She spends a great deal of time outside of work researching the quickly expanding scope of speech-language pathology!

In her spare time, Ander enjoys hiking with her best friend, a miniature schnauzer named Buckley, paddleboarding on all the rivers and lakes Oregon has to offer, as well as trying to fall less when snowboarding.

Nicole Ashley, SLP

Nicole Ashley is a speech-language pathology with seven years of experience treating patients following neurological disease in the acute care and outpatient settings. She is skilled in providing treatments for disorders of cognition, communication, swallow safety and voice. She is knowledgeable in modified barium swallow studies and administering Lee Silverman Voice Therapy for patients with vocal changes associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys cycling, hiking, reading, spending time with her dog, Penny, and traveling.

Marielle McKean, MA CCC-SLP

Marielle McKean has provided speech-language therapy services to adults and pediatric patients in the outpatient, acute care, skilled nursing and home health care settings. She is skilled in treating a wide variety of patients including children with speech/language/fluency delays and adults with speech/language/voice/swallowing disorders. She believes that communication and swallowing are fundamental skills that make us human and she is impassioned for rehabilitating those skills to improve quality of life. She addresses each patient’s case holistically by communicating with other care providers about progress and empowering patients with education and training to take charge of their health.

Marielle’s extracurricular hobbies include swimming, biking, camping, reading, spending time with her nieces and nephews and exploring new places.