Meet the Rehabilitation Team of BVRMC



Director of Rehabilitation Services




Julia White-Director of Rehab Services since 2014 and Occupational Therapist since 1997. Employed at BVRMC since 2001. Master's degree from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, in occupational therapy. Bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Iowa State University. Certifications in Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and Physical Capacity Profile (PCP). Special interests include hand therapy, pilates, industrial rehab and pediatrics.

Special interests include hand therapy, pilates, and industrial rehab. 


Physical Therapists




Kathy Tiedeman- Physical Therapist since 1996. Employed at BVRMC since 2003. Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Working on board certification in orthopaedics.

Special interests include orthopaedics, clinical education, and lymphedema.




Alan Schlechten - Physical Therapist since 2003. Employed at BVRMC since 2008. Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Colorado State University. Physical Therapy degree from University of Sydney, Australia.

Special interests include manual therapy of the spine. Working on board certification in orthopaedic manual therapy from the IOMA.




Kim McCleary- Physical Therapist since 1991. Employed at BVRMC since 2009. Bachelors degree from Briar Cliff University. Physical Therapy degree from University of Kansas Medical Center.

Special interests include outpatient orthopaedics, manual therapy, and and vestibular (dizziness) rehab.


Physical Therapist Assistants




Chris Beck- Physical Therapist since 2011. Employed at BVRMC since 2011. Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Buena Vista University. Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University. Special interests include orthopaedics.



Russell Chrischilles- Physical Therapist Assistant since 1998. Employed at BVRMC since 2004. Bachelors degree from Luther College and Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Blackhawk Community College. American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) Certified Personal Trainer. Musculoskeletal Advanced Proficiency Award recipient from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Special interests include aquatic therapy and orthopaedics.



Kelly Martin- Physical Therapist Assistant since 2006. Employed at BVRMC since 2007. Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC). Physical Capacity Profile (PCP) certified. Special interests include orthopaedics.

Speech Therapy




Julia Behm- Speech-Language Pathologist since 1978. Associated with BVRMC since 1991. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Special interests include geriatrics, focusing on swallowing, language, cognition, and speech, as well as pediatric speech and language therapy.


Occupational Therapists




Kyle Bartz-Occupational Therapist since 2008. Employed at BVRMC since 2008. Masters degree from the University of South Dakota. Special interests include geriatrics and stroke.



Stephanie McClellan- Occupational Therapist since 2000. Employed at BVRMC since 2004. Masters degree from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota. Certifications in Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and Interactive Metronome Physical Capacity Profile (PCP).

Special interests include FCE and hand therapy.




Katie Brostad-Occupational Therapist since 2009. Employed at BVRMC since 2010. Master's degree from St. Ambrose University. Special interests include geriatrics and hand therapy.


Interpreter




Blanca Villegas- Interpreter/Community Liaison at BVRMC since 2015.


Rehabilitation Support Staff



Carol Maneman-Rehabilitation Services Secretary at BVRMC since 1994.




Gaylene Nixon-Rehab Tech at BVRMC since 2002. Certified as a nursing assistant (C.N.A.), medical aide, and in restorative rehabilitation.




Valerie Decker-Rehab Office Specialist at BVRMC since 2014.



Julie Decker-Rehab Office Specialist at BVRMC since 2016.