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JRMC adds physical therapist

Stephanie Erlandson

Stephanie Erlandson, doctor of physical therapy, joined the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Rehab Department in June.

“With direct access physical therapy services, patients can schedule an appointment without a referral,” Erlandson said. “I have the ability to screen out and recognize if there’s something more serious that should lead to a follow-up appointment with a physician.”

Erlandson is one of eight physical therapists at JRMC. Physical therapists focus on making everyday activities easier. Physical therapy can help with flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination and balance.

“I’ve always wanted to work in health care, but I was drawn to physical therapy because of the amount of time you spend with patients,” Erlandson said. “I want to be thorough, get to know patients and see them progress.”

Erlandson is a recent graduate of the University of North Dakota’s physical therapy program. She attended the University of Jamestown for her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and completed her first clinical rotation at JRMC.

“After my rotation at JRMC, I went to three other places,” Erlandson said. “The inclusive nature, caring attitude and positivity of everyone here drew me back to JRMC. It’s a nice community. I came back because I wanted to feel like the people that were going to help me learn were approachable and willing to help me succeed.”

Tracy Anderson, rehab manager, said she is happy to have Erlandson join the JRMC team.

“Stephanie did a great job as a first year PT student, even before she had much training,” Anderson said. “Her positive attitude was impressive. We’re excited to have her join us.”

To schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, call 952-4800. For more information, visit www.jrmcnd.com/rehab.

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