Rehabilitation staff

Our team of medical rehabilitation specialists is ready to coach patients to better health. We’d like you to know a bit about them. To work with our rehabilitation team, consult your primary care provider.
Michelle Becker, OTRL Michelle Becker, OTRL

Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University. She has worked with a variety of patients in all settings, including acute care and our outpatient rehab clinic. Michelle’s expertise includes assessment of cognitive impairments. She is interested in patient education, including joint protection, energy conservation, postural and positioning improvement and fall prevention.

Clark Christianson, PT, MPT Clark Christianson, PT, ScD, COMT

Clark, a physical therapist, earned his undergraduate degree at Concordia College in Moorhead and his Master of Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester. He completed his Doctor of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with an emphasis in orthopedic manual therapy and motor control. His focus is outpatient orthopedics with special interest in headaches, back pain and neck pain. Clark is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in the spine. In addition to providing physical therapy for patients, he is also the director of rehabilitation services for GRHS.

Marilyn Dunbar, RN, BSN Marilyn Dunbar, RN, BSN

Marilyn is a cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure nurse. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and acquired special cardiac rehabilitation training for exercise and heart healthy living from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She is a member of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In her work at GRHS, Marilyn sees patients following a cardiac event, such as heart attack or heart failure, and assists with cardiac stress tests. She enjoys helping patients recover their energy, overcome their fears and adapt to heart-healthy lifestyles.

Bob Fairbanks, RRT, RPSGT Bob Fairbanks, RRT, RPSGT

Bob is a registered respiratory therapist and registered polysomnography technologist. He earned his associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester and his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Bob performs lung-function tests, administers cardiac stress tests and provides vent care management and respiratory rehab services. He enjoys the variety his job offers, especially being able to help patients throughout the hospital. In addition to providing respiratory therapy, Bob is the manager of respiratory care services at GRHS.

Jennifer Keenan, PT, MPT Jennifer Keenan, PT, MPT

Jennifer is a physical therapist, certified as a clinical instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology at Concordia College in Moorhead and a master’s degree in physical therapy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Jennifer works with a wide variety of patients in the hospital setting, as well as the outpatient setting. She works with orthopedic and pediatric patients and has a special interest in women’s health.

Jenni Keltgen, MPT Jenni Keltgen, PT, MPT

Jenni received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.  She works in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has a special interest in treating shoulder and hip related conditions. She also has special training to treat patients with vertigo and balance issues. Jenni is certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a clinical instructor and enjoys helping patients of all ages return to their regular daily activities.
Kelsey Nowak, DPT Kelsey Nowak, PT, DPT

Kelsey holds a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota. An athlete herself, Kelsey enjoys working with young athletes to help them overcome sports-related injuries, including concussions. She specializes in back and neck rehabilitation and has a special interest in urogynecologic conditions, including incontinence and pelvic pain. She also has special training in trigger point dry needling. Kelsey works with patients in inpatient and outpatient settings at GRHS.

Lori Richter, RN Lori Richter RN

Lori is a registered nurse in the cardiac rehabilitation department. She received her nursing degree from Ridgewater College in Hutchinson. As a member of the cardiac rehab team, Lori sees patients following a cardiac event and provides education on how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. She also works in the medical/surgical hospital unit at GRHS. Lori enjoys getting to know patients on a personal basis and teaching them how to care for themselves and their families to improve their overall health.

Erin Sauter, PT, DPT Erin Sauter, PT, DPT

Erin received her doctorate in physical therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She works with a variety of patients and specializes in pediatrics and the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, in addition to general orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Erin sees both inpatients and outpatients at GRHS.

Leah Seifert, MS, CCC-SLP Leah Seifert, MS, CCC-SLP

Leah is a speech-language pathologist working with patients who have speech, voice, feeding, swallowing and language disorders, including stuttering. Leah received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and her Master of Science from St. Cloud State University. She is a member of the national and state Speech-Language-Hearing Associations and is a certified VitalStim provider. She also has special training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding therapy. Leah appreciates the GRHS team approach to care, and she enjoys working with patients of all ages.

Dorothy Tevis, PT, CDT Dorothy Tevis, PT, CDT

Dorothy is a physical therapist and certified decongestive therapist, which means that she is able to help patients with certain types of swelling in the limbs. She received her physical therapy degree from the University of Iowa and her master of health science at the University of St. Augustine, San Diego, CA. Dorothy belongs to the American Physical Therapy Association. She works with patients of all ages, especially those for whom swelling inhibits circulation and healing.

Dan Werth, RRT Daniel Werth, RRT

Dan is a registered respiratory therapist, specially trained to perform lung-function tests for patients who have problems with their breathing, whether ongoing or episodic. He received his training at Inver Grove Community College and St. Paul Technical College. Dan belongs to the American Association for Respiratory Care and the Minnesota Society for Respiratory Care. A firefighter for 20 years and an ambulance EMT, Dan is grandfather of two and enjoys helping people, especially children.

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