Physical Rehabilitation Bios

Marshall Staff

Chris Tapscott, PT
Physical Therapist in Marshall

Education: Chris is an Australian trained Physical therapist. He graduated 20 years ago and has just begun working to achieve his post professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Work Experience: He has worked in a wide variety of settings, though mostly in outpatient clinic. He especially enjoys working with people with shoulder problems, both surgical and non-surgical. Chis has extensive work experience with patient's with work related injuries, including rehabilitation as well as functional testing for return to work.

Interests: Chris lives in Charlotte with his wife and 3 children. They occupy most of his free time, but he also enjoys golf, and controlling the sound board for his church.


Sarah Hook, DPT
Physical Therapist in Marshall

Education: Sarah graduated from Andrews University in 2012 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Work Experience: Sarah has worked in a wide variety of internship experiences including sub-acute rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedics.

Interests: She would like to pursue continuing education in pediatric physical therapy. She enjoys jogging, cycling, traveling and spending time with her husband and family.


Carla Pejakovich, PT
Physical Therapist in Marshall

Education: Carla graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors degree in physical therapy in 1996.

Work Experience: Carla worked in Watervliet, MI doing out-patient orthopedics for 8 years before working in Marshall as a clinic director for 7 years. She joined Oaklawn in 2012.

Areas of specialty: For 7 years she has been specializing in pelvic floor health  and treats bowel and bladder dysfunctions, pre and post natal musculoskeletal problems, pelvic girdle pain, and positional dysfunctions such as prolapse.

Interests: Carla is married and has one son. Her personal life revolves around her family and friends.


Leslie Hagerty, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant in Marshall

Education: Leslie was raised in Marshall and graduated from Kellogg Community College as a physical therapy assistant in 2008.  She recieved her Bachelor's degree in Applied Acience in Physical Therapist Assisting with a  minor in Healthcare Management from Siena Heights University in 2013.  She is now pursuing a doctorate degree as a physical therapist.

Work experience: Leslie worked in the home helath setting before coming to Oaklawn Hospital in 2008.  She has been the instructor of the Movin' Mommies exercise class for postpartum women at the OLIC since  2012.

Specialty areas: Leslie specializes in pelvic health and aquatic physical therapy. She is working toward a certification as a pelvic health practioner through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.  She has a strong passion for treatment of those with chronic and severe pain conditions involving the spinal and pelvic regions.

Interests: Leslie has been married since 2007.  She and her husband have pot bellied pigs for pets who live in their home and are loved like children. She is also a very active memeber of her church and volunteers as a board member for the National Pig Placement Network to help find homes for other pet pigs.


Cindy Willoughby, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant in Marshall

Education: Cindy has an Associates Degree in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Kellogg Community College.

Work Experience: Cindy has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant  for 6 years.  Prior to coming to Oaklawn, Cindy worked for Gary Gray Physical Therapy.

Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with her husband and family as well as enjoying time with her 2 dogs.


Kallie Powers

Work experience: Kalie has worked for Oaklawn in Marshall for 21 years. She was named employee of the year in 2002.  She loves her job as an Office Manager in Marshall because it gives her the opportunity to meet new people daily and work along side a great group of clinicians with a variety of personalities.

Interests: She enjoys spending time with her daughters Liberty and Addison.


Laura Shafer Kase, DPT, CES
Physical Therapist in Marshall

Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2011, Master of Physical Therapy from St Louis University in 1997, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from St. Louis University in 1995. Work

Experience: Laura has been a Physical Therapist for 17 years and has spent the majority of her career working with orthopedic patients, cardiac patients, and bariatric (weight loss) surgical candidates. She has a specialty certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Laura also enjoys teaching, and was adjunct faculty in Idaho State University’s Physical Therapy program. She joined Oaklawn in 2013.

Interests: Laura enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and children. Her favorite activities include skiing, camping, cycling, and playing tennis.

Albion Staff

Kathleen Maples, DPT, ATC
Physical Therapist in Albion

Education: Kathleen graduated from the University of Michigan with a DPT in 2005. Prior to becoming a PT she was an athletic trainer since 2000. She graduated from Grand Valley University in 1997 with a Bachelor's in health science and emphasis in exericse science.

Work experience: She has worked for 6 years at the University of Michigan sports medicine program and has been with Oaklawn since 2006 and is now the clinic manager in Albion.

Specialty areas: manual physical therapy, sports medicine, and pediatrics.

Interests: Kathleen has 2 young children that keep her very busy.


Vivek Thakore, PT, MS, Cert MDT, OCS
PT in Albion

Education: Vivek graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2006 with a Masters in Physical Therapy

Work Experience: Vivek  worked in out patient physical therapy clinics in the Detroit area until coming to Oaklawn in 2012. He has a strong background in orthopedics and manual therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist and is also certified in the  McKenzie method.

Interests: travelling, playing volleyball, and ping pong.


Brian Thomas, PTA, ATC
Physical Therapist Assitant in Albion

Education:  Brian received a Bachelor's degree in biology with an emphasis in sports medicine fom Ferris State University in 1992 and then received an Associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Kellogg Community College in 2007

Work Experience:  Oaklawn Sports Rehabilitation Center 1993-2009. Oaklawn Physical Rehab Center in Albion 2009-Present

Interests:  Enjoys sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with his 2 sons.

Mark E. Miller, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant in Albion

Education:  Associates in Applied Science at KCC / Bacherlor's in Health Services Administration

Work Experience: Following graduation from KCC, Mark worked at Total Health Center for 2.5 years.  He has been with Oaklawn Physical Rehabilitation in Albion since 2006. 

Interests:  Spending time with his family/friends, sports, martial arts.  Mark and his wife enjoy family time with their son.


Beadle Lake Staff

Tracy Winnie, MPT,OCS
Physical Therapist and Manager at Beadle Lake 14231 Beadle Lake Rd Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 789-4369

Education: Tracy received a Bachelors in both Biology and Health Science from the University of Michigan. In 1999, she earned a Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint.

 Work Experience: Tracy worked in private practice out-patient facilities in Plymouth, MI and Battle Creek, MI for 12 years prior to joining Oaklawn Hospital in 2011.

 Specialty areas: Orthopedic Specialist Certification since 2002. Tracy has worked with a wide variety of patients with general orthopedic conditions. She is certified in lymphedema treatment and is involved in our oncology care program. She has also taken classes focusing on womens health issues.

 Interests: Running, swimming, biking, spending time with my children.


Olivet Staff

Angela Heisler, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant in Olivet and home care

Education: Angela graduated from Kellogg Community College in 1986.

Work experience: She has been a Physical Therapist Assistant at Oaklawn since 1993 working in outpatient, home health care and Hospice. Prior to coming to Oaklawn, she worked at Ingham Medical Center in Lansing and Hayes Greeen Beach in Charlotte.

Interest/hobbies: Spending time with her husband and son, reading and working with the Awana program at church.


Occupational Therapy

Walt Jeryc, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist in Marshall, Albion, Homecare

Education: Walt graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1979 from Eastern Michigan University.

Work experience: He has worked in pediatrics at the Univeristy of Michigan, been self employed working as a rehab director,  was executive director of a rehabilitation company, and then has worked for Oaklawn for the past 10 years.

Specialty areas: hand therapy, neurological rehabilitation

Interests: Walt enjoys his family and is now a proud grandpa and likes living on the lake.


Phil Smith, OTRL
Occupational Therapist in Home Care

Education:  Saginaw Valley State University

Work Experience:  10 years with Oaklawn Hospital, Lifecare in Michigan City, PRN various SNF's in area, worked as sub with CISD.  Prior to college worked at Kellogg's for 23 years.

Interests:  Golf, Bowling and Hunting.  Phil and his wife have 3 children and 10 grand children.

Carol VanSlyke, OT
Occupation Therapist in Marshall and Home Care

Work History: Carol has been an occupational therapist for 30 years. She has worked for several healthcare facilities providing therapy in out-patient pediatrics, home care and in-patient rehabilitation. Her first love is working with the pediatric population.

Specialty Areas: Carol specializes in Pediatric Occupational Therapy and is SIPT certified (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing)

Areas of Interest: Spending time with her family, getting physical exercise and sewing.


Jennifer Wendt, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist in Marshall and Hospital

Education: Jen was raised in Marshall and Graduated from Marshall High School in 2004. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2012 with a Master’s of Science for Occupational Therapy.

 Work Experience: Jen worked in a wide variety of internships including, sub-acute rehabilitation, pediatric trauma assessment, hand therapy, and adult outpatient services. She has worked for Oaklawn Hospital in various capacities since 2007.

 Interests: Jen would like to pursue continued education and training to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). She also enjoys the outdoors, sports, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Hospital Site

Ken Smith, PT
Physical Therapist in Hospital

Education: Ken graduated from Wayne State University in November 1994 with a BS in Physical Therapy. 

 Work Experience:  Ken's first job was in an outpatient clinic in Southgate MI and after a year he moved to a new clinic in Belleville, MI to open up a new clinic and was the only PT there.  He started at Oaklawn in 1996 during his wife's 2nd semester at Western Michigans PA school.  He worked at Oaklawn Sports Rehabilitation Center for 12 years before moving to the hospital's inpatient rehab department in January of 2009 as the inpatient manager.

 Interests: Ken enjoys working on restoration or renovation projects and landscaping at home or with friends and family.  He enjoys hunting for Petosky Stones and Agates along the shore lines of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.  He polishes these stones for display as time permits and they will likely stay at home as he has a hard time parting with any of them.  Ken has also starting on home brewing but has not finished his first batch yet, but it is getting close. His wife, Lori, is a PA for the local orthopedic group and his daughter, Ashley ,is starting med school at MSU in June of 2013.  They have 2 dogs and a visiting cat. 



Kathy Montgomery, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant at Hospital Site



Home Care

Lori Young, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant in Home Care
Education: Lori received an Associates degree in Applied Science from Kellogg Community College in 1986

Work Experience: PTA at an orthopedic clinic in Lansing for 10 years, PTA at Oaklawn Homecare since 1997, cross trained as PTA for Oaklawn Hospice.
Peggy Gordon, PT
Amy Milliken, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant in Home Care

Physical Rehab

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