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Our Practice

We are a small private practice located by the beautiful North Loup River in Ord, Nebraska. We offer our services in a quiet, relaxed setting and believe in treating each person individually. Our primary focus is to devote the time needed to evaluate the underlying causes of pain or dysfunction. Our physical therapists have extensive experience in manual therapy techniques and exercise progressions, and are committed to facilitating your optimal function and well-being.

Postural Restoration

While our professional staff is highly trained in traditional therapy, we also utilize an advanced Postural Restoration approach with most patients (for more information, please see www.posturalrestoration.com)

Staff

CHRISTY PETERSON

Christy graduated in 1984 with a physical therapy degree from Washington University in St Louis. Prior to moving to Ord in 1987, she was employed at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Lincoln, where she received a strong orthopedic background with an emphasis in sports medicine. She has advanced training in the treatment of the foot and ankle, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on foot biomechanics and the use of custom orthotics.

Her passion for learning led her also to become certified as a Postural Restoration Clinician in 2009. Christy enjoys the challenge of treating complex pain syndromes that have not responded to traditional therapy, including headaches, pelvic dysfunction, and back pain. Her future training includes education in the technique of Dry Needling, a therapy that will soon be offered at the Riverside clinic. Christy’s holistic approach to therapy considers all aspects of health and well-being to help patients achieve an optimal quality of life.

When she is not treating patients, Christy likes spending time with her four adult children, playing music, and enjoying a number of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking, and bird-watching.

BETTY WHEELER

Betty joined Riverside Physical Therapy in 2014 after practicing in rural communities of Nebraska and Kansas for ten years. Betty evaluates and treats many conditions including chronic and post surgical orthopedic diagnoses as well as sports injuries. She has advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation, including difficulties with balance, vertigo, and dizziness. Betty has recently earned the title of Certified Ergonomic Specialist, and is trained to assess and provide recommendations for enhanced physical work environments for employees. She is passionate about utilizing Postural Restoration concepts to provide a holistic course of treatment that provides the opportunity for every patient to regain their desired level of activity or athletic performance.

A native of Michigan, Betty graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2004. While not practicing physical therapy, Betty enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, camping and any good excuse for an outdoor adventure. As a wife and mother of two, Betty greatly values time spent with her family and close friends. She feels fortunate to call the Ord area her home, and enjoys the opportunity to share her passion for delivering sound physical therapy and hope to the people of central Nebraska.

TRACI WHITE

Traci White will be the first person welcoming you to our office. She has experience in administrative areas in a variety of businesses, including the medical field. Through 18 years working in the field of special education, she learned the importance of meeting the unique needs of each individual, and she brings that high level of customer service with her. Traci works closely with our billing company and can help you understand the insurance and billing process.

She loves untangling a good puzzle, and will be happy to assist you with any of your questions. Outside the office, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband, five children, and three grandchildren. She also enjoys doing artwork and crafts and has used these talents for several theatrical productions at Ord’s local theater, The Golden Husk.

Staff photos courtesy of Alan J Bartles Photography

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