There is no preparation for traumatic injury.
The injured and their families find themselves in an ICU confronted with a reality that they never dreamed could happen. As they move to a rehabilitation hospital, begin physical therapy, and eventually are discharged the shock wears off, but the need for help continues as recovery evolves and new complications arise.
NeuroHope strives to make long-term access to cutting-edge rehabilitation in Indiana a reality.
The NeuroHope mission extends beyond rehab. We are devoted to better the lives of those already living with paralysis by offering specialized, activity based wellness programs.
Recovery from traumatic injury is a process that requires months or years of patient determination and clinician care. Unfortunately, prolonged physical therapy is not offered in Indiana. Following discharge from initial rehabilitation most patients are given outpatient therapy options. However, due to the extremely high cost at most facilities ($300+ per hour) out of pocket payment is unrealistic, and insurance limits visits to a small number annually. For anyone recovering from neurologic injury, this is grossly insufficient.
NeuroHope offers membership packages at affordable rates after insurance coverage has run its course.
This model has proven to be successful at the handful of rehabilitation centers across the U.S. that provide them such the Craig Hospital PEAK center, Courage Kenny, Neuroworx, and NextStep Fitness. These centers are proud partners of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN). Click here to learn more
Exercise is important to everyone, especially those suffering from paralysis. The simple task of walking puts needed stress on the body to insure proper bone density, muscle growth, and many other bodily functions. It’s important for wheelchair bound individuals to maintain their bodies after they are no longer able to obtain the benefits that come from the average activities of daily living.
NeuroHope works with its clients to develop specialized programs that focus on getting individuals out of their chairs and working hard, focusing on functional activities to improve muscular and cardiovascular health, to help alleviate the complications that come hand in hand with SCI (bladder infections, pressure sores, range of motion, spasticity, etc.)
The benefits of improving health through regular exercise have proven to reduce hospital re-admission rates and health care costs, benefitting hospitals, insurers, patients and caregivers.
Nora Foster, PT, DPT is the Director of Therapy at NeuroHope and a founding member of the NeuroHope Board of Directors. Nora shares the vision of building Indiana’s first extended rehabilitative and wellness facility, and is excited to provide clients with the aggressive, activity based therapy and exercise they need.
Nora is a graduate of Bethel College (IN) and earned her Doctorate degree (DPT) from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. During her graduate studies, Nora became passionate about working with the neurologic population. She began her clinical career working at an inpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), and has also spent time at both skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics, and has attended courses in SCI, clinical education and wheelchair positioning.
She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a certified Clinical Instructor, and has helped create a SCI support group in the Indianapolis area. Her research activities include a published study in the NeuroRehabilitation journal on community-based group exercise for persons with Parkinson’s disease.
Nora married her husband Brent in 2013. They enjoy the outdoors and being active camping, kayaking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Sara Bremer Sale, DPT, NCS joined the NeuroHope team in July 2015, and is excited to share her skills and passion for neurologic rehabilitation. She received her B.A. from Augustana College in 2006 and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. Early in her education, Sara developed an interest in helping individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other neurologic conditions. She began her career as an inpatient rehabilitation therapist with a focus on SCI and has worked in outpatient settings as well.
Sara enjoys teaching physical therapy students as a clinical instructor, and has served as a guest lecturer for the IU Physical Therapy school. She was certified as a Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS) in 2014. Sara and her husband, Mike, have two sons and an overactive Goldendoodle. She enjoys long distance running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Donna Peterson, PTA began her work as a therapist immediately after earning her A.S. from Vincennes University in 1989. Her early career was spent at St. Vincent Hospital where she worked at inpatient and outpatient levels, as well as with patients in Home Care. In 1992, Donna became one of the first employees of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), where she quickly developed a passion for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Donna specialized in neurologic recovery throughout her twelve year tenure at RHI (1992-1996, 2006-2014), and has also served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Indianapolis, and a guest lecturer for various PTA programs around the state. Donna earned her B.A. in Health Sciences from IUPUI, and is currently pursing a Master’s in Education at Purdue University. Donna and her husband have four children, and she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and rooting on her beloved Colts and Packers!
Travis Jefferson, MS is a graduate of Charleston Southern University (B.S. in Kinesiology), Miller-Motte Technical College (Therapeutic Massage), and California University of Pennsylvania (Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotion). He started his career as a Graduate Assistant for the Strength and Conditioning Department at Charleston Southern University.
Travis is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASE Speed and Explosion Specialist, Crossfit Level 1 instructor, and holds the ACSM Exercise is Medicine credential. He has experience working with collegiate athletes and the elderly and chronically ill population.
Travis moved to Indiana with his wife, Ariel, and bulldog, Princess, in June of 2016, one day after their wedding. They enjoy traveling, trying new foods, and attending college and professional sporting events.
Bart Richwalski, MS, CSCS has developed a passion for the rehabilitation of musculoskelatal and neurological injuries while working as a strength and conditioning coach in the Indianapolis area over the past decade. From novice fitness enthusiasts to professional hockey players, Bart has utilized his skills to enhance performance, and rehab clients through traumatic injuries.
He received his B.S. from Purdue University in 2007 and his M.S. in Biomechanics from Ball State University in 2014. His primary research interests while working on his thesis included musculoskeletal injury mechanisms and targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR). He is excited to share his experience and innovative thinking with NeuroHope and its rehabilitation team. Bart is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys everything from camping and hiking to hunting and fishing, while sharing these activities with friends and family.
Natalie Robison is the Practice Manager at NeuroHope, and has more than 9 years of medical office management and billing / coding expertise. A 2008 Graduate from MedTech College, Natalie possesses a strong commitment to helping others throughout their medical treatment and recovery, providing a professional attitude of compassion, understanding, and support. She has been a credentialed member of the American Academy of Professional Coders since 2007.
Natalie and her husband Joseph were married in 2013 in the US Virgin Islands. They have two children, a 13 year old son named Gavin and a 3 year old daughter named Maeve. Natalie spends her free time crafting and runs a small T-shirt and decal business.