There is no preparation for traumatic injury.

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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.

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Continued Rehabilitation:

Macy_bars_borderRecovery 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

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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.

Tamika_NuStep_borderNeuroHope 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.

Our Physical Therapists:

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Nora Foster, PT, DPT shares the NeuroHope vision of creating Indiana’s first extended rehabilitative and wellness facility, and she is excited to provide future 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 head shotSara 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 a son and an overactive Goldendoodle.  She enjoys long distance running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

donna_hsDonna 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.  She is currently pursing a B.A. in Health Sciences at IUPUI.

Donna and her husband Bob have four children, and she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and rooting on her beloved Colts and Packers!

 

img_4925Wendy Ahler, PT is a graduate of Purdue University and earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994.  She has spent her clinical career working in a variety of settings including inpatient sub acute and acute rehabilitation, outpatient with an emphasis in neurological rehabilitation , inpatient medical surgical, and inpatient heart and vascular.

Wendy and her husband Steve live in Fishers and have two children.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her two dogs.