Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has the only Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Department in the county. Therapists Katie Rankin and Chelsey Brusse work with children every day to help them improve their function in the daily lives.
Rankin and Brusse provide occupational therapy, helping build children’s independence with daily tasks including throwing a ball, getting themselves dressed and other developmental milestones. They also serve patients with ADHD or autism diagnoses, who often struggle with sensory regulation. “Although many of our patients are also seen by therapists in school, we focus on home and community-based activities that help kids function better in their families and daily life,” says Rankin.
The Outpatient Pediatric Department also provides speech therapy and physical therapy, all in a special set of rooms with equipment including swings, balls, balancing equipment and toys. The department works closely with DCMC’s financial advisors to make sure that services are accessible and affordable for families.
“We are proud that DCMC has such an outstanding team of therapists to meet the needs of local children. Families are grateful to have these services right here in Door County,” says Deb Whitelaw-Gorksi, Director of Rehab Services. As for Rankin and Brusse, their reward is seeing kids progress. “Children know when they’re improving, and we can see their feelings of accomplishment,” says Brusse. “The best part is helping them do things other kids can do, like simply playing ball in the backyard with a brother or sister.”
A provider referral is required to obtain pediatric therapy services. For questions, call Chelsey Brusse or Katie Rankin at 920.746.3650 ext. 3317.