Jim Pape, MPT, CSCS – STARS Downtown YMCA Clinic

Jim became interested in physical therapy after incurring a ski accident in his early 20’s.  He attended physical therapy as part of his rehabilitation.  He was impressed with the care he received and the knowledge of the treating therapist.  Therefore he began looking into physical therapy as a potential career by first observing in a…

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Josh Wageman, DPT, CSCS – STARS West YMCA

Josh Wageman is a Physical Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) at the West YMCA STARS location.  He earned his B.S. in Biology from Northwest Nazarene University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Idaho State. Josh’s path to becoming a Physical Therapist was catalyzed by a seemingly unfortunate shoulder injury sustained during…

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Debbie Habig, MPT, Cert. MDT – STARS Eagle Health Plaza

I became interested in physical therapy as a teenager, when a family friend required home health physical therapy for her cystic fibrosis.  Pummeling: What fun! The therapist came to their home to educate her parents on proper “pummeling” techniques to clear her lungs.  I was intrigued and thought “what a fun and important job” that…

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Physical Therapy Therapies for Life

Physical Therapy helps Your Body Heal An injury requires immediate attention and our physical therapy therapies provide extensive expertise combined with advanced technology. Depending upon the injury, heat and cold therapies may be employed and used in combination with other methods, all of which are designed to ease pain, maintain mobility and rehabilitate.  Therapies can…

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Athletes, Injuries and the Solution

Sport Injuries Need Physical Therapy Strains, sprains, pulled muscles and even fractures are just some of the possible sports injuries that can befall recreational, amateur and professional athletes. The injuries are often more severe than those sustained at home or work, requiring multiple physical therapies and rehabilitation techniques to restore full functionality to the affected…

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! This is a very significant focus for Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS). STARS has been awarded an accreditation for our Brain Injury program for both adults, adolescents, and children by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF accreditation is the public seal of trust and commitment to…

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Featured Hand Therapist Eric Burback

My first experience with occupational therapy was when I was a senior in high school my best friend and myself would go to an elementary school  and help children with disabilities have specialized PE classes designed by a school therapist.  It really intrigued me, as I always loved science and health classes. Being the people…

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Featured Physical Therapist Robin Weerts

My first experience with physical therapy was when I hurt my knee while training Judo. After the 5th or 6th time that my knee completely gave out on me I was given an MRI and sent to a physical therapist. There I learned how weak my right leg was compared to my left and why…

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Potty Training ~~ Parent Workshop

Potty Training The ins and outs of bladder and bowel management Date: February 24th, 2017 Friday Time: 12:30-2:30pm Location: STARS Meridian Pediatric       

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Featured Physical Therapist Peggy Wilson

My childhood was active! I got to work on a ranch, compete in high school gymnastics and compete in spring board diving in college. All this, however, took a toll on my back. I was seriously injured and in debilitating pain. I decided to become a physical therapist. Doctors said, “you will never be able…

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