Volunteers of America and Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzie Stramel as the new rehabilitation director. Stramel will oversee a team consisting of knowledgeable occupational, physical and speech language pathologist therapists at the Eckert location.
A resident of Colorado for the past 33 years, Stramel is no stranger to the area as she has worked in both staff and management positions in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient physical therapy departments, and home health in the Delta County area as well as in Denver and Boulder. Stramel has a physical therapy degree from Wichita State University with expanded education in orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy.
"I was looking for a chance to move back to the Western Slope," Stramel said. "I like the slower-paced way of life here and I knew that Volunteers of America has a strong, patient-centered care philosophy." Stramel was the rehabilitation director for Horizons for four years before moving to Boulder. "I am especially interested in seeing our department expand its outpatient program and will make that one of my initial and long-term goals," she said. "I also plan to focus on our ability to provide more outpatient orthopedic treatments for patients who have suffered fractures, total joint replacements, and muscle and joint injuries."
"We are thrilled to welcome Suzie back to Horizons," Sara Sterling, executive director, said. "Her knowledge of physical therapy and rehabilitation is quite extensive and she brings specialized techniques to our program that will not be found in other outpatient rehab centers."
Stramel holds a unique certification in the LSVT BIG Program (Lee Silverman Voice Training) for Parkinson's disease. The LSVT LOUD Program originated as a training to help Parkinson's patients learn how to speak loudly. The BIG Program, developed in 2007, emphasizes big or large body movements which can improve strength and balance to improve functional movements.