Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

RehabWorks provides specialized outpatient rehabilitation therapy services in three convenient locations in east Alabama: Auburn, Opelika, and Valley. We offer therapeutic interventions across three primary disciplines: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language therapy. In addition, RehabWorks provides sports medicine and sports performance programs, and industrial medicine services. Our licensed therapists utilize a wide array of therapeutic methods and the latest treatment techniques available.

Services

Industrial medicine program Lymphedema Therapy Orthopedic Therapy Pediatric therapy Sports medicine Sports Performance and Personal Training Program Stroke rehabilitation

Specialized Therapies

Aquatics

Aquatic therapy, provided by our therapists at HealthPlus Fitness Center, is a rehabilitation option for people with many conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and who are recovering from surgery or cancer treatment.

Autism Dementia Dry Needling Low Vision Parkinson's Post-Amputation Preschool Language Group Spine / Spinal Cord Injury Swallow and Voice Management Center

Testimonials

  1. Monroe
  2. Laurie
  3. Minna
  4. David
  5. Millie
  6. Valarie
  7. Caleb
  8. Lynn
  9. Frances
  10. Carolina
  11. Tim
  12. Heath
  13. Katlin-Madison
  14. Ryan
  15. Vernon
  16. Danielle
  17. Charles
  18. Latrice
  19. Maggie
  20. John
  21. Anita
  22. Diego
  23. Cecelia
  24. Landie
  25. Julie
  26. Reuben
  27. Aidan
  28. L.R
  29. Ayan
  30. Tim
  31. Mary
  32. Clayton
  33. Rob
  34. Malone
  35. Leevan
  36. Skylar
  37. Nico
  38. Bradley
  • Monroe Smith

    Monroe Smith
    About Me
    • Lanett, AL
    • 75 years old
    • Married to Leslie for forever!
    • 2 children, 5 grandchildren
    Why RehabWorks?

    In May 2017, I had a stroke which caused a significant facial droop on my right side. My speech was also damaged. Dr. Eric Hemberg and the staff at EAMC recommended speech therapy.

    Results?

    My facial droop has greatly improved. I can now speak much clearer and can be understood by most people. My speech therapist, Emily Thompson, was very competent, helpful, and professional.

    Advice?

    Enroll in therapy as quickly as possible and do your home therapy as instructed.

    Insights from speech therapist, Emily Thompson:

    I’m so proud of Monroe and his dedication. He has two notebooks full of research, homework and notes that I gave him. He hasn’t missed a scheduled treatment session since we’ve been working together twice a week for 4 months.

  • Laurie Bowman

    Laurie Bowman
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • 36 years old
    • Occupation: East Alabama Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Mother to wonderful children: Alleigh,15; Michael,13; Caden, 9
    Why RehabWorks?

    I work for EAMC and I’ve used RehabWorks for rehab after multiple surgeries. Dr. Horak suggested that I try dry needling with Abby.

    Results?

    Amazing results! I’ve loved the results from each physical therapist that I’ve worked with. I’ve lived with tremendous pain for over six years but I rarely have pain now. I’ve had two cervical fusions (C3- T1) and my pain was tremendous, 24/7.

    I’ve tried trigger point injections, epidurals, spinal block and botox but nothing seemed to help. I was very hesitant about trying dry needling and I thought that I would always live with pain.

    After just two sessions of dry needling, I felt amazing and had such a positive outlook that I didn't have to live with constant pain any more. I left with a huge smile on my face and said, "I will be a poster girl for dry needling!" I didn't think that Steve Kisor really had taken it to heart and would actually put me on a poster! LOL!

    Advice?

    RehabWorks has a reputation of making sure that ALL of their patients are provided with the care they need as well as lead them to a speedy recovery.

  • Minna Waites

    Minna Waites
    About Me
    • Shorter, AL
    • 17 months old
    Minna's Story

    Minna was born seven weeks premature with a congenital heart defect called Total Anomalous Venous Pulmonary Return (TAPVR). This is a rare congenital malformation in which all four pulmonary veins do not connect normally to the left atrium. Instead, the four pulmonary veins drain abnormally to the right atrium (right upper chamber) by way of an abnormal (anomalous) connection.

    When Minna was five weeks old, she went into cardiac arrest for nine minutes causing her heart to stop. Oxygen to her brain was cut off which caused a grade 2 stroke on the right side of her brain. The stroke affected the learning center which we were told would cause some delays. It also caused Minna to have seizures, hypothyroidism, acute kidney injury, cortisol deficiency, and a nystagmus in both eyes.

    Why RehabWorks?

    We chose RehabWorks after being referred by a physical therapist at UAB’s Newborn Follow Up Clinic. Minna was previously using early intervention and receiving occupational therapy. We immediately knew RehabWorks was the place for us once we met with Kelly, our physical therapist; Elisa, our occupational therapist and Mary Ann, our speech therapist. They’ve become like family and have made a huge difference in Minna’s life. She is like a new child - socially and physically.

    Results?

    When Minna started with RehabWorks, she was 8 months old and she was unable to do anything other than lay on her back and wiggle around. She was very delayed and had an aversion to people. She was unable to eat by mouth and unable to talk. Minna is now seventeen months old and she’s almost completely caught! She can eat by mouth and is learning to talk. Our therapists took a unique approach by considering her past and customized therapy to fit her needs. They also involved family and created an emotionally-safe environment where she was not threatened. All of this made a vast difference which allowed her to be at ease and to learn successfully. In less than a year, Minna has become comfortable with her therapists and has been able to overcome her delays while steadily improving and catching up.

    Advice?

    I recommend taking time to get to know the team to ensure that you share the same goals. Even if you don’t feel that they’re the right people for the job, you can have peace of mind knowing that they will direct you in the right direction. We have tried other rehabilitative services and this was the first group to take the time to personalize therapy to fit my daughter’s needs. I feel that has made a significant impact on her progress and who she is today.

  • Ronald David Tielking

    Ronald David Tielking
    About Me
    • Originally from Opelika
    • Resides in Auburn
    • Married to Alicia
    • Children: Michala, Amber, Nicolas & Charles
    • Grandchildren: Grace & Zachary
    • Employed by Winn Dixie, Auburn, for 16 years
    Why RehabWorks?

    In November, 2015, I lost my leg due to a blood clot. EAMC referred me to RehabWorks. Ben with Alabama Limb Orthopedics Specialist in Opelika fitted me for my prosthetic leg. He said that Tina Hooks was the best physical therapist for amputees. I started therapy in February, 2016 and I finished in January 2017.

    Results?

    I’ve had fantastic results! I can walk so much better! I was afraid I would never be able to walk again. With Tina’s help, I’m doing things that I thought I never would be able to do again. Tina taught me how to use my prosthetic leg and how to strengthen my leg and hip muscles. I learned how important it is to consistently lift my leg up and continue to strengthen it.

    Advice?

    Do whatever your therapist tells you to do. Have a good attitude. A bad attitude produces bad results. Do your home exercises and you’ll continue to improve. Focus on the things you can do. Believe in yourself. You’re only limited by your own thoughts!

    Insights?

    I think the world of Tina. She made my therapy simple. She knows how to push you to the point you need to be but she doesn’t push too much that you’re uncomfortable.

  • Millie Welch

    Millie Welch
    About Me
    • 55 years old
    • Opelika, AL
    • Married to Ronnie Welch for 6 years
    • 1 daughter, 1 son and 4 grandchildren
    • Occupation: Production - Chassix
    Why RehabWorks?

    RehabWorks was one of the physical therapy options suggested by the Neck and Pain Center. I was having pain in my neck and weakness in my leg. I needed a spinal fusion. I did 4 weeks of pre-operative physical therapy to strengthen my neck and leg. After my surgery, I returned to RehabWorks for 12 weeks physical therapy.

    Results?

    When I started therapy, I was in a neck brace and had significant weakness in my leg. I now have full motion and can easily move my neck with less pain. My legs are also strengthened.

    Advice?

    Listen to your therapist and be consistent about doing exercises at home.

    Insights?

    My therapist, Beth Kisor, was very encouraging and taught me the right exercises which I continued at home. The RehabWorks staff made me feel welcome. They’re great to work with.

    Thoughts!

    RehabWorks is the place to come for therapy. They have great therapists and I would recommend RehabWorks to anyone who needs therapy.

  • Valarie Cook

    Valarie Cook
    About Me
    • 60 years old
    • Lanett, AL
    • Married to Ernest Cook for 41 years
    • 2 adult sons
    • Auburn University graduate- Industrial Engineering - 1985
    • Retired from Auburn University – Information Technology
    Why RehabWorks?

    I had 3 strokes between June-July 2016. Dr. Fagan recommended RehabWorks after the 1st stroke which affected my speech. After the 3rd stroke, I had a blood clot and brain bleed on left side that affected memory, ability to speak and read. It required surgery at UAB. After 2 1/2 weeks in neurological intensive care, I was transferred to Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Phenix City, AL for 2 1/2 weeks for recovery and rehab. After discharge, Regional Rehab agreed that I should continue my rehab at RehabWorks since I already knew and liked my therapist. It's also very convenient to our home.

    Results?

    I began rehab twice a week starting in September, 2016. I still go to therapy once a week. My balance came back pretty quickly. My speech and memory are still improving.

    Advice?

    Don’t stop trying. Just keep going. It’s hard to stay positive sometimes but you have to find the little things to hold on to since progress can be slow.

    Insights?

    My therapist, Emily Thompson, is great! I’ve had a very positive experience with the whole office. They’re all encouraging and nice. They help keep my spirits up!

  • Caleb W. Pipes

    Caleb Pipes
    About Me
    • 79 years old
    • Opelika, AL
    • Married to Julia for 9 years
    • 5 adult children and 8 grandchldren
    Why RehabWorks?

    I had back surgery to remove a tumor wrapped around my spinal cord that was preventing me from walking properly. The surgery left me with a 7-inch incision and 24 staples. Due to a previous back surgery, I carried my right shoulder about one inch lower than my left. Both issues caused me to have problems with my balance.

    I began my rehab at home. Once the staples were removed, I was able to step up my rehab with Tina Hooks at RehabWorks -Opelika

    Results?

    Tina taught me exercises which strengthened my shoulders and they’re now even. She also taught me exercises for my spine which resulted in a straight spine. I’m walking without a cane, playing golf and my balance is great.

    Advice?

    Continue to do the exercises they give you until you are completely healed.

    Insights?

    The entire staff at RehabWorks is very professional and they really know what they’re doing.

    I went to rehab in Birmingham after my first back surgery and for a bad ankle sprain. Those therapists were good but they don’t compare to the treatment, care and concern shown me by the RehabWorks team.

    Thoughts!

    We are very fortunate to have such skilled and compassionate care in Auburn/Opelika area.

  • Lynn Dickens

    Lynn Dickens
    About Me
    • Services: Physical and Occupational Therapy focused on restoring balance
    • 57 years old
    • Attended Auburn University
    • Married for 31 years to Dale Dickens
    Why RehabWorks?

    My doctor recommended RehabWorks.

    Results?

    In Jan, 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, I had neuropathy and balance problems that were restricting my lifestyle and self confidence. After a bad scare on the football stadium steps, I sought help. Tina Hooks was so compassionate and taught me exercises that would benefit me the most. She has a gift for keeping you encouraged that you can succeed and helping you reach your goals. My improvement was quite dramatic and I have continued my therapy on my own. My therapy has been lasting and life changing.

    Advice?

    Trust your therapist, really pay attention and work hard. Continue your therapy on your own when your sessions are over for long term relief.

  • Frances Holley

    Frances Holley
    About Me
    • Camp Hill, AL
    • Married to Frank for 55 years
    • 2 adult sons and 4 grandchildren
    Why RehabWorks?

    Frank had surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff and he had a great experience with RehabWorks. I’ve had joint issues in my knees so I did therapy with RehabWorks. In August, I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus so I continued my therapy with RehabWorks.

    Results?

    My knee has greatly improved. My therapist, Christie Jones, is excellent. She’s very thorough and took me through the entire improvement process.

    Advice?

    Follow the instructions they give you and continue your therapy at home so you will have success. Therapy works!

    Insights?

    I highly recommend RehabWorks. Their entire staff is professional and friendly.

  • Carolina Rodriguez-Kabana

    Carolina Rodriguez-Kabana
    About Me
    • Originally from Columbia, South America
    • Auburn resident for 51 years
    • 72 years old
    • Married for 51 years to Rodrigo (retired AU professor)
    • 2 children and 3 grandchildren
    Why RehabWorks?

    Several years ago, I had a completely detached rotator cuff. Dr. Bob McAlindon suggested I try RehabWorks instead of surgery. I had a successful recovery and I didn’t have surgery. When I needed a complete knee replacement this June, I knew I wanted to use RehabWorks again.

    Results?

    My therapist, Christie Jones, was incredible! She pushed me as far as I could go. If it ever got too painful, she worked with me to try something else. She is so sweet and patient. My knee has greatly improved. I walk 1.5 miles and stretch every day without pain!

    Advice?

    You have to be determined to do the best you can with therapy. It can be painful and uncomfortable but it gets easier with time. You must continue your therapy exercises at home every day if you’re going to have a successful recovery.

    Insights?

    The positive atmosphere in the office makes therapy such a pleasant experience. I never dreamed that I would look forward to my therapy appointments but I did! I actually miss going to therapy because I enjoyed all of the employees so much!

  • Tim Lynch

    Tim Lynch
    About Me
    • Huguley, AL
    • 58 years old
    • Married to Joanne for 35 years
    • 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren
    • Business Owner – Automotive Repairs – Bill’s Wrecker
    Why RehabWorks?

    Over the past several years, I’ve had 3 major surgeries with Dr. Patrick Martin. I tore all of the tendons in my shoulder and I’ve had 2 knee replacements (2012 & 2016).

    Results?

    After each surgery, I started with home health therapy. After a few weeks, I started therapy at RehabWorks because they really know how to push you. They know how far you need to go and how to get you to that point. They also have great equipment. I’ve regained full use of my shoulder and both knees.

    Advice?

    Before my last knee surgery, I did therapy at home to strengthen my knee and I think that really helped my recovery process. Do what your therapists tell you to do and make sure you complete your exercises at home too.

    Insights?

    I’ve recommended RehabWorks to several of my friends. I’m impressed with everyone in the office. They’re very professional. I’ve worked with many of the therapists but I’ve worked more closely with Leslie Nicholas and John Cooper who have been excellent!

  • Heath Greenlee

    Heath Greenlee
    About Me
    • Son of Mike and Diane Greenlee; brother, Hayden
    • 17 years old
    • Senior-Beauregard High School
    • Football-Offensive Line / Track and Field-Discus
    • Lifeguard at the Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center
    • For more details, check out this feature story from the OA NEWS: http://bit.ly/2chxUeu
    Why RehabWorks?

    During our spring football game, I suffered tears in my ACL, MCL & PCL. I chose RehabWorks because of its location and its great reputation around the area.

    Results?

    I started rehabbing my knee two days after my surgery. My results have been awesome. In a very short period of time, I regained the use of my quadriceps muscles and quickly redeveloped the strength in my leg and knee. This program has allowed me to recover at a fast pace and that means I get to return to the field sooner.

    Advice?

    Follow the guidance of the physical therapists. They have your best interest and health in mind. They are really great people.

    Insights?

    I greatly appreciate the time that Hayley Collier, Keena Edwards and Whitney Laney have spent with me trying to get my knee ready to play again. They know how badly I want to return to the field and they’ve done everything they could to help me reach my goal. I really appreciate all that they have done for me.

  • Katlin-Madison Cambridge

    Katlin-Madison Cambridge
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • 16 years old
    • Auburn High School
    • I used to play softball but now I’m working toward playing lacrosse
    • Daughter of Kristie Cambridge; granddaughter of Angie Dollar
    • Sister, Kacie (14); brother, Jackson (13)
    Why RehabWorks?

    My doctor recommended RehabWorks and I’d heard great things about it.

    Results?

    Over the past two years, I’ve had three knee surgeries on my left knee and three knee surgeries on my right knee. It’s been a difficult process but RehabWorks and my doctor have helped me so much. I’ve grown close to all of my therapists, especially Steve Kisor and Jeff Cotten. They helped my knees get stronger than I hoped and they motivated me so I could get back to sport condition. I could not be more pleased with my results.

    Advice?

    I definitely recommend RehabWorks for any therapy or help you need! They’re excellent and go out of their way to make sure you meet your goals.

  • Ryan Duke

    Ryan Duke
    About Me
    • Son of Joe and Christina Duke
    • 3 1/2 years old
    • Lanett, AL
    • Services: Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
    Why RehabWorks?

    Ryan was born premature at 25 weeks. We spent 19 months at UAB & Children’s Hospital due to a variety of infections and surgeries for a trach and g-tube. We were referred to RehabWorks by Dr. Brooke Williams of the Pediatric Clinic.

    Results?

    His progress has been remarkable. He went from not letting anyone touch his mouth at all to letting us feed him baby food and yogurt 2-3 times a day. He couldn’t sit up on his own but he’s steadily made progress. He’s pulling to stand without any assistance! His grip has gotten stronger. He’s much less sensitive and more accepting of letting people help him. His communication and sensory skills are improving drastically.

    Advice?

    If you don’t immediately see improvements during therapy, don’t give up! You have to let the process work itself out. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be an advocate for your child.

    Insights?

    Kelly Shaw (PT), Ashley Spurlin (ST) and Anna McDill (OT) are amazing and caring therapists who have become like family! They look at the whole child and don’t focus just on their own specific discipline.

  • Vernon DuPraw

    Vernon DuPraw
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • 74 years young
    • Originally from Michigan
    • Retired Elementary Principal – Flint, MI
    • Married to Carol
    • One son, one daughter, five grandchildren
    Why RehabWorks?

    I was born with Spina Bifida and developed Diabetes later in life. I walked for 65 years before neuropathy set in and removed all feelings in my legs. Dr. Meadows and Dr. Bob McAlindon recommended that I work with RehabWorks to strengthen my legs.

    Results?

    I had the pleasure of working with Jeff Cotton, PTA. Jeff has a unique way of pushing you beyond your limits without offending you! Many people don’t know that Jeff is a bit of a literary genius. I asked Jeff what he hoped for me as an end result. He proudly announced the he was “Fostering my Independence!” I will cherish this comment for life! I want to thank Jeff as I have come a long way with much independence.

    Advice?

    You cannot go wrong by working with RehabWorks. This office has a professional attitude with a kind spirit.

  • Danielle Mason

    Danielle Mason
    About Me
    • Opelika, AL
    • 26 years old
    • Senior - Auburn University-Montgomery – Physical Education
    • Family: My “boys,” S.J and Buckaroo (dogs!)
    Why RehabWorks?

    I was new to the area and I needed a place to push me but also therapists who would understand the complexity of my knee problems. I’ve had six knee surgeries for osteonecrosis including a meniscus repair, a meniscus repair and scope, microfractures of the femur bone, a bone graft, a bone graft plus stem cells and an osteoallograft. I’ve also had a left labrum shoulder repair. I was told to go to RehabWorks by the AU Equestrian team’s athletic trainer who is a friend of mine.

    Results?

    I’ve had several surgeries since working with RehabWorks. Each surgery has set me back but Abby and Jeff have worked extremely hard to get me back into shape. Abby also works along side my doctor and therapist in Atlanta. She takes the time to go above and beyond.

    Advice?

    You’ll not regret coming to RehabWorks. Everyone treats you like family and goes the extra mile.

    Insights?

    I really appreciate the time that Abby and Jeff have invested in me. I’ve had a long journey and they’ve been by my side every step of the way. They’re not only my therapists, they’re my friends.

  • Charles Poole

    Charles Poole
    About Me
    • Lanett, AL
    • 81 years old
    • Married to Janice for 63 years
    • 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild!
    • Retired, Michelin Tire, Opelika
    Why RehabWorks?

    Five years ago, Charles fell and hit the back of his head and had bleeding on his brain. He was in a coma for about two weeks. He had to learn to walk and talk again. During his stay at a rehab center, he fell and broke his hip which resulted in multiple surgeries and 90 days in the hospital. Once he finally came home, he did physical therapy with RehabWorks Valley and he improved greatly. About one year ago, Charles was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Dementia. Dr. Mona Bakshi referred him to RehabWorks Valley.

    Results?

    During these past two months of therapy, his balance has improved significantly. He can now get in and out of bed by himself and he can use the bathroom on his own. He can walk further, stand longer and get in and out of cars more easily. He even went back to church with me for Mother’s Day. I never dreamed he would do so well! His physical therapist, Julia Krahm, is such a blessing! She’s been an excellent motivator and she gets him to do things that I can’t! He loves to go to therapy.

    Insights from Julia Krahm, PT, DPT:

    Since Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which affects balance and walking, it’s exceptional that he’s improving! I’m so proud of his determination and hard work!

  • Latrice Lewis

    Latrice Lewis
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • 32 years old
    • Multi-Sport Athlete & Personal Trainer
    Why RehabWorks?

    I suffered a back injury in 2013 while competing with USA Team Handball. I tried different therapists and techniques upon my return home and things just didn’t seem like they’d improve. It took a toll on me physically and emotionally and I began to lose hope that I’d be 100% again. A teammate told me about her great therapist at RehabWorks of Auburn. I decided to give them a call and I was paired with physical therapist, Christie Jones.

    Results?

    In a short time, my pain improved and I became hopeful again. Eventually, I was back to competing. However, five months later, I suffered a torn meniscus and had chondroplasty done to my left knee. I’ve worked with Steve Kisor and Jeff Cotten with no doubts that I will be back to 100% -- better than I was before. I feel stronger and I gain confidence with every visit. Since working with the RehabWorks team, I’ve increased strength and range of motion that I wasn’t sure was possible and my pain is almost nonexistent. I was also diagnosed with anxiety and RehabWorks is a safe haven for me. They exude positivity and caring that help people more than they realize.

    Advice?

    They care about their patients, they’ll push you to do better and they’ll go above and beyond for you. They may even feed you!

    Insights?

    While I’ve worked with Christie, Steve and Jeff more directly, every therapist, aide, and front desk associate has played a role in my recovery. RehabWorks is like my second home and these people are my friends for life.

  • Maggie Baxter

    Maggie Baxter
    About Me
    • Daughter of Franklin and Amy; sister, Sidney
    • 13 years old
    • Auburn Junior High School
    • Volleyball Player
    Why RehabWorks?

    I’ve had ongoing pain in my inner foot area which hurts worse when I play volleyball or run. Dr. Bob McAlindon discovered that I have an extra navicular bone in my foot. My feet are also flat and extremely tight. Instead of surgery, he suggested physical therapy at RehabWorks. We’ve heard great things about RehabWorks from friends as well.

    Results?

    My physical therapist, Abby Nielson, made my feet stronger and helped reduce the pain significantly. She worked with me through specific exercises that fit my needs. Abby is the best! She takes time with me and explains the problem, the treatment and the solution in a way that my parents and I can understand.

    Thoughts?

    My experience at RehabWorks has been wonderful. Everyone is super nice and they make you feel comfortable. They work hard to make sure you get the proper treatment so you look and feel just like new!

  • John Staton

    John Staton
    About Me
    • 77 years old
    • Auburn resident for 19 years
    • Married to Connie for 55 years
    • Retired; former Sales and Marketing Executive
    Why RehabWorks?

    In 2000, I suffered a double compound fracture of my left ankle. Dr. Bob McAlindon performed the initial surgery and recommended rehab with physical therapist, Steve Kisor. In 2015, I had total ankle replacement surgery by Dr. Leland McCluskey in Columbus, GA. This is a very rare surgery and requires specialized rehabilitation. Dr. Bob once again suggested Steve and his staff. My physical therapist, Abby Nielson, was aware, informed and prepared for MY unique situation. Abby had a complete understanding of our rehab goals and taught me exercises to do at home. Abby is caring, competent and dedicated to helping others. I could not be more pleased.

    Results?

    Abby set a goal to have me dismissed from the boot in three weeks which was in time for my next appointment with Dr. McCluskey. Goal accomplished! After five weeks of rehab, I was walking better than I had in 15 years – PAIN FREE! After years of a swollen ankle every single day, I now have a normal, healthy-looking foot and ankle. Amazing! It doesn’t get much better than walking without a limp and with zero pain. I’m indebted to so many competent and dedicated professionals.

    Advice?

    I highly recommend RehabWorks! It’s a very busy, friendly and professional atmosphere. Appointments at a specific time are honored. There is no doubt what RehabWorks has meant to my progress and the overall future outlook for this “walking tall” at 5’7” Senior Citizen!! Can you pick up marbles with your toes? I can – thanks to Abby!

    When you have surgery and multiple months of rehab, there are two very important people in your life. One is your day-to-day caregiver and my wife, Connie, was superb. The other is your rehab professional. I have deep respect and admiration for Abby. Lucky me!

  • Anita Keidel

    Anita Keidel
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • 57 years old
    • Auburn University “Returning Alumni”
    • Teacher/Real Estate Agent

    I chose RehabWorks because my primary care physician, Dr. Cason, at Auburn University Medical Center recommended them to me.

    In January, 2015, I sought treatment for my left shoulder which had been frozen for 14 years. I wanted to restore range of motion and reduce pain. My physical therapist, Abby Neilson, worked with my left shoulder for several weeks. She created “homework” physical therapy and recommended several accommodations/modifications for my limited range of motion. It was apparent that some type of surgery was necessary, but I wasn’t ready for shoulder replacement.

    A co-volunteer at Church of the Highlands nursery told me about her positive and encouraging experience at The Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Trent Wilson successfully performed the CAM (comprehensive arthroscopic manipulation) and removed bone spurs.

    By September, 2015, I was post-surgery & doing physical therapy again with Abby. I will always remember Abby’s kindness! She pushed me but she knew when I had reached my pain threshold. Now, I can lift BOTH arms in celebration. Osteoarthritis may require a future shoulder replacement but not TODAY!

    I firmly believe that the caring support & resulting friendships helped make my rehabilitation a success! The “open concept” at RehabWorks allows patients to interact with other patients. This support network is the extended “Auburn Family” and I believe it was AS IMPORTANT as the physical care I received.

    A “rehab friend” invited me to join her Church of the Highlands small group this semester! Each week, she asks about my shoulder and I get an update on her new knees. We share our positive experiences and we recommend Abby & Steve to others!

  • Diego M. Gimenez, Jr.

    Diego Gimenez
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • Retired from Auburn University, College of Agriculture
    • Married to Alicia Recio Gimenez
    Why RehabWorks?

    I’ve worked with physical therapist, Steve Kisor, for several different rehabilitations over the years on my knee and rotator cuff. Recently, I was diagnosed with an irreparable rotator cuff. Steve, once again, did an outstanding rehabilitation which allowed me to regain functionality of my shoulder.

    Advice?

    If you want the best results, don’t think about it twice! Go to the best (in my humble opinion!) Be patience and listen to your therapist!

  • Cecelia "Cil"" Herndon

    Cil Herndon
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • 66 years old
    • Auburn University ’71 (B.A. - Family & Child Development)
    • Columbus University ’79 (M.E. - Early Childhood Education)
    • Retired kindergarten teacher – 30 years - Auburn City Schools
    • Married to George – 45 years
    • 3 daughters & 10 grandchildren
    Why RehabWorks?

    I taught Steve and Beth Kisor’s son at AEEC. When I needed therapy, I knew who I wanted to use! I’ve had two shoulder injuries and a sprained ankle. When I had my double knee replacement in August, 2015, I was already very comfortable with Steve and Jeff Cotten so I was confident that they would help me fully recover once again.

    Results?

    George and I have square danced together for over 30 years. I had lost some of my balance and endurance as well as started having pain. I chose to have a double knee replacement so that I could return to square dancing again. With hard work and help from Steve and Jeff, I was able to dance again within two months after surgery! I’m still improving as I continue to do my home therapy. I use exercises they taught me when I go to the gym so I can continue to build muscle strength, increase flexibility and stamina.

    What advice do you have for anyone considering therapy with RehabWorks?

    I highly recommend RehabWorks! Their whole staff is warm, friendly and knowledgeable. It’s a very comfortable atmosphere. I enjoyed making new friends with other clients while we did therapy together.

  • Landie Fowler

    Reuben McCoy
    About Me
    • Auburn, AL
    • 59 years old
    • Occupation: Air Emissions Testing (Stack Tester)
    Why RehabWorks?

    I broke my right tibia and fibula (Pilon fracture) and my pelvis. I also had a partial tear in my right shoulder. I wasn’t able to walk or put weight on my leg for several months so I had to use crutches. My younger son used RehabWorks after his surgeries. He had good things to say about Jeff and the staff.

    Results?

    Jeff, Christie and other staff worked with my doctor in Birmingham to make sure I received the appropriate therapy. They helped me stay flexible, designed exercises to do at home and encouraged me. I was also prescribed aquatic therapy sessions with Allen which we did at the HealthPlus Fitness Center pool. These sessions were great because I could “walk” without crutches and do other exercises that I couldn’t do outside of the pool. They also did periodic measurements to document and show my progress. The therapy and exercises helped me regain my strength and balance.

    Advice?

    Even though the reason for being there is not fun and can be painful, the staff is relaxed and fun. The banter, running jokes, other patients and students make the time go by quickly. You can even look forward to going to therapy! Do the exercises they tell you to do and you will make progress!

  • Julie Downes

    Julie Downes
    My Story

    My husband and I retired in Auburn 11 years ago with plans to stay active and enjoy doing whatever we possibly wanted to do. We both had careers in management so we looked forward to de-stressing and enjoying our grandchildren during the “sunset stages of life!” Little did I know that my early retirement would include two frozen shoulders, a torn labrum and buttocks pain.

    Results?

    RehabWorks has been there for me several times over the past nine years. The physical therapy I’ve received (and endured!) from my buddies, Jeff Cotten and Steve Kisor, has been the ticket to my road to recovery. When you spend two to three sessions a week in therapy, you learn how to keep your body moving correctly and you receive special care that positively affects you mentally and emotionally.

    Advice?

    At first, I wasn't so sure about dealing with my pain in the open environment but I quickly learned it's good to be in the company of others while “suffering!” I enjoyed the camaraderie of others with similar issues and it helps to take your eyes off of yourself while being worked on! When I hear others complain of their ailments and question whether or not to do therapy, I tell them that the best physical therapists in town are the “Steve and Jeff team!” I’m forever grateful for their expertise and patience.

  • Reuben McCoy

    Reuben McCoy
    About Me
    • 29 years old
    • BA, English – Auburn University ‘08
    • All-American indoor/outdoor track and field athlete - AU
    • Currently training for Olympics – 400 meter hurdles
    • Manager, Walgreens Drug Store
    • Parents, Reuben and Karen; sister, Almedia
    Why RehabWorks?

    Their expertise is well-known around town. Their staff is passionate about the people they rehabilitate, and they get results.

    Results?

    My therapist, Abby Nielson, was amazing! She designed specific exercises to improve my ankle pain. I had never done dry needling before but I had full confidence in her recommendation to try dry needling. Her expertise had already proven to me that dry needling is a safe and effective method for pain relief -- beyond the limits of a TENS unit or ultrasound. After just one session of dry needling on my Achilles, the swelling in my ankle went away. I couldn’t have asked for better results to get me back running again. I would recommend dry needling to anybody who has lingering joint pains.

    Advice?

    If you have an injury, I suggest you try RehabWorks first! You will love their staff. They always find a solution to eliminate pain from sports injuries, surgery scar tissue, and even joint pain issues.

    Thoughts?

    Everybody at RehabWorks gives 110% toward making sure their clients are as pain free as possible. I can't think of another place that will get the same results as they do.

    Read more about Reuben's recovery on OANOW.com

  • Aidan Elder

    Aidan Elder
    About Me
    • Services: Physical Therapy & Sports Performance
    • Phenix City Intermediate School
    • 11 years old
    • Hobbies: Running and Karate
    • Family: Father, Joe; mother, Nichole; brother, Jonah
    Why RehabWorks?

    We chose RehabWorks several years ago because Kelly Shaw was the only physical therapist we met that was willing to work to improve Aidan’s condition instead of just passively treating the symptoms. I asked Kelly how we could improve on Aidan’s speed because he was concerned that he ran slowly. Kelly recommended that we work with a running coach and she suggested Lesley Binning with RehabWorks’ Sports Performance program.

    Results?

    When Aidan was 18 months old, a doctor told us he would never run or never be able to play sports. He also said he would need to wear ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) or foot drop braces in order to walk. After years of work with Kelly, Aidan participates in 5k races and he’s a black belt in karate! He has also participated in soccer and wrestling camps. Since we’ve been working with Lesley, Aidan’s running form and speed has improved tremendously

    Thoughts?

    We could not ask for two finer people to work with Aidan. Kelly has gone above and beyond the call of duty for us as long as we can remember. Even though we’ve only known Lesley for a few months, she’s been inspiring and positive.

    Our experiences with RehabWorks have been awesome! We can’t say enough great things about Kelly and Lesley! We recommend RehabWorks to anyone looking for therapy or sports enhancement.

  • L.R.

    About Me
    • Valley, AL
    • 98 years young!
    • Occupation (before retirement): Electrical Engineer
    • Wife: “J.R.” was a RN for 47 years before retirement
    • Married 52 years (& dated 15 years!)
    Why RehabWorks?

    We’ve tried eight different doctors and pain specialists over the past two years. Only one doctor suggested physical therapy. We tried another rehab facility but we didn’t get results. A neighbor referred us to RehabWorks. He said “they will twist you like a pretzel but when they’re finished, your muscles will be stretched out without any pain!” Ha!

    Results?

    After Scott finished with my husband on the third visit, he was finally pain-free at night. He could sleep six or seven hours before getting up to sit for the rest of the night in his recliner. He’s doing his general work around the house without help -- as he was doing before. He even just finished two metal gates that he built for our garden in 100 degree heat! If he stumbles and falls down, I don't have to call a neighbor to help him get up because he can get off the floor by himself again. The exercises are great for people of all ages. I even do some of the exercises myself and I’ve become stronger too! We’re “proof in the pudding!”

    Advice?

    Go for it! You have nothing to lose! If you follow their instructions, you will get your old life style back but without the pain and with an added bounce in your step. You’re responsible for your life! Your doctor is a consultant so you have the right to tell your doctor to prescribe physical therapy.

    Thoughts?

    We really can't say enough great things about RehabWorks! Everyone is professional and they give 100% of their time and effort.

  • Ayan Merchant

    Ayan Merchant
    About Me
    • Services: Physical & Occupational Therapy
    • Therapists: Cynthia, Keena, Tracy, Whitney, Anna & Mallory
    • 13 years old
    • Drake Middle School, Auburn
    • Favorite activities: Tennis, playing with friends, working out, playing video games, technology
    • Family: Father- Asif ; Mother-Ambreen; Brother (11 years old) – Adil
    • Parents own Intrigue Jewelers - Auburn Mall
    Goals?

    Continue to get stronger and study business so I can go into the jewelry business

    My Story

    On the morning of June 8th, 2014, Ayan awoke unable to move or control his body. He fell out of bed and his father had to carry him. Within 10 minutes of visiting his pediatrician, Ayan was sent to Children’s Hospital by ambulance. After a series of spinal taps, CT scans, and MRIs over two days, he was finally diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Ayan stayed in Children’s Hospital for 3 weeks and started therapy at RehabWorks as soon as he returned home.

    Why RehabWorks?

    Parents: The physicians at Children’s Hospital referred him to RehabWorks because it’s the only rehab in this area that offers both physical and occupational therapy for neurological conditions.

    Results?
    Ayan Merchant

    Parents: The therapists helped Ayan improve strength, balance, coordination, endurance, handwriting and many other things like feeding himself. At first, he was so weak that he couldn’t even scratch his own face or eat with utensils. After all of his therapy, he is now strong and working out at the gym for two hours at a time.

    Ayan: I was in a wheelchair before. Now, I can run and ride a bike! When I started therapy, my grip strength was 16 pounds per square inch and now it’s 90!

    Advice?

    Ayan: Having a happy attitude and staying positive will help you achieve results faster. Everyone is really nice at RehabWorks and the therapists are really great motivators.

    Insights?

    Mom: We really appreciate RehabWorks so much. It was so scary to see our active son go through this. Everyone here feels like family. We’re so grateful that his therapy allowed him to improve enough that he didn’t have to miss his 7th grade year.

  • Tim Mason

    Tim Mason
    About Me
    • Service: Physical Therapy
    • Occupation: Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
    • Son, Jack (7 years old)
    • Hobby: Hapkido (Korean martial art)
    Why RehabWorks?

    I wasn’t familiar with any of the rehab services locally. After shoulder surgery, Dr. Win Lyle recommended that I call RehabWorks first.

    Results?

    I have regained my full range of motion and flexibility in my shoulder. The strength is returning at a surprisingly fast pace. Before my surgery, my orthopedist gave me dates that I could expect to return to work, weight training and Hapkido. I beat all of those dates by at least one month each.

    I did my homework. The exercises that Christie and Jeff gave me were exactly what I needed so my results were fantastic.

    Thoughts?

    Everyone in the office is great and they really love when you bring in donuts! Ha! It’s a terrific atmosphere. Even though they have a big AU on the wall (Gig 'Em Aggies!), I’d happily recommend them to anyone!

  • Mary Cornell

    Mary Cornell
    About Me
    • Originally from Iowa
    • Retired Nurse
    • Lives in Auburn (moved from Lake of the Ozarks, MO)
    • Three grown children (two sons & one daughter)
    • Seven grandchildren (five girls & two boys)
    My Story

    I began physical therapy with Abby in April, 2014, after surgery on my right femur/hip. My rehab went well! I was quickly walking unassisted and with very few problems except for an unstable right knee. My patella was dislocated to the side of my knee. After trying some taping procedures, I carried on until I couldn’t go any further due to the instability of my knee. I talked with my surgeon, Dr. Morrell, about concerns of falling & possibly injuring my right hip & upper right leg beyond repair. In June, 2014, I had my right knee replaced as well as re-constructive surgery to ensure my patella would stay in place. My goals were slow to advance because of the grafts & scar tissue, but the fine professional therapists at RehabWorks did everything possible to ensure I would regain the best possible mobility. There were days of triumph & days when it didn't go so well but neither of us gave up! On October 30, 2014, I attended my last rehab session. It has indeed been bittersweet because the encouragement, professionalism & care plan was excellent. I give them the credit today for the mobility regained by encouraging & pushing me in every session to do the best I could!

    Results?

    I started the AU football season with a walker/seat but I quickly progressed to using a cane. By the 4th game, I used the handicapped shuttle but walked into the stadium! By the last game, I even walked back to scholarship parking alone!

    Advice?

    If you find yourself in need of physical therapy & rehab, I strongly recommend RehabWorks!!

  • Clayton Wingo

    Clayton Wingo
    About Me
    • 4 years old
    • Son of Shon & Tania Wingo
    • Clayton is a triplet. Sister is Maci. His identical brother, Jacob, is in heaven.
    • Clayton was in the NICU in Atlanta for 5 weeks after birth.
    Why RehabWorks?

    Dr. Thorne and Hattie Lett (Early Intervention) both suggested RehabWorks -- preferably therapist Kelly Shaw.

    Advice?

    I never thought I would be using physical therapy for my son but RehabWorks really helped Clayton achieve so many goals. We would not be where we are today without Kelly and RehabWorks.

    Thoughts?

    As an EAMC employee, I’m very impressed that we have such a wonderful place within our organization. Dale and Kristen at the registration desk are so nice and friendly. They welcome us and they always let our kids feed the fish. They look forward to it every Thursday. Thanks for everything RehabWorks!

  • Rob Sullivan

    Rob Sullivan
    About Me
    • Service: Physical Therapy
    • 59 years old
    • Opelika, AL
    Why RehabWorks?

    I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which required an amputation above the right knee in October, 2013.

    I chose RehabWorks to learn how to walk with my new prosthetic leg. I also strengthened my left leg in preparation for a total knee replacement surgery which was about 6 months after the amputation. Remarkably, my left leg was my weak point when walking following my amputation.

    Results?

    I learned how to walk with a more specialized prosthesis. I had a very successful rehabilitation for the left total knee replacement. I walk without assistance and I'm getting stronger every day!

    Advice?

    "Prehabing" my knee prior to knee replacement greatly decreased my recovery time.

    Thoughts?

    The RehabWorks staff is wonderful! They not only cared about my situation but they also helped me walk again. I owe them a lot!

  • Malone Kaak

    Malone Kaak
    About Me
    • Services: Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy
    • 21 years old
    • From Waverly, AL
    • Lee Scott Academy graduate (2013)
    • Student-Athlete: Junior, Huntingdon College (basketball)
    • Son of Scott Kaak and Amy Fisher
    • Brother, Simms Kaak; Sister, Townsend Kaak
    Why RehabWorks?

    Amy: Malone suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing high school basketball in a freak accident. He lost the majority of his memory and had some motor challenges. They worked with him on every aspect of recovery and really made him feel a part of the RehabWorks team. I had been a patient at RehabWorks a few years before Malone’s accident so I knew they would be thorough and caring in our very unknown and challenging situation.

    Malone: My mother’s choice of RehabWorks for my rehabilitation was a terrific decision. We would choose RehabWorks again, if needed.

    Results?

    Amy: They were incredibly compassionate with me and helped me understand what he was dealing with so that I could be a part of his recovery.

    Malone: Therapy helped me recover from a serious brain injury. I had to re-learn the alphabet and the months of the year. After four years since my injury, I now have a 3.0 grade point average! If that doesn’t speak to the miracles that God can do through the beauty of therapy, I don’t know what else would.

    My therapy was rigorous and rough because of the amount of physical and emotional pain I endured. I’m now better than ever. I still have slight memory issues and motor malfunctions but to be where I am today is all due to the wonderful people at RehabWorks.

    Advice?

    Amy: Be honest with your therapists and talk to them not only about how you’re doing but what you’re feeling.

    Malone: The entire RehabWorks team is incredibly genuine. They care about you as a person just as much as they do about your recovery. Everyone knew my name and asked me how I was doing every session. It was an enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Thoughts?

    Amy: I’m so thankful that God used RehabWorks as a vehicle of healing for Malone. They were so incredibly supportive.

    Malone: I told all of my wonderful therapists that I would give them a “shout out” when I got back on the court. I’m BACK -- thanks to all of my therapists and the wonders they performed. Thanks to each and every one of you! I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me! God Bless!

  • Leevan 'Superman' Sands

    Leevan 'Superman' Sands
    About Me
    • 33 years old
    • Originally from Nassau, Bahamas
    • AU - Bachelors of Arts (Adult Education) 2005
    • Professional Track Athlete
    • 3x Olympian, Olympic and World Medalist (triple jump) - Bahamian Teams
    • Wife: Danielle
    • Sons: Leevan, III (7), Lion (3) and Legend (1) Sands
    • Owners: Snobiz, East University Dr./Glenn Ave.
    Why RehabWorks?

    In 2007, I was injured while training. My coach had a good relationship with physical therapist, Steve Kisor, and he suggested I work with him. It's the only place I would go for rehab.

    My Story

    During the finals in the 2012 Olympic Games, I completely ruptured my patela tendon on my right knee! It was extremely painful. I was devastated because I was in the best shape of my life! I just wanted to finish the competition but I couldn't even move my right leg. I had immediate surgery to reconstruct my patella tendon! I went from being a "super human" to being bed ridden for a couple months! It was not fun! Even though I was in a lot of pain, I couldn't wait to start my rehab with Steve and the RehabWorks team. I knew they would do their best to get me back in top form. The rehab process took about 1 year and 5 months. I went from crutches to walking with a brace to learning how to walk without a brace to finally running again! The program definitely improved my flexibility and overall strength. I also gained a lot of confidence and mental strength.

    Results?

    RehabWorks definitely exceeded my expectations because I've regained muscle strength in my right quad and hamstring! I am running again and even jumping competitively. In April, 2015, I did the triple jump for the 1st time since the 2012 Olympics and I won!

    Advice?

    Do it and don't hesitate! RehabWorks becomes your family and they really care. No matter how much pain you have, they will always find a way to put a smile on your face! They're truly blessed and anointed!

    If you've ever thought about giving up, DON'T! If I can do this, you can too! Anything is possible as long as you have faith and believe in yourself!

    Thoughts?

    I thank God for Steve Kisor and the whole RehabWorks team for everything they've done for me! They gave me another opportunity to follow my goals and dreams again!

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  • Skylar Jones

    Skylar Jones
    About Me
    • Services: Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
    • 7 years old
    • Richland Elementary School
    • Parents - Missy and Glenn Jones
    • Brothers - Gage and Blake; Sister - Hunter
    Why RehabWorks?

    RehabWorks was recommended by Skylar's pediatrician after her diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. She has bonded with all of the therapists so much that we couldn't imagine going anywhere else. Therapist Kelly Shaw and Skylar have developed a very special bond over the years. She has been working with her since she was one. Skylar looks forward to therapy every week.

    Results?

    The years of therapy she has received, along with a couple of surgeries along the way, have allowed Skylar to walk independently. This is something we weren't sure would have been possible before.

    Advice?

    We highly recommend RehabWorks! From the office personnel to all of the therapists, we couldn't think of a better group of people. Not only are they great at their jobs, they genuinely care about their patients.

  • Nico Mukendi

    Nico Mukendi
    About Me
    • Originally from Hillsborough, NJ
    • 20 years old
    • Attends Auburn University/Student-Athlete
    • Plays as a back on AU Handball Club Team
    • Played football, baseball and basketball in high school
    Why RehabWorks?

    RehabWorks has a partnership with (United States Association Team Handball) USATH.

    Expectations?

    Physical Therapist, Steve Kisor, exceeded my expectations for recovery. I was able to return to the court months before the expected recovery time!

    Results?
    Nico Mukendi

    My shoulder has made a full recovery after suffering a torn labrum.

    Advice?

    The staff is professional and courteous while maintaining a positive rehabilitative environment.

    Testimonial

    "I was miserable sitting on the sidelines, but I’m glad I took the time to heal,” says Mukendi. “Four months after the surgery, we began my throwing program, which got me get back on the court sooner than I ever thought possible.

    In the News

    Read more about Nico's recovery on OANOW.com

  • Bradley Northcutt

    Bradley Northcutt
    About Me
    • Son of Van & Melissa
    • 11th grade
    • Auburn High School
    • Football & Baseball player
    Why RehabWorks?

    Parents: We've used RehabWorks in the past and we’ve always had good results.

    Athlete: I’ve worked with RehabWorks multiple times. The results are fast and they’ve helped me get back on the field as soon as possible.

    How has our program improved your overall performance? Why RehabWorks?

    Parents: The therapy and strengthening of Bradley’s ankle had him back on the field within a few months and he regained all of his speed.

    Athlete: The program not only strengthened my ankle, but it also helped me regain the strength I lost in the rest of my leg after being in a cast for 2 months.

    Expectations?
    Bradley Northcutt

    Parents: Exceeded! We saw great results in a very short amount of time.

    Athlete: My expectations were exceeded. I’m back on the field a lot faster than I expected and I’m playing completely healthy.

    Advice?

    Parents: RehabWorks is very effective and the therapists are excellent.

    Athlete: RehabWorks is fast and effective IF you put in the work to get back to where you used to be.

    Advice for anyone considering our program?

    Do it! You won’t be sorry!