About Us: McCook Therapy and Wellness
Helping you reach your goals is our priority.
At McCook Therapy and Wellness our mission is to provide “Your Foundation to Wellness” by combining rehabilitation with our fitness/wellness facility. The primary purpose of McCook Therapy is to help you recover or retain the functionality you are accustomed to. As an independent practice, our clients are our number one concern and priority.
McCook Therapy and Wellness is our area’s only therapy clinic equipped with a 24-hour fitness facility. This allows for the ability to continue on your path of wellness after you have achieved your therapy specific goals providing “specialization not just generalization”. Individuals seeking wellness and fitness training can progress with their workout program with the comfort of having experienced therapists and personnel on staff to help with any fitness questions or concerns. You will never be overlooked or underappreciated in our clinic. Our offices are conveniently located with excellent parking and facilities for your comfort and convenience.
Providing you with the best therapists to get you moving.
AMY HEUMILLER, OT/L | Occupational Therapist
A native of Salem, South Dakota, Amy graduated from Salem High School in 1985. She received her prerequisites at South Dakota State University in Brookings, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree for Occupational Therapy in 1990 from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated Cum Laude from Creighton and has been a practicing licensed Occupational Therapist since 1990.
Amy has experience in several areas including but not limited to Outpatient Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Long Term Care, Home Health, and Pediatrics. Amy has received specialized training in Shoulder and Hand rehab, Medically Complex disease management such as Cardiopulmonary and Cancer rehab, and is a Master Clinician in Dementia Care for those with cognitive decline from Alzheimers, Stroke and Head Injuries.
When not helping her clients, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, supporting local athletics and community efforts, Zumba, crafts, and reading. Amy, her husband Ron, and their five children continue to make Salem their home.
ABBIE MITCHELL, DPT | Physical Therapist
A native of Pierre South Dakota. Abbie Graduated from Pierre High School in 2008. She then went on to get her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of North Dakota. Abbie has gained work experience in many settings while working as a travel physical therapist, including home health, orthopedic outpatient, acute care and skilled nursing facilities. Her passions are working in the orthopedic setting and treating patients with vertigo/dizziness. In her free time Abbie enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
ALLISON THIELSEN, DPT | Physical Therapist
A native of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Allison graduated from Roncalli High School in 2012. She attended Dakota State University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree for Biology in 2016. Allison was also a member of the Trojan volleyball team during her time at DSU. Allison graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2019 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her special interests include sports medicine and rehabilitation, shoulder and knee pathology, manual therapy, and balance disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys helping out on the farm, participating in outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
CASSIE HAYES, PTA | Physical Therapy Assistant
A native of Watertown, South Dakota, Cassie graduated from Watertown High School in 2009. She attended Lake Area Technical Institute where she graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2012. Her interests include traveling, hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with family and friends.
ADRIEN HEITER, PT | Physical Therapy Assistant
A native of Emery, South Dakota, Adrien graduated from Bridgewater-Emery High School in 2012. He attended Lake Area Technical Institute where he graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2015. His interests include athletic sporting, hunting, and spending time with friends and family.
TISHA WEBER, COTA | Occupational Therapy Assistant
A native of Salem, South Dakota, Tisha graduated from McCook Central high school in 2014. She attended Lake Area Technical Institute where she graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program in 2017. Tisha completed her first Level II fieldwork here at McCook Therapy and Wellness where she gained knowledge and skills in orthopedic and stroke rehab. She completed her second Level II fieldwork at the Hartford, Humboldt, and Lennox schools where she worked with children ranging from 1 to 18 years old. Tisha is passionate about working with pediatrics in areas such as fine motor development, sensory integration, and emotional regulation. She passed her national exam in September of 2017 and became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Her next step is to become certified in Physical Agent Modalities. Outside of work, Tisha enjoys going to concerts, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.