Our Physical Therapists (PTs) are doctors in their field, who can help you reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Our PTs can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. They use their hands, heads, and hearts to design a patient-specific and patient-centered program to address weaknesses, motion restrictions, coordination deficits, and other impairments.
Michael May, DPT, CWS
Mike has practiced physical therapy in Hawarden since 1993. He received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University and completed undergraduate work at Northwestern College earning a BA in Biology with a teaching certificate. Mike loves the combination of teaching and healthcare he can provide in Physical Therapy. He is a generalist at heart working with almost all ages and diagnoses, but he has emphasized manual therapy in his practice treating a wide a variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. He has a board certification in wound care, and also practices dry needling.
Abby Stainbrook, DPT
Abby Stainbrook joined Hawarden Regional Healthcare in July 2015. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010. Her undergraduate degree was obtained from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science. She has experience in treating a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions with people of all ages, with a particular interest in working with pediatric patients. She is also certified as an LSVT BIG therapist, which is a specialized treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease. Stainbrook enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them to return to their daily and recreational activities.
Lindsey Tuntland, DPT
Lindsey Tuntland has practiced physical therapy in Hawarden since 2102, after graduating from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Tuntland completed her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion at South Dakota State University. She enjoys being part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team and working with people of all ages and diagnoses to improve their quality of life. Her area of interest is in women’s health. Tuntland has attended several women’s health courses and currently provides physical therapy treatment for urinary incontinence and pregnancy and postpartum. Tuntland is an Ireton native and likes the rural community atmosphere. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and staying active.
Collin Wiggins, DPT
Collin Wiggins has practiced physical therapy in Hawarden since 2005 after receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota. Collin has experience treating all ages and diagnoses, but has received focused training on vestibular rehabilitation and providing physical therapy in skilled nursing facilities. As a Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI) through the American Physical Therapy Association, he is able to use his knowledge and expertise to instruct physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students during their clinical experiences. Collin enjoys getting to know his patients and helping them on their path of recovery.
Debra Lewison, PTA
Deb Lewison has worked in the Physical Medicine Department since 2007. Lewison graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Western Iowa Tech in 2006. Lewison is licensed and board certified in Iowa and South Dakota. Deb works in multiple settings of physical medicine including long-term care, skilled care, outpatient, inpatient and home care. “It is fun to work in a rich environment that isn’t the same every day.” Lewison’s focus is geriatrics. “We want to keep people as independent and able to do as many things as possible. It is very rewarding to help someone recover from an injury or illness that they feared would be life altering.” Deb and her family live in rural Akron where they enjoy spending time with each other and an ever-growing menagerie of pets.
Abigal Stearns, DPT
Abby joined Hawarden Regional Healthcare in June 2019. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota and has experience in working with the geriatric population. Abby is also a certified athletic trainer, receiving her Bachelor's degree from Dakota Wesleyan University. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages, finding the best way to get them back to doing the activities they love. Abby and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors with their son and golden retriever.
Kaitlin Davies, DPT
Kaitlin joined Hawarden Regional Healthcare in October of 2019. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Jamestown in Fargo, ND in 2016. She has returned to her hometown to continue her career, where she likes the variety of being able to treat all ages and diagnoses. She enjoys getting to know her patients as they progress through therapy and improve their overall quality of life. Kaitlin is also a certified LSVT BIG therapist, which is a specialized treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease. She lives in Canton, SD with her husband where you'll find them chasing after their three daughters!