2 La Porte physical therapists earn certification in oncology rehabilitation

 

 

Two physical therapists at Northwest Health have been certified by the Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute (PORi) as oncology rehabilitation specialists. With these certifications, Northwest Health – La Porte now meets the standards to classify as an Oncology Rehabilitation Center of Excellence.    

Stacey Davis

Stacey Davis, PT, DPT, CLT, and Lisa Jongkind, MSPT, CLT, received the certification. To earn it, Davis and Jongkind participated in specialized cancer rehabilitation training to address the unique needs of individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer-related surgeries, radiation and/or chemotherapy. Each completed over 200 hours of training. Both have extensive experience treating cancer patients. 

After receiving her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Andrews University and practicing for several years, Davis focused her studies on lymphedema therapy and pelvic and oncology rehab.  

Lisa Jongkind

Jongkind, a lifelong resident of La Porte, holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Andrews University. Her focus is oncology rehab, lymphedema therapy, and rehab for Parkinson’s Disease patients.  

As oncology rehabilitation specialists, both Davis and Jongkind treat patients at all stages of cancer to improve any symptoms associated with their oncology treatments, including lymphedema, pain, decreased range of motion, decreased endurance, sexual function, incontinence, balance, and more. 

“Having two of our therapists complete this certification process is a benefit to cancer patients in northwest Indiana” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO of Northwest Health. “I’m grateful for their expertise, skills and their passion for helping patients with cancer or recovering from cancer treatment. Oncology rehabilitation is an important addition to the cancer care services provided in La Porte and throughout Northwest Health.” 

Northwest Health offers access to experienced medical oncologists and surgeons, PET/CT and other diagnostic imaging, chemotherapy infusion, radiation oncology, and oncology rehabilitation.    

PORi offers the only national certification in cancer rehabilitation. It provides cancer-related educational resources and certifications to physical, occupational and speech therapists. The organization touts its certifications covering “the latest evidence-based research and thorough scientific understanding of the physiologic impact of cancer.”

To learn more about cancer care at Northwest Health, visit NWHealthIN.com.

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