Community Sports and Therapy Center (CSTC) is proud to announce that two of our leadership team members have earned their doctorate degrees in 2020.
Physical Therapists Karen Heckman and Stacy Holland, who are sisters, have recently earned their Doctorates of Physical Therapy while working full time providing quality patient care, raising families, and continuing to lead our therapy team.
Karen Heckman, PT, MHS, DPT, joined CSTC in 1993 as a Physical Therapist and currently holds the position of Director of Operations. Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1993, her Masters in Health Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2002 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in November of 2020.
Karen not only provides invaluable leadership to our team, but specializes in the geriatric population in home health settings, as well as treatment of inpatients. She has advance coursework in current concepts such as home care, LSVT BIG®, functional gait biomechanics, hemiplegic gait, stroke recovery, fall prevention, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and therapeutic exercise for the elderly. She is also experienced in extended care facilities, hospice care, and orthopedic outpatients.
Stacy Holland, PT, DPT, joined CSTC in 2001 as a Physical Therapist and is our Assistant Director of Physical Therapy. Stacy earned her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1997 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in the fall of 2020. Her primary area of focus is servicing the outpatient and inpatient population at Mercer Health. Her specialties include outpatient orthopedic care, LSVT BIG® certified clinician, vestibular assessment and treatment, treatment and management of running injuries, and she is certified in dry needling.
Karen and Stacy both knew they wanted a career that would help others and make a positive difference in their quality of life. They found the perfect fit in the career of physical therapy—and would choose this profession again if they could start all over.
“I love what I do on a daily basis and going to work DOES NOT feel like going to work,” said Karen. “It is a very satisfying and rewarding job.”
Stacy says the most rewarding part of her job is “watching someone achieve their goals.”
“Seeing patients improve and achieving the therapy goals they had set for themselves whether that be return to sport, being able to walk again, or simply being able to get up out of a chair by themselves,” Karen adds. “It is great to see each patient reach their potential however great or small that may seem to others.”
When asked why they decided to further their education Karen states “Healthcare is involving including the area of physical therapy and I feel it is important to keep an up-to-date knowledge base to provide the best care possible to our patients.”
“I truly wanted to learn to better service the patients which I encounter,” Stacy added.
Both are proud of the fact that CSTC offers personalized one-on-one care with hands on treatment and a plan individualized for each patients’ deficits and needs in order to improve and maximize our patients’ outcomes.
CEO Bob Hibner commented “Karen and Stacy continue to provide valuable leadership in our therapy programs. Our program continues to strive to provide effective therapy based on treatment procedures and methods that continue to evolve based on the latest clinical research in the medical field.
Karen and Stacy’s dynamic leadership has been instrumental in the ongoing development of our staff and their commitment to positive patient outcomes is exemplary,” Bob added. “They are exceptional individuals who lead by example and inspire others to provide exceptional patient care.”
From our entire team, congratulations to Karen and Stacy for their ongoing commitment to personal and professional development!