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Meet our Patient Care Coordinator Team, aka the “Front Desk Girls.”

Meet our Patient Care Coordinator Team, aka the “Front Desk Girls.” These ladies are the first people you will meet at OSTC and they greet everyone with the best smiles in Wichita Falls! What most people don’t know is that in addition to greeting and checking patients in, they are also responsible for coordinating your physical therapy at OSTC. They check with insurance companies, talk to doctors’ offices, schedule therapy sessions, answer phones and basically coordinate every part of your treatment at OSTC. Let’s take a moment to meet these hard-working patient care coordinators and thank them for all they do to keep OSTC running smoothly!

First up, is Kiera Worthy. She is originally from Wichita Falls, but graduated from Lawton Ike High school in Lawton, Ok. Kiera has 2 children, a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. She celebrated her 1-year anniversary at OSTC back in October, and says her favorite thing about working at OSTC is interacting with the patients and she loves the people she gets to work with every day. As Christmas time is approaching, Kiera is looking forward to spending some time with her father and grandparents down in Houston.

Amber Jett will celebrate her 1-year anniversary at OSTC on January 29th. Before working at OSTC, Amber was a manager at Old Navy for 3 years. She is also a local girl who grew up in Holliday and now lives in Holliday with her husband and 5-year-old son. When asked what her favorite part about working at OSTC is, she replied, “The people I work with, they have quickly become like family to me! And our patients are all amazing too!” Amber will be spending this Holiday Season in Holliday TX, with her family and loved ones.

The newest member of the Team is Melody Goatley. She is also a local girl and graduated from Wichita Falls Rider High School. Melody, “Mel” has only been at OSTC for one month but is already apart of the OSTC family. She states that she loves the environment, the patient care coordinator team and management staff at OSTC. Mel comes to us from Dillard’s where she was the ladies’ department manager. She is very fashionable, so if you need some fashion tips…you know who to ask (she gets questions from the staff all the time). Mel is excited to spend time with her family over the Holidays. This includes her mother and step-father, brother, sister in law, 3 nephews and a niece. Oh, and her two cats! Thank you patient care coordinator team, for all you do!

November is National Diabetes Month

November is dedicated as National Diabetes Month, during this month we focus our attention on the growing cost of diabetes to American families.  Over 30 million Americans are impacted by diabetes, effecting not only their physical and mental health but also their financial well-being.  The average medical expenditures for people diagnosed with diabetes are 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes.   NDAM

OSTC  challenges you to make small changes throughout the month to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

  1.  Take the American Diabetes Associations Risk Test.
  2.  Check in with your doctor.  It is important to have a yearly physical
  3.  Get Physical, it is recommended that you get 150 minutes of physical activity a week
  4.  Drink water!  Avoid sugary drinks such as sweet tea, sodas, fruit juice and flavored beverages
  5.  Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and avoid foods high in trans-fats, saturated fats and sugars.
  6.  Get plenty of rest, studies have shown that poor sleep quality increases the risk for diabetes and obesity
  7.  Lose the extra weight.  Losing 7% of initial body weight has been shown to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 60%

Pink Out at OSTC

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everywhere you look people are wearing pink, from sports teams to doctor’s offices. At OSTC, the employees wear pink shirts every Friday to help raise awareness during the month of October. This year all proceeds from the T-shirt sales are going to help support Macey Hall’s mother, Lynn Hall. Macey is a physical therapy technician at OSTC. While working as a tech, Macey is also studying to become a physical therapy assistant.  

Macey’s mother is an Elementary teacher at Bowie Elementary and her father is the Bowie girl’s basketball coach.  Macey’s older sister lives in Archer City with her husband and almost 2 year old little son, Gage.  Her younger brother is currently playing basketball at Yellowstone Christian College in Billings, Montana.

Lynn Hall beat breast cancer once before, now TEAM HALL is geared up to beat it once again.

If you are interested in purchasing a Pink OSTC shirt or a TEAM HALL shirt contact us at OSTC.

940-692-4688

Macey and her family appreciate all the community support.

OSTC is the Only Treatment Facility in the Area that Utilizes LightForce LASER Therapy

OSTC is proud to be the first clinic in the Wichita Falls area to offer LiteCure Laser Therapy. This next generation healing modality is up to 3000 times more powerful than conventional lasers.

Laser Therapy is an FDA approved modality that reduces inflammation and ultimately results in pain reduction. Laser Therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-op pain.

Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless, and fast. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy treatments are administered in 5 to 10 minute time segments and typically patients see results after 3 to 5 sessions. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy utilizes your body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Despite fast treatment times, laser therapy initiates a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up 24 hours.

During treatment, you will feel a soothing warmth that identifies the beginning of an 18-24 hour process of modulated cellular activity leading to decreased pain and inflammation.laser

What does LASER do?

“Laser Treatment” or photobiomodulation causes physiological and biochemical events to occur within the cell which may include the following:

●Analgesia (relief from pain)

●Reduced Inflammation

●Accelerated Tissue Repair/Wound Healing

● Increased Blood Flow

●Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation

● Improved Nerve Function

How does LASER give pain relief?

● Increases release of beta endorphins

● Increases release of nitric oxide

●Decreases bradykinin levels

●Stabilizes the membrane potential of the nerve cells

What is the cost of LASER treatment?

At OSTC, we believe the LASER treatment can be beneficial to many patients.  If you are interested in Laser, and would like to see if this treatment could help you, call OSTC to set up a free consultation with one of our athletic trainers or physical therapists.  Your first LASER treatment is complimentary.

additional treatments are $20/session or $150 for 10 sessions.

Tana Drennan, is now a Certified Pre- and Post-Natal Fitness Specialist

OSTC is proud to announce that our own Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Condition Specialist, Tana Drennan, is now a Certified Pre- and Post-Natal Fitness Specialist.

Tana is in her 6th year with OSTC, bringing 17 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer and 9 years of experience as a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Tana loves her job helping others get back in shape, which typically follows an athletic injury; however, after having her first child, she realized many women are hesitant to exercise during and after pregnancy with limited coaching available. In response, Tana began studying exercise and fitness specifically geared toward pregnancy and after pregnancy, and she is now dedicated to helping others through this confusing, stressful, and joyous time.tana

Proper exercise during pregnancy not only helps women get “back in shape,” it also helps relieve common aches and pains, shorten delivery time, and speeds recovery time. Exercising after the baby is born also helps the new mom deal with changing hormones and emotions. As a mother of three, 2 earthly babies and 1 angel baby, Tana understands the hardships, pains, and stress that accompanies women during and following pregnancy. She also knows while it is important to cherish every moment with those precious babies, it is important to take care of yourself, before and after the baby arrives.

If you are interested in talking with Tana Drennan, OSTC’s Certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, give her a call at 940-692-4688

OSTC Massage Therapist, Jackie Malone, Specializes in Prenatal Massage

  • Relieves Headaches
  • Alleviates backaches
  • Enhances sleep
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Reduces edema

What is prenatal massage?

Massage for pregnant women is also used to reduce stress on weight bearing joints. It helps with blood and lymph circulation, relaxes nervous tensions which in turn helps aid better sleep, and can possibly help with symptoms of depression and anxiety caused by hormonal changes during and after pregnancy.

During the prenatal massage sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions are used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied.

Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with small, cushioned wedge placed under both knees. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your licensed massage therapist can provide a pregnancy pillow if you wish to lie face down.

Prenatal Massage Prices 1/2 hour – $35.00 1 hour – $60.00 1 1/2 hour – $80.00

TEAM OSTC takes on the Hotter-N-Hell Hundred

TEAM OSTC

OSTC employees, friend and family teamed up to ride in the Hotter-N-Hell Hundred on Aug. 25th.  Many members from TEAM OSTC completed the 50 mile ride.  Steve Bailey completed 75 miles.  Lucas Vietenheimer and Ana Lopez took on the big challenge of finishing the entire ride at 100 miles.

Team OSTC trained together for many months, sharing in lots of muscle soreness, sweat, and laughs.  They are already pumped to ride again next year!

If you are interested in riding with Team OSTC, contact us!  We love to ride with our friends, family, patients, and wellness members.
HHH 2018

OSTC Biking Team takes on the Dehydrator

Team Dehydrator

The Dehydrator is a bike ride held in Duncan Oklahoma, with distances ranging from 10-80 miles. Participants ride through rolling hills, plains and areas of Stephens County, including a stretch across the Waurika Lake Dam. The Dehydrator is ranked as one of the top rides in Oklahoma.

25 mile

On July 28, several members of OSTC’s bike riding team set out at 5am to make the drive to Duncan Oklahoma. Some of the riders participated in the 25 mile ride, while others went on to do the big 80!

The bike riding team used this ride as a way to continue training for the famous Hotter-N-Hell Hundred that will take place at the end of August here in Wichita Falls.

Staying physically active and healthy is not just something we talk about at OSTC, it is something we encourage and support each other to do! OSTC we are proud of y’all!

Specialty Cycling Sports Massage offered at OSTC

Hotter-N-Hell Hundred, one of the oldest and largest cycling events in the nation will be held in Wichita Falls August 23-26. “HHH” consist of 4 days of events with the famous 100-mile endurance ride on Saturday, Aug 25 2018.

At OSTC, many of our employees have been preparing and training to ride in the HHH, but Jackie Malone, OSTC’s massage therapist, has been preparing to help cyclists perform at their highest level. Jackie offers two types of specialty sports massage for cyclist; pre and post event massage.

The pre-event massage works to wake and warm the athlete before getting on the bike. This massage will help the cyclist to feel looser and less sore when they start riding. It is best to schedule a pre-event massage the week or two before the cycling event, while allowing at least 1 day of recovery before the actual race. A pre-event massage focuses on stretching and warming the ligaments and tendons of the limbs. Relaxed muscles allow for more blood flow to the muscles, tendons and ligaments, which in turn helps reduce the risk of injury during the race.

Massage room

Post event massage is best if scheduled in the days following the competition. This type of massage helps to reduce soreness, and tension in the muscle while maintaining flexibility. After a ride, post event massage can speed the removal of waste from the body and help the cyclist to recover sooner. Not to mention, a post event massage is relaxing, both mentally and physically.

If you are preparing for the Hotter-N-Hell Hundred, call OSTC to schedule your Specialty Cycling Sports Massage today! Spots for both Pre and Post Event Massages will fill up quickly, so it is best to secure your massage as soon as possible.

 

OSTC Specialty Cycling Sports Massage Pricing

$45/ 30 min

$75/ 1 hour

14 th Annual Coaches Clinic is a HUGE Success

OSTC athletic trainers and physical therapist hosted the 14th Annual Coaches Clinic.  75 coaches and sponsors from local high schools met Tuesday morning at OSTC to learn CPR/AED and concussion protocol.  

This is always a fun day for the staff at OSTC, and we hope the coaches/sponsors enjoy this day as much as we do.

OSTC’s Sports Medicine program strives to be the best in the North Texas area.  The athletic trainers and physical therapists that work with a local team love being a member of the team!  Soon we will all be gearing up for Volleybal games and good old Texas Friday night Football games.

OSTC would like to wish a good luck to ALL the local sports teams, and a little extra to the Holliday Eagles, Henrietta Bearcats, Burkburnette Bulldogs, Christ Academy Warriors, and Notre Dame Knights.