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200 Hospital Avenue
Jefferson, NC 28640
336-846-7101

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Patient Focused Care


Riverside Medical Center's patients have access to advanced technology and a healthcare plan
specifically designed for their successful treatment and recovery. From admission until
discharge and beyond, Riverside Medical Center's teammates focus on exceptional care, close to home.





Patient Portal

Keep up with your personal health information by using the patient portal. We've made accessing your health records easy, but your information is still entirely private and confidential. See and manage lab results, perscriptions, billing, immunizations records, surgical history, past procedures, discharge instructions and more.
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Rehabilitation Services

Rehab Services: 336-846-0833
Fax: 336-846-0780

NO REFERRAL NEEDED!


We are a dedicated group of certified therapists and rehabilitation specialists who strive to help you achieve your personal mobility goals. We offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and speech therapy.

At Ashe Memorial Hospital, you will begin your rehab journey with a personal, 1-on-1 evaluation to get an overview of your individual needs. We will then custom tailor a rehab program to your current condition, goals and aspirations to help you perform at your highest level.

Rehabilitation Services Offerings Include:


General orthopedic care: back, neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot
Post joint replacement rehab
Sports rehab
Neuro: Post CVA, TBI and Parkinson's
Vertigo/BPPV
Gait and balance dysfunction
General weakness/functional training
Lymphedema
Pelvic floor
Aquatic therapy
Occupational therapy
Hand therapy
Speech therapy
Modified Barium swallow studies
Cardiopulmonary rehab

Meet Our Staff


Dr. Dustin Absher, PT



Dustin Absher is an Ashe County native who currently lives in West Jefferson with his wife, Katie, and their daughter, Hattie. Dustin is a huge sports fan and loves being outdoors. Aside from work as Director of Rehabilitative Services at Ashe Memorial, he works closely with the athletes on the Gold and Red basketball teams at Oak Hill Academy, volunteers with the Ashe County High varsity football team on Friday nights and also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ashe County High varsity baseball team.

Education:

Lenoir-Rhyne University, Bachelor of Science in Health, Exercise and Sport Science
Emory & Henry College, Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Clinical Interest:

Orthopedics
Sports Physical Therapy
Athletic Performance Training

Dr. Judith Saas, PT, CLT/MLD, ACSM



Judy Saas-Senter moved to the mountains in 2013 and is married to Ashe County native Travis Senter. She and her husband currently reside in Ashe County with their daughter. She enjoys staying active and is passionate about family, yoga, light running, golf and aquatic activities. You can often find her in the gym or yoga studio, playing with her daughter, hiking, on the river, gardening, cooking or skiing. Judy loves being a part of the community whether it's going to the farmers market, showing up at a local 5k, volunteering with a race, attending community events or volunteering at Heart of the Husky. She believes in a well-balanced lifestyle and hopes to help patients find a balance that works for them. In doing so, she tries to stay current with the latest research and takes a variety of continuing education courses in hopes of providing her community with a well-rounded treatment that they would receive at a larger hospital system.

Education:

University of NC at Greensboro, Bachelor of Sciences in Exercise Sports Science and Dietary, 2005.
Elon University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2011.

Clinical Interest/Specialties:

CVA
Vestibular rehab
Balance
Geriatrics
Pediatrics
Acute Care/Inpatient
Return to Sport
Orthopedic Injuries
Lymphedema
Women's Health (Pelvic Floor Level 1)
Whole body awareness

Dr. Seth McGrady, PT



Seth McGrady is a native of Ashe County. He and his wife, Caitlin, currently live in West Jefferson with their daughter, Kyah. Seth loves spending time with his family and friends and enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, sports and being outdoors.

Education:

East Tennessee State University
  - Bachelor of Exercise Science, 2015
  - Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2018

Clinical Interests/Specialty:

Pain Neuroscience Education
CVA
Balance
Geriatrics
Orthopedics
Acute Care/Inpatient
Sports injuries
Back Pain

Bill Mohr, PT



Bill Mohr brings over 40 years of experience to Ashe Memorial Hospital as a Physical Therapist, having worked primarily in outpatient orthopedic settings. He resides in Blowing Rock with his wife, Tanga. The couple has two daughters who live in Asheville and Victor, Idaho. Bill enjoys running, spending time at the beach with family, visiting his daughters and hiking.

Education:

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  - Physical Therapy Certificate, 1979.
Ohio University, Athens, OH
  - Bachelor of Science in Zoology, 1979.

Clinical Specialities/Interests/Certifications:

Neurodynamics, Pain Management
Manual Therapy, Myofascial Mobilization
Treatment of the Neck and Shoulder Complex
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Myokinesthetic System, Upper Body
Tai Chi, Chi Kung Exercise

Marc Boston - Clinical Exercise Physiologist, ACSM, CEP, EP



Marc Boston was born and grew up in Morganton. He moved to Ashe County after graduating from Appalachian State University in 2012. Marc currently lives in Jefferson along with his wife, Taryn and two daughters, Harper and Emryn. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, golfing, exercising and wood working. Marc can often be seen in the community at the Ashe County Heart Walk.

Education:

Appalachian State University
  - Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Cardiac Rehab, 2011

Clinical Interest:

EKG Interpretation
Exercise Prescription
Exercise Testing
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease

Brian Ulrich, PT

Tamara Bigner, OT

Tamara Bigner is originally from Denham Springs, Louisiana. She was a traveling Occupational Therapist across the United States for 12 years before deciding to make her home in North Carolina. It was the people, the beauty of the mountains and being able to experience four seasons that drew her to Ashe County. She loves coffee, art, animals, hiking, being outside in nature, traveling and gardening. Tamara enjoys Occupational Therapy because it is rewarding to help people return to independence and to help improve their quality of life.

Education:
Bachelor of Science, 2000 - Southeastern Louisiana State University
Masters of Occupational Therapy, 2004 - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Interests/Specialties:
CVA
Orthopedics, upper extremity
Geriatrics
Acute Care/Inpatient
Home Accessibility Recommendations
Energy Conservation and Breathing techniques

Janet Edsell, ST

Janet Edsell and her husband, Bob, moved to Jefferson in 2015 to begin their semi-retirement life. A native of Bronx, N.Y., Janet spent 28 years as a Speech Language Pathologist at Carolinas Rehabilitation/Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte prior to moving to Ashe County. She enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, traveling and being outdoors.

Education
City University of New York, Queens College and Hunter College, Bachelor's and Master's degrees in speech language pathology

Clinical Interest:
Adult CVA
Traumatic Brain Injury

Bill Coggin, PTA