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ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL • COLUMBUS, NC • (828) 894-3311


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St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center

Restoring Your Quality of Life

As the region's premier rehabilitation facility, St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center is the leader for licensed and certified, one-on-one rehab and therapy services.

101 Hospital Drive • Columbus, NC 28722
Office: 828-894-8419

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation addresses the mind, body, and soul by providing an encouraging and supportive environment. Our rehab center is one of several crown jewels at the Hospital. The facility features 5,500 sf of some of the most advanced equipment found in the region. But even more impressive is the talented physical, occupational, and speech therapist that we have on staff.

We empower you to regain quality of life through individualized care. More than the restoration of independence, we promote injury prevention and help you manage chronic conditions.

Our licensed therapists provide intensive therapy with lymphedema management, fall risk conditioning, upper extremity rehabilitation, Parkinson’s care, pelvic floor rehab, geriatric, speech and swallowing issues, stroke recovery, sports medicine, and more. Our staff maintains best-in-care continuing education and remains current with the latest research and techniques.


J. Scott McDermott, MPA, OTR/L
Director of Rehabilitation Services
Occupational Therapist

Shana Williams, DPT
Physical and Pelvic Floor Therapist

Dianel Domingo-Cayoca, PT, DPT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
LSVT Big Certified

Dixie Shay, M.Aud, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Dysphagia Therapist
LSVT LOUD Certified

Taylor Rochester, DPT, CLT
Physical Therapist
Lymphedema Certified

Laura Walker, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Kelly Noegel, PT
Physical Therapist

Physical Therapy:

We treat a wide variety of problems from non-surgical to surgical, including:

• Joint replacements (hips, knees)
• Neck and back injuries
• Knee and ankle injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Muscle sprains and strains
• Gait and balance safety training to maintain independence
• Neurological problems such as strokes, Parkinson's Disease, head injuries, etc.
• Sports injuries
• Balance and vestibular disorders
• Pelvic floor and incontinence disorders

Occupational Therapy:

Occupational therapists work with individuals who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. Our focus is on restoring function in activities of daily living. We can treat people who have experienced the following:

• Strokes and head injuries
• Hand, wrist and elbow injuries
• Shoulder injuries
• Rotator cuff injuries and surgery
• Arthritis, Parkinson's Disease or other serious illnesses
• Amputations or spinal injuries
• Work-related injuries
• Custom upper extremity splinting
• Joint replacements (shoulders, elbows, hands)

We also assist with one-on-one self-care needs to keep our patients become as functional as possible. We look at musculoskeletal, cognitive and neurological needs in addition to adaptive methods and techniques after an injury.

Speech Therapy:

Our speech therapist provides a wide range of treatment targeting speech, language and swallowing problems including:

Swallowing evaluation and treatment-for individuals who get choked, strangled or cough when eating or drinking, those who feel food is sticking in the throat or who have trouble chewing foods
Modified Barium Swallow Test: an x-ray that shows the complete swallowing process when given a variety of food and liquid consistencies
Augmentative communication: alternative means of communicating without the use of voice.
Cognitive impairment after an injury or illness
Speech difficulty after an injury or illness

VitalStim Therapy for swallow dysfunction. St. Luke's Hospital employs a VitalStim Certified therapist.

Lymphedema Therapy:

St. Luke's Hospital provides a unique and successful treatment for patients who suffer with lymphedema, a buildup of fluid in extremities causing pain and discomfort.

Patients suffering from lymphedema can receive relief with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) therapy through St. Luke's Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. St. Luke's Hospital employs a Physical Therapist who has specialty training in Lymphedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She has been certified and practicing in this field for over 13 years, which means that patients do not have to travel out of town to receive this specialty treatment.

MLD is a very specific type of massage therapy used to drain excess fluid from the body and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic system. MLD is combined with a program of compression bandaging, remedial exercise, and patient education for self-care after discharge.

A physician referral is required for Lymphedema therapy, and patients must remain under close medical supervision. Anyone who exhibits swelling resulting from damage to the lymphatic system or chronic venous insufficiency resulting from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment is encouraged to consult their physician about the effectiveness of this treatment for their condition. Lymphedema is a chronic condition, so maintenance treatment and lifestyle changes to keep the disease in check are vital

LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® Treatment for Parkinson Disease:

St. Luke's is staffed with therapists who provide specialized LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® treatment for individuals with Parkinson disease. LSVT LOUD® is a speech therapy treatment developed by Dr. Lorraine Ramig. This treatment technique focuses on improving the "loudness" and voice quality of individuals with Parkinson Disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. With over 25 years of research to support the effectiveness of this treatment, individuals are taught how to "recalibrate" so they are able to correct how soft they sound to others.

LSVT BIG® uses the same principles to address smaller and slower movement patterns. Through instruction in "bigger" movements this treatment improves walking, balance, and the ability to perform self-care tasks.

For more information see the LSVT Global® website:

Click to learn more about Big and Loud at St. Luke’s

St. Luke's also offers a free exercise class for individuals with Parkinson disease. These exercise classes emphasize stretching and reaching motions and are performed in both sitting and standing. Parkinson's exercise classes are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Rehabilitation Center Gym. Please call 828.894.8419 for more information.

Balance and Fall Risk Conditioning Program:

St. Luke's Outpatient Rehab offers a Balance and Fall Risk Screening and Conditioning Program using the BioDex Balance System.

The Biodex Balance System enables the rehabilitation team at St. Luke's Hospital to perform balance testing and identify fall risk candidates, determine ankle and knee status, and determine limits of stability. This system also provides balance training including stabilization exercises, range of motion exercises, and weight shifting exercises.

This system is combined with traditional physical therapy services such as stretches, exercises and neuromuscular re-education to help patients return to their age appropriate level of balance and to regain independence in their daily tasks.

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialty involving the evaluation and treatment of disorders related to the pelvis. It is a non-invasive, conservative option for female patients with pelvic dysfunction.

• Coccyx pain (tailbone)
• Painful intercourse
• Pelvic organ prolapse
• Pelvic, sacroiliac, and low back pain
• Peri/Post-partum musculoskeletal pain
• Urinary incontinence or difficulty voiding
• Voiding dysfunctions

Pelvic Floor Patient Paperwork


For more information about St. Luke's Hospital Rehabilitation Center, please contact Scott McDermott at 828- 894-8419 or Email.