Christopher & Dana Reeve Grant!

Destination Rehab has been awarded a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to support a multi-day Adventure Rehab Camp, hosted in Bend in 2018! This camp combines physical therapy principles with adventure, fitness and recreation. The camp will be open to Central Oregonians with paralysis due to conditions such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, brain injury and stroke.  The grant will help offset costs such as housing and equipment, reducing the cost barrier for many participants. Additional donations are appreciated and will help make this camp a reality!

Applications to participate will be released soon, please contact the team directly at or 541-241-6837 for more information.

Grant Award from Move Together!

Destination Rehab has been awarded a grant from Move Together! As a newly established organization, we are looking to engage the population we serve in the early-stage development of our program offerings. We want to create opportunities for our participants to lead, allowing them to shape the development and direction of our programming. This grant advances those goals by supporting a 10-person cohort of individuals who will meet monthly for 6 months in 2018. The program includes education,  outings, and group discussion to promote community engagement and quality of life. Applications will be posted soon, please contact us to be on our mailing list:

This is an exciting opportunity to promote independence and quality of life while enjoying the amazing outdoor and community opportunities here in Central Oregon!

"Find something to focus on"

Chair Yoga - accessible to everyone and promoting flexibility, blood flow, relaxation, postural awareness and coordination. Our yoga class this morning, led by instructor Leah Skinner, was an incredible hour! We began with participants talking about where they are currently and why they were attending the class. One gentleman shared a piece of wisdom with the group - he said that it is critical to find something external to focus on, to maintain health and dissuade the discouragement and frustration that comes when dealing with a neurologic condition. He looks for activities that get him out of the home, interacting with others and incorporating fitness into his daily routine. The class today was enhanced with hands-on stretching, cueing for posture and assistance with positioning by Carol-Ann, a licensed Physical Therapist. It is through partnerships like these that Destination Rehab gives our participants the opportunity to dream big, discover new activities, and challenge themselves to a new level of health and quality of life.

Leadership Bend Impact Summit

Destination Rehab is proud to announce that we have been selected as one of 10 nonprofits participating in the Central Oregon Impact Summit. This program offers nonprofit management classes, and culminates in a "pitch night" where nonprofits compete for a $10,000 grant! Carol-Ann (Executive Director) and Kenny (Board Treasurer) have been attending the classes and report that they so far they have learned about budget management, board development and strategic planning. They are looking forward to the last several classes and to competing for the cash award!

Stay posted for more updates!

Every month matters!

As I am looking ahead to the summer and fall, I have been contacted by several people who want to promote awareness of specific conditions by planning something during their awareness months. I thought it would be helpful to compile a list, to help promote collaboration for those who are planning activities and to honor those who have been affected. My list is focused on neurologic conditions and rehabilitation professionals.

*Please email me with anything you want added to this list!

January - "Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month"

February - "American Heart Month" and "AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month"

March - "Multiple Sclerosis Education Month"

April - "Occupational Therapy Month" and "Parkinson Awareness Month"

May - "Better Hearing and Speech" and "American Stroke Month" and "ALS Awareness Month" and "Guillain-Barre-CIDP Awareness Month"

June - "National Aphasia Awareness Month" and "Alzheimers and Brain Awareness Month"

July - 

August - 

September - "National TBI Awareness Month" and "Dystonia Awareness Month" and "National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month"

October - "National Physical Therapy Month" and "Spina Bifida Awareness Month"

November - 

December - 

Physical Therapy Educational Conference, CSM!

What will you see when 12,000 physical therapists descend onto one city for an educational conference?

1) crowds of people walking around and sitting at restaurants, talking about "neuroplasticity", "brain-derived neurotrophic factor" and "dosing" 

2) people jumping and running with air-filled balls strapped to the bottom of their shoes

3) groups jogging around tourist areas that weren't meant to double as a running path

4) people in business slacks, lying on the ground to test out the newest foam roller

The conference was awesome. I am so impressed with the caliber of clinicians, educators and researchers that we have representing our profession. I love coming to these conferences because of the education and insight, but also because it is amazing to see how many people are working hard to bring improved function and movement to their patients at home.

San Antonio is beautiful, and we had perfect weather! The Riverwalk is a long path that runs several miles up and down the river. There are restaurants, shops, wall murals, waterfalls and rock gardens. Riverboats ferry people along the river, and you can enjoy a dinner cruise on the water, or a riverside view from a restaurant.

I am tired, but inspired. And very proud of my profession!


APTA Grant Award Announcement!

APTA Awards the 2016 Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health Promotion Grant to the Oregon Physical Therapy Association

APTA’s Clinical Practice Department has awarded the 2016 Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health Promotion grant for $10,000 to the Oregon Physical Therapy Association in support of project SOAR.  SOAR will give individuals with chronic medical or neurologic conditions an opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of physical and community activities. Destination Rehab will be coordinating the event, located in Bend, Oregon.

SOAR, a large-scale, one-day event to promote fitness, wellness and community involvement, is affiliated with the 2017 Global PT Day of Service. Adults with a chronic medical condition, neurologic diagnosis, or other disability will be able to choose from a range of activity options to cover all interests, abilities, and fitness levels.  Activities include adapted cycling, adapted Pilates, hiking, adapted kayaking, High Desert Museum tour, Painting class and more. There is something for everyone!  Each participant will be able to choose a morning and afternoon activity.

Physical Therapists and other volunteers are invited to join the volunteer team!  Volunteers will gain visibility in the community, network with other PTs and medical professionals, learn about community-based programming, and contribute their unique skills and training to promoting healthy lifestyles.

SOAR was developed by OPTA member and Destination Rehab Executive Director Carol-Ann Nelson, PT, DPT.  It will be hosted in Bend and is open to individuals and their families who have been affected by a chronic medical or neurologic condition. Anyone throughout Oregon is invited to attend! 

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Welcome to our Advisory Council members!

Sukhee So, PT, DPT

Sukhee brings six years of neurologic experience as a physical therapist. She is passionate about serving and gifted in leadership, as demonstrated by her positions with the Oregon PT Association and the Global PT Day of Service Team. Sukhee leads monthly hikes in the Portland area for people with Parkinson’s Disease, maintains a Vestibular competency certification through the APTA, and has represented the OPTA as a Delegate for 3 years. Sukhee is a great addition to our advisory council and we are excited about the experience and enthusiasm that she brings to the organization.




Laura Thayer

Laura is the Associate Director of Service Operations for Optum, a Division of UnitedHealthcare. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years, and has consistently demonstrated integrity, compassion and relationship-building with people at all levels of service. She is passionate about improving quality of life for individuals with chronic conditions through communication and connecting them to resources and their community. Laura's wealth of expertise and deep perspective into current healthcare issues makes her a valuable member of our team.