Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy 

At Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH), we offer physical, occupational and speech therapy to people of all ages. We can help when an illness, injury or health condition affects your daily routine, whether that's your ability to walk pain-free, play with your grandkids, or perform your job safely and with greater ease.

We're committed to helping our patients improve their quality of life, often by restoring mobility and function so you can live your life to its fullest potential.

Expert care with a personal touch

With more than 100 years of combined experience, our therapists tailor your treatments to your unique needs. Starting with your first visit, you will work one-on-one with a licensed professional who will take the time to get to know you and what your personal goals are. Then we'll develop and implement a plan to help you reach those goals. Our patient-centered approach—and high-quality care—show in every appointment. That's why therapy services at GCMH have been ranked among the best in the country for patient satisfaction.

Our therapy department is staffed by highly experienced physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. They are compassionate providers with advanced education and expertise, plus training in specialties like orthopedics, sports injury and dry needling and geriatrics.

GCMH physical, occupational and speech therapists help with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Dizziness (vestibular) issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hand disorders
  • Shoulder problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Stroke and other neurological conditions
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Many other conditions

Our clinic location at the hospital allows patients to have easy access to diagnostic tests such as CT and MRI scans if necessary. We offer state-of-the-art equipment, including a gym and private treatment rooms for your comfort and privacy.

Physical therapy

Whether you need help returning to sports after an injury or need to recover your strength and confidence after joint surgery, our physical therapy services are here for you.

Our therapy team provides multiple treatment techniques to help you best achieve your goals and fit your lifestyle.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) can help you overcome challenges affecting your daily activities. For example, an OT might help you learn how to perform home or work tasks, such as dressing, bathing, or gripping a pen or a hair comb. They can help you live safely and independently.

Speech therapy

Our speech therapists help individuals with communication and swallowing disorders. They also help improve cognitive skills, such as memory, concentration and problem solving.

Athletic training

Our athletic trainer provides expertise to student athletes in Grundy Center Community Schools and at local sporting events. The services include care for injured athletes as well as concussion baseline testing.

Driving assessments

Are you concerned about a loved one's safe driving skills or your own? Do you need medical clearance to drive? If so, you may benefit from a driving assessment. Driving assessments are for those with functional challenges that may affect driving skills, such as a health condition or age-related challenges.

Schedule a therapy appointment

In most cases you will need a referral from your physician to schedule a therapy appointment. Ask your doctor to refer you to the experts at GCMH!

If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, please call (319) 824-5097. Our office staff will work with you to schedule a time that fits best for you. 


Therapy Staff

Jeff Nolder, MSPT, MHA

Jeff is the manager of Therapy Services and has more than seventeen years of experience as a physical therapist. He enjoys supporting patients who are recovering from orthopedic conditions and surgeries. He is a former college and professional soccer player, so he also enjoys working with the sports medicine aspect of therapy. Jeff and his wife have three children and live in Grundy Center.

Joni Wright, MPT

With twenty-five years of experience as a therapist, Joni is a familiar face to therapy patients in the area. She enjoys working with the many orthopedic needs of local patients, as well as rehabilitation after total knee surgery. Joni lives in rural Dike along with her husband and two teen age children. When she's not at work, she enjoys the outdoors and following her kids' activities.


Sara Jacobson, DPT

Sara is a former high school athlete and college volleyball player who enjoys meeting the therapy needs of patients of all ages. Sara has been a physical therapist for more than twenty years, and enjoys orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation. In addition, she likes to take a "hands on" approach with therapy using manual techniques. She and her husband live in Parkersburg with their three sons. Sara enjoys outdoor activities, reading, spending time with family, and following her kids' activities. 

Jeremy Fehrmann, DPT, CLT

Jeremy has been a physical therapist for 7 years. Jeremy played collegiate golf and is certified through Titleist performance institute to reduce injuries associated with golf swing mechanics. He enjoys working with a variety of patients to optimize movement to improve the human experience. He now lives locally in Grundy Center with his wife and two daughters. 

Jenni Sutton, DPT

Jenni has been working as a physical therapist for 12 years, primarily in pediatrics. She enjoys working in the hospital setting, working with little ones, and helping people improve function and participate in their lives in the ways that are most meaningful to them. Jenni lives outside of Traer with her husband and 3 young children. She loves being outdoors and playing with her kids and enjoys serving her community, church, and family. 


Margo Dierdorff, OTR/L

Margo has been practicing occupational therapy for more than 23 years, after receiving her Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Missouri. Margo says she enjoys every aspect of Occupational Therapy and feels privileged to serve the local area with its diverse therapy needs. She lives in Grundy Center with her husband and two sons.


Kevin Keller, PTA

Kevin lists helping orthopedic and spine patients, as well as sports injury rehabilitation, among the favorite parts of his role with Therapy Services. He has seven years of experience as a physical therapy assistant. He is married with three children, and lives in Grundy Center. He enjoys being active in the community and his church.


Mandy Yoder, PTA

Mandy is a former high school athlete and Iowa Hawkeye Field Hockey player. She has been a PTA for over five years and enjoys working with athletes as well as orthopedic and geriatric patients. She brings knowledge from being the former Executive Director of the Grundy Family YMCA. Mandy lives in Holland with her husband and three children. She enjoys coaching soccer, baking and following her children's activities.