Therapy Services

Our therapists are all licensed by the state of Maine and are actively involved in your program throughout your course of treatment. Your treatment will include a comprehensive initial evaluation and the development of an individualized treatment plan. We believe in creating an environment that allows close supervision and one on one care. This ensures that your program is performed safely and correctly.

 Michelle Plourde 04 21 15 crop Michelle Plourde, MPT, Supervisor Michelle has been a physical therapist and part of our staff since 2002. She is providing skilled PT services at Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center, as well as providing therapy for the Swing Bed Program at NMMC. Michelle enjoys working with the geriatric population and her personality, warm smile and patience help her to work with all age groups.
Abby Bouchard, PTA Abby graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2016 as a Physical Therapy Assistant. As a PTA she provides a variety of physical therapy techniques under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. Therapy techniques include therapeutic exercise, functional training, deep soft tissue massage and physical modalities such as electro-therapy and ultrasound.
IMG_6706 James Johnson, MPT    James graduated in 2001 with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Husson College in Bangor, Maine.  He is motivated by the opportunity to work with other members of the rehab team and medical staff to get people back to their optimal level of function, and help them to return home safely.
IMG_6703 Leslie Labonte, MS, OTR/L Leslie is a 2008 graduate of Occupational Therapy from Husson College. She currently is working at Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center our Skilled Rehabilitation and Living Facility as a staff OT, as well as assisting in our psychiatric units as needed. We are pleased to have her on our team providing care to our diverse patient population.
shantelle Shantelle Guimond, MS,OTR/L Shantelle joined our organization in June 2007 after completing an internship with us. She is a graduate of Husson College Masters Program in Occupational Therapy. Shantelle provides rehab services for our Pediatric population at our FKOP facility and in our surrounding school systems. She has an energetic personality that kids just love. Shantelle also completes ergonomic assessments throughout the hospital.
kelly chasse Kelly Lozier, MS, OTR/L Kelly joined our team in 2010. She is the occupational therapist providing therapy on our child and adult psychatric units. She has an outgoing personality and a love for creativity that will server that clientele well.
Sarah Pelletier Levesque OT 10 30 15 (2) C Sarah Levesque, OTRL, CLT, Sarah is a May 2015 graduate of Husson College and joined Northern Maine Medical Center’s Therapy Team in August. She is currently working in acute inpatient as well as acute skilled rehabilitation at Forest Hill. .
robin werntgen Robin Werntgen, MACCCSLP  Robin graduated with a masters’ degree in Speech and Language Pathology in the spring of 2004. She is busy treating all age groups with language and/or swallowing problems. We are proud to have a local professional who will compliment our existing rehab services and serve the St. John Valley population. Robin currently provides SLP services to pediatric/adult/Geriatric populations in and around our campus facility.
parise Parise Viel, MS, OTR/L Parise is a 2002 graduate Occupational Therapist from the University of Dalhousy in Nova Scotia. Parise works with us one day per week providing coverage for our inpatients, skilled rehab patients, and/or our psychiatric population. She is also providing ergonomic evaluations as needed throughout the hospital. She thrives in providing one-on-one care to help our patients attain the highest level of function they can.
pauline nadeau Pauline Nadeau, Receptionist/Rehab Aid You will see Pauline at our Fort Kent outpatient clinic. She has been with the rehab department since 1980. Her experience is a valuable asset to help you with any insurance questions you may have.

Services include a range of in and out patient Occupational Therapy. In patient Physical Therapy with emphasis on functional, progressive approach to rehabilitation of injuries and restoration of function. Speech therapy, swallow evaluations   At NMMC-Therapy Services, we take a progressive approach to the rehabilitation of injuries. The teamwork of the physician, therapist and the patient is vital to a successful rehabilitation program. Our goal is to restore function and allow the patient to return to normal activity as soon as possible. The Rehabilitation Department consists of licensed Physical Therapists, licensed Occupational Therapists, and a Speech and Language Pathologist, We offer a variety of services in various settings including:

  • Skilled therapy services
  • Inpatient services
  • Outpatient occupational therapy and work with children in the schools.

Contact Us at the Following Locations


Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center Rehabilitation

Telephone: (207) 834-3915 Toll Free: 1-877-857-4365

Fax: (207) 834-5538

Address: 25 Bolduc Avenue

Fort Kent, Maine 04743

PHYSICAL THERAPY Physical Therapy is a direct form of professional patient care that can be applied in most disciplines of medicine. It provides a hands-on component which can partner with physicians who have medical expertise in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopædics, general surgery, family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, rheumatology, internal medicine, urology, cardiovascular medicine, cardiopulmonary medicine, psychiatry, and sports medicine. The objectives of physical therapy are:

  • Prevention of disability and pain
  • Restoration of function and relief from pain
  • Promotion of healing
  • Adaptation to permanent disability

Physical therapy is a vital part of the total care for patients who have problems of temporary or permanent disability. A medical referral is often made post-operatively, following a stroke, upon recognition of birth defects, or following injury or illness. The physical therapist selects appropriate tests to evaluate and quantitatively measure the patient’s problem. Then, in consultation with the referring physician, an appropriate rehabilitation plan is developed. The PT uses numerous modalities and procedures to expedite healing, and instructs the patient in a home program. There may be follow-up visits for re-evaluation and update of the home exercise program. Physical Therapy’s ultimate goal is for the patient to achieve freedom from pain, independent living, and understanding of how to prevent re-injury. Our PT services are offered in the hospital (Northern Maine Medical Center)setting and at Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Occupational Therapy is a health care profession that is concerned with restoring useful mental or physical functionality following disabling accidents and sickness. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist the patient in achieving the maximum level of independent function. Patients include persons suffering from strokes, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, head injuries, amputations, burns, hand injuries, people with psychological, visual, auditory and speech problems. The primary tool of the occupational therapists is the active involvement of the patient in therapeutic tasks and activities which, while improving function, help the patient learn to apply the newly restored or impaired function in meeting the demands of daily living.

LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT Lymphedema is a high-protein chronic swelling that can take place in the arms, legs, neck, torso, breasts, or genitals. It is often associated with post cancer treatment or surgeries. Lymphedema may be present from birth but can also occur with vascular problems such as chronic venous insufficiency. Preferred treatment is an approach called “Complete Decongestive Therapy” and includes: manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, individualized exercise program, skin and nail care instruction and patient education in self-management techniques and risk reduction.

UPPER EXTREMITY REHABILITATION Upper extremity rehabilitation is for patients who have affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, burns, fractures, tendon injuries nerve injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, joint injuries, amputations, brachial plexus injuries, implants and re-plantation of limbs, hands and fingers. Therapy can begin starting within days of an injury or surgery, with an emphasis on reducing pain and swelling. Once the pain and swelling are under control, therapy focuses on rehabilitation using splints, exercises, sensory re-education, and training through adaptive methods. The result of therapy is patient’s successful return to work and living a full and productive life.

PHYSICAL or PSYCHOLOGICAL DISABILITIES REHABILITATION Physical disability rehabilitation is for patients who suffer from strokes, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, and head injuries. The goal of therapy is to maximize the patient’s ability to live life to the fullest extent possible. Therapy focuses on teaching the patient to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating. Adaptive equipment may be incorporated to enhance or modify performance in personal care, home management, meal preparation, and work or leisure activities. Our OT service, child-adolescent, and adult psychiatric units are offered in many settings including Northern Maine Medical Center, Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center Rehab, home care, long term care, and our outpatient clinics in Fort Kent and Madawaska.

SPEECH THERAPY A speech therapist is a health professional trained to evaluate and treat people who have voice, speech, language or swallowing disorders, including hearing impairment, that affect their ability to communicate. The therapist will also address cognitive disorders such as memory deficits. Our speech therapy services include specialized evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of swallowing and communication disorders. Services are offered at Northern Maine Medical Center, Forest Hill Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center Rehab, home care, long-term care and outpatient therapy clinics in Fort Kent and Madawaska.