Physical Therapy

Johnson County Hospital offers outstanding physical therapy services. Our current staff takes great pride in the level of our services. Presently, JCH provides services in the following settings: outpatient, acute, swing bed, home health, school-based pediatrics, and early intervention pediatrics.

Our staff understands the importance of formulating a physical therapy plan of care that has its roots in patient preference and up to date practice guidelines. We’ll work with you to provide progressive interventions that are founded in scientific research. Some of these will include the unique equpiment in our clinic, such as an AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, while others could be specific manual therapy techniques performed at the hands of our skilled professionals.

For your convenience, we’ve included on this page several examples of interventions our physical therapy staff routinely use. If you have questions or concerns regarding how physical therapy could be useful for you, or if you’d like to undergo a free screening, please contact our staff utilizing the following information:

Phone: (402) 335-6400
Fax: (402) 335-6361


Julie Saathoff, PT, DPT

Julie Saathoff, PT, DPT

Director of Rehabilitation

Julie is the Director of Rehabilitation at JCH. She was born and raised around Sterling, Nebraska, where she was closely involved in community organizations and sports. Once graduating from high school, she continued her quest of knowledge by attending Doane College in Crete, Nebraska on a scholarship for academics and athletics. She graduated in 2007 with a double major in Biology and Physical Education with Emphasis in Athletic Training. While she was there, found a true interest in the rehabilitation aspect of the athletes.  In 2007, she was accepted to Creighton University’s School for Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and graduated in 2010 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Amongst her clinicals at Creighton, she was able to travel and learn from different therapists in several areas including Arizona, Florida, Nebraska, Texas, and Dominican Republic in various settings including but not limited to acute, aquatics, inpatient, outpatient, pediatrics, and skilled nursing. 

After graduating, she spent the first 5 years of her career in Longview, Texas where she worked mostly in outpatient therapy setting where emphasis was placed on manual therapy. She was also able to provide services to individuals in acute care including wound care, home health and skilled nursing. She was able to get her certifications in Graston Technique (GT) and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). These techniques can be used to assist with scar tissue management, pain, edema, increase range of motion and most importantly to increase overall function. She has volunteered to assist with Creighton University’s Physical Therapy Dominican Republic clinical by being a clinical instructor.  Julie is a firm believer in treating the “whole” person and using the most current evidence based methods to be able to better serve her patients, students, and co-workers.

Outside of physical therapy, she enjoys traveling near and far, gardening, sewing, assisting her family with farming tasks and spending time with family and friends.

Cortney Eggers, PTA

Cortney Eggers, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Cortney is a physical therapist assistant at JCH. She graduated from Northeast Community College with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2010.

As a PTA I enjoy interacting with patient as I help carry out their plan of care. Working in the physical therapy field allows me to work with various injuries and ailments. I enjoy developing positive relationships with patients while helping them progress toward their goals. I simply love my job! I have earned National Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy. I’ve also received the 2016 Clinical Excellence award in the state of Nebraska. Since 2010, I have been assisting patients of Johnson County Hospital reach their physical therapy goals.

Degree: Physical Therapist Assistant with an Associate of Applied Science, Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE

Honors & Awards: 2016 Clinical Excellence, Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy

Areas of special interest: Orthopedics, Kinesio Taping, Home Health Care

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (National and State); APTA Membership Committee; Volunteer for the NPTA Membership Committee

Kristi Lindblad, PTA, BS

Kristi Lindblad, PTA, BS

Physical Therapist Assistant

Kristi is a physical therapist assistant at JCH. She graduated from Southeast Community College-Lincoln with a physical therapist assistant degree in 2012.

I grew up in Beatrice, Nebraska and graduated from Beatrice High School.  I went on to play four years of collegiate softball at the University of Kentucky and Missouri Western State University.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  I continued on to go to Southeast Community College in Lincoln to receive my Physical Therapist Assistant degree.

I now live in Beatrice with my son, Elijah, and my daughter, Josilyn.  I enjoy reading, watching movies, exercising, and playing with my kids.   

I have worked at Johnson County Hospital since 2012.  I enjoy the relationships that I have come to build with people in the community.  I have knowledge in kinesiotaping and falling in the geriatric population.  I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.  One of my favorite things about physical therapy is watching people improve and return to their previous activities.


The physical therapy addition was completed in 2012 and provides excellent space for those receiving physical therapy services.


Equipment We Use

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

JCH is dedicated to providing the best physical therapy services available to our service area.  Our AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a perfect example of this commitment.  Utilizing technology initally created by NASA, our treadmill allows for users to accurately adjust their body weight 1% at a time from their normal 100% down to minimum of 20%.  For comparison, if you were to walk on the moon, you’d weigh roughly 16% of what you do on Earth.  The AlterG’s 20% allows for superior unweighing in a very trackable way.  It allows us to slowly progress individuals through varying levels of loading, leading to appropriate tissue strengthening.  

Whole Body Vibrating Plate

With whole-body vibration, you stand, sit or lie on a machine with a vibrating platform. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, forcing your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. The activity may cause you to feel as if you’re exerting yourself.

>Reduce back pain
>Improve balance in older adults
>Reduce bone loss

Great low-impact exercise option for those who want to try a new approach to a health-conscious lifestyle.

Game Ready

The Game Ready allows for an advanced control of swelling via a combination of cold and pressure.  The unit circulates ice water through the body attachments as it also delivers a specifically controlled air pressure, combining two aspects of the all important RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) principle following injury.  As you may know, swelling and pain can limit range of motion as well as impede healing timeframes.  With multiple attachments, this unit can help not only with pain control in the infancy of your therapy plan, but also aid recovery after intense therapy sessions as you prepare for discharge from physical therapy. 

Offered Modalitiesc

Our physical therapy department offers a number of different electrophysical modalities. These are often used to control high levels of pain or to increase tissue mobility prior to additional interventions. Some of the most popular techniques that we utilize are described below:

Neuromuscluar Re-education Electrical Stimulation: During this procedure, the electrical current will help to stimulate your muscle. This electrical wavelength will commonly be utilized after a surgery to encourage early strengthening.

Interferential Electrical Stimulation: This technique is commonly used to help reduce high levels of pain. It can be combined with heat or cold to increase its effectiveness.

Ultrasound: This procedure is commonly employed at two separate wavelengths. The first can be utilized to provide deep heating in a safe manner, while the second provides non-thermal healing. In select cases, ultrasound can also be combined with electric stimulation for multiple goals.

Biofeedback: The utilization of biofeedback allows for visual feedback during attempted muscle contraction or relaxation. It is often utilized when patients have a hard time activating or relaxing select muscles. It is often utilized as part of a pelvic floor retraining program for urinary or fecal incontinence.

Mechanical Traction

Lumbar Mechanical Traction:

Lumbar traction is often utilized in patients who are suffering from leg and/or foot pain or sensation changes that are caused by nerve root irritation in the back.

Cervical Mechanical Traction: 

Cervical traction is often utilized in patients who are suffering from arm and/or hand pain or sensation changes that are caused by nerve root irritation in the neck.  


Kinesiotape is a latex free, stretchy tape.  Yes, it is the stuff that you see on multiple sport athletes.  Because of its ability to stretch, we are able to use it in many different ways, including: muscle facilitation, muscle inhibition, decreasing swelling and directing its flow, improving scar mobility, and postural awareness.  It can be worn for up to five days, and is even water proof.   

HUMAC Balance Pad

The HUMAC balance pad allows for your treating therapist to assess several aspects of your balance. Following the testing, a multitude of reports are generated. These reports not only allow for your results to be compared to normative data, but also improve our ability to track your progress with treatment.  Furthermore, we can utilize the HUMAC balance pad’s visual feedback to enhance routine treatment sessions.