Dordt College News

De Stigter Is New Physical Therapist in Hull, Iowa

May 25, 2007

by Jeanne Visser staff writer
Reprinted by permission from Hull Index Reporter

Location. Location. Location.

Living in Hull has put Leah DeStigter in the perfect spot for home and work. She was recently hired by the Sioux Center Community Hospital as the new physical therapist for the Hull Physical Therapy Clinic.

DeStigter and her husband, Shawn, are both graduates of Western Christian High School and Dordt College in 2003. She received her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa and then worked for a year at the Newton Medical Center. But their goal was to return to northwest Iowa.

"We think this area is the best place to raise a family," she said.

That dream became a reality last year when Shawn was hired as a teacher at Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids and Leah worked as a physical therapist at Northwest Iowa Health Center in Sheldon.

They decided to live in Hull and were fortunate to purchase a home next door to Leah's grandparents, Don and Lyla Boer. The couple is also expecting their first child this year.

Last month DeStigter had the opportunity to join the Sioux Center Hospital physical therapy team under director Jerry Zomermaand and work in Hull. "I'm excited about building a new department," said DeStigter.

"Physical therapy is really for people of all ages and can help a variety of conditions including orthopedic, back pain, sports injuries and balance training, to name a few. We also work with neurological rehab such as after a stroke. There's also wound care and post-op surgical care," she explained. "Physical therapy can improve quality of life by reducing pain, improving mobility, strength and balance."

DeStigter enjoys her role as a physical therapist because of the one-on-one time she gets to spend with patients. "I like getting to know them on many levels," she added.

Many patients at the Hull Clinic are referrals through the Sioux Center Hospital, but anyone can come in for therapy.

In the future, she would like to develop a women's health program through the clinic.

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