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North Oaks Rehabilitation Services at Southeastern Opens on University Campus

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North Oaks Rehabilitation Services at Southeastern Opens on University Campus

North Oaks and Southeastern Louisiana University have further enhanced their partnership with the opening of a new outpatient rehabilitation clinic within the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at 1350 N General Pershing St. in Hammond, according to Jessica Bennett, vice president of the health system’s orthopedic service line. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

North Oaks Rehabilitation Services at Southeastern will focus on the rehabilitative care of professional, collegiate and high school athletes, as well as individuals who enjoy an active lifestyle,” asserts Mac Barrient, who oversees both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services as administrator of North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital.

“Having this clinic on campus will be of tremendous benefit to Southeastern’s athletes and athletic training staff not only in terms of convenience, but also in doing more to support the three points of continuum of care – injury to rehabilitation to maintenance,” Bennett explains. North Oaks is the official health care provider of Southeastern Athletics.

Jay Artigues, athletic director for Southeastern Louisiana University, agrees, “Athletes thrive on competition. Congregating this group of patients in one setting will motivate them to maximize their improvement in ways that a traditional rehabilitation clinic setting may not.”

Physical Therapists and Southeastern alumni Rebecca Troulliet, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Kyle Granat, PT, DPT, and Tony Miller, PT, DPT, staff the clinic. All three earned their undergraduate degrees at the university.

Patients will be referred by Dr. Katy Morris and Dr. Jeffrey Witty, orthopedic surgeons who also specialize in sports medicine injuries. Morris serves as medical director of both North Oaks Sports Medicine and the Southeastern Athletics Sports Medicine program, while Witty is medical director of North Oaks Rehabilitation Services and a team physician for Southeastern Athletics. Both practice with North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center, which has clinic locations in Hammond and Livingston.

The 1,983-square-foot clinic has been outfitted with rehabilitative equipment geared toward the unique needs of athletes, such as a top-of-the-line squat rack with multiple accessories, Rogues' "The Difference" striking machine, an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill and Game Ready cryotherapy system.

“Although we have specialized equipment in this clinic to address athletes’ needs, we also have the ability to meet the needs of other types of patients,” Morris explains. “This setting also is ideal for ‘industrial athletes,’ who have physically demanding jobs like firefighting or construction work, or ‘weekend warriors,’ who enjoy an active lifestyle but don’t necessarily play an official sport.”

Witty agrees, adding that, “Motivation is contagious, and being around others going through similar recovery processes can propel people to achieve their own goals.”

Since December 1988, "whatever it takes" has been the mission and goal of North Oaks Rehabilitation Services. With more than 60 therapists and three outpatient locations, North Oaks Rehabilitation Services is the largest, most comprehensive program of its kind on the Northshore.

Other outpatient locations of North Oaks Rehabilitation Services include: 2101 Robin Avenue, Suite 4, within Hammond Park Professional Building in Hammond; and 17199 Spring Ranch Road within North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex in Livingston.

To learn more about North Oaks Rehabilitation Services at Southeastern, call the clinic at (985) 230-5920.