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The strength of the human spirit can be incredibly inspiring. At Baker Valley Physical Therapy we would like to recognize one of our patients who fully embraces the “Spirit of Determination”.

Ruth Frieboes has faced many obstacles during her rehabilitation. We are very proud to say we have been a part of Ruth’s recovery after she lost her leg from an unexplained illness. She has been through multiple surgeries and has faced many challenges while being fit for a prosthetic leg. Ruth has shown strength and determination conquering each of her battles.

BVPT would like to honor her spirit, and we hope Ruth’s successful story is inspiring to people overcoming their own mental, emotional, and physical limitations.

Baker Valley Physical Therapy would like to honor Clair Pickard and his "Spirit of Determination"!

Clair Pickard exemplifies the spirit of determination, perseverance, and self-motivation. Clair has experienced a long and difficult recovery following two knee procedures, however he has continued to display a positive and optimistic attitude toward his recovery. Clair continues to be a source of encouragement for many of our other patients who have undergone similar procedures. He has shown his motivation and commitment long past his formal rehabilitation by participating in his own independent program, even when 30 minutes on the bike seems like forever. When Clair walks in the door, the atmosphere instantly brightens up with his cheery and good-humored attitude, and of course, his explosive laugh!

Keep up the great work Clair, you are an inspiration to all!

At Baker Valley Physical Therapy, we find value in perseverance, an optimistic attitude, strength of character, and persistence. We celebrate these values in our patients and have created a “Spirit of Determination” award to grant to those individuals that we feel embody these ideals.

Merrie Hensley has demonstrated an abundance of all these qualities over the past three months of her rehabilitation, following an orthopedic surgery on her knee. Merrie always came into the clinic with a positive attitude toward her physical therapy (and physical therapists!) as well as work ethic that many others in our gym observed and admired.

Thank you Merrie for bringing your best effort and positive energy to BVPT!

Abby Graven has always been a person to tackle difficulties head on, but in October of 2018, she faced her greatest challenge. She was involved in a motor vehicle accident outside of Richland, Oregon, leaving her paralized from the chest down, with only use of her arms and neck. After the accident, she spent months at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento undergoing rehab and taking on new daily challenges. In April of 2019, she continued her journey at Baker Valley Physical Therapy, and once again portrayed a “no-quit” attitude. Abby always has the most pleasant smile on her face, regardless of the situation. She started rehab barely able to sit on a table without a hand hold, to currently zooming around the clinic, popping wheelchair wheelies and hopping over obstacles. This past summer, she participated in the FFA fair competitions, showing her steer, cow, and calf by using her “off road” wheelchair. Abby has been dealt a very difficult challenge that many would not be able to handle, but has accepted it with an inspiring attitude for all to witness. For this reason, we are honored to present her with our Spirit of Determination Award.

Thank you, Abby, for being an inspiration to our staff, patients, and community.

In early September 2019, Pam was bitten by a mosquito. Typically not a serious issue, but unfortunately for Pam, this mosquito was carrying West Nile Virus. The virus had spread to her spinal cord and brain, and Pam was life-flighted to Boise and closely monitored in the ICU. After the worst was over, she continued to recover in the hospital and then in a rehab center.  During this time, it was discovered via MRI scan, that the virus was still active in her spinal cord, and was causing Pam to have difficulty using her legs, especially her left leg.

She was able to return home to begin the Herculean task of learning to walk again. She began with in-home physical and occupational therapy with her first goal being able to stand up out of her wheelchair and hold onto a walker. That goal then blossomed into taking one step with the walker, then six steps, then 20. 

In March of 2020, Pam began her journey at Baker Valley Physical Therapy. At this point she was still relying on a wheelchair for her mobility most of the day. Through dedicated work in pool therapy and traditional physical therapy, she was able to move past relying on the wheelchair. Now, with the assistance of a walker, she is able to enjoy the majority of the activities she did pre-WNV, which includes making and selling her popular goat cheese (we’ll try the chive flavor, please).

“I knew I could do this,” she says, referring to when she could stand up without assistance for the first time. She knew she could overcome this life-changing obstacle, re-gain her independence, and enjoy her normal activities again. Since then, Pam has been exceptionally determined and dedicated to keep improving. She advises anyone facing a seemingly insurmountable challenge, “Never limit yourself, never give up, and pay attention to the small improvements!” 

Baker Valley Physical Therapy is honored to present Pam Hall-Brisk with the Spirit of Determination Award.

Bob Somma recognizes that there are many challenges a person encounters throughout their life, but how they approach these challenges defines a person. Baker Valley Physical Therapy would like to recognize Bob Somma for his determination and ability to overcome physical challenges. We have known Bob for over 15 years, and have worked with him on a variety of conditions. With each obstacle, Bob has faced the challenges head on with physical therapy. He is an inspiration to each of us, and embraces the spirit of determination. Bob understands the importance of physical fitness, and he continues to consistently perform his physical therapy exercises today!

  Baker Valley Physical Therapy is honored to induct Gary Hughes into our “Spirit of Determination” recipients. The award is to honor individuals who embody hard work and exhibit optimism, determination and persistence in their road to recovery.

   Gary was one of the very unfortunate who was stricken with COVID-19 and after a battle through the ICU and inpatient rehab, Gary continued to push his rehab with us at Baker Valley Physical Therapy. He continues to show a strong will and determination as he now prepares his body for a double lung transplant. He continues to impress and empower both therapists and patients with his work ethic and optimism.  We at Baker Valley Physical Therapy thank you Gary for your continued positivity and energy you bring to the clinic each week. 

Baker Valley PT is proud to recognize Russell Brouer as the most recent recipient of our Spirit of Determination Award. 

Rus’s medical and surgical ordeals began in the early 2000’s when he underwent his first of many major surgical procedures.  Over the years these have included multiple joint replacement and joint replacement revision procedures, R shoulder Rotator Cuff repair, lumbar and cervical stenosis procedures and in 2008 a pacemaker implant procedure, all of which he was able to successfully rehabilitate and recover from.  In 2014 Rus was diagnosed with COPD of an unknown and undetermined cause, resulting in severe shortness of breath and fatigue with even the lightest of physical activities.  This has since become the most difficult and challenging medical issue he has yet faced.  To further complicate his medical status he contracted COVID-19 in 2020 resulting in even further respiratory decline.  

We met Rus in 2015 for rehabilitation following a total knee joint replacement and have seen him for rehab on numerous occasions since.  He has been seen at times barely able to walk 1 block, but, through his hard work and perseverance over the years, he has been able to significantly improve his physical and functional status.  He continues to participate consistently in our step down program and with his home program.  Throughout all of his rehab series and various set-backs along the way, Rus has maintained a super positive attitude, a great sense of humor and an impressive dedication to his rehab.  Thank you Rus for being an inspiration to our staff, our patients and our community.

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