Physical Therapy


We the Therapists and staff of Chase County Community Hospital would like to thank our patients and clients.  Without your support we would not be able to provide the services we do.  Health care is a rapidly changing field.  With new research come many changes in treatment techniques and methods of caring for our friends and neighbors.  We look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our community and hope you will see us as your first choice in rehabilitation services.

Our physical therapy department provides a broad range of services to treat and prevent injuries and disabilities, helping our patients to reduce pain, achieve greater movement and function as well as improve and ease the rehabilitation process. 

 Patients and clients will receive a thorough evaluation to establish a customized treatment program to meet their individual needs.

 Though we live in a small community we are fortunate to have 3 Physical Therapists and 1 Physical Therapist Assistant with varied backgrounds and experiences.  This allows us to care for families through the life span from little Jack and Jill all the way up to their Great Grandparents.

 Some of the health conditions that benefit from physical therapy include (but are not limited to):

·   Deconditioning due to an illness or injury

·   Weakness and limited range of motion due to injuries or surgery

·   Dizziness related to: BPPV, Meniere's

·   Chronic conditions such as arthritis, back and neck pain, and over-use injuries

·   Hand therapy including splinting

·   Children with developmental delays or with cerebral palsy, torticollis, spina bifida, and other developmental conditions

·   Athletes recovering from injuries or recent surgeries

·   Total Joint Replacements

·   Sports and Running Injuries

·   Joint Pain

·   Radiating pain down the arms or legs

·   Neurological dysfunction due to stroke, brain injury, Parkinson's or a variety of other neurological disorders

·   Shoulder pain, dysfunction or rehab following surgery

·   Foot Pain

·   Low Back Pain

·   Chronic Muscle Strains

·   Neck Pain and Headaches

·   Generalized Weakness

·   Post-surgical Rehabilitation


Ashley Holscher PT, DPT – Ashley began working at Chase County Community Hospital in May of 2016, shortly after receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Ashley grew up in Clay Center, NE and graduated from Clay Center High School in 2009. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA in 2013. During her education, Ashley worked alongside numerous Physical Therapists in settings including acute, skilled, pediatric, and orthopedic learning a variety of different skills and rehab philosophies. Ashley loves the ability to work with all patients along the rehab spectrum, but takes special interest in treating athletes. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys being with family and friends, volunteering as a basketball coach and Teammates Mentor, traveling or golfing whenever possible, and is an avid sports fan. Go Big Red and Go Cubs Go!

Marianne Sullivan, PT - Marianne has called Imperial home for 20 years but actually has been a therapist here at our hospital for almost 29 years. She grew up near Minden, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln moving on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to complete her degree in Physical Therapy. She then worked at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Lincoln before moving out west. She has always enjoyed working in a hospital and enjoys the variety of patients she sees in this setting. She also spends some of her time working with patients in the home health, nursing home, and school environments. She feels blessed to be part of her patients’ recovery processes and help them progress towards and meet their individual rehab goals. She and her husband Bill have three grown children and she enjoys spending time with them. She is a daily walker and finds working in her yard, watching movies, and reading as her favorite ways to relax. She is thankful for living in a smaller community and being part of the Chase County Hospital healthcare team.

Barry Marshall, PT – Barry has been with Chase County Hospital PT since February 2003.  He received his Physical Therapy degree from Wichita State University in July 1984.  Barry is a Nebraska native having graduated from Superior High School in Superior, NE.  He started his career at Madonna rehab in Lincoln and has since traveled and worked in a variety of setting across Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.  These travels have allowed him to study under some of the leaders in Physical Therapy education as well as some outstanding orthopedic and hand surgeons.  He says his joy however has always been treating patients and seeing the smiles when they take their first steps in rehab or when they realize their pain is gone.

Debbie Dahlkoetter-Richardson, PTA – Debbie started working at Chase County Community Hospital in February of 2015 as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She graduated from Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY with her Associate of Applied Science Degree. Debbie is originally from Grant, NE and graduated from Perkins County High School. She has worked in and experienced a wide variety of rehab including inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. She likes helping all types of people who need rehab, but especially enjoys orthopedic and vestibular rehab. Debbie likes to stay involved in the community by volunteering as a throwers coach at Chase County High School, and also loves to spend time playing board games with family and friends, attending concerts, singing at church, and traveling.


CCCH offers contracted occupational therapy services provided by:

Creative Therapy Solutions, LLC


CCCH offers contracted speech therapy services provided by:

Jessie Kerchal, M.S.  CCC-SLP – Jessie has been covering Speech Therapy Services at Chase County Hospital since August 2017. She received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. Since graduation, she has worked in the school system in the area as well as working for Great Plains Health, in North Platte, NE. She now works for Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, NE and provides Speech Therapy in several area hospitals on an “as needed” basis. Jessie really enjoys working with all ages of patients and says that may be the best part of the job because there is always something new each day covering such a wide range from all young children to geriatric patients. In her time away from work, Jessie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including camping, hunting, and rodeo.

Speech and language therapy is available to patients of all ages (infants through geriatrics) to address speech, language, cognition, voice, or swallowing difficulties.

 Areas included in speech therapy services include, but are not limited to:

- Articulation and Phonological Delay (Sound Errors)

- Expressive and Receive Language Delays (Speaking or Understanding)

- Cognitive/ Memory Deficits or Impairments

- Dysarthria/ Apraxia of Speech

- Fluency/ Stuttering

- Pragmatic/ Social Skills

- Swallowing/ Feeding (Coughing or Chocking when eating)

- Tongue Thrust

- Voice or Resonance

Specialized Services for Children:

-Speech-language pathologists work with children of all ages.

-Infants and toddlers may receive speech therapy if they have feeding and swallowing difficulties, or if they need assistance in developing verbal communication skills or producing particular sounds.

-Preschool children may also require additional help to learn basic skills, such as communicating wants and needs.

-School-age children often go to speech therapy to learn to correct articulation errors or to improve their language skills.

-Children, like adults, may also be referred to speech services following a Brain Injury from a stroke or head trauma

Specialized Services for Adults:

Adults may see a speech-language pathologist if they have an injury to their brain or a disease process that affects communication (speaking and/ or understanding), swallowing, and/or thinking abilities which can affect their engagement in daily activities.

Diagnoses that may benefit from speech therapy services include, but are not limited to: stroke, dementia, voice disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease.

Contact our Speech Language Pathologist to set up an appointment or with any questions at 308-423-2204.