Two new therapists bring pediatric expertise to Riverwood

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce the addition to its Rehabilitation staff of two new therapists for occupational therapy and speech therapy. Both bring expertise in pediatric rehabilitation and see patients primarily in Aitkin. Speech therapy for children will be provided in McGregor too.

Amanda Genz, Occupational Therapist

Amanda Genz, occupational therapist, brings eight years of previous experience working with children birth through 21 years of age in the home and school environments as well as outpatient clinic, hospital, and rehabilitation settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota.

As a pediatric occupational therapist, Genz works with children of all ages to gain the skills necessary to participate successfully in all activities of daily living. She has an immense interest in expanding the pediatric rehabilitation program to assist children and families with: developmental delays, sensory and motor deficits, feeding difficulties, and any other condition that affects the child’s ability to fully participate in daily life at the level of same-aged peers.

Genz works with the child and his or her family to create goals that are meaningful for individual success in the areas of need.

“I enjoy working with people from birth through older adult to optimize independence in activities of daily living,” Genz said.

Amanda Rumpca, Speech-Language Pathologist

Amanda Rumpca, speech-language pathologist, has previous experience in preschools and elementary schools as well as in the outpatient clinic, hospital and rehabilitation settings. She has served patients across the lifespan with swallowing, language, articulation, pragmatic, and cognitive impairments.

Earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Rumpca holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, she has a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Cloud State University.

Rumpca evaluates and creates individualized treatment plans for patients with a variety of diagnoses. Her special areas of interest include pediatric speech sound disorders, language disorders, and augmentative alternative communication. She has also taken several courses in sign language. She is interested in expanding the pediatric rehabilitation program at Riverwood for children with speech or language disorders/delays, developmental delays, genetic disorders, social skill deficits, or any other condition that affects their ability to communicate and establish relationships.

“Communication brings people together and is an essential human need,” Rumpca said. “I have the privilege of helping patients communicate more effectively and efficiently, advocating for their needs, and empowering them to express themselves.”

Rehabilitation Manager Jill Sadlowsky added: “We are so pleased to welcome both these therapists to expand therapy options to help infants, children and teens reach their full potential. Some of the pediatric conditions we treat include ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, genetic conditions, premature birth complications, sensory processing disorders and Torticollis (tight muscle in neck).”

For a referral for pediatric rehabilitation service, discuss with a provider that offers pediatric care. For information or appointments, call Riverwood’s Rehabilitation department at (218) 927-5580.