New Physical Therapist joins WCHS
NEWCASTLE – In October of 2020, Weston County Health Services Physical Therapy department gained a new Physical Therapist, Jenna Stone, DPT.
Living in a small community is familiar to Stone. She grew up on the Oregon coast in Coquille a town similar in size to Newcastle. For her undergraduate studies she stayed close to home while attending the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. To further her education she ventured farther away, Stone attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in May 2020.
While going to school in Utah, she interned at several different places gaining a wide range of knowledge from Hand and Orthopedic Specialist in Bountinful, Intermountain Medical Center in Provo, Pediatrics Intermountain Medical Center in Saint George, and TOSH Outpatient Neuro in Salt Lake City.
Her aspirations to become a Physical Therapist began at an early age due to an accident.
“When I was a child I was ran over resulting in a break to my femur. I was in a fully body cast for a long time and afterwards needed a lot of PT to recover. My PT’s were incredible and not only helped me heal and play again but helped my mom through a very stressful recovery process,” the Physical Therapist explained.
The job in a rural area of Wyoming was an amazing opportunity she said she could not turn down. Of course, the location to a wide variety of outdoor adventures had its own appeal because she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, climbing, nature and outdoor adventures.
“When I am not working I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors with my dog,” she said. ”I am excited for summer to come and really explore the Black Hills!”
Stone enjoys working with the Therapy team at WCHS and they have a lot of fun together while working hard to make a difference in the community. Another aspect of her job she appreciates is the face-to-face time with her patients and getting to know them personally while help them through their treatments.
“I love my job, the slower pace of a small town, and feeling like I’m making a difference for my community.” Stone acknowledged.