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Your Mary Free Bed Treatment Team

Many therapy disciplines work together closely to ensure you achieve the highest level of independence possible.


Your physiatrist (pronounced fizz-i-a-trist), a physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine, will manage your treatment and coordinate the work of all the Mary Free Bed professionals on your therapy team.

Nursing staff

Mary Free Bed's nursing teams consist of certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRNs), registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse technicians, unit secretaries, and transportation staff. These staff members will care for you 24 hours a day for the duration of your stay at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Our rehabilitation nurses will provide support and education to prevent complications, reinforce techniques learned in therapy, and restore your health. Either a nursing director or supervisor works in the hospital 24 hours a day to coordinate the care of all our patients.

Social Workers

Your Mary Free Bed social worker can provide counseling, family education, assistance with discharge planning, and information about community services.

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists are responsible for evaluating and treating abnormalities in range-of-motion, muscle tone, strength, sensation, balance, and mobility.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists will help you regain independence during daily routine tasks such as eating, bathing, dressing, and home management.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of deficits in communication, swallowing, and cognition. Cognition includes memory, attention, problem-solving, and reasoning.

Therapeutic Recreation Specialists

Therapeutic recreation specialists focus on helping you relearn social and leisure skills.

Registered Dietitians

Dietitians will evaluate your nutritional needs and help you understand the value of healthy eating. They will provide individualized medical nutrition therapy and education for you and your family.


Psychologists will help you get the maximum benefit from the rehabilitation process. Sometimes this means dealing with emotions related to your physical condition or changes that have occurred. Sometimes it means talking to family members to help them during this time. Often it means listening to you and working with your therapy team to see how we can all help you make as much progress as possible.

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