Therapy Student Education

Welcome to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s online resource for therapy students and residents. You’ll find helpful information to prepare for clinical rotation. Find the appropriate contact information below.

Outpatient Therapy (Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy Center)

Occupational Therapy
Amy Konwinski, MS, OTRL

Physical Therapy
Erin Mumford, PT, DPT

Adam Diver, PT, DPT

Physical Therapy – Pain Rehabilitation Program                                                 
Lance Jongekrijg, PT, DPT

Physical and Occupational Therapies – Orthopedic
Carley Klocko, PT, DPT, CKTP, SCCE

Speech-Language Pathology
Steven Jaeger, M.A., CCC-SLP

Inpatient Therapy (Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital)

Occupational Therapy
Mariah Walker, MS, OTRL, CLT

Physical Therapy
Cara Hudson, PT, CBIS, SCCE

Kristy Simpson, PT, MSPT, SCCE

Recreation Therapy
Brianne Taylor, CTRS
Fieldwork and internship placements for recreation therapy are:

    • Fall (August-December)
      Applications accepted through Jan. 31.
      Interviews take place second and third weeks of February.
    • Summer (April-August)
      Applications accepted through Sept. 30.
      Interviewing the second and third weeks of October.
    • Winter/Spring (January-April)
      Applications accepted through May 31.
      Interviewing the second and third weeks of June.


Speech-Language Pathology
Brooke Koster, MA, CCC-SLP

Therapy (Trinity Health Grand Rapids Hospital)

Occupational Therapy
Michelle Polanic, MS, OTRL

Lisa Lively, COTA/L

Physical Therapy
Rhoda Kranenberg, PT, SCCE

Ryan Campbell, PTA/CCCE

Speech-Language Pathology
Amy McIntosh, MM, MA, CCC-SLP

Spine + Neurological Rehabilitation (Trinity Health Neurosciences - Grand Rapids Campus)

Physical Therapy – Neuro Rehabilitation and Spine Rehabilitation
Katie Dabkowski, PT, DPT, SCCE

Sub-Acute Rehabilitation (Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital)

Occupational Therapy
Scott Balahoski, PTA (SAR Therapy Manager)

Elizabeth Kiambati, OTR

Physical Therapy
Bonnie Smith, PT, DPT, SCCE

Speech-Language Pathology
Yee Lam Nykamp, MA, CCC-SLP

SpartanNash YMCA

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology
Carley Klocko, PT, DPT, CKTP, SCCE (Interim)


In preparation for your clinical rotation, you must complete the onboarding process at least three weeks before your start date. Complete this for each clinical rotation, even if you’ve been a prior student or instructor at Mary Free Bed. All students and instructors MUST be cleared by the Interprofessional Education Department prior to the start date.

1. Access the student onboarding website.

Please fill out all required fields of the form.

A flu shot upload is required upon completion of this form for students completing placements between the months of October – April. If your university or program has granted an exemption, please upload this in place of the flu shot.

2. Complete the required Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Training on the Mary Free Bed Education Academy website

Select the course “EMR – Online Training Inpatient Students” or “EMR – Online Training Outpatient Students,” depending on where your clinical rotation is taking place.

  • Click the Login button at the top, right of the screen.
  • Click “Sign Up” and complete all required information to create your account.
  • Once you have created your account, use the search feature at the top of the screen and enter “EMR”
  • You will see EMR Online Training courses. Please only complete one of the courses listed above. Add the assigned training to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  • Ask your instructor for the coupon code to purchase the course for $5.00.

Once you have completed the EMR Online Training course you will receive a certificate of completion. If you did not submit this certificate of completion when filling out the form in step one, please email your certificate to

Please email with questions or concerns related to this process.


Name badge
Please bring the name badge provided by your academic institution. You’ll also be provided with a Mary Free Bed identification badge that must be returned to security on your final day.

Health emergency
We follow our hospital emergency procedures if a student needs medical attention for any type of injury or health emergency during working hours.

The on-duty nursing supervisor will be called immediately to determine the appropriate intervention. This may include an emergency room visit, a physician’s care, the student being sent home or continuing to work. Our Infection Control coordinator is available to determine if there are risks related to communicable or infectious disease. Students are responsible for any subsequent medical costs.

Free parking is available in the Cass Lot located on the corner of Wealthy Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Dining options
The Mary Free Bed Kitchen + Cafe offers fresh-from-scratch cooking with seasonal ingredients. Located on the second floor, it’s open for indoor and outdoor dining as well as grab-and-go meals.

Food also is available at the Urban Platter cafeteria in Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital adjoining Mary Free Bed.

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all related costs. For those looking for housing with universities not in West Michigan, please contact your individual coordinator.