Benjamin Bruinsma, MD
Dr. Bruinsma specializes in treating patients with deconditioning and orthopedic conditions. He’s been a staff member at Mary Free Bed since 1989 and serves as medical director of the Stroke and Amputee Programs. Dr. Bruinsma serves as a fellow for both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Daniel Fechtner, MD
Dr. Fechtner is a physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor) who specializes in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. He joined Mary Free Bed in 2013, coming from the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.
W. Christian VandenBerg, MD
Dr. VandenBerg specializes in treating deconditioned patients and patients with neurological impairments, including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. He is medical director of oncology rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed and a clinical assistant professor for Michigan State University.
Your nursing team, which includes registered nurses who are additionally certified in rehabilitation care and wound care, will provide physical care during your stay here. The nursing team takes a holistic approach to meeting your medical, vocational, educational, environmental and spiritual needs. Nurses also work closely with the doctors and therapists to ensure open lines of communication about your care and a cohesive treatment plan.
Occupational therapists will help you regain the independence to accomplish routine daily tasks such as eating, getting dressed and managing your home. You and your occupational therapists will develop a treatment program to improve upon or compensate for deficits in accomplishing daily activities. They’ll also help with upper-body strength and dexterity and with writing and/or using a computer.
Physical therapists evaluate and treat limitations in range of motion, muscle tone, strength, sensation and balance. Their focus is to help you regain as much independence and functionality as possible by strengthening muscles, building endurance and improving balance. A physical therapist also will educate you and your family and will help order any equipment you might need.
Psychologists (When Appropriate)
While much of the focus will be on physical rehabilitation, we’re also concerned about your emotional well-being. When appropriate, a psychologist will assess your memory, emotional status, intelligence and vocational and educational potential and then suggest treatments, if warranted. Family therapy and support also may be provided.
Because your condition may affect your ability to participate in certain leisure activities, Mary Free Bed has recreational therapists to help you adapt and, if necessary, find new ways to enjoy your leisure time. Your recreational therapist also is likely to take you on outings into the community, where you can practice the skills you learn in therapy.
A dietitian will evaluate your nutritional needs and help you understand the importance of healthy eating. Nutrition education focused on your specific needs and preferences also is available. Members of the Nutrition Service staff are available to help you select menu items for your specific diet.
A care managers will meet with you and your loved ones for family counseling and education, help you with your plan to go home and provide information about community services. Your care manager also will be helpful with communications between you, your family, members of your treatment team and insurance company representatives.
Speech-Language Pathologists (When Appropriate)
Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat cognitive deficits such as a difficulty with processing or retaining information, paying attention, problem-solving and reasoning. Problems with communication, including the expression of language and the mechanics of speaking, also will be evaluated by a speech-language pathologist.