Rehabilitative Care

Rehabilitative Care is available to Elders that stay with us short term or long term.  Our in-house therapy center provides a professionally trained staff of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists.  We provide programs for Elders that need intensive therapies for recovery before their return home. 

Rehabilitative Therapy programs at Rolling Fields match our Elder-Centered philosophy.  First, the therapy activities are designed with the individual Elder in mind.  In addition to our full service gym, we "color outside the lines"  of tradition and make your necessary therapies as enjoyable as possible.  Special projects such as building birdhouses, cooking, gardening, going on walks with pets and children are just a few of the ways we have made physical, occupational and speech therapies meaningful and interactive, all while working toward your specific goals. 

 Second, the Therapists work around the Elder's needs and desires.  For example, if an Elder chooses not to wake and dine until mid-morning, then no early therapy appointments will be set.  If the Elder wants to participate in a particular activity that intersects with their therapy appointment, the Therapist will reschedule. Quality of daily living matters to those on both ends of the care spectrum, and our amazing functional outcome measures have proven our success year after year!

Areas of excellence include:  

  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehab
  • Neurological Rehab
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • General Debility

In partnership with modalities company, Accelerated Care Plus,  the team utilizes  E-STIM, diathermy and ultrasound to decrease pain, improve range of motion, prevent contractures, therefore restoring function and helping you to reach your goals.  

               Meet Our Therapists!

Kristin Carter - Physical Therapy Assistant, Program Director

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              Hello, in 2012  I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville with an Associate Degree as a physical therapist assistant.  Shortly after graduation I joined the therapy team here at Rolling Fields and am now the program director for rehab services.    In September of 2015 I enrolled at the Norton School of Lymphatic Studies where I earned my certificate as a lymphedema therapist.  Shortly after I completed the 90 day program, I took the LANA exam and am now a LANA certified lymphedema therapist.  I look forward to offering my knowledge and expertise in lymphedema treatment to the community as our new out patient center grows!

Rebecca Berkstresser - Speech Language Pathologist

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 Hello. I have been providing speech therapy services at Rolling Fields over the last 18 years. I graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor Degree of Speech and Hearing Disorders.  I have a Master Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  I am certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association.  I have stayed affiliated with EUP as an Instructor in the Communication Department and Clinical Supervisor.  I also have experience working with adults and children with stuttering disorders.  I look forward to continuing services in an out patient setting and continuing my certification in swallowing disorders.


Shannon Hess - Occupational Therapist


Hey there!   Upon graduation from Gannon University with my Masters in Occupational Therapy I worked as a travel occupational therapist where I had the opportunity to treat multiple ages and disabilities in various settings across the United States.  Skilled nursing is my setting of choice, and I decided to make roots close to my home town of Erie, PA and am able to provide the care and support needed for my Elders to live happily and comfortably at their max level of independence.  I look forward to continuing my Rolling Fields services in the out patient program as well, and expanding my knowledge as an occupational therapist. 


Wesley Davis - Physical Therapist


Hi! I graduated in 2007 from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in biology/chemistry.  I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Gannon University in 2011.  I have several years experience in the out patient field as well as in a skilled nursing facility prior to starting here at Rolling Fields.  My therapy interests include orthopedic treatments and vestibular rehab. 

Melissa Pratt - Occupational Therapist

Hi! My name is Melissa Pratt.  I live in Erie, PA with my husband Travis and our two children, Savannah, 3, and Benjamin, 1. I enjoy spending my time with my family, which is usually spent doing our normal, daily routines of driving my daughter to preschool, reading to and playing with my kids, cooking, cleaning, and running errands! I love to read and learn new things, and I always have a bookshelf full of books at home that I can't wait to dive into! I have a deep love for the Lord, and I am an active member of our local church. I regularly volunteer in the church's toddler room on Sunday mornings. I love Christmas music any time of the year, which drives some people crazy, but I love the reminder that it offers of God's love for all humanity.  I graduated from Shenandoah University in 2007.  I have worked as an occupational therapist at Rolling Fields since 2009. I love being part of the experience that Rolling Fields offers to its elders! Most of my therapy experience here has been with elders who have had joint pain, muscle weakness, motor coordination impairments, cognitive impairments, visual perceptual impairments, ROM impairments, contractures, CVAs, and orthopedic surgery for their hips, knees, and/or shoulders. A newly discovered interest of mine is working with elders who suffer from urinary incontinence. 

Learn more about life in the Rolling Fields Elder Care Community.