Community Hospital

Outpatient Physical Therapy -
Community Hospital

Outpatient Physical Therapy at Community Hospital is located on the ground floor of the West Pavilion is an 8,000 square foot area, with state-of-the-art rehabilitation technology and equipment, and private treatment rooms. Our newest equipment includes LiteGait for advanced gait training, Biodex balance unit, and GaitRite gait analysis walkway. We utilize our equipment, combined with specific clinical treatment techniques, to maximize our patients’ functional outcomes.

At Community Hospital, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of:

  • neurological problems such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and brain injury
  • vestibular and balance disorders;  frequent falls
  • generalized weakness due to conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuropathy and arthritis
  • amputees

Outpatient Physical Therapy Services at Community Hospital are available Monday - Friday 7:30 am through 4:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 219-836-4527. Please have your diagnosis, therapy prescription and insurance information available when calling.

The Treatments

Physical therapy treatment is provided one-on-one by a licensed physical therapist in 45 minute uninterrupted time blocks. The same therapist works with the patient throughout the treatment series to provide continuity of care and maximize patient improvement.  Our therapists use the most current research to design each patient’s physical therapy treatment, to achieve the best functional outcomes and assist the patient to achieve desired mobility goals.

We provide a team approach, which includes the patient, family/caregiver, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, physician and orthotist as appropriate. We collaborate with the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Excellence (COPE) to provide the best orthotic intervention possible, either with bracing or neuroprosthetic unit.

After physical therapy has been completed, we offer a weekly exercise class for interested older adults (patients and spouses) on Tuesdays from 12-1pm, free of charge - to facilitate ongoing exercise after discharge.  We strongly encourage our patients to continue on with lifelong fitness and wellness practices. The exercise class is listed with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.

Meet the Outpatient Physical Therapy Staff at
Community Hospital

Priscilla Mulesa PT, MS, GCS
Clinical Specialist

  • 2010 APTA Geriatric Clinical Specialist Certification
  • 2010 APTA Clinical Instructor Certification
  • 1988 Master of Science in Physical Therapy: Northwestern University, Chicago
  • 1973 Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: California State University, Northridge
  • 38 years of experience
  • Worked at Community Hospital since l989
  • Worked at University of Illinois Physical Therapy Program: full-time academic instructor and Coordinator of Clinical Education 1984-1989
  • Worked at regional spinal cord injury/brain injury centers at TIRR in Houston, Texas and Craig Rehab Center in Colorado 1974-1979
  • Wrote booklet: “An Approach to the Physical Therapy Management of the Individual with C6 Quadriplegia” TIRR, 1979
  • Specializes in neurologic PT, geriatrics, vestibular/balance disorders, clinical education

Cheryl Bosse, DPT
Senior Physical Therapist

  • 2008 Doctorate of Physical Therapy: Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • 2005 Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science: Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 3 years of experience
  • Certified Personal Trainer (ACE)
  • Indiana University Track and Field Team: 400 meter runner
  • Recreational trail runner: mini-marathon through ultra-marathon races
  • Specializes in neurologic PT, neuroprosthetics, vestibular/ balance disorders, incontinence, lifelong fitness and wellness

Mary Pawlicki, PT, CLT-LANA
Outpatient Physical Therapy Supervisor

  • 2009 LANA Certification (lymphedema)
  • 2002 Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • 1996 Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: University of Illinois, Chicago
  • 16 years of experience
  • Continuing education and clinical experience includes treating patients with neurological and geriatric conditions, in addition to cancer rehabilitation, myofascial release, and advanced lymphedema techniques.