Meet Kirby's Therapy Team
Patricia Fairchild, MS, OTR/L
Patricia Fairchild is a licensed occupational therapist who is committed
to helping her patients achieve maximum levels of independence. She has
experience in both sub-acute and acute care and has assisted with a wide
variety of cases, including those involving stroke, Parkinson’s
disease, amputation, orthopedic injury and general deconditioning and
weakness. Currently, Fairchild is working on her lymphedema certification
to further advance her expertise and patient care capabilities.
Samantha Kleber, PT, DPT
Samantha Kleber is a physical therapist with a passion for helping and
getting to know others. Kleber has experience in a wide variety of settings
including intensive care units, acute care, rehabilitation and outpatient
therapy, with a special interest in neurological conditions. Samantha
strives to provide a customized program for each individual to achieve
their specific goals.
Miriam Garrett, MS, PT
Miriam Garrett has been a part of the Kirby Medical Center team of care
providers for more than 20 years and has worked as a physical therapist
for more than 30 years. Dedicated to helping her patients reach their
physical therapy goals, Garrett works with all orthopedics but specializes
in the treatment of women’s health issues as well as cervicogenic
Samuel Kleber, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Samuel Kleber is a physical therapist who earned his doctorate at Governors
State University in 2014. He is currently pursuing a post-graduate certification
to specialize in the treatment of cervical, lumbar and extremity disorders.
He is passionate about creating treatment plans unique to each patient
so they are able to reach their specific goals.
Betsy Williams, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Betsy Williams is a physical therapist dedicated to creating treatment
plans that improve her patients’ lives. Williams has experience
in a wide variety of settings including acute care, wound care, pediatrics,
home health and outpatient orthopedics. She strives to provide the best
care possible to decrease pain and increase mobility and independence
for members of our community.
Tara Shanholtxer, COTA/L
Tara Shanholtzer is a certified occupational therapy assistant with an
AAS from Parkland College in Champaign, IL. She has been practicing for
20-plus years in treatment areas such as physical disability, neurology,
geriatrics, acute and sub-acute care. Shanholtzer’s focus of care
is to prevent disability while increasing independence through performance
of tasks that are included in the lives of patients each day.
Mary Martin, PTA
Mary Martin is a physical therapy assistant with more than 30 years’
experience including inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy,
as well as acute care physical therapy, school physical therapy and geriatrics.
Martin is especially focused on geriatrics and is passionately committed
to helping people remain as independent as possible throughout their lives.
Joan Kepley, PTA
Joan Kepley is a physical therapy assistant working to provide physical
therapy services to individuals of all ages with more than 25 years of
experience including inpt, rehab, outpt therapy and working conditioning.
As part of our Kirby team of physical therapy providers, Kepley is dedicated
to individualized treatments that increase patient mobility, reduce pain,
restore function and prevent disability.
Heidi Grieser, MS
Heidi Grieser is the Coordinator of Cardiac Rehab at Kirby Medical Center.
An exercise physiologist who has worked in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
for 20 years, Grieser’s goal is to educate and assist those who
have suffered a variety of cardiac events. By building exercise programs
tailored to each individual’s needs, she strives to assist patients
to confidently return to their normal activities in a warm and enjoyable