Physical and Occupational Therapy

SageWest Health Care Therapy Services
(307) 335-6384 in Lander (307) 857-3471 in Riverton

We are committed to being the best choice for therapy in Fremont County and the surrounding area.
SageWest Health Care Therapy Services is an inpatient and outpatient clinic that provides individualized, compassionate patient care. We strive to provide evidence-based treatment to help reduce pain and restore function with daily mobility and other meaningful activities. We hope that you will choose us as your physical therapy and sports medicine provider. 

What is Physical Therapy?

The profession of Physical Therapy is devoted to working with patients to rehabilitate and prevent movement dysfunction or disability caused by illness, injury, or other causes. In addition, licensed therapists work with patients to relieve pain, promote healing, and restore functional abilities, to enable them to adjust to any temporary or permanent physical changes.
We treat patients with a variety of conditions including but not limited to the following:

  • Joint replacements or surgery
  • Musculoskeletal upper and lower extremity conditions
  • Post-operative orthopedic conditioning
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Patellofemoral and other knee pain
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries 
  • Tendonitis
  • Weakness
  • Amputations
  • Balance and gait (walking) disorders
  • Cancer sequelae 
  • Neurological conditions
  • Stroke or head injury
  • Work-related injuries
  • Wound care

What are Occupational Therapy Services?

The profession of Occupational Therapy helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational Therapy Services include hand therapy, stroke rehabilitation, driving tests, neurological manipulation, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation (ex: double vision issues and visual processing for patients with brain injuries), and activities of daily living (ADL) training.

Why Choose SageWest?

We strive to provide the type of physical therapy we would want for ourselves or our own family members. Our friendly staff is committed to customer satisfaction.  We have a high success rate for helping clients achieve their goals. We offer services to meet your needs using only licensed professionals in the practice of physical therapy. We aim to provide excellent physical therapy service and encouragement to help maximize your physical therapy results. 


What does physical therapy involve/ What types of treatments are available?

Evaluation: Your care begins with an in-depth assessment of your condition. Your licensed therapist then develops a customized treatment program that is directed toward making meaningful, practical, and sustained changes in your ability to function.  Goals for therapy are developed with you and are focused toward maximizing functional independence, preventing further movement/function problems and maintaining health.

Treatment Program: To assist you in achieving your individual goals, we offer a wide variety of skilled physical therapy interventions including: 

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Functional training education
  • Manual (hands-on) therapy to help reduce pain and decrease joint and soft tissue mobility restrictions
  • Electrotherapy for improving muscle activation and/or reducing pain and promoting muscle relaxation
  • Ultrasound to help reduce pain and inflammation and facilitate the tissue healing process
  • Heat and cold modalities
  • Mechanical traction for neck or back problems

What do I need to know about insurance?

Most forms of physical therapy treatment are covered by insurance, but coverage varies with each plan.

What should I wear?

You should wear clothing that is comfortable and will allow free movement. We often need to access the skin for assessment and treatment. You may have to do stretches. 

How long will each session last? 

Session times vary according to individual factors, but on average last 40-90 min depending on your specific needs. 

How many times per week will I need to come?

Frequency of visits is usually 1-3 sessions per week. Your physical therapist (and sometimes your physician) will recommend how many times per week is optimal for you. Frequency is adjusted on a case-by-case basis depending on your progress or personal preference. 

Meet The Staff 

Jana Countryman, PTA

Information pending

Deborah S. Ellsworth MS, OTR/L

Grew up in Worland, WY. Been a therapist for 25 years, Attended Columbia Christian College in Portland for Bachelors in Pre-med then received Masters of Science in Occupational therapy from Colorado State University in 1992. Worked here at hospital for 20 years. Certified and Advanced Certified in Stroke Rehab as well as completing Neuro-IFRAH instructor certification in 2005. I've taught certification courses to other therapists in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Currently serving as the OT advisor for the Neuro- Optometric Rehab Association with specialty training in working with neurologic conditions resulting in double vision and visual impairments. Currently working on Certification in Neural Manipulation, completing 4 /5 courses working on neck, UE, LE and cranial nerve release to relieve pain and nerve symptoms. I have worked in every field of Occupational therapy except neonatal during my career.

I love to road bike and mountain bike as well as any exercise such as volleyball, hiking and running. Currently training for my first 100 mile bike ride at the ripe old age of 50 in memory of 2 friends who died from cancer last year. I have 3 children, Gradyn 22, Justin 20 and Kaelin 14 and my husband of 27 years Robert. We own Badger Excavation here in Lander for 14 years. Teach bible classes for all age groups at church and volunteer frequently at local school functions.

“I believe we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and I try to give that same hope to everyone I work with.”

David Kauffman, MPT

David is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned his Master's degree in Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University in 1995. He starting working at the Lander hospital in 1997 and enjoys treating a variety of inpatients and outpatients.  

He specializes in the treatment of neurological impairment and especially stroke rehabilitation.  He works very closely with Deborah in Occupational Therapy to provide an individualized treatment approach with one on one care.   David also has extensive experience in wound care including the use of wound VAC's and multiple other treatment approaches.  David was recently selected by his peers for the "Mercy Award", which the highest award is given by Lifepoint Hospitals to those that demonstrate excellence in service.

David loves to exercise in the outdoors and especially likes triathlons, hiking, hunting, rock climbing, etc. He also enjoys camping with his family and serving at the E- Free Church of Lander.