Big Stone Therapies, Inc. Provide Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Services at Appleton Area Health Services

Big Stone Therapies, Inc. is pleased to partner with Appleton Area Health Services to provide inpatient, outpatient and long term care rehabilitation services. Big Stone’s services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy services.

The Physical Therapists provide a full-spectrum of care to help patients regain strength, mobility, and functionality. They offer treatment for including, but not limited to: orthopedics, post-surgical rehabilitation; hip, shoulder, knee, and ankle rehabilitation; walking or balance disorders; back and neck disorders; joint and muscle pain; sports injuries, arthritis management; stroke rehabilitation; behavioral issues in dementia; chronic headaches; Parkinson’s issues and other neurological issues.
The Occupational Therapy Team helps function to the best of their ability in activities of daily living. Services include, but are not limited to hand therapy (elbow, wrist and hand); home safety assessment; upper extremity functional exercise (coordination, strengthening, range of motion, and sensory training); activities of daily living retraining (for home or work); and adaptive equipment recommendations; wheelchair evaluations; and cognition and memory assessments.
The Speech-language Pathologist works with the full range of communication and its associated disorders. The speech therapist evaluates and treats speech, language, and swallowing disorders in outpatients and inpatients of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Therapies for swallowing disorders, stroke impairments, voice disorders, cognition and memory deficits are offered.
Individuals who are considering if they might benefit from outpatient rehabilitation services can talk to their doctor about a referral to Big Stone Therapies or call 320-289-8503. Free 15 minute Screens are offered to patients – appointments can be made by calling us!

Big Stone Therapies, Inc. was founded in July of 1990 by physical therapists Wade VanDover and Paul Treinen. The practice originally provided inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services to four community hospitals located in Ortonville, Wheaton, and Graceville in Minnesota and Sisseton, SD. With the addition of occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and massage therapy, the name was changed to Big Stone Therapies, Inc. (BST). Big Stone Therapies, Inc. has grown to operate 31 clinics in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Why Choose Big Stone Therapies?
Big Stone Therapies, Inc. (BST) is dedicated to providing excellence in rehabilitation services by optimizing health and function for families and businesses within their communities through caring hands-on healing

Clinical Excellence
From the moment a patient walks in our doors, the staff at Big Stone Therapies is there every step of the way helping to make the patient’s experience exceptional. Our friendly receptionists help guide patients through paper work, contact insurance companies, and schedule future appointments at the patient’s convenience. During appointments, our care teams work together to help meet the patient’s goals in our clean and friendly environment. Our services don’t end at the patient’s last appointment; we are here as a resource for any future rehabilitation needs.

Commitment to rehabilitation
Our therapists are passionate about helping patients meet their recovery goals. Staying current with industry standards and new rehabilitation approaches is paramount. Many of our therapists hold one or more advanced certifications in their respective disciplines. Furthermore, our clinics have high-standard and specialty rehabilitation equipment that allows our patients to fully and safely recover.

Meet our team

Lynn Simon

PT and Clinic Manager Lynn Simon PT/DPT/ATC attended SDSU for Athletic Training followed by USD to earn a master’s in PT. Lynn started working at the Madison clinic August 2001. Most recently, Lynn has been doing management for Sports Medicine and Professional Development as well as treating patients in various locations. Lynn is a SD native and resides in Clear Lake SD. In addition to treating patients in Appleton, she also volunteers at Deuel School Sport Events as an Athletic Trainer.


Physical Therapist Assistant Adrian Olson grew up in the Holloway area and currently resides on a farm near Danvers. Adrian graduated from LATI in Watertown in May of 2015 and joined the BST team in Appleton following graduation.

Edmundson Autumn

Autumn Ronglien, Occupational Therapist completed her master’s degree from UND. She is a Certified Lymphedema Specialist, LSVT BIG Certified and Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique & Oral Tactile Technique Certified. She has published an article “The ADL of Sexuality: A Guide for Occupational Therapists for Elderly Clients” Autumn grew up in Western ND and resides near Madison MN. Not only does Autumn see patients in Appleton but also in Madison.

Carlene Porter BST

Carlene Porter, Occupation Therapist Assistant graduated from NDSCS in 2015 and became a BST employee in August 2015. Carlene travels from Browns Valley where she lives to Appleton and also sees patients in Madison. Carlene is Graston Technique and LSVT BIG certified.
Speech Language Pathologist Melissa Marihart has been providing great therapy to patients since July 2009. Melissa earned her degree from MN State University—Moorhead, MN. She was raised in Graceville and now lives in Madison where she also treats patients.

Hours, Locations, and Contact Information
We can be reached at 320-289-8503 Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm. Earlier or later appointments can be arranged with therapists if needed.

Outpatients: We are located in the North Side of the Appleton Healthcare Facility. Drive right up to our door and enjoy a short walk with no steps into our department.
Home Health Therapy: With proper qualification, we happily will bring any of our therapy services to your home!
Hospital Patients: Therapy is conveniently offered in the hospital rooms.
Care Center: Therapy will come to the care center for patient rehabilitation. If appropriate, patient will be transported to the therapy department to use equipment.
Appleridge Apartments: We can complete our evaluation and therapy in the residents apartment.

Occupational Therapy
• Activities of Daily Living
• Cognitive Training
• Custom Splinting
• Geriatrics
• Energy Conservation Techniques
• Hand Therapy
• Home Safety Assessments
• Joint Replacement
• Pediatrics
• Sensory Integration
• Parkinson’s LSVT BIG Training
• Certified treatments with Graston Technique
• Wheelchair Fitting and Assessments

Physical Therapy
• Amputee Rehabilitation
• Balance Focused Rehabilitation
• Certified Treatments with Graston Instruments and RockTape
• Geriatrics
• Headache Rehabilitation
• Joint Replacement Therapy
• Orthopedics
• Orthotics – provided by Great Steps
• Acute and Chronic Pain Management
• Parkinson’s LSVT BIG Program
• Pediatric and Developmental Delay Therapy
• Spine Therapy/Rehabilitation
• Sports Rehabilitation and Training
• TMJ Pain
• Vertigo Care

Speech Language Pathology
• Cognitive Rehabilitation
• Dysphasia Rehabilitation
• Pediatrics Speech Treatment
• Stroke/Brain Injury Therapy
• Swallowing Assessments and Treatment
• Voice Rehabilitation