Patients who undergo treatment at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants often follow up with physical rehabilitation at OSC Physical Therapy, just next door to our office in Merrillville, Indiana.
OSC Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is a physio clinic that has qualified physical therapists who focus on joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, function of the heart and lungs, and performance of activities required in daily living, among other responsibilities.
The therapists at OSC PT work with patients who have:
- Back injuries
- Knee injuries (ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscus tear)
- Ankle/foot injuries (fractures, sprains/strains, torn ligaments, plantar fasciitis)
- Shoulder injuries
- Elbow injuries
- Hand/wrist injuries
- Total hip arthroplasty
- Total knee arthroplasty
Meet Our Physical Therapists
As a Physical Therapist Assistant, Raysson Buckner enjoys helping his patients gain complete rehabilitation after having orthopedic surgery. His background in sports therapy, spine care, gait training, and balance and transfer therapy has enabled him to quickly develop effective care plans for optimum recovery outcomes for each patient.
Raysson earned degrees at Fox College and Illinois State University, and he is certified in CPR. He is especially skilled at collaborating with doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers to determine the safest plan for patients after discharge.
Olivera Cody, PTA
Olivera has worked as a physical therapy assistant in a variety of settings, including inpatient rehab and acute care as well as outpatient care.
She graduated from the physical therapy assistant (PTA) program at Ivy Tech Community College in Gary, Indiana, in 2009.
At Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants, Olivera designs and implements treatment programs using exercise, manual therapy, and other modalities. She also monitors the progress of patients through all stages of their therapeutic journey. Olivera values her role as a patient educator, demonstrating and monitoring the proper performance of program tasks as well as how to use assistive devices.
Cynthia Schares, PT
Cynthia Schares has enjoyed working in various positions in Physical Therapy for over 20 years, including acute care, head injury, spine rehabilitation, and sports orthopedics.
After earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health Science and Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, she gained extensive experience in sports therapy, outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation treatment, and developing individualized treatment plans. She has treated amputees and patients who have cardiovascular issues, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, COPD, arthritis, kidney transplants, cancer, and liver problems.
Cynthia is certified in CPR, and she is a member of the MPTA/APTA (Michigan Physical Therapy Association/American Physical Therapy Association). She has conducted research on physical therapy in the realms of cerebral palsy and cancer.
Joyce Youngbrandt, PT
Joyce Youngbrandt has enjoyed working as a physical therapist since 1986. She has held positions as school physical therapist, home health physical therapist, and athletic trainer.
Joyce earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education/Health and Athletic Training/Sports Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she further earned a degree in Physical Therapy at the Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago.
In addition to her extensive experience in sports therapy, hand therapy, and home-based physical therapy, Joyce has served as a guest lecturer on the topic of physical therapy at Marquette University, Governors State University, and Valparaiso University. She has also been a clinical instructor at the Hammond Clinic and Christ Hospital Medical Center.
She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Journal Club, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Debbie Novak , Clinic Administrator
Debbie Novak is the epicenter of our Physical Therapy team. She is responsible for scheduling appointments for new and existing patients, maintaining all computer records, compiling reports, and working closely with OSC’s doctors and staff.
Debbie has been working in physical therapy clinics for over 15 years, and she is enjoying the wonderful opportunity in working at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants.
Physical Therapists in Merrillville, Indiana
Whether recovering from an injury or seeking therapy to reduce pain and regain your strength and mobility following orthopaedic surgery, working with the dedicated therapists at OSC Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation can be a rewarding experience. For more information, call us at (219) 648-2041 or ask your primary care physician for a referral for physical therapy.