Occupational Therapists

Happy OT Month to Janet Pollard with Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!

Janet Pollard OT Month April 2020Happy National Occupational Therapy Month to Janet Pollard with Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield! We are proud to have you on the Rehab Team, Janet! Thank you for all you do!

Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield
199 Carraway Drive, Suite A1
Winfield, Alabama 35594
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Janet Pollard, OT – “I was born to be an Occupational Therapist”

Brody Cook is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield

Brock Cotton is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitatio-Winfield

Sheri White is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield

Meet Occupational Therapist Ariel Tucker


Occupational Therapist Ariel Tucker of Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman #EncoreRehab

When I started college, I knew I wanted to be in the medical field and serve individuals with a variety of abilities. Occupational Therapy allows me to do both of those things and I can help individuals reach their highest level of independence. I love that I can work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings.” ~ Ariel Tucker, OTR/L

Ariel received her Occupational Science and Therapy master’s degree from Grand Valley State University (Michigan) and has been with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman for one year. She enjoys running, kayaking, baking, traveling, and exploring with her Golden Retriever, Luca. With three half-marathons under her belt, she plans to run her first full marathon soon.

We are proud to have Ariel with us at Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman! Happy National Occupational Therapy Month, Ariel!


Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Meet Rachel Ryan, COTA/L

Elizabeth Hill is Athlete of the Month for Cold Springs High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Meet Tammy Bryson, COTA/L, of Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Janet Pollard, OT – “I was born to be an Occupational Therapist”

Occupational Therapist Janet Pollard with Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield #EncoreRehab

Occupational Therapist Janet Pollard with Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield

“People ask me how I knew I wanted to be an Occupational Therapist. I tell them that I was born to be an OT. I was born with a genetic disorder called Syndactyly that affected my hands. If not surgically repaired at an early age, it would have impaired my finger growth, dexterity, and overall hand function. I spent multiple summers in the hospital having plastic surgery to reconstruct my hands. Even though I was very young, I remember the traumatic experiences such as skin grafting and suture removal. The best memories of my time in the hospital were when this lady would come to my room and do cool activities with me such as painting, coloring, and paper mache crafts. She even took me to the play room and we played air hockey. I had no idea that she was a therapist because she used “play” as therapeutic activities to get me to move my hands and perform skills that I would need to master in my future occupation.. a student in school.  The impact of my childhood experiences and the desire to help others is what led me to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.

“One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is the opportunity to watch a patient’s view of themselves change as they progress toward independence. OT helps turn the ‘I can’t’ into ‘I’ll try’ and then ‘I did’. Occupational Therapy has allowed me to see the whole person and have a unique view on the care team. I am happy to be an educator, a coach, an advocate, and a partner for all of my patients and their families.” ~ Janet Pollard, OT

Janet is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School. She earned an Associate of Science degree from Walker College in Jasper, Alabama. She is a 1997 graduate of The University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Janet is currently employed as an occupational therapist at Encore Rehabilitation in her hometown of Winfield. She has been a clinician for twenty two years and has practiced with Encore Rehabilitation for the past four years.  At Encore Rehabilitation, Janet has the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, with diverse populations, and use creative treatment approaches.

Thank you for using your skills and talents to bless others, Janet! Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield
199 Carraway Drive, Suite A1
Winfield, Alabama 35594
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Lee Morton – I can finally get pain relief!

Thomas James, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette

Kathy Horton is moving again, PAIN FREE! Thanks, Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana!


Open Positions with Encore Rehabilitation, Inc!

We Want You to Join Us

Encore Rehabilitation is growing! Come grow with us!

We have several positions open right now for opportunities across Alabama, Mississippi and Florida!

Positions include:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Accountant
  • Clerical
  • Recruiter
  • Fitness Associates
  • And more!

Review our open positions on our website at http://encorerehab.com/career-opportunities.

Share these opportunities with your family and friends.

Applicants MUST apply online.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Meet Athletic Trainer Scarlett Hackett!

Welcome to Trip Garner, PT, ATC!

Li’Otez “Li’O” Lewis is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

Susan Richardson -Walking Better!

Welcome to Kim Rodning, OT, Marketing Representative for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika!

Kim Rodning, OT, is the new Marketing Representative for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika #EncoreRehab


Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika would like to introduce Occupational Therapist Kim Rodning, our new Marketing Representative!

Kim has lived in the Opelika-Auburn area for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Animal Sciences and holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from Alabama State.

Kim and her husband, Soren, have two children. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, sports, and attending Auburn University events.

We are proud to have Kim join us at Encore Rehabilitation! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika
3051 Frederick Road, Suite 4
Opelika, Alabama 36801
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James Thrift – “On My Way to Recover”

Meet Megan Johnson, PTA, LMT, MLDC!

Meet Daniel Winn, DPT, Clinical Director for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

Jill Gurganus-Less pain and a better life

Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

Black background with red hearts reads April is National Occupational Therapy Month

Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

Encore Rehabilitation would like to wish all of our
Occupational Therapists and Assistants
a Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

Our Occupational Therapy Teams help individuals and families with achieving their maximum independency. Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants help people of all ages to participate in the things they want to do and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

These everyday activities include:

  • Movement
  • Bathing / Showering
  • Communication and Handwriting Skills
  • Rest and Sleep
  • Social Skills
  • Eating, Swallowing, and Feeding
  • Dressing
  • Child Rearing
  • Toileting and Toilet Hygiene
  • Health Management and Maintenance
  • Meal Preparation and Clean up
  • Driving and Community Mobility
  • Care of Pets
  • Shopping
  • Care of others
  • Home Establishment and Maintenance
  • Improved Strength and Endurance
  • Safety Procedures and Emergency Responses.

Thank you to all our Occupational Therapists and Assistants for the quality care and deep compassion you give to our patients!


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2018 Encore Sports Medicine Symposium, July 13-15, 2018, Orange Beach, Alabama

Bo Shirey Encore SymposiumEncore Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is proud to announce the 2018 Sports Medicine Symposium,
July 13-15, at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf, in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama.

Presenters, from all over the country, will speak on the latest technologies and concepts in Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. Courses will focus on subjects including new assessment capabilities, preventative measures and emergent rehabilitative techniques.

This Symposium has been designed and crafted for Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists and Ortho Technicians. Participants may choose to attend one, two, or three days. Up to 18 CEUs may be earned.

~ FOR MORE INFO on courses, dates, and fees, choose here.

~ TO REGISTER for the Symposium and individual CEUs, choose here.

~ SCHEDULE for the three day events, choose here.

Encore Sports Medicine Symposium Presenters for 2018 include:
Dr Chris Jones, University South Alabama Health Systems, Mobile, AL
Dr Ben Gomez, Cullman Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Cullman, AL
Dr. Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, AEMT, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Kentucky
Robert Allen (Robb) Rogers M.Ed, MSCC, CSCS
John Seddon CSCS and NSCA-CPT, The Strength Zone, Mobile, AL
Aaron Sciascia PhD, ATC, PES, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Kentucky
Brett R. Smith, M.D., M.S.  Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Gulf Breeze, FL
Brad Cheatham, ATC, Encore Rehabilitation, Decatur Alabama
David Greer, PT DPT OCS, Encore Rehabilitation, Mobile, AL
Dr. Chase Smith, Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, Dothan, AL
Dr. James Robinson, Team Physician for the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Dr. Ricardo Colberg, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopeadic Center,
Birmingham, AL

If you have any questions please contact our event coordinator,
Bo Shirey, via email at bamaboshirey@gmail.com, or call our office
at 256-775-3737 or 256-347-6136 during business hours.