“I know and trust the entire staff at Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield. I trust them to always take care of me.” ~ Dale Seals, happy patient
Mr. Seals came to Encore with foot and ankle pain and now is back doing the things he loves! We are proud of you, Mr. Seals ! Thanks for choosing Encore and being our Patient of the Month at Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!
Happy National Athletic Training Month to Melinda Wilson, Regional Director and Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer for Winfield High School and Brilliant High School!
Thank you for all you do, Melinda!
Melinda shares what is means to her to be an Athletic Trainer.
Why did you choose athletic training as a career? I played sports in high school and college and knew I wanted a career involving athletics/wellness. After college, I was working as a fitness instructor at Northport-DCH when I was introduced to Athletic Training through Rodney Brown, ATC. He said, “You look like you would make a good athletic trainer!” I said, “What’s that?” He said, “Come out to Tuscaloosa County High this afternoon and I will tell you all about it.” The rest is history! I fell in love with this career from the first day I stepped on a field.
What has been the highlight of your career? Starting the Sports Medicine Program in this area from the ground up. I have been blessed to offer these athletes a service that was not afforded to me.
What does it mean to be back home taking care of the people in your community? Winfield did not have an athletic trainer and I was able to return to my hometown and provide a service for the athletes, Winfield, and the surrounding communities. It means so much to give back and know I am making a difference. I am thankful for the parents trusting me to care for their children. I have built life-long friendships over the last 28 years! It’s definitely the most rewarding career!
What would you tell future students that might want to become an Athletic Trainer? If you want a career that doesn’t feel like a job, this is definitely the career for you. I have never felt like I was going to work. It is a lot of long days and nights but the end result is all the lifelong relationships you acquire. It is a special feeling to watch an athlete with an injury work to overcome and return to what they love.
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Physical Therapist Breanna Dean and Physical Therapist Assistant Amanda Conniff with Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield share their #Encore10– 10 seconds of Sally Squats! Happy PT Month, Breanna and Amanda!
#Encore10 is 10 moves, 10 reps, or 10 seconds of movement to celebrate October as National Physical Therapy Month! Show us YOUR #Encore10!
Encore Rehabilitation wishes a Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month to Speech-Language Pathologist Leah Hyche !
Leah LOVES her work and LOVES helping others!
“l love my job! I knew I was in the right field while working with my first patient during a clinical rotation. The child was non-verbal with minimal ability to functionally communicate. Building a relationship with the patient and family enabled us as a team to establish a communication system that was effective and efficient. I was able to watch not just the child transform but the whole family. Watching this transformation take place was life changing as his abilities went from essentially no communication to being able to communicate his wants and needs with his family.
“There are numerous, amazing moments in my career I could share. Playing a role in helping a child form his or her first word or sentence, seeing a child play with a toy or another child appropriately for the first time, and of course, when you hear a parent say their child said ‘I love you, with words or some other form of communication, is amazing!
“And I love to work with adults, too! I have formed many special relationships over the years. Helping an adult work through speech, language, cognitive tasks, or to improve function of eating/swallowing is one of the most rewarding experiences.
“My job is about building relationships, caring for my patients, and in turn helping them reach their goals!” ~Leah Hyche, SLP
Leah is a native of Hamilton, AL. She attended The University of Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has been a clinician for eleven years and has practiced with Encore Rehabilitation for almost 6 years. Leah is also Vital Stim certified.
Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication disorders, and swallowing disorders in individuals ranging from birth to geriatric individuals. Speech Therapists work with the individual, families, physicians, and other related therapies to form an individualized treatment plan to maximize the patient’s rehabilitation potential.
If you’d like to ask Leah questions or receive Speech Therapy Services, contact the Encore Rehabilitation clinics in Winfield, Haleyville, and Hamilton.
Congratulations to Brody Cook, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!
Brody is a Junior at Winfield High School where he competes in Baseball and Basketball for the Pirates. He has been selected 3A First Team All-State Baseball; All-Journal Record Baseball; All-WAC B-Team Basketball; and All-County B-Team Basketball. Brody plans to continue playing baseball at the collegiate level. In his personal time, he enjoys baseball, golfing, basketball, and video games.
Brody is the son of Chris and Tara Cook.
We are proud of you, Brody, and wish you a great summer!
Encore Sports Medicine is the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Winfield Pirates! We LOVE to see you move!
Congratulations to Brock Cotton, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!
Brock is a Sophomore at Winfield High where he competes in Football, Basketball, and Track. His future plans include pursuing a degree at The University of Alabama in Excavation and Construction. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and farming.
Brock is the son of Chad and Alicia Cotton.
We are very proud of you, Brock!
Encore Sports Medicine is the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Winfield Pirates!
We LOVE to see you move!
Because he tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus, Hunter Foster needed Physical Therapy for his knee. A friend recommended Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield. After several months of rehab, Hunter is back to doing the things he loves! We are very proud of the determination he showed with his rehab and we have selected Hunter as Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!
Congratulations on your successful rehab, Hunter! We LOVE to see you move!
Congratulations to Marion County High Junior Deuce Belk! He has been selected Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!
Deuce is a multi-sport athlete who competes in Football, Basketball and Track & Field. He has been named All-State Quarterback as well as two times each All-Conference, All-County, and All-Journal Record Athlete.