Southwest Memorial Hospital

Rehabilitation Department

Office Hours and Scheduling

Outpatient Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address: 1311 North Mildred Road, Cortez, CO 81321

Phone: 970-564-2460 Fax: 970-564-2468

*Please note that Rehabilitation & Wound Care Services share the same registration and check-in desk.

What are the different types of rehabilitation?

The three main types of rehabilitation therapy are occupational, physical, and speech. Each form of rehabilitation serves a unique purpose in helping a person reach full recovery, but all share the ultimate goal of helping the patient return to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Physical Therapy (PT)

The Physical Therapy Department of Southwest Memorial Hospital works closely with patients and their physicians to provide exercise and rehabilitation of muscle groups, joints, and areas of the body that have been traumatized by injury or surgery. The department offers strengthening and work conditioning programs. Gait training, crutch, and walker training are available for those patients who are unstable after surgery or injury.

We use a variety of integral physical therapy techniques to enhance the quality of life for patients. We focus on pain management, injury prevention, and bringing individuals to their pre-injury state of wellness. We offer pre-employment screening through the WorkWell program. Click HERE to learn more about WorkWell workplace injury prevention services. 

A variety of modalities are incorporated for the patient’s treatments, including electrical stimulation, manual manipulation, dry needling, heat and ice, and exercise programs using a plethora of gym equipment on-site and home exercise programs designed with the patient’s specific goals in mind.

Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy. They help mobilize patients following surgery such as hip and knee replacement. Therapists provide specialized and individualized evaluation and treatment of patients of all ages, working closely with physicians and the nursing staff to ensure quality patient care.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational therapists work on a variety of problems. For example, they might help a patient learn to dress themselves again after undergoing major surgery or suffering an injury. They evaluate home environments to recommend equipment and modifications for safety and showering. They might adapt or recommend equipment to assist in daily living tasks for a patient who has had a hip replacement or to allow a multiple sclerosis or spinal cord patient to maximize their independence with tasks such as using a computer or feeding themselves. MORE

Speech Therapy (ST)

Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), which are often referred to as speech therapists.

Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication. These include articulation therapy, language intervention activities, and others depending on the type of speech or language disorder.

Speech therapy may be needed for speech disorders that develop in childhood or speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness, such as stroke, or brain injury. MORE

Our Team

Brenton Wright


Rehab Director

Brenton Wright, PT, DPT is a physical therapist in Cortez, Colorado. He specializes in treating orthopedic and neuro populations; specifically knee surgeries and BPPV vertigo. He can help with vertigo, falls, and exercise recommendations. MORE

Mike Francisco


More info coming soon!

Dianne Daniel


Diane Daniel PT, MS, CIDN, is a Physical Therapist with a Masters of Science degree and Certification in Integrative Dry Needling.

More info coming soon!

Staci Cost



Staci Cost PT, DPT, MHSc, PT, MTC, OCS, is a full-time physical therapist who provides inpatient and outpatient therapy services at Southwest Health System on the Mildred Road campus. MORE

Rachel Garrison


Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) is proud to announce that Rachel Garrison, Speech Language Pathologist has recently joined our team providing specialized care to children and adults in our 4 Corners Community. MORE

Athletic Training

Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) has announced that Mitch Taffe, Kevin Lichner, and Lianne Shroba have joined Southwest Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department as Athletic Trainers, complementing our providers in Cortez, CO, and surrounding areas. Beyond board certification as athletic trainers, they hold advanced professional certifications and take pride in incorporating newly learned skills to help patients improve.

Mitch Taffe



Mr. Taffe works at Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez, CO. He graduated with a master of science degree in athletic training from Daemen College in Amherst, NY, and a bachelor of science degree in exercise science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. MORE

Kevin Lichner



Mr. Lichner works at Dolores and Mancos Middle and High Schools School in Cortez, CO. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. MORE

Lianne Shroba


Ms. Shroba works at Dove Creek High School/Middle School. She graduated with a master of sciences degree in exercise science from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the State University of New York College at Cortland in Cortland, NY. Her experience includes injury evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention for U.S. Army cadets. MORE