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​​​​​“I encourage my patients to ask questions, so I can provide thorough explanations of their rehabilitation process.”​

Stettin Center (Wausau)

3605 Stewart Ave
Wausau, WI 54401

Appointment Phone:
1-715-847-3796

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​​Heather Nelson’s love of athletics drives her passion for helping others get back into the game after a sports injury. “I have a great interest in sports medicwqgh school athletes,” says Heather. “I can relate to their desire to get better and get back in the game.” Being a multi-sport athlete in high school and college, she understands what patients might be feeling.

​​“When coming here for the first time, some are worried about the rehabilitation being painful and don’t know what to expect. I want to put their minds at ease right away,” she explains.

​​Heather sees patients at Marshfield Clinic Stettin Center. She is a board-certified sports clinical specialist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, which helps in her treatment of sports-related injuries. Additionally, she works with post-surgical patients of all ages and those seeking relief from muscular pain. She is trained in dry needling, a treatment which improves dysfunction in muscles and connective tissue such as excessive muscle tension or spasticity. She can also evaluate and treat vertigo.

She appreciates having a variety of resources and tools at her finger tips. “Our medical documentation system gives us instant access to patient information. If a patient doesn’t remember the findings of an X-ray that was taken, for example, we can pull it up and take a look.”

​​Heather grew up in Marathon City. She enjoys spending time with family and running, having completed a handful of half-marathons. She’s an accomplished pianist trained in classical music and plays for weddings and a church choir.

Heather earned a doctorate of physical therapy at Carroll University in Waukesha in 2009. Before joining Marshfield Clinic, Heather worked in Green Bay.​​​

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  • Professional Societies
    American Physical Therapy Association

    Board Certifications
    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist: 2007, recertified 2008

    State Licenses
    Wisconsin

    Areas of Interest
    Ankle, Knee and Shoulder Injuries Myofascial Disorders Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Sports Medicine

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