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