Adult Therapy Staff
The following staff provide outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services for adults.
Megan Eandi, MS, CCC-SLP, received her undergraduate degree in integrative physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorder from the University of Montana. She has worked with adults with acquired speech, language, voice, cognitive and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long-term care. Megan has completed additional training certifications including Lee Silverman Voice Technique, VitalStim dysphagia therapy technique and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing. In her free time, Megan is involved with Dream Adaptive Recreation and is a member of the National Ski Patrol.
Ryan Earll, PT, MPT, received his master’s in physical therapy from the University of Loma Linda in Loma Linda, California. He practiced therapy in the hospital acute care setting, skilled nursing setting and outpatient setting in southern California for more than 15 years. Ryan specializes in outpatient care utilizing his manual skills and has completed a yearlong manual technique course geared for orthopedic injuries. In 2014 Ryan decided to pursue his other passion of the great outdoors and relocate his family from San Diego to Kalispell where he, his wife and three children are enjoying all the beauty northwest Montana has to offer.
Beth Gunlikson, MPT, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham in 1989 with a degree in biology. She received her master’s in physical therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1993. Beth began her career in physical therapy at the University Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where she worked in the acute care and outpatient settings. She has worked at KRMC since 1999. Beth’s primary focus for the past 20 years has been amputee rehabilitation, with a specific focus on prosthetic gait training. She works closely with local prosthetists to help obtain the best possible outcomes for individuals with amputations. Beth helped establish the multidisciplinary prosthetic and orthotic clinic at KRMC. Her experience also includes neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation. Beth is married to Dr. Ryan Gunlikson and has three children, all of whom enjoy spending time together in the Montana outdoors.
Pat Heil, PT, MAPT, OCS, CMTPT, received his master’s in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1992. He has 25 years of clinical experience and has practiced at more than 30 facilities across the nation, including 18 years in outpatient therapy at The Summit. Pat is a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and is certified in manual therapy and clinical reasoning, as well as dry needling and kinesiotape. His focus is on the treatment of orthopedic concerns (bones, joints, tendons, muscles, arthritis) with a concentrated emphasis on the treatment and prevention of low back pain, neck, thoracic and referred symptoms into arms and legs, and headaches and migraines. Pat is a guest speaker on spine classification and treatment for the physical therapist assistant program at Flathead Valley Community College. Outside of work, his interests include anything related to being in the outdoors with friends and his wife and three boys.
Laurie Hider, PT, MPT, received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her master’s in physical therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. She has worked in both acute care and outpatient clinic settings and has been working for Kalispell Regional Medical Center since 2007. Laurie has experience with a variety of orthopedic and neurological disorders, and her special interests are postsurgical orthopedic rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury and stroke. She strives to provide individualized care and works closely with a team of therapists including occupational therapists and speech therapists. In her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing and scuba diving with her husband and three children.
Alisa Kristensen, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist working at Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Therapy Services and also at Occupational Health Services. She received her bachelor’s degree in general psychology from the University of Montana and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 1998 from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Alisa has worked for the last 17 years at KRMC, primarily in Outpatient Therapy. She has served as coordinator for continuing education for 16 of those years. She is the mother of three amazing sons who keep her running with extracurricular activities. Recreational activities include riding horses and fishing with her family.
Jacklyn Z. McDonald
Jacklyn Z. McDonald, MS, CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and a master’s degree in speech and hearing sciences from the University of New Mexico. She is a speech-language pathologist and outpatient rehabilitation supervisor at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Jacklyn has 17 years of experience in patient care working in a wide variety of settings. Prior to being recruited to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, she owned and operated a multidisciplinary clinic in McCall, Idaho. Presently Jacklyn works in adult outpatient rehabilitation as well as acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. She works with patients on the treatment of aphasia, cognitive deficits, traumatic brain injury, voice disorders, swallowing evaluations and treatments, head and neck cancer and more. She has specialty certification in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy and, unique to the area, is certified in the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile, allowing for in-depth assessment and treatment of dysphagia. Jacklyn is working with Kalispell Regional Medical Center to implement the MD Anderson protocol for collaboration with oncology and rehabilitation for optimal treatment and care of head and neck cancer patients. Jacklyn is married, has two daughters and enjoys all that Montana has to offer. She loves to hike, ski and coach soccer.
Danielle McFarland, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist who works in outpatient therapy at The Summit. She received her undergraduate degree in human biology in 2006 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009, both from the University of Montana. She then moved to Walla Walla, Washington, to begin her career in orthopedics. She moved back to her native Kalispell in 2012 and began working at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Danielle has worked in a variety of settings in KRMC and recently initiated the cancer rehabilitation program in outpatient therapy at The Summit. Along with treating a variety of neurological and orthopedic conditions, she also specializes in postsurgical cancer rehabilitation. Danielle enjoys skiing, running and playing outdoors with her husband and two young boys.
Jeff Schmidt, PT, OCS, SCS, MTC, Cert. DN, graduated from St. Louis University in Missouri in 1991 and has worked in outpatient physical therapy for more than 25 years, including both hospital and private practice settings. He has advanced certifications in orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy and dry needling. He is founder and president of OPTS, an educational and consulting company for advanced training of physical therapists. Jeff served as the principal investigator in a research study published in 2012 in the peer-reviewed journal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Currently he is splitting his clinical time between The Summit and the newly opened Westshore Physical Therapy. Jeff specializes in spinal and extremity care, postsurgical cases, chronic pain, motor control and strength issues, balance and coordination, and geriatric care. Jeff spent years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in his home state of North Dakota before moving to Montana in 2013. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Brooke, and their children, Calvin and Emmery. In his spare time he likes to hunt and fish as often as possible.
Sandy Thatcher, PT, MPT, graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993 with a master’s degree in physical therapy. Sandy is certified in trigger point dry needling as well as pelvic health physical therapy for both women and men. She has an extensive continuing education background in manual therapy, sports medicine, Kinesio taping, orthotic casting and therapeutic exercise programs. Sandy treats a wide variety of diagnoses from total joint replacements and other surgeries to neurological disorders and musculoskeletal injuries. She has recently expanded her training into the women’s health field to treat such issues as incontinence, pre- and postpartum conditions, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Sandy’s passion is the one-on-one interaction with her patients as she assists them in becoming stronger individuals. She is rewarded by seeing each patient’s improvement during their journey in physical therapy. Sandy and her husband moved to Kalispell in 2012 with their three children. She and her family enjoy camping, kayaking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and other outdoor activities. She also takes pleasure in being involved with her children’s school and sporting activities.
Denise L. Zander
Denise L. Zander, OTR/L, CHT, completed her degree in occupational therapy at the University of Washington in 1995. She worked in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for many years with a primary focus on cerebrovascular accident and traumatic brain injury. Denise has an additional focus on vision and return-to-driving concerns, and she administers the in-clinic driving evaluations at The Summit. Denise also has a strong interest in orthopedic therapy for the upper extremities including trauma, postsurgical treatment, arthritis and repetitive stress conditions. She received her hand therapy certification in 2008. Denise currently practices in the outpatient setting treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions. When not at work Denise enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters in the great outdoors.
Pediatric Therapy Staff
The following staff provide outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services for children.
Tracey Hornby, PT, graduated from the University of Montana in 1996 with degrees in physical therapy and psychology. She joined Kalispell Regional Medical Center after graduation and facilitated the development of KRMC’s pediatric therapy program shortly thereafter. Her experience includes patient care primarily in pediatrics as well as acute care and neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation. Tracey also has extended training with seating and mobility evaluations for equipment and wheelchairs for all ages. Tracey is skilled in the clinical outpatient setting with patients from birth through adolescence, and she has provided physical therapy services for children in the educational setting. She has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses over the years, including neurological and orthopedic disorders, muscular disorders, gross motor delays, prematurity-related impairments and torticollis. Tracey is part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit follow-up team. Tracey and her family love to spend time in the mountains and beautiful lakes in our area year-round. She loves to hike, climb, camp, swim, boat and ski. She has a husband and three busy kids, and many nights she can be found in a gym or field somewhere. Much of her extended family has moved to the valley and she feels blessed to spend so much time with them as well.
Lacey Kvam, MS, CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communicative sciences and disorders from the University of Montana. She has experience working with young children in the Head Start setting and working with children of all ages with dyslexia in Anchorage, Alaska. Lacey is certified through the State of Montana and has her American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification. Her special interests include dyslexia, building expressive language and imitation skills in toddlers, language and literacy, and working with children with apraxia of speech. Lacey joined the speech therapy team at the summit in spring 2017. Being a native of Polson, Montana, Lacey is happy to return to the area and spend her summers by the lake.
Marrene Peacher, OTR/L, graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2001 with a degree in occupational therapy. She joined the Kalispell Regional Medical Center pediatric therapy team in the fall of 2017. She comes to Kalispell from Phoenix, Arizona, with more than 15 years of experience in pediatrics. Some of her work settings have included pediatric home health, a variety of school settings, and adult and pediatric skilled nursing facilities. She has extensive experience working with sensory processing issues, visual motor integration problems, mild to severe developmental delays, and pediatric hand splinting. She has worked with a wide variety of treatment diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy and severe genetic disorders. Although pediatrics is what she loves, she has worked with all ages from birth to adults. Marrene and her husband love the outdoors and camping with their family and are excited to be raising their children in the Flathead Valley.
Samantha Stewart, MS, CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and linguistics, as well as her master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked at Kalispell Regional Healthcare for five years, at Brendan House and inpatient pediatrics, including working with pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care populations. Samantha’s areas of interest in pediatrics include feeding and swallow disorders, traumatic brain injury, and hearing loss/aural rehabilitation and its impact on spoken language development. In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and son, especially if it means going outside to hike, fly fish, raft or ski.