CARTHAGE – Three new providers have joined the Carthage Therapy Services team at the Carthage Region Hospital.
The hospital said Cale Siver, occupational therapist; Fran Garner, physiotherapist; and Vania Falen, speech therapist, joined us.
Siver received his Associate Degree in Health Studies in 2013 from Jefferson Community College in Watertown. He continued his education at Utica College for his Bachelor of Health Studies and Masters of Occupational Therapy, where he graduated in 2017. Siver moved to Maryland, where he worked for Caroline Nursing and Rehab in Denton, Anchorage Healthcare Center in Salisbury and The Pines Nursing. and Rehab in Easton. His career then took him to California and Arizona, before finally landing in Texas in 2020 at the Keller Oaks Healthcare Center.
Garner was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Broward College in Pembroke Pines, where she received her associate’s degree with a major in pre-med in 2010. After Broward College, Garner earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training with a minor in exercise science. at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale in 2014. She completed her doctorate in physiotherapy with a focus on manual therapy at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida in 2020. Garner is also a certified strength trainer and fitness. Before arriving at Carthage Hospital, she worked as a school physiotherapist for the Board of Cooperative Education Services in Watertown, as well as a qualified nursing physiotherapist at the Care Rehabilitation Center in Carthage. She also has five years of experience as a licensed athletic trainer in Orlando, providing injury prevention services to high performance athletes and industrial workers.
Originally from West Virginia, Falen is a speech language pathologist with over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in a variety of therapeutic settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers / clinics, private practices and schools. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Tennessee. Falen arrives in Carthage from Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, where she has been providing care since 2013 and continues to provide daily coverage as well as daily services at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Saranac Lake Hospital. She also previously worked at Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs, Colorado and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“We are very pleased that these highly qualified professionals have joined our Therapy Services team. They each bring their individualized skills and talents, which support our mission of commitment to excellence in value-based healthcare and personal care to all who seek comfort and healing. Although we have occupational therapy and physiotherapy services available, it has been several years since we have been able to provide speech-language pathology services. We are now able to offer adult and pediatric services focused on nutrition and swallowing, language and cognitive rehabilitation, ”said Cheryl Tousant, Director of the Therapy Department of the Carthage Region Hospital. , in a press release.
The Carthage Area Hospital provides physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services at two outlying clinics located on-site at the hospital and at Philadelphia Physical Therapy in the city of Philadelphia in Jefferson County, as well as acute and subacute therapy services. Its providers can help patients with pain, stiffness, muscle weakness, balance issues, limited mobility issues, etc.