Shyanne Allen is the new Physical Therapist in town! She joined the staff of medical professionals at Ringgold County Hospital in July after earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was born in Iowa City, grew up in Leon, and completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Missouri Valley College.

According to Shyanne, she’s always wanted to have a career in the medical field. “My mother is a Nurse Practitioner, and several of my aunts are nurses. I grew up knowing that this is something I wanted to do.” It was a job in an assisted living facility during high school that put Shyanne on the road to physical therapy. “Part of the reason I chose PT is because I like being able to have one-on-one patient care. I like to see them through all the way to recovery. It’s great to see my patients get better,” she said.

Although Shyanne is a recent graduate and new to RCH, she already has a significant amount of hands-on experience working with all kinds of patients. Her last year at the Medical Center was entirely clinical. She worked for eight weeks in four different places, gaining experience in a hospital, an out-patient clinic, home health, and with acute neuro-rehabilitation. “I really like working in rural health,” said Shyanne. “I get to see everything. We’re not limited to just one kind of patient. I have a special interest in working with patients in geriatrics, vestibular, neurological, and with sports injuries. There’s a lot of variety in physical therapy!”

When she’s not at Ringgold County Hospital, Shyanne and her husband enjoy training horses and competing in rodeos. And like many members of the RCH staff, she’s committed to this community. Both Shyanne and her husband have roots that go back generations. “My grandparents were neighbors of my husband’s grandparents. Our families have been friends for a long time.”

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