A Leader in Clinical EducationRehabCare and Kindred Rehabilitation Services hosts hundreds of students every year – from colleges across the country – and places them in one of our many facilities. However, the success we experience would not have been possible without the dedication of our clinical instructors and their desire to educate the healthcare professionals of tomorrow.

One of our exceptional clinical instructors is Ann Hamrick, PTA. Ann had been working PRN for RehabCare for seven years before coming onboard full time in April of this year at our location in Wood-Lawn Heights in Batesville, AR. Since joining, “Ann has already taken on three students, and she is a wonderful therapist and mentor,” says Luke Williams, PT, DPT, Program Director of the Wood-Lawn Heights facility.

Ann remembers when she was in school completing her clinical experiences and she had to drive far to even get to a facility that would accept students. “By being able to provide clinical experience to students near Wood-Lawn, we will offer a better learning experience and bring convenience to their lives. Being a clinical instructor is very rewarding – it’s a way to give back to our profession and provide wisdom to our young professionals,” said Ann.

For anyone who is considering becoming a clinical instructor, it may seem a bit daunting taking in a student for the first time. Anna admits that she was nervous to take her first student. “But the Student Programs team provided valuable resources to me on how to create an effective learning environment and the tools to understand student billing.”

Luke Williams, her Program Director, says, “I’m so glad she agreed to start working with students because it has been a great learning experience for all of us. Every one of them has brought something new to the table that has made an impact on the way we treat patients.”

In the end, we hope that students walk away with an experience that will last their lifetime and we’re glad to see that happening. “The RehabCare team at Wood-Lawn went above and beyond my goals and expectations,” said one of Ann’s students.