In its 22nd year of service, Overland Rehab continues to thrive as the month of March recognizes athletic training, one of its many specialties.
Finishing physical therapy school, David Holland and Bob Meuret joined already established therapist Bill Reynolds in opening Overland Rehab in 1996. e three set a business goal to provide quality therapy services to Northeast Nebraska by local physical therapists who know and understand the rural communities.
Their goal has made an impression on many throughout the years.
A 27-year athletic trainer and now co-owner of Overland, Matt Belitz explained, “I think the best part of Overland is that it is a physical therapy company owned by physical therapists. So, we know how to deal with therapists because we are therapists. And, we don’t put people in situations that they’re not going to be comfortable in, just because, we wouldn’t do it.”
He also explained that one of the many benefits of Overland is its wide range of locations. With locations in Creighton, Verdigre, Neligh, Plainview Manor, Plainview Hospital, Osmond, Santee, Lynch and soon-to-be-in Yankton, the business has taken off with not only expanding in locations but by nearly tripling its team and adding new treatments while doing so.
“We do everything from home health to providing therapists in public schools. We have pediatric therapy and also have pools in a couple of different places,” said Belitz. “So, we really see everything from babies to 100-year-olds. And everyone from hospital patients to outpatients, to home health patients, to nursing home, to whatever. So it is a good variety.”
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska Med Center graduate, Belitz joined the Overland team in 2006 after years of hounding from friend and fellow Med Center graduate — and now partner — with Overland Rehab, David Holland.
With word of Mueret going back to school and Reynolds retiring, Belitz made his move to Neligh to become part of the Overland family.
Since then, Belitz has continued to hold up the reputation of Overland by devoting his time and skills primarily to the Neligh community, taking pride in helping others.
“There have been a couple times where I have to put knee caps in and shoulders back in. That is kind of fun,” he said. “If you can get them settled down faster by getting it back in place, that’s always a good thing. And seeing kids get back playing after they get hurt, and being able to help them get back.”
Ryan Gallagher is also an athletic trainer with Overland Rehab. Gallagher provides physical therapy and athletic training services in Osmond and Plainview.
Holland said that Belitz has really helped build the business since he started in 2006, and the growing staff continues to show that Overland Rehab is all about personalized care.
“You are dealing with people that probably know everyone in the community so there is kind of grassroots feeling of rehab from start to finish,” Holland said. “We know most of our clients, where they are from and what the demands of their job are going to be able to do. So it’s a full understanding of the smaller community.”