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Rehab Team Member Bios

Rhondel J. McCann, MD - Medical Director

Rhondel J. McCann, MD has served as the medical director of the Bryan Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit for over six years. As medical director, she provides leadership of the acute inpatient rehabilitation team. The team, comprised of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, nutritionists, social workers and chaplains, works in a cohesive and coordinated manner to maximize and restore the functional mobility and independence of patients.

As a board certified physiatrist from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2002, she has cared for patients with impairments and disabilities for well over a decade. She specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with the diagnoses of traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, multi-trauma/multi-fracture, orthopedic injuries, neurological disorders and debility.   Dr. McCann received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York in 1997. She completed her four-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2001.
Dr. McCann is a member of the following professional affiliations:

  • Nebraska Region 2 Trauma Advisory Board Member
  • Nebraska State Rehabilitation Committee  Member
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Nebraska Medical Association
  • Lancaster County Medical Society
  • Lincoln Stroke Partnership
  • Stroke Center Team
Jude T. Cook, MD - Medical Director Clinical Informatics

Our rehabilitation physician, Dr. Cook is board certified through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and board certified in Clinical Informatics. Dr. Cook attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center and received his doctorate in medicine in 1992. He then completed a year of Internal Medicine at Creighton University Medical Center prior to completing a three-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. In his last year he served as chief resident for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program.

He has worked as a physiatrist for 17 years and has completed a formal credentialing process in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through Bryan Medical Center.

Dr. Cook provides medical leadership in the Inpatient management of school age to adult patients with rehabilitation diagnoses that include multi-trauma, traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputee, spinal cord injuries and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Cook’s responsibilities include advocating for people with disabilities, assisting the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Medical Director with patient care, admission, review process and strategic planning, developing ongoing relationships with stakeholders, participation in program development and revision, participation in outcomes measurement and management activities.  
Dr. Cook is a member of the following professional affiliations:

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Preventative Medicine, subspecialty Clinical Informatics
  • CPHIMS member of Health Information Management Systems Society
  • American Medical Informatics Association
Linda Stones, RN, BS, BSN, MS, CRRN - Director of Rehabilitation Services

Linda has over 25 years experience as a registered nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Creighton University and a Master’s degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University. She has completed all the requirements for a PhD in nursing except for the final dissertation. Linda is originally from Crete, Nebraska, but spent about 15 years working on the East Coast for Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sentara Healthcare (one of the Top 10 Integrated Delivery Systems in the US). She serves on many national and state levels boards. Linda currently serves on the Nebraska Center for Nursing (Governor appointed), as well as the Nebraska State Stroke Association, the Nebraska Action Coalition and the Nebraska Nurses Association. She is a certified rehabilitation nurse since 2007 and is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Linda has been inducted into the national nursing honorary, Sigma Theta Tau. 

Christie Bartelt, RN, BSN, CRRN - Nurse Manager

Christie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Lincoln division with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and has been practicing nursing for over 30 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including home health care, hospice respite care, orthopedics and rehab. She started with the Inpatient Rehab Unit when it opened in 1994 and has worked as a staff nurse, admission coordinator, charge nurse and assistant nurse manager. She has her certification as a Rehab RN and has provided care for patients with orthopedic injuries and surgeries, brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury.  Christie’s believes every patient deserves an opportunity to regain as much of their independence as they possibly can.

Christie spends her time away from work curled up with a good book next to a warm fire, moving flowers around in her garden, sewing on numerous projects, enjoying her husband’s company or babysitting her new grandbaby.

Bonnie Kreiter, PT, NDT certified, ACSM - Therapy Manager

Bonnie received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 1983. She has been practicing physical therapy for 30 years and has worked in a variety of settings including: inpatient acute rehabilitation, acute care, home health and outpatient orthopedics and neurology. Bonnie moved to Lincoln in 2003 to be closer to family and joined the staff at Bryan Medical Center where she was clinical coordinator and is now manager of the Acute Inpatient Rehab Unit. She specializes in caring for neurology and orthopedic patients and has obtained specialized training and certifications. Bonnie is Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) certified, Neuro-IFRAH trained and American College of Sports Medicine (ACMS) certified. She is a lifelong learner and has attended many continuing education courses over the years including care of the amputee, kinesotaping, evidence based practice, stroke recovery, shoulder rehabilitation, back rehabilitation, medically complex, geriatric rehab, fall prevention and total joint replacement. Bonnie enjoys working with all types of patients, analyzing, problem solving and designing treatment programs to achieve the best functional outcomes.

In her free time Bonnie enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and being with her family and friends.

Julia Lantz, RN - Admission Coordinator, Intake Rehabilitation Liaison

Julia has spent her entire 34-year professional career as a registered nurse at Bryan Medical Center.   She has held various positions during her tenure, including 16 years as a staff nurse, 11 years as a patient care coordinator in the Cardiac Care Unit (six of which as the inpatient LVAD coordinator) and has been in care management for the last seven years. Since 2011, Julia has taken on the role of intake rehab liaison. During her career, Julia has been preceptor/mentor to countless nurses. Putting patients first, she has a wealth of experience and competence with coordinating care between patients/families, hospital departments and external agencies throughout the community. She is patient focused in all of her work and genuinely enjoys talking with patients and their families. Julia’s philosophy throughout her long career has been, “ALWAYS put the patient first in all decisions, and you will never make the wrong one.“

Julia is married, with two adult children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, a good nap, needle point, knitting, baking, and long bike rides with her husband with the sun on her back.

Julie Bratt, RN - Admission Coordinator, Intake Rehab Liaison

Julie obtained her nursing degree from Bryan School of Nursing and has been working as a registered nurse for the last 12 years at Bryan Medical Center. For the first six years of her career, Julie worked on the progressive cardiac care unit. She then moved into care management assisting patients and families with discharge planning as well as gaining experience working with insurance companies. Since 2011, Julie has worked as the intake rehab liaison, which is a subgroup of care management. Throughout her nursing career Julie has taken on the role as an educator, patient and family advocate, preceptor and care coordinator with interdisciplinary teams.

In her spare time, Julie is consumed with the many activities of her two school age children, church activities and spending time with her husband.

Robin Davenport, RN - Admission Coordinator, Intake Rehab Liaison

Robin received her nursing degree from Bryan School of Nursing and has been working as a registered nurse for the last 27 years at Bryan Medical Center. Robin has worked on the renal/urology unit and intensive care unit (ICU) where she did patient care and also was a patient care coordinator. She then transferred into care management where she was responsible for assisting patients/families with discharge planning and managing patients insurance coverage for their hospital stay. Since 2013 Robin has been working as an intake rehab liaison, which is part of care management. 
Robin enjoys spending time with family, traveling and attending her school age children's sports and dance events.

Katie Tiedeman, DPT - Clinical Coordinator

Katie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2004. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient services. Since graduating Katie has continued to pursue a variety of post graduate educational opportunities. She is certified in Sportsmetrics which targets ACL injury prevention and post-injury rehabilitation for female athletes. She is currently working towards advanced certification in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and is certified in custom foot orthotic fabrication. Katie enjoys the multidisciplinary approach that inpatient rehab encompasses and is active in coordinating the continuing education program for Bryan Health to promote professional growth for physical, occupational and speech therapists. She is inspired by working with a diverse group of excellent clinicians to focus on restoring functional mobility for patients on the Acute Inpatient Rehab unit.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter and three chocolate labs. She loves cooking and gardening, along with participating in or watching most sports.

Robert Arias, PhD - Neuropsychologist

Dr. Arias has been independently licensed as a psychologist with the State of Nebraska since 2000. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1997.  He completed a one-year internship at the University of Washington-Seattle, and a two-year post-doctoral residency at West Virginia University in Neuropsychology.  

Dr. Arias has been providing mental health services in Nebraska since 2000 in private practice, seeing both inpatients and outpatients.  He continues to specialize in treating individuals with chronic pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological disorders, as well as providing psychotherapy to the general mental health population.  
Dr. Arias is a member of the following professional affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
Chris Rathburn, PsyD - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Rathburn has been independently licensed as a psychologist with the state of Nebraska since 2008. He attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Schaumburg, IL and received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2007. He completed a two-year post-doctoral residency with Nebraska Mental Health Centers in Lincoln, NE. In his last year of residency, he provided supervision to doctoral psychology interns.

Dr. Rathburn has been providing mental health services since 2003, initially working in an inpatient psychiatric setting for deaf and hard of hearing youths and adolescents with severe cognitive disorders and chronic psychological and behavioral disturbance. He continues to specialize in treating individuals with chronic and persistent psychological disorders while continuing to provide psychological services to the general population, predominantly in private practice. He additionally works with the hospital system to provide psychological assessment and psychotherapy services.
Dr. Rathburn is a member of the following professional affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Nebraska Psychological Association
  • American Mensa
James L. Nedrow, OD, MS, FAAO - Neuro Optometry

Dr. Nedrow practices neuro optometry and is board certified as Diplomate National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He began his education at Northwest Missouri State University followed by Southern College of Optometry, Pacific University and finishing post-graduate work in 1989 at the University of Houston. He works with patients suffering from neurological events, such as head injuries and strokes. His patients experience significant and sometimes severe visual consequences such as double vision, visual midline shift syndrome and post trauma vision syndrome. Dr. Nedrow is a co-author of published research investigating the functional results of therapeutic prism as it relates to brain injury. This was published in the magazine, Eye and Brain in 2011, and received the NORA Award for Research and Advancement in 2012. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, serves as adjunct professor of University of Missouri, College of Optometry, and has presented in several symposiums, most recently at the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association, dealing with magnocellular and parvocellular systems and their relationship to visual perception.

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