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Prairie Lakes Welcomes Therapists to Rehabilitation Services

Mar 24, 2021 09:19AM ● By Med Magazine

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is proud to announce the recent addition of physical, occupational, and speech therapists to Rehabilitation Services. Mariko Oro, Speech-Language Pathologist, Haley Rowland, Physical Therapist, and Tyler Rowland, Occupational Therapist.

Oro grew up in New York and moved to the area from Washington with her husband and two sons. She is a first generation American born and has an interest in foreign languages, tap dance, and practicing karate with her sons. Her career in Speech Pathology started twenty years ago after graduating with her Master of Science degree from Columbia University. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Oro treats and cares for patients with disorders that affect speech, cognition, voice, and swallowing.

“I am very happy to be a part of Prairie Lakes,” said Oro. “I can easily treat patients here the way I would treat my own family and the interdisciplinary communication with staff of this independent hospital is effective. When I come to work, I know I will enjoy seeing my patients and interacting with the others who are part of their medical team. The best part about working here is that everyone is very friendly and really enjoy being here. I have never felt more welcome than I do here.”

Haley Rowland grew up in a small town in Nevada and learned about Prairie Lakes Healthcare System during a clinical rotation as a student at the University of South Dakota. She enjoys tennis and played varsity while obtaining her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. As a Physical Therapist, Rowland focuses on the development of gross motor skills, functional mobility, strength, and balance of patients. She serves in the inpatient area of the hospital and has a special interest in women’s health, such as incontinence after childbirth.

“During clinical rotations, I loved the Watertown area so much that I decided to make Watertown my home,” said Haley Rowland. “I was able to see first-hand how the Prairie Lakes team frequently goes above and beyond for every patient. I am so lucky to be part of such a great team of providers!”

Tyler Rowland grew up in Watertown and enjoys swimming, watching football with family, and playing video games. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree. As an Occupational Therapist, Rowland develops personalized treatment plans to help increase strength, endurance, flexibility and independence.  These treatment plans helps individuals of all ages regain the ability to return to an active lifestyle.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community I grew up and look forward to continuing to enhance my patient care in this area over the years to come,” said Tyler Rowland.