Helping patients of all ages and health needs reach their fullest possible potential is the primary goal of the Rehab Department of Field Health System. Your road to recovery begins right here, close to home. No matter where your doctor is located, choose us to start helping immediately after a stroke, orthopedic surgery, an accident, or an illness. Our team of professionals will assist you to achieve optimum functional independence and improve your quality of life. We will build on small successes to maximize this goal.
Your therapy experience will begin with a thorough evaluation of your condition, taking into consideration many factors such as your overall strength and health, severity of injury, type of surgery, prior level of function, and other medical conditions that may influence your rehab potential. Our team will strive to motivate you during the recovery and relearning process. You may contact our Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services at 601 890-0563, or our Rehab Manager at 601 890-0564.
Meet the team!!
Or fulltime staff includes the following:
Physical Therapy (601-890-0563) helps patients recovering from or living with conditions such as stroke, orthopedic surgery, fractures, tendon injuries, joint and soft-tissue problems, arthritis, spinal problems, muscle strains, neurological disorders, and open wounds. Our therapists first determine a patient’s joint motion, muscle strength, endurance, and performance of daily activities. Then they devise a special program that may consist of exercises, stretches, the use of machines, and manual therapy for joints and soft tissue areas.
Letitia Haygood, PT, Rehab Manager – Letitia received a BS degree in Zoology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1987 and a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1991. She is experienced in many settings including acute inpatient, long-term care, short stay rehab, outpatient adult and pediatric, home health, and has provided physical therapy services for several of our area schools. Letitia originally practiced Physical Therapy here at Field Memorial in 1991 – 1996, again in 1998 – 2000, and rejoined the team as Rehab Manager in 2005.
Crystal Freeman, DPT – Crystal received a BS degree in exercise physiology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Alabama in 2007. She has clinical experience in acute inpatient, pediatric acute inpatient, pediatric outpatient, general outpatient and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Crystal is a member of the APTA, orthopedic section, as well as the MPTA. She joined out team in September of 2007.
Occupational Therapy (601-890-0563) helps patients whose conditions have forced them to learn how to accomplish skills they need to live independently or to raise their quality of life. Instead of using equipment or exercises as therapy, patients learn to perform daily activities with the least amount of discomfort or pain. Strength, dexterity, and fine motor skills are developed and improved through occupational therapy, which is often used in conjunction with physical therapy. When illnesses, injuries, or serious medical conditions leave patients unable to function even with therapy, they are taught how to use adaptive equipment to complete their activities.
Elise Birdsong, OTR/L –Elise joined our rehab team in June of 2007. She received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007 both from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Elise’s clinical experience includes inpatient rehab with neurologically impaired patients, outpatient, acute inpatient, short stay rehab, and home health. Elise is currently a member of the MSOTA.
Virginia McKlemurry, COTA/L – Virginia received an associate’s degree from the Occupational Therapist Assistant program at Pearl River Community College in 1998. Since then, Virginia has attained experience in various settings including acute inpatient, outpatient, outpatient pediatric, short stay rehab and long-term care. She originally practiced here at Field Memorial in 2003 – 2005, and rejoined the team in June of 2006.