WE’RE HIRING: Physical Therapist (Hibbing, MN)


Choice Therapy in Hibbing, MN is currently seeking a full-time Physical Therapist interested in living, working, and playing in the Hibbing, MN area. New graduates are encouraged to apply.

Choice Therapy is a multi-specialty, locally-owned private practice with a team of dedicated Physical Therapists (PT), Occupational Therapists (OT), and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) that pride themselves in providing quality care to their patients.

Choice Therapy was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list, which ranks the nation’s fastest growing private companies over a three year period. We’d love for you to join our growing staff!


  • Working closely with patients to provide quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations in determining treatment plans
  • Identifying and meeting patients’ goals and needs
  • Offering cost-effective treatments that help improve clients’ quality of life
  • Developing care plans using a variety of treatment techniques
  • Creating wellness-oriented programs tailored to patients’ specific needs
  • Providing quality, personalized and evidence-based care and proven interventions
  • Motivating patients during treatment in order to help them function optimally
  • Promoting clients’ healthy lifestyle by improving strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination
  • Consulting and practicing with other health professionals
  • Monitoring, communicating, and evaluating patient progress
  • Documenting patient care services


Master’s or Doctorate preferred


Choice Therapy offers a great benefits package including health insurance with vision plan, short-term disability, 401k with corporate match, vacation, PTO, holiday pay and attractive incentive programs for community involvement. Salary is extremely competitive and based on experience.

Job Type: Full-time


Postural Training to Reduce Back Pain in Kids

My child has been experiencing back pain while at school. Do you have any suggestions on how I can help my child reduce their pain?

Children may experience back pain that can be caused by several factors with posture being one. Posture is important to address with school-aged children who sit for several hours in a day. It is easy for not only children but people in general to sit in a “slouched” posture for comfort. Unfortunately, this is usually due to weak back and stomach muscles. In order to maintain good posture and therefore reduce pain, one needs to re-train the back muscles through sitting upright and performing strengthening exercises.

Strongly encourage your child to maintain upright posture throughout each day and to wear his/her backpack evenly to disperse the weight carried. This alone may be quite effective in reducing the pain. Also consider consulting a physical therapist for instruction and training of postural strengthening exercises. Posture is a key factor in lifelong strength and support for your child’s back!

Call to schedule a free screening with one of our expert therapists today (218)440.1548!

– Mandy Hoie (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Top Exercise to Reduce Foot & Ankle Pain

Do you have pain throughout your foot or ankle?

Have you been told you have plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or a tendinopathy within your foot/ankle?

The muscles of the foot can be divided into extrinsic and intrinsic categories. Extrinsic muscles are generally more involved in generating force in order to create movement, such as in walking/running. While the intrinsic muscles are important stabilizers of the arch of your foot, helping your foot in static positions like standing, as well as controlling the position of the foot in walking.

Just like any muscle it is important that we train the foot intrinsics (the arch of the foot) in order to provide the proper support for our feet in standing and walking. An exercise called the “foot push up”, is a great option for training these muscles in the foot.

The key to this exercise is to lift the arch of the foot away from the ground, while at the same time making sure your toes are not curling under. Or try to think of “shortening your foot”. Once you understand the feeling of the exercise try holding for 30’’ seconds. Begin in sitting, and progress to standing, and then standing on one foot. Practice this exercise everyday for about 2-3 weeks. This will increase the strength of these muscles and allow you to return to your day to day activities without pain.

Today’s Featured Therapist: Debbie Tammaro – Welcome to our new Pediatric Therapy Services Team!

Debbie Tammaro – Occupational Therapy Assistant

Debbie Tammaro

Debbie Tammaro is originally from Northfield, MN and has been living in the Iron Range for the past 29 years. Debbie graduated from Lake Superior College with an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. She has 2 daughters and in her free time she enjoys camping, gardening, genealogy, and spending time with her 4 grandchildren. Debbie has spent the last 22 years providing support and services to children in a school setting by aiding in the development of motor, visual, sensory and self care skills in order to facilitate learning and help them to be successful.


  • Autism
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Developmental delays

Today’s Featured Therapist: Erin Norenberg – Welcome to our new Pediatric Therapy Services Team!

Erin Norenberg – Physical Therapist

Hibbing PT

Erin Norenberg

Erin Norenberg is a Hibbing native and has over 12 years of Physical Therapy experience. She moved back to Hibbing after receiving her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the College of Saint Scholastica. Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, curling, playing tennis, and being active with her family. Erin has received specialized training in pediatrics and most recently received training for custom wheelchair seating in Denver Colorado. She also practices in equipment/seating clinics for patients with wheelchairs, scooters, gait trainers and other durable medical equipment. Erin enjoys working with pediatric patients through play to help them improve their motor abilities.




  • Pediatrics in outpatient and school settings
  • Wheelchair and custom seating
  • Durable Medical Equipment

Today’s Featured Therapist: Hailey Warzonek – Welcome to our new Pediatric Therapy Services Team!

Hailey Warzonek – Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech Language Pathologist

Hailey Warzonek

Hailey Warzonek is a Cook, MN native. She returned to the northland after graduating with her Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Hailey enjoys the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her animals. Her professional interests include language development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Hailey is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of her patients by teaching them skills that make them independent and successful communicators.






  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Social-Pragmatic Deficits
  • Receptive- Expressive Language Disorders
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Fluency Disorders/Stuttering
  • Behavioral and Visual Supports

Happy First Birthday Choice Therapy Hibbing!

Happy Birthday Choice Therapy! Choice Therapy Hibbing is celebrating our 1 year anniversary! We’ve built a lot of great relationships already, and we’re looking forward to making new relationships this year. Thanks for helping to make Choice Therapy a success and we are excited for many more great years to come!

What To Know About Pain

1. Pain is output from the brain. While we used to believe that pain originated within the tissues of our body, we now understand that pain does not exist until the brain determines it does. The brain uses a virtual “road map” to direct an output of pain to tissues that it suspects may be in danger. This process acts as a means of communication between the brain and the tissues of the body, to serve as a defense against possible injury or disease.

2. The degree of injury does not always equal the degree of pain. Research has demonstrated that we all experience pain in individual ways. While some of us experience major injuries with little pain, others experience minor injuries with a lot of pain (think of a paper cut).

3. Despite what diagnostic imaging (MRIs, x-rays, CT scans) shows us, the finding may not be the cause of your pain. A study performed on individuals 60 years or older who had no symptoms of low back pain found that 36% had a herniated disc, 21% had spinal stenosis, and more than 90% had a degenerated or bulging disc, upon diagnostic imaging.




How will a physical therapist help me meet my fitness goals?

How will a physical therapist help me meet my fitness goals?

Physical therapists are movement experts, and work with people of all ages and levels of activity. During a visit, a physical therapist can:

  • Check your flexibility, strength, and endurance of muscles to support your desired level of activity.
  • Ensure that symptoms are due to overuse or overtraining and not something more serious.
  • Identify training errors to ensure a safe fitness plan, no matter your previous level of activity.
  • Correct biomechanical problems in form with your chosen activity to avoid overuse of a susceptible body part.
  • Provide appropriate training plan to minimize risk of injury and help you safely meet your fitness goals.


Source: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/how-to-avoid-overtraining-injuries

Avoiding Overtraining Syndrome

Avoiding Overtraining Syndrome

Overtraining syndrome occurs when an active individual or athlete increases activity faster than the body can adapt or is unable to recover from a sustained high level of activity. Your body then lets you know that you’ve done too much too fast through a variety of physical responses.

There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate overtraining syndrome but are also symptoms of other problems

Every active individual is unique. Your pain may be due to overtraining, but it also may be due to other health issues. For example, heart rate changes, general fatigue, and other systemic symptoms may be due to a more concerning condition. Physical therapists are educated to evaluate and treat a variety of conditions. If you have any of the above signs a physical therapist can help to determine the seriousness of the signs and what your next course of action for your health.

Here are some tips to avoid overtraining syndrome:

Take a break. If you have a scheduled rest day in your plan, use it, you’ve earned it!  Your bones, joints, and muscles need rest days to stay healthy.

Get rest. Recent studies are supporting the important role of sleep in the health of active people and athletes.  This is when our bodies’ build and repair and our immune system recovers.

Eat well. Proper nutrition is essential to the health of your body. Do not severely restrict calories when exercising. Make sure to eat proper nutrients, including plenty of lean meats, fruits and vegetables.


Source: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/how-to-avoid-overtraining-injuries

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