North Oaks has opened an outpatient rehabilitation clinic in the Pennington Student Activity Center for professional, collegiate and high school athletes, as well as others with active lifestyles.

Staffing the clinic are physical therapists and Southeastern alumni Rebecca Troulliet, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS; Kyle Granat, PT, DPT; and Tony Miller, PT, DPT. All three earned their undergraduate degrees at the university.

Patients will be referred by Dr. Katy Morris and Dr. Jeffrey Witty, orthopaedic surgeons who also specialize in sports medicine injuries.

Morris serves as medical director of both North Oaks Sports Medicine and the Southeastern Athletics Sports Medicine program, while Witty is medical director of North Oaks Rehabilitation Services and a team physician for Southeastern Athletics. Both practice with North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center, which has clinic locations in Hammond and Livingston.

The 1,983-square-foot clinic on campus has been outfitted with rehabilitative equipment such as a top-of-the-line squat rack with multiple accessories, Rogues’ “The Difference” striking machine, an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill and Game Ready cryotherapy system.

“Although we have specialized equipment in this clinic to address athletes’ needs, we also have the ability to meet the needs of other types of patients,” Morris said.

“This setting also is ideal for ‘industrial athletes,’ who have physically demanding jobs like firefighting or construction work, or ‘weekend warriors,’ who enjoy an active lifestyle but don’t necessarily play an official sport,” she said.

Mac Barrient, who oversees both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services as administrator of North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital, said having this clinic on campus will be a convenience to the university’s athletes and athletic training staff.

This development also will “do more to support the three points of continuum of care – injury to rehabilitation to maintenance,” Barrient said.

Jay Artigues, athletic director for Southeastern Louisiana University, said he believes having the athletes in this setting will better motivate them to maximize their improvement in ways that a traditional rehabilitation clinic setting may not.

Witty agreed, “Motivation is contagious, and being around others going through similar recovery processes can propel people to achieve their own goals.”

North Oaks is the official health care provider of Southeastern Athletics.

The clinic’s hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. The address is 1350 N. General Pershing St. in Hammond.

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