Pierce City resident recognized as Health Care Champion

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jennifer Witt Garner, doctor of physical therapy, of Pierce City, was recently recognized as one of Springfield Business Journal's Health Care Champions.

Garner, a pediatric therapist and clinic manager with Dynamic Strides Therapy, in Republic, was honored along with 14 other top healthcare workers recognized for their contributions in healthcare, at a banquet held last November.

Garner is one of three therapists who helped develop and open Dynamic Strides Therapy, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit pediatric therapy facility. The organization is designed to increase accessibility to pediatric services in southwest Missouri. They offer occupational, physical and speech therapies. DST is currently the only facility in southwest Missouri to offer hippotherapy, a treatment tool used in all therapy that incorporates the movement of a horse in order to increase strength, balance, coordination and sensory regulation. A sensory gym is currently under construction, which will allow for safe sensory plat for children of all abilities.

Garner said the non-profit was designed so that fundraising could be used to help in offsetting some of the deficits accrued through insurance caps, low reimbursements and difficulty in paying for services.

“Fundraising and the generosity of donors allows for accessibility to therapy services,” said Garner. “That is something significantly lacking in southwest Missouri.”

Garner said she was thrilled to have been nominated and selected as one of the top therapists in the healthcare industry.

“It takes a special person to work in pediatrics, but I can't imagine my life any other way,” she said.

Garner is a 2001 graduate of Pierce City High School and received her doctorate in the physical therapy program from Missouri State University in 2008.

For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit Dynamic Strides Therapy on their Facebook page.