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AZ White Mountains Podcast

Oct 11, 2017

Birdman chats with Emil Palensar, DPT, the Physical Therapist with the Haven of Lakeside about physical therapy in a skilled nursing facility, difference between outpatient therapy and skilled nursing facilities, fall prevention, the role therapists play in your health, and the functions of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech language pathologist.
Who is Emil Palensar?
Emil was born and raised in the White Mountains, and is a St. Johns native. After he graduated from St. Johns High School, Emil enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for three years. From then he attended Arizona State University for his undergraduate degree in kinesiology, and then moved to St. Augustine, Florida where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at St. Augustine University for Health Sciences.
As a Physical Therapist, Emil has worked in both the outpatient, and impatient settings. He worked with White Mountain Outpatient Therapy for four years, until he transferred to the impatient setting. There, Emil found his niche, skilled nursing facilities, where he has continued practicing for over seven years. 

About Haven of Lakeside:

Our Mission is to be the provider of choice in the communities we serve, a gathering place for caring professionals, and a safe haven for residents to thrive, one person, one family at a time.

Haven of Lakeside began operations in March of 2015. They are a 107 bed skilled nursing facility that offers a wide array of expertise in physical, occupational, and speech therapy, dementia care, and global cognitive impairment. Haven of Lakeside has two long-term care units, one post-acute rehab unit, one secured wandering dementia unit, and their newly opened secured behavioral unit.

Haven of Lakeside belongs to Haven Health Group LLC which is the largest provider of skilled nursing care in rural Arizona.

Located : 3401 N. Lockwood Drive | Lakeside, AZ | 85929


The following are the sponsors of the BIRDMAN ON THE MOUNTAIN show, please visit them and give them your support when you can, as they make this show possible. 

Premier Sponsors:

Summit Healthcare

Active Digital Signage

America One Storage - Mail and Ship

Black Bull | White Buffalo

Bodyworks Health and Fitness

ChangePoint Integrated Health

Haven of Lakeside

Haven of Show Low

The House Restaurant

The Lion's Den

The Painted Ladies

Maverick Magazine

New Horizons Physical Therapy

North Star Salon


The Pour Station - WM Purified Water

Salt Restaurant & Wine Bar

Solterra Senior Living

Vinnedge Signworks

White Mountain Donuts

White Mountain Family Fun Park

VFW #9907