Cardiac Rehab

After your cardiac event you may wonder if you can get back to living normally. Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) at Kinisi is a medically supervised program that will help you recover both physically and emotionally from your event and assist you in improving your health and well-being.

Our cardiac rehab team will help you:

  • Recover after a heart attack or heart surgery
  • Prevent future hospital stays and heart problems
  • Address risk factors you may have such as high cholesterol, weight, diabetes, smoking, lack of physical activity, depression or other emotional health concerns
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle and improve your quality of life

During rehab you will learn how to:

  • Exercise safely and increase your physical activity
  • Follow a heart healthy diet
  • Reduce your risk factors
  • Improve your emotional health

 

Your rehab team will work closely with you to create a plan that works for you. Over time the lifestyle changes you make during rehab will become routine and help you maintain a reduced risk for future heart problems.

Cardiac Rehab Specialists

Megan Doble, ATC, EP

Megan Doble, ATC, EP

Athletic Trainer

About Megan

What are your areas of expertise?

  • I received my Master’s degree in exercise science: cardiac rehabilitation.
  • I am a board certified athletic trainer.
  • My clinical expertise includes sports injury rehabilitation, brace fitting and patient care.

What are your areas of special interest?

I am interested in helping individuals succeed in changing their lifestyles to be healthier. I enjoy following patients as they progress through rehabilitation and assisting them develop new healthy habits and lifestyle changes.


What is your approach to patient care?

I believe that everyone on the care team needs to work together, with the patient at the center. When everyone is working toward a common goal, things get accomplished. I believe change all starts with the patient believing they can change—you have to believe in yourself first.


What drew you to the St. Croix Valley?

I was drawn here for my job and being able to pursue my passion for athletic training and cardiac rehabilitation. Since moving, I’ve fallen in love with the beautiful scenery and being outdoors.

Shelby Baillargeon

Shelby Baillargeon

Patient Wellness Coach

About Shelby

What are your areas of expertise?

  • I have a Bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, with a minor in health education.
  • I also have a Master’s in clinical exercise physiology, both from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
  • I have a background in cardiac rehabilitation.

What are your areas of special interest?

I enjoy working with patients who need help with chronic disease management.


What is your approach to patient care?

My approach is nonjudgmental. I focus on each person’s individual needs, motivators and challenges to create a plan specific to setting them up for success. My goal as a wellness coach is to help my patients develop strengths and abilities to provide a healthy balance to achieving wellness that fits their lifestyle. Overall, I want to show people that this journey is worth it and can be really fun.


What drew you to the St. Croix Valley?

I grew up visiting the St. Croix Valley for weekend getaways. I always loved the beauty of the area. I love working in an area that has a small community feel.

Mindy Grandaw, OTR/L

Mindy Grandaw, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

About Mindy

What are your areas of expertise?

  • I graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s Occupational Therapy program.
  • I am national board certified in occupational therapy in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • I’ve worked in many occupation therapy settings including in schools, homecare, industry, developmental achievement centers, hospitals and clinics.

What are your areas of special interest?

I particularly enjoy elbow/hand therapy; making custom splints and helping adults with neurologic and orthopedic conditions maximize their independence. I also love to problem solve using simple adapted equipment and modified techniques to help people be more successful immediately after injury.


What is your approach to patient care?

I am guilty of using humor in all aspects of my life including my work as a therapist. I acknowledge that illness and injury are difficult and that therapy is hard work. Sometimes humor makes the work go a little easier. Healing is a process, every person is unique and I try to develop specific patient-centered plans for every individual in therapy.


What drew you to the St. Croix Valley?

Professionally, I was drawn here by the reputation of St. Croix Medical Center. I moved to the area with my family because of the good schools, small town setting and because the beauty and proximity to water remind me of my hometown of Duluth, Minnesota.