Neurological Disorders Therapy

At Central Vermont Medical Center our team of trained rehabilitation professionals help patients with neurological disorders improve their physical, cognitive and communicative abilities.

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At Central Vermont Medical Center Rehabilitation Therapy, our team of trained rehabilitation professionals recognizes that the process of recovering from and/or coping with a neurological disorder can be very demanding for both patients and their support system. Through skilled therapeutic intervention, we can help patients through the recovery process by improving their physical, cognitive and communicative abilities.

Our multi-disciplinary treatment team consists of occupational therapy, speech language pathology and physical therapy. Our team works with the whole client to assess a variety of areas of function including cognition, mobility, self care and participation in daily activities and set goals with the patient to work toward.   

About Neurological Disorders

The nervous system is a complex system of cells, tissues, and organs that acts to regulate the body's response to both internal and external stimuli. Though our body has established ways to protect this system, it still remains vulnerable. Infection, trauma, degeneration, vascular insults, structural defects and tumors are among some of the ways in which the neurological system can be damaged. The result is a loss of function that, to various degrees, impairs a person’s quality of life.  

Though there is an expansive list of neurological disorders, some of the more common diagnoses encountered in the rehabilitation setting are as follows:

Brain Injury

  • Anoxic Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (for more information, click here)
  • Brain Tumor

Cerebrovascular Accident

  • Cerebral Palsy

Lower Motor Neuron / Neuromuscular Pathology

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
  • Muscular Dystrophies

Movement Disorders / Cerebellar Disorders

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Chorea
  • Athetosis
  • Ataxia

Neuropathies Disease/Myelin Diseases

  • Guillian Barre Syndrome
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post-Polio Syndrome

Speech Disorders

  • Dysphagia
  • Dysarthria

Spinal Cord Pathology

  • Traumatic & Acquired Spinal Cord Injury
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Spina Bifida

Vestibular Disorders

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Vestibular Neuritis


A referral from a qualified practitioner is all that is necessary to begin the rehabilitative process. Once referred to CVMC rehabilitation services, each person is assessed by our trained interdisciplinary team. The team then develops an individualized plan specific to that patient’s condition, abilities and goals. Our main objective is to help each individual attain as high a level of functional independence possible given their specific abilities and neurological condition. Our ultimate goal is to improve upon the person’s quality of life.

Lauren Briere, OTR/L, MOT
Occupational Therapist
Operations Supervisor, Rehabilitation Services
Vicki Maier, OT
Occupational Therapist
Heather Bean, MS, CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Nancy Mahoney MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Speech Language Pathologist
Emily Mortner, MS, SLP-CF, CBIS
Speech Language Pathologist

Request an Appointment

Use our online form to request an appointment with a CVMC Physical Therapist (PT), Occupational Therapist (OT) or Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). Once you have filled out the form below, you will be contacted by a scheduler from our Rehabilitation Therapy department.

Referrals: Appointments for OT or SLP require a provider referral. Note that some PT may also require a referral. Our scheduler will discuss this with you on the phone. Click here for more information about Referrals.

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Thank you. Please expect a phone call from our office within 2 business days.