for Chronic Pain Rehabilitation
The Lemons Center’s highly-personalized client care and works very well in tandem with the traditional Medical Model approach. When pain has persisted long after the expected healing time, it is considered to be chronic. Chronic pain does not respond to the same treatments which alleviate acute pain and a different approach is necessary. Chronic pain effects every part of someone's life, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Chronic pain management requires a holistic approach.
We integrate psychology, physical therapy and nursing into our comprehensive programs for a team centered approach for pain management.
These proven services provide four major patient benefits:
1) improved quality of life
2) reduced utilization of healthcare services (less doctor visits; trips to the hospital; etc)
3) reduced pain and
4) significant cost savings.
Jim Lemons, Ed.D.
Director and Psychologist
Dr. Jim Lemons received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska and has been a pioneer in the field of pain management ever since. Serving on the staff of the Mayo Clinic was the beginning of his work in the area of medical psychology. Dr. Lemons is a Kansas licensed psychologist and on the National Registry of Health Providers in Psychology. He also holds memberships in the American Academy of Pain Management, The American Psychological Association, The American Pain Society and its affiliate the Midwest Pain Society. Dr. Lemons firmly believes that “effective care for people with medical problems requires optimal use of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual resources.”
Dr. Lemons is the recipient of the American Academy of Pain Management’s 2015 Continuing Education Excellence Award. This award recognizes the demonstration of his commitment to the field of pain management.
Office Manager/Case Manager
Tiffany has her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management. Prior to taking on her current role at The Lemons Center, she spent 12 years of her professional focus in a large hospital in Kansas City. Tiffany works closely with our clients and their insurance carriers to assure everyone understands their financial obligations BEFORE receiving treatment. Her goal is to help each client as much as she can with the "out of pocket" expenses in order to not let finances be a barrier between the client and their chronic pain. She also manages the Lemons Center office in making it organized, efficient,developing programs and serving our clients in giving them the best exeperiences and outcomes in managing their chronic pain.
Nancy A. Falkner, PT, MA
Director of Physical Therapy
Nancy has been practicing Physical Therapy for 30 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas. She went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Motor Learning & Movement Science from The Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, NY.
She has worked as a Physical Therapist in a variety of settings including Chronic Pain, Neurological diseases, Pediatrics, Orthopedic Outpatient, Home Health. She has also held multiple management positions and recently was a director for a staffing company. She is excited to be with the Lemons Center for Chronic Pain Rehabilitation. She shares her knowledge in the NeuroScience of Pain and she is a Certified Teacher for "Tai Chi for Rehabilitation".
Nancy enjoys helping people discover movements they can develop, while continuing to manage their chronic pain.
Kathryn Koetters, Physical Therapist Assistant
Kathryn is a Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Human Relations. With over 23 years of experience and continued education in her field, she continues to hone her skills to best serve clients. She has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant in a variety of settings including outpatient sports rehabilitation, inpatient acute care settings, neurological rehabilitation, long term care, assisted living, and home health settings. Kathryn’s goal is to provide individualized care to clients with an emphasis on looking at the whole person with a holistic approach to health, fitness, recovery, and personal growth. One of her passions is educating her clients. This education focuses on the neuroscience of pain and somatic-based (mind-body) therapies. She is also passionate about assisting in the development of treatment plans for clients to regain strength, stability and hope, by learning strategies to manage chronic pain to improve their quality of life.
Mindi Bret, Adminstrative Assistant
Mindi has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She taught 2nd grade for many years before becoming a stay at home mom. Mindi loves meeting and greeting all the patients here at the Lemons Center. She also enjoys informing patients the many aspects offered here at the Lemons Center and helping them with anything they may need.
Mindi is married with 3 daughters and loves spending time traveling and being with family and friends.