Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are educated to understand the health conditions related to your cancer diagnosis and to develop a plan before, during, and/or after your cancer treatment. All types of cancer can benefit from physical therapy. Studies show exercise can improve chances of survival and is supported by the American Cancer Society and the American College of Sports Medicine. The physical therapists at Highlands Oncology Group will work with you to provide an individualized treatment program to address your specific cancer-related problems.

Benefits of Physical Therapy *:

  • Strengthening
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Flexibility and range of motion
  • Lymphedema or swelling
  • Aerobic capacity
  • Fatigue reduction
  • Fall prevention
  • Improved walking
  • Dizziness or vertigo treatment
  • Urinary incontinence treatment
  • Postural improvement
  • Elevated Quality of Life and Well-Being
  • Bone Health
  • Coordination
  • Reduction in pain
  • Decreased scar tissue adherence

Pelvic floor and bowel dysfunction physical therapy is offered at the Springdale location. Treatment is offered for urinary incontinence and constipation in addition to pelvic pain and related problems.


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Cindy Gunselman, PT, CLT

Physical Therapist

Rogers location

 Cynthia, “Cindy”, joined the staff of Highlands Oncology in July 2013 and was its founding physical therapist. Cindy received her physical therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas and has over 30 years of experience. In 2002, she added to her skills by becoming a certified lymphedema therapist through Klose Training. Cindy currently works part-time in the Rogers location seeing lymphedema and oncology patients. She enjoys playing with her grandchildren in her time away from work. 


Gina Baumgartner, PT, DPT, GCS, CLT-LANA

Doctor of Physical Therapy

PT and Massage Supervisor

Springdale location

Gina received her B.A. in Biology from the University of North Texas in 1994, B.S. in Physical Therapy from U.T. Southwestern Allied Health Professions in 1997, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2016. Gina became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) from Klose Training in 2018 and is Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certified. She is also a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. Gina is the supervisor of Physical Therapy and Massage. Other areas of competency include pelvic health, vestibular disorders, generalized deconditioning and weakness, gait and balance deficits, neuromuscular conditions, fall prevention, and orthopedic problems. She enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling, and spending time with her family.


Ginger Young, PT, MSPT, CLT

Physical Therapist

Rogers location

 Ginger has over 18 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working in the outpatient orthopedics and home health settings. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and in 2002 she received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical school in Dallas. She has lived in Arkansas for over 11 years with her husband, Travis, and their two boys. In her spare time, she enjoys bike riding on the greenway, crochet, attending her kids’ activities, and volunteering at church. Ginger currently works in our Rogers location treating patients with lymphedema, general deconditioning, orthopedic problems, as well as balance and vestibular disorders. 


Tenley Williams, PT, DPT, CLT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Springdale location

Tenley received her B.S in Exercise Science from Harding University in 2017 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in 2020. Tenley served on the Board of Directors for the North Street Clinic at UAMS, providing free interprofessional healthcare services to the Marshallese population living in Northwest Arkansas and was awarded the Excellence in Orthopedic Rehabilitation Award. She also was awarded the Ethan Van Camp Memorial Award for community service through physical therapy. Tenley became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2019. Tenley has a passion for serving oncology patients affected by lymphedema. She enjoys crafting, reading, running, and spending time with her family and her dog


*References:

oncologypt.org/oncology-for/

https://www.curetoday.com/community/amy-vant/2015/05/what-is-the-role-of-physical-therapy-in-cancer-recovery

• Alappattu Meryl et al. Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Cancer Referred for Outpatient Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy. April 2015 95 (4) 526-538.

• Lemanne D, Cassileth B, Gubili J. The role of physical activity in cancer prevention, treatment, recovery, and survivorship. Oncology. 2013, June; 27(6):580-5.

• Rizzo A. The Role of Exercise and Rehabilitation in the Cancer Care Plan. J Adv Pract Oncol. 2016;7;339-342

• Silver JK, Baima J, Mayer RS. Impairment-driven cancer rehabilitation: an essential component of quality care and survivorship. CA Cancer J Clin. 2013, Sept; 63(5):295-317