January 2022 Machias – Down East Community Hospital is very pleased to announce that Rhonda Norton, DPT, has joined our Rehabilitation team.

Rhonda comes to us with over 20 years of experience in Physical Therapy, receiving a Master of Science from Husson College in 2000, and later completed her Doctorate degree, graduating in 2009.  Rhonda has completed advanced training in pelvic physical therapy, earning a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2014.  She provides treatment for both males and females of all ages for conditions related to pelvic health including urinary and fecal incontinence, overactive bladder (urinary frequency/urgency), constipation, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, bedwetting and prenatal and postpartum pain. Treatment may consist of exercise programs, posture education, manual therapy, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, relaxation and breathing techniques.

Rhonda was the Rehabilitation Department Project Manager in Calais as they transitioned to Calais Community Hospital.  She played a pivotal role in restructuring the department, including implementation of an electronic medical record.

Rhonda grew up in Columbia Falls and attended Narraguagus High School.  She recently returned to the area after working at Rumford Hospital in Rumford, Maine.  Rhonda, her husband Leigh, and their two children, are happy to have relocated to Washington county to be close to family and enjoy all of the activities of Downeast Maine.  They enjoy spending time with family, being at camp, and participating in the family’s blueberry harvest.  Her husband, Leigh, grew up in Jonesboro, and is the operations manager for a local wind farm.  We are happy to welcome them back to Washington County!

Rhonda will begin taking appointments for pelvic rehabilitation therapy in February.  You can call Down East Community Rehabilitation at 255-0258 for more information.

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