Meet Your Therapist

Niles

Leilani Bermeo

Leilani Bermeo, PT, DPT, OCS, practices at Spectrum Health Lakeland Rehabilitation in Niles. Leilani earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Andrews University University in 2008 and is licensed in the state of Michigan. She received her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2012. Her concentration is treating female urinary incontinence. Outside of helping patients, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

“The most rewarding part of my job is getting to know my patients and seeing their quality of life improve with physical therapy. I enjoy making a difference in other people's lives!

Vicki Yarbo

Vicki Yarbro, PT, DPT, currently works with men and women's pelvic health at Spectrum Health Lakeland in Niles. Vicki earned her Masters of Science of Physical Therapy from Andrews University, then later her Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Michigan. She received her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2012. When not in the clinic, Vicki enjoys mentoring children and going on long walks with her dogs. 

“I've had family members with pelvic health problems, so I am glad to be a part of a team to help people with these very personal issues.”

St. Joseph

Vanessa Cool

Vanessa Cool, PT, MSPT, is currently seeing patients at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St, Joseph. Vanessa received Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Andrew’s University in 1996 and is licensed in the state of Michigan. In addition, she attained her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She has been treating patients in a variety of settings as a physical therapist since 1996. She works primarily with adults and children experiencing pelvic health problems such as stress and urge urinary incontinence, bed wetting, and pelvic pain.

“I love the profession of physical therapy and being able to make a positive difference in the lives of my patients every single day. As a mom of three (two of which are twins) and endometriosis survivor, I personally understand the changes that can occur in a woman's body and how to treat them. I enjoy education and physical therapy allows me to teach my patients life changing skills through exercise, neuromuscular reeducation, and lifestyle management.”

Patricia Sisamis

Patricia (Tish) Sisamis, PT, MSPT, is currently seeing patients at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. Tish earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Indiana University and her Physical Therapy degree with honors from University of Indianapolis in 1995. She has practiced in a variety of settings over the years including acute care, long term acute rehab, wound care, and outpatient services focusing on geriatric ortho/neuro rehabilitation. 

Tish is certified in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is licensed in Michigan. In 2006 she assisted in creating the pelvic health program at Spectrum Health Lakeland has enjoyed developing and expanding the program and it's services. In the clinic, Tish spends most of her time in direct pelvic health patient care interspersed with community-based services in pelvic health and quest lecturing at Andrews University in physical therapy curriculum on pelvic health.

“I love what I do! Come and see me professionally and we will work together to create a plan to regain your function and get your life back.” 

Coloma

Amy Underwood

Amy Underwood, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist at Lakeland Outpatient Rehabilitation in Coloma. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2005 and set off across the Atlantic ocean to work in the United States of America. After several cross-country moves, she finally settled down in Southwest Michigan with her husband and four-year-old daughter. She is trained in pediatric pelvic health and incontinence and is excited to bring this much needed specialty to the community.

“Childhood incontinence is a huge source of stress and anxiety for kids and their families, and many families don't know where to look for help. Treating incontinence has been shown to greatly improve children and teens' self-esteem and confidence. I am passionate about supporting kids and their families so they can get the help they need to regain their independence."

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