KNOXVILLE – Justin and Lauren Plum, Physical Therapists with 21st Century Rehab at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, have successfully completed the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). There are currently 97 OCS certified physical therapists in the state of Iowa.

Recognized by the ABPTS, these therapists are individuals whose clinical specialization in orthopedic physical therapy demonstrates knowledge, skill and experience exceeding that of an entry level physical therapist. The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in this special area of practice and to assist consumers and the healthcare community in identifying these physical therapists.

Justin graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and graduated from the University of Iowa with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Lauren graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and graduated from the University of Iowa with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Both have been employed with 21st Century Rehab and practicing at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics since January.

“We are very proud of Justin and Lauren, and appreciate their efforts to increase their skill level and knowledge in treatments for orthopedic injuries and rehabilitation,” said Steve Cassabaum, DPT and President of 21st Century Rehab. “The Knoxville community will benefit from their advanced practice and clinical competency as well as the broader range and variety of treatment options.”

The Knoxville Hospital & Clinics physical therapy team provides care for patients of all ages, from pediatric to geriatric.  Services available include back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot rehabilitation; pre and post-surgical rehab; occupational therapy; athletic services; neurological/stroke rehabilitation; Lymphedema; industrial rehab and a wide range of modalities.  Patients must be referred to receive outpatient treatment by a licensed healthcare provider.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit