About Us


Sheeran Thompson Allied Rehabilitation Services (STARS, Inc.) is a contract company in Northeast Kansas that provides physical rehabilitative needs to local hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, schools and businesses. We are extremely proud and grateful to be able to help the local community at these various locations. STARS, Inc. has provided physical, occupational and respiratory services to Northeast Kansas for over 15 years, although our therapists have greater than 100 years combined experience serving this area.


STARS, Inc. is staffed with knowledgeable professionals who take pride in applying proven and evidence based treatments to all of our services. By providing the individualized attention and time you deserve, we ensure the highest quality of care. Our goal is to meet your goals. We strive to meet and exceed your expectations and find true joy in returning patients to an improved quality of life.


At STARS, Inc. we want you to feel at home with our practice. On this page you'll find information about our therapists and other professionals. They offer the real-world experience and knowledge you expect from an effective physical rehabilitation practice along with a caring, responsive attitude that will put you at ease.


Our Physical Therapists
Dave Thompson, PT-CWS

Dave Thompson is co-owner of STARS, Inc. and has served as president of the company since its inception on April 1, 2003. Dave received his...



      John Sheeran, PT

John Sheeran has been a practicing therapist since 1975 and a resident of Hiawatha, KS since 1980 after moving here from Iowa. He received a Bachelor of...



  Mark Sudbeck, PT-DPT

Mark Sudbeck was raised in Hiawatha, KS along with his younger sister and older brother. He broke several bones while growing up in the Hiawatha area, eventually developing...



Our Physical Therapist Assistants
     Jody Gordon, PTA

JoAnn(Jody) Gordon was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan but she lived most of her life in Kansas. She attended Highland Community College and then...


        Liz Ploeger, PTA

Elizabeth Ploeger was born at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As a Air Force brat she began her world travels at the age of 1, moving to France, then to California...



      Bev Schuster, PTA

Beverly Schuster was born and raised in Sabetha, KS. She attended Washburn University in Topeka, KS where she earned her Associates of Science degree in...



        Pat Zwahl, PTA

Pat was born and raised in Horton, KS before attending Wasburn University in Topeka, KS where he obtained an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistance. Since...



Our Occupational Therapist

 Jennifer Herrmann, OTD, OTR/L

Jennifer was born in Garden City, Kansas but actually grew up in multiple Midwest and Southern states. Prior to joining the STARS family in 2017, she worked with ...



Our Occupational Therapist Assistants

        Paige Boos, OTA

Paige Boos was born and raised in Lancaster, KS. She has an older sister, Hannah, who is a Physical Therapist Assistant. After graduating from high school...



Our Respiratory Therapists
     Karen Tanking, RT

Karen Tanking was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado along with her brother and sister. She then attended Wasburn University in Topeka, KS where she earned both...



Professional Office Staff
Taylor Mcafee, Receptionist

Taylor serves as another vital piece to our front office staff. You can almost guarantee to find her smiling when you see her at our front desk in the Hiawatha Hospital...



201 S. 4th Street

Hiawatha, KS 66434

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