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RehabVisions' pathologist, clinic manager Jean Herauf announces retirement

Jean Herauf recently announced that she will be retiring from her role as clinic manager at RehabVisions.

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Jean Herauf is retiring as clinic manager at RehabVisions. (Contributed / Jean Herauf)

Jean Herauf, speech pathologist and clinic manager at RehabVisions, has announced that she will be retiring as manager at the end of the month. Her last day will be Dec. 29, after serving the Dickinson community for more than 27 years.

During her time at the clinic, Herauf has overseen a change of the office location in 2005 and a remodel in 2013. Throughout the years, she facilitated the addition of new services and expansion of treatments.

“Those were challenging times, but also exciting… just trying to keep up with the changes and opportunities in healthcare, to make sure that we're current in our practice and providing the best care that we can,” Herauf said.

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RehabVisions employees during a staff meeting Thursday, Dec. 16. (Contributed / Jean Herauf)

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Having roles in both management and patient care has kept things interesting, she noted.

“That probably is the best part of my day, my time I get to spend with patients. So that’s been really nice too that I’ve been able to manage, but I also get to treat. So I feel like it’s a really good mix,” she said.

Dr. Vanessa Hoff, a physical therapist at RehabVisions, will be taking over as clinic manager on Jan. 1, 2022.

“I can tell you that it’s much easier for me to pass the baton knowing that everyone will be in her capable hands, because she’s a good one,” Herauf said.

Herauf and her husband have a motorhome they’ve been traveling South to vacation for a couple weeks over the past four years. She said this year it'll be more like four to six weeks.

“We’ll escape some of the cold and then I’ll spend more time with friends and family, and I have two grandchildren here in town that I can spend more time with,” Herauf said. “I also intend to continue working PRN as a speech pathologist for rehab patients. Depending on how much they do, speech pathologists are really hard to find right now. So if they have a hard time finding somebody to replace me, then I would be willing to work a few days a week to see some patients.”

Herauf has always strived to create a vibrant atmosphere for her staff.

“I’m always trying to promote a collaborative team and make sure that people are having fun at work,” she said.

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After decades working in a position she loves, Herauf said it’s tough to let go and that working part-time will help ease the transition into retirement.

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Jean Herauf works with a patient at RehabVisions clinic in Dickinson. (Contributed / Jean Herauf)

“Speech language pathology is like the best career, I think you really get a chance to connect with people and help them in communication. Then we work with swallowing too. Eating and swallowing are two of the most important things in the human experience,” she said. “People have believed in me and encouraged me and I’ve just had a lot of opportunities. I feel very fortunate.”

Hoff is originally from Hebron, and graduated from the University of Mary in 2017. At the clinic, she specializes in treating Parkinson’s disease, as well as therapy for children. She said Herauf is a wonderful person who has always gone out of her way to equip staff with the best equipment and educational materials possible so they can reach their full potential in offering exceptional care.

“For everyone at the clinic, she's always been so motivating. She has shown us what it's like to be able to be a team leader. And she has made such an impact on all of her patients,” Hoff said.

RehabVisions is located at 683 State Ave. For information, call 701-483-9400.

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Dr. Vanessa Hoff is pictured. (Contributed / Jean Herauf)

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Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge. His reporting focuses on Stark County government and surrounding rural communities.
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