Leslie holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is passionate about using patients’ most valued activities in their treatment to keep them engaged in recovery.
Leslie knew Orthopedic Institute was where she wanted to begin her career through a fieldwork assignment during her education and also after receiving the kind of care she wanted to provide for patients as a patient at Orthopedic Institute herself. She specializes in hand therapy, providing a range of treatments including joint mobilization, pain relief, and custom splinting.
When she is not at work, Leslie enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband, two children, and their dog, Champ. Leslie is an avid runner, participating in multiple events throughout the year. When she isn’t running for a cause she volunteers in other ways, including teaching Sunday school.
Jessyca Conaway, MS, OTR/L
Jessyca received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota in 2011. Jessyca has experience in multiple settings, including outpatient therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, and acute care. While much of her experience before Orthopedic Institute has been with the pediatric and adolescent populations, she has focused her career on treating upper extremity conditions. She is eager to expand her skills and seek credentials as a hand therapist with the support and mentorship of the therapists and physicians at OI.
Jessyca loves to spend quality time with her husband, two children, and Miniature Schnauzer outside of work. She also enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.
Chad Harms, MOTR/L, CHT
Chad completed his graduate work at the University of Minnesota, obtaining a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. He is also a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), which requires additional training. He chose his career after finding out what a Certified Hand Therapist does and how they focus in orthopedics.
Chad specializes in hand and upper extremity, from the shoulder to the fingers. Orthopedic Institute has a great ability to offer patients the treatment that they need all in one location. Physicians and therapists work closely with each other. He is motivated by knowing he has helped patients to get better.
Outside of work, Chad enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, motorcycling, fishing, and boating.
Kate Olson, MSOTR/L, CLT
Growing up, Kate’s mom was a speech pathologist for a preschool for children with special needs and Kate would often help with summer school and field trips. She was able to watch the occupational therapist in action, and was inspired at a young age to choose this for her career. She pursued a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Mary and, later on, a certification in Lymphedema Management.
Kate is grateful for the family-like environment at OI and enjoys the companionship of her co-workers. Together they strive to provide great care and help their patients to return home following an orthopedic surgery, feeling confident to safely complete their everyday tasks. Outside of work, she stays active indoors and out with her husband and two children.
Jessica Rawson, MS, OTR/L
A job as a CNA working alongside therapists in a nursing home during high school led Jessica to pursue a career in occupational therapy. She attended the University of South Dakota, earning a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
The reputation for excellence of the Orthopedic Institute’s therapy team and staff attracted Jessica to join OI. She takes a particular interest in total joint replacements and is passionate about caring for patients recovering from these procedures, helping them restore their quality of life and independence.
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys quality time with her family and time with a good book.
Sara Sipple, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, MOT
Sara received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1999 and her Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) from the University of North Dakota in 2011. Sara has specialized in Hand Therapy throughout her entire career. She has been credentialed as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) by Cedar Haven Rehabilitation Agency since 2004 and as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc. since 2005.
Her specialty practice areas include evaluating and treating traumatic, cumulative trauma, and musculoskeletal injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, and lymphedema.
As a recent empty nester, Sara is enjoying getting to know her husband again as well as the challenges of parenting young adults. She loves all things family. She moved back to Sioux Falls in 2022, where she was born and raised, after working at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Maple Grove, Minnesota, for four years.
Logan Tunge, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
Logan earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 2018. She then went on to earn her Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree from St. Catherine University in 2020.
Logan has occupational therapy experience in multiple settings, including skilled nursing therapy, home health therapy, outpatient therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, and acute therapy. She is drawn to the compassion, teamwork, and innovation that encompass Orthopedic Institute’s values. She has the unique opportunity to work closely with other therapists and physicians for optimal patient care outcomes. Logan appreciates using her own clinical experiences to serve both OI outpatient and acute therapy communities.
Outside of work, Logan stays busy keeping up with her husband and two small children. She enjoys boating, fishing, vacationing, and backyard grilling.