The Harney District Hospital Physical and Sports Therapy Department

Pictured from L-R: Kris Sanders, physical therapist; Anna Cronin, physical therapy assistant; Annette Higle, physical therapy admin; Kara Bowen, physical therapist; and Ty Volle, physical therapist.


About us

Harney District Hospital Physical and Sports Therapy offers a wide range of services for inpatient care at the hospital and outpatient care in home health and school settings. We also offer a Wellness Program, which provides the opportunity to rehabilitate in a gym-like setting under a physical therapist’s direction.

Our Services

  • Astym Therapy
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (low back and neck pain)
  • Services in Home Health Settings
  • Sports Injury Clinic
  • Infant Care for Motor Deficits

Call 541-573-1543 to learn more!


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Kris Sanders, MPT, ATC, McKenzie and ASTYM Certified

Kris Sanders co-manages the Harney District Hospital (HDH) Physical and Sports Therapy Department. Although he is originally from Boise, Idaho, Kris has been providing physical therapy services to Harney County residents since 1997.

Kris began his career providing care in multiple settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and home health. He also worked in the school district with children who have special needs. Although he provides care for a variety of diagnosis/conditions, Kris particularly enjoys working with patients who are dealing with neck and back pain. He is also passionate about geriatric care and sports medicine. As a certified athletic trainer, Kris has provided sideline-injury care during local football games. He is also a certified McKenzie therapist and ASTYM provider. The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy is an internationally researched and acclaimed system of assessment and management for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM) is an advanced form of rehabilitative treatment that promotes remodeling and regeneration of dysfunctional tissue.

Kris’ main goal is to provide quality, one-on-one care and instruction to enable his patients to return to the activities that they enjoy.

Kris obtained a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University, and he hopes to gain further education and training in courses that are relevant to his patients’ needs.

He and his wife were drawn to Harney County because they loved the people and wanted to live a quieter, simpler life. They have raised five daughters, two dogs, and a few cats along the way. Throughout the years, Kris has stayed involved in the community by coaching middle school and high school girls’ basketball teams. In his spare time, Kris enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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Ty Volle, DPT, ATC, ASTYM Certified

Ty Volle co-manages the HDH Physical and Sports Therapy Department. Originally from Marsing, Idaho, Ty moved to Harney County when he was 8 years old. He grew up on a ranch outside of Crane, Oregon and graduated from Crane Union High School.

He went on to attend Eastern Oregon University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health, with an emphasis in athletic training. During his tenure at Eastern Oregon University, Ty became certified as an Athletic Trainer in 2002. Ty continued his education at the University of North Dakota, where he earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006.

Ty said he enjoys the challenge of helping people regain their life and return to previous activities that pain and injury have limited.

Ty joined HDH Physical and Sports Therapy in 2006. Although they both grew up in Eastern Oregon, Ty and his wife only planned to stay in Harney County for two years. However, they grew to love the area more and more each year and decided to stay. Ty said he is particularly attracted to Harney County’s wide-open spaces, abundance of outdoor activities, freedom to roam, and sense of community. Ty is a father of three who enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, playing sports, and gravel biking in his spare time. He competed as a decathlete in college, coached high school track and field for five years, and is currently coaching a travel basketball team, middle school track team, and middle school cross country team.

Kara Bowen, DPT

Physical Therapist Kara Bowen joined HDH Physical and Sports Therapy in 2016. She has spent the majority of her career working in rehabilitation/transitional care facilities and hospitals, and she is passionate about her work. Kara especially enjoys connecting with her patients and helping them through difficult periods in their lives.

She received a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Utah and completed substantial additional training in balance assessment and treatment.

Although she spent the majority of her childhood in Las Vegas, Nev., Kara has lived in several places throughout the country, including Salt Lake City, Utah, Seattle, Wash., and Rochester, N.Y. She and her husband wanted to move to the West Coast to be closer to family, and they found Harney County. Kara was nervous to move to a small, remote community at first, but said the people are so welcoming that she feels at home here. When she isn’t working, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, whether it’s playing games at home, hiking, biking, or traveling.

 Anna Cronin, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant Anna Cronin joined HDH Physical and Sports Therapy in 2016. Anna grew up in Harney County and graduated from Burns High School in 2005.

After high school, she continued her education at Western Oregon University, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She later received an associate of applied science from Mt. Hood Community College, becoming a certified physical therapist assistant.

After college, Anna moved back to Harney County to be closer to her family and friends. She said her favorite thing about Harney County is the people who live here, and she truly enjoys seeing her patients (both former and current) around town. In her spare time, Anna can be found hunting, hiking, running, baking, and spending time with her husband and son. She said Harney County is a great place to raise a family, and she loves the small-town lifestyle.