Celebrating a New Chapter: Blessing Ceremony for the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center’s New Physical Therapy Building

Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center has reached an exciting milestone with the acquisition of a new building at 850 Sanguinetti Rd., Sonora, CA, the former site of the Red Cross Blood Donation Center. This strategic investment underscores our unwavering commitment to serving the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal members, other Native Americans, and the surrounding community.

Janet Pepper, our Chief Administrative Officer, aptly expressed our enthusiasm, stating,

“We are excited for this building to supply an extension of our services. With ample space and modern amenities, the new building positions The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center for future growth and expansion opportunities.”

Our new building is more than just a physical space; it is a testament to our enduring dedication to being leaders among Sovereign Nations in promoting excellence in healthcare and wellness. This acquisition aligns perfectly with our mission and opens up exciting opportunities, including the immediate establishment of our new Physical Therapy Department.

View from the inside of Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center's new Physical Therapy Building during the opening of the blessing ceremony.

The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center Physical Therapy Department will provide comprehensive rehabilitation services designed to improve the quality of life for our patients. Our team of experienced physical therapists will offer personalized treatment plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Services will include post-surgical rehabilitation, injury recovery, pain management, and mobility enhancement. By integrating modern techniques and equipment with compassionate care, we aim to help our community members achieve optimal physical health and well-being.

We are especially thrilled to highlight the addition of Natalie Durnall, PT, DPT, PCS, to our team. Natalie is one of the only pediatric physical therapists in our area, bringing her wealth of experience and expertise to our clinic. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is a board-certified pediatric specialist. Natalie has a passion for working with children and is dedicated to helping them achieve their full potential through evidence-based and individualized physical therapy interventions. She will focus on evaluating and treating a wide range of pediatric conditions, including developmental delays, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, orthopedic conditions, torticollis, gross motor delays, genetic and congenital disorders, and coordination and balance deficits.

Our Physical Therapy Department also includes a distinguished team of professionals:

  • John Brunolli, PT, MHS, CSCS, MDT – Director of Physical Therapy
  • Trever East, DPT – Physical Therapist
  • Jennifer Gerdau, DPT, ATC – Physical Therapist
  • Kerrie Robison, PT – Physical Therapist

The new property’s size allows us to house state-of-the-art physical therapy facilities, ensuring that our patients have access to the best possible care. To mark this significant moment, we held a blessing ceremony, a profound and meaningful event that reflects our cultural values and respect for new beginnings. The blessing ceremony was a time to honor the building, the land, and the community it will serve. It was a gathering filled with hope, gratitude, and a shared vision for a healthier future.

As renovations progress, we look forward to hosting a Grand Opening to celebrate the completion of this new chapter. This event will be an opportunity to showcase our new Physical Therapy Department and the expanded services it will offer. Stay tuned for more details about the Grand Opening and the exciting developments to come!

We are incredibly grateful for the support of our community and partners in making this expansion possible. Together, we are building a healthier, stronger future for all.

For updates and more information about the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center and our programs, please explore our website and follow us on social media. To schedule an appointment with Natalie Durnall or to learn more about our pediatric physical therapy services, please contact us at 209-694-3870.

Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center's Board Member, Daral Merlin (left) and PSR Manager, Amanda Geisdorff (right) at the Physical Therapy Building Blessing Ceremony.