Occupational Therapy
Age Groups Seen
Children (0-12 years)
Teenagers (13-18 years)
Adults (19-59)
Seniors (60+)
Zandra Sawatzky has been an occupational therapist for 19 years, and has spent the last 18 of those years at Newton Medical Center or on NMC’s campus. She was born and raised in New York City, but later moved to Chicago with her family, and landed in Kansas as a teenager.
Zandra is the daughter of immigrants, and grew up in a bi-cultural atmosphere of spending the school years in the U.S. and summers with her grandparents in Colombia, South America. Most of her adulthood has been spent in Kansas.
As a graduate of Bethel College, Zandra received a bachelor’s of arts degree in Psychology and Philosophy and minors in Natural Sciences. She attended Newman University and obtained an occupational therapy degree. During that time she worked at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; San Antonio State Hospital in San Antonio, Texas; and in Wichita, Kansas in the Via Christi health system.
Zandra has her national board certification from NBCOT; she is ASTYM certified and remains the only outpatient occupational therapist in Harvey County. She has worked in the acute, outpatient and rehabilitation unit settings. Zandra also has experience in skilled nursing and home health agencies, where she used to work as a consultant.
“I have enjoyed living and working in my community,” she said. “I am grateful to the great medical center that we have here, and for the physicians that entrust their patients to my care everyday.”
Zandra believes working in the therapy world requires you to look at the “whole person,” not just the injury that brings the patient through the doors of NMC Health Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation.
“Many times individuals are at their lowest point, life-altered, and nothing feels normal,” she said. “I see my role as a cheerleader, a coach, a transformer of maladies. I help individuals figure out a ‘new normal’ and many times we find answers outside ‘the box.’ That’s when the magic happens and that is what keeps me in the field I have chosen.”
When Zandra is not working, she spends her time with her husband and two daughters traveling and exploring different parts of the country. She lives on a “hobby farm,” full of goats, chickens, cats and a dog. Zandra is invested in the Newton School District, is a member of the District Site Council and the PTO at the 5/6 Grade Santa Fe Center.
Newman University (Graduate School)
Bethel College (Undergraduate School)


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Sunflower Cafe Refresh Project

Exciting news! NMC Health’s Sunflower Café will be getting a
refresh starting Friday, December 3. When the Sunflower Café reopens, you will
see new flooring, new surfaces on the service lines, freshly painted walls, and
some changes to the layout.

Why a refresh?

  • Some of our older surfaces need updates to ensure they comply with current
    infection control standards
  • A more flexible design, will allow us to provide better service and new
    options in the future

How does this impact me?

During the renovation, there will be no disruptions to
regular patient room service or Meals on Wheels protocols. The regular
cafeteria space will be closed (see image below). Because of this, you will see
the following temporary changes:

  • Use the hallway by the Board Room and Adrian Room to enter the Cafeteria.
  • Food will be served from the Osage Room and South Dining Room.
    • IMPORTANT – On Friday, December 3, breakfast sandwiches and cold lunches will be served from the North Dining Room. Dinner service will not be available December 3. Service will end at 1:30pm on December 3 to allow for the moving of equipment.
    • There will be NO FOOD SERVICE on Sunday, December 19. The cafeteria will be closed to allow for the moving of equipment. Please plan accordingly.
    • All other Cafeteria hours will remain the same.
    • Both hot and cold food options will be available during the renovations.
    • The free Beverage Center will be closed 12/3 – 12/19. Vending machines will be available. Please plan accordingly.
    • Staff members will be able to access the Osage Room after hours for grab & go options.
    • Microwaves may be temporarily unavailable. We’re working on a solution, but plan for them to be inaccessible.
  • Seating in the South Dining Room will be limited, but the North Dining Room will
    be available.

On Monday, December 20, we plan to return to normal Sunflower Café services. There will be one permanent change.

  • Fountain beverages will no longer be available for purchase from the Sunflower Café.
    This equipment is being permanently removed to improve visibility for our
    servers and cashiers. Bottled sodas may be purchased from the drink cooler
    or vending machines. 
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