Outpatient Clinic Information

Established in 1982, the physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic provides primary follow-up care for patients who are recovering from traumatic incidents such as head or spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, and various surgeries. Our goal is to help medically stabilize patients with acute, subacute, and chronic musculoskeletal injuries to regain as much functional ability as can be expected in a reasonable period of time under the care of a specially trained interdisciplinary team. We provide general musculoskeletal services, specialized services such as independent medical evaluations, impairment ratings, and manual manipulation techniques, and specialty clinics in pursuit of that goal.


Two faculty members conduct multiple half-day electrodiagnosis clinics each week. This schedule allows about a 15-20 EMG/nerve conduction studies each week. These procedures help make diagnoses and prognoses by determining the level and severity of an injury.

Amputee Clinic
This clinic provides comprehensive services to individuals with amputations.

Spasticity Clinic
This is a comprehensive clinic for individuals with spasticity due to neurological insults such as spinal cord/head injury, stroke, or multiple sclerosis. Treatment includes oral medications, phenol/botulinum toxin injections, and the intrathecal lioresal delivery system.


Sara Shahid Salles, D.O., and Vice Chairperson. Dr. Salles completed medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences in Kansas City, MO in 1996. She has since completed her transitional year internship at The Medical Center in Columbus, GA followed by her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky in 2000. Dr. Salles is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and specializes in neuron-rehabilitation specifically spasticity management, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, movement disorders to include management of Deep Brain Stimulators and cancer rehabilitation.


Susan M. McDowell, M.D. , (1990, Medical College of Georgia; Residency in PM&R at the University of Kentucky, 1994), specializes in spinal cord rehabilitation and the rehabilitation of persons with amputations. Dr. McDowell is also the Medical Director of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Kentucky Clinic.

Gerald V. Klim, D.O. (1980, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Residency in PM&R at Thomas Jefferson University, 1984), specializes in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Robert B. Nickerson, M.D. and Chairperson of the Clinical Competency Committee(1989, Medical College of Georgia; Residency at University of Kentucky, 1993). He is board-certified in electrodiagnosis and PM&R.

Nancy Stiles, M.D.  Dr. Stiles is director and attending physician for the University of Kentucky Geriatric clinic. This clinic provides subspecialty geriatric care to adults experiencing aging syndromes such as dementia, failure to thrive, and falls.  In addition, this clinic also provides care for adults interested in 'successful aging'.

Silke Bernert, M.D.  Dr. Bernert graduated with a medical degree in 2000 from University of Wuerzburg, Germany. She graduated her residency program at the University of Kentucky Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2010. Dr. Bernert is now an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has outpatient clinics at both Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation as well as the University of Kentucky. Dr. Bernert heads the inpatient Brain Injury Unit at Cardinal Hill  Rehabilitation and works with Disorders of consciousness, Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, and Spasticity.

Erika Erlandson, M.D. Dr. Erlandson received a B.A. in psychology with distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She received her M.D. with distinction from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was also completed at the University of Kentucky. She was the chief resident in 2012-2013 and then joined the faculty in July of 2013. She was awarded the “David L. Cowen” award for outstanding performance as a resident in 2011-2012and 2012-2013. Dr. Erlandson is currently attending the Stroke Unit at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. She also has outpatient clinics at Cardinal Hill and the University of Kentucky. Her clinical interests include pediatric rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, animal assisted therapy, spasticity management, movement disorders, gait analysis, and amputation management.

Jessica Colyer, M.D. Dr. Colyer graduated with honors from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) with a B.S. in biology. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2006. She completed Medical Acupuncture for Physicians coursework through the Helms Institute (sponsored by Stanford University) in 2008.  She completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky in 2010.  She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Colyer joined the UK faculty in 2016.  She took the role of Residency Program Director in July 2016.