The Southeast's Premier
Oncology
and Lymphedema Clinic

A FEW WORDS

About our clinic

H.O.P.E. helps those touched by physical impairments from injury, disease, or the natural aging process to Thrive Beyond Surviving.
 

We provide general rehab services with a kind and caring focus and individual, one-on-one treatment at every visit. Our therapists see 8-10 patients per day max – unlike in other practices where managing 12-18 patients per day is the norm.

That means no long wait times and no rushed visits.

We partner with you and your doctor on your journey to your best physical health.

Expect one-on-one attention and care in a modern facility that lets you do more of the things you love on a daily basis–helping you to achieve a much-improved “new normal.” 

We further specialize in helping those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

WE ARE ALWAYS

Here to help

Here at H.O.P.E. Life Center, we bridge the gap between medical and physical health care. We want to help you THRIVE so you can once  again enjoy your favorite activities without pain or fear. 

Dennis Ittenbach, PT, MS CLT-LANA
H.O.P.E. Founder

Are You Ready To Thrive?

Let our rehabilitation clinic help you achieve maximum health.

H.O.P.E. Life Lymphedema and Rehabilitation Center offers general rehabilitation and physical therapy, with a focus on oncology physical therapy and lymphedema treatment in the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Okatie, SC areas. Our goal is to maximize your independence, mobility, and health in a compassionate and warm environment. We offer general rehabilitation therapy for those recovering from surgery, illness, or injury, as well as specialized cancer physical therapy and a lymphedema clinic.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Restorative Therapy can maximize your movement and independence using a combination of manual treatments and specialized equipment.

Balance & Gait

Balance issues? We can help: Vertigo/Vestibular Therapy, Balance Restoration, Gait Improvement, and Strength Training.

Lymphedema/Edema

Experiencing swelling? Our lymphedema specialists can help with lymphatic drainage, skin care, and therapies that decrease swelling.

Scar Densensitization

Our therapists can help decrease your pain level and diminish scar tissue. We can also work to prevent further scar tissue formation.

Prehabilitation Therapy

Risk Reduction is dedicated to maximizing your baseline health prior to upcoming treatments, so you can decrease recovery time and reduce the potential for injury.

Post Surgery Rehab

Let's increase range of motion, improve strength, desensitize scars, and prevent lymphedema. We'll also work on functional retraining and fascial adhesion release.

During/After Chemo/Radiation

Maintain your functional independence through retraining, energy conservation training, pain management, and fatigue prevention.

After Cancer Treatment

Restore your health and diminish risk factors for recurrence. We use Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

Our Inspiration

Is Personal

For Dennis Ittenbach, H.O.P.E.’s founder, it’s personal. 

His wife is a 20+ year recurrent metastatic cancer survivor. As he helped her thrive with her recovery, Dennis found himself continually frustrated with the medical community’s focus on survivors’ medical health – while ignoring the impairments incurred to her physical health. 

Most people measure quality of life as the ability to do the things you need and want to do, independently and without the assistance of others.

Too often, those touched by cancer or other illnesses or injuries settle for a lower quality of life than they need to, because they think there's no other choice.

There is another choice.

Dennis

Until now, there’s never been a facility to bridge the gap by offering services dedicated to improving people’s physical health. 

H.O.P.E. Life Lymphedema and Rehabilitation Center creates that bridge by offering physical therapy services dedicated to improving people’s whole body physical health.

Achieve A Better "Normal"

But you don't have to take our word for it. Our clients' results speak for themselves.

More About Us

The H.O.P.E.Team

Dennis Ittenbach
PT, MS CLT-LANA

Dennis is a Board Certified Lymphedema Therapist with over 25 years experience working with oncology, lymphedema, and complex medical patients.

Lori Anderson lymphedema therapist

Lori Anderson
PT, MS CLT-LANA

Lori is a Board Certified Lymphedema Therapist with over 20 years experience and 10 years working with Lymphedema and Oncology Patients.

Catherine Melnick
PTA, CLT

Catherine is a Board Qualified Lymphedema Therapist with over 10 years working in the Medical Field with Multi-faceted Experience in Patient Care.

Stephanie Hancock

Sheryl Bergman
Office Manager

Sheryl comes to HOPE with more than a decade of experience in the medical office. Her expertise and wonderfully engaging personality will be the voice you hear when you contact us and will help you navigate through the Rehab process.

A Few Of Our Recent Awards Honors Appearances

  • Awarded Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Small Start-Up of the Year 2019
  • Awarded Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Business Spirit of the Year 2019​
  • Finalist For South Carolina Physical Therapy Association's Facility Of The Year
  • Awarded Client of the Year 2018, Hilton Head Island Chapter of SCORE Mentors of South Carolina
  • Featured in the February 2018 Hilton Head Monthly Magazine
  • TV appearance for the WHHI Senior Network June 2018
  • Hilton Head Monthly Reader’s Choice Awards—“2016 Favorite Physical Therapist”

We offer general rehabilitation services, a lymphedema clinic, and specialize in physical therapy for those touched by cancer. Whether it’s been 15 days or 15 years since your last treatment, H.O.P.E. can help.