My career as a physical therapist is about helping children and their families to move forward in a positive direction. I graduated from Marquette University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Since this time I have been working with children of all ages from infants to young adults and including a variety of diagnoses from mildly developmentally delayed to severely neurologically impaired. Working throughout the lifespan of early infancy through adolescence and into adulthood has really helped me to maintain a focus on important life skills that will affect a child’s ability to manage his/her life as independently as possible as he/she grows. In order to accomplish these challenges, I rely a great deal on the involvement of the family and other members of the team including pediatricians, orthopedists, physiatrists, orthotists and equipment technicians. I also strive to deliver the best quality of care through ongoing education, which has allowed me to provide more strategies and options for families. Some of my course work has included seating and positioning, gait training including body weight supported gait training, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, taping, myofascial release, and several courses on the use of neurodevelopmental treatment. I use these techniques with a combination of play-based therapy and family education. As each child is unique, I also try to tailor a program that fits his/her individual needs and the family’s needs. My part to foster these changes is only the beginning of a long road ahead for many children, but I feel grateful every day to have the opportunity to do what I love-to help kids reach their fullest potential and facilitate the ABILITY to accomplish as much as possible in their lives.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. I have worked in a variety of settings including residential care for adolescence’s and children, several school systems, a center with visually impaired children and two birth to three programs. Working in a variety of settings has allowed me to learn from a variety of therapists, teachers, clients and families, which has helped me to develop an interdisciplinary approach to treatment. I have also learned that no child or family is identical and each requires their own individualized plan for treatment and progress. I am constantly learning something new from families and clients and enjoy discovering and utilizing a child’s strengths/interests to facilitate their growth and development.
To help a child progress I utilize a variety of techniques and try to find what is most motivating for the child-whether it’s a specific toy, sensory item or movement experience. I try to make therapy fun but also challenging and enjoy providing families with knowledge about their child’s development in addition to activities that can be incorporated into their daily lives to help facilitate development, as they have the greatest influence on their child’s progress. I enjoy working with children because their development continues to amaze and surprise me. You never know what your day will bring!