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Physical Therapy

Moving into the future together

Popping bubbles, sliding down the big slide, riding scooters, this is what you'll find us doing on a typical day in our Rehabilitation gym. It may look like we're playing, but we're really doing so much more, because we recognize play is a child's work. Our physical therapists use purposeful activity and age-appropriate play to minimize the effects of disease, injury, congenital deficits and developmental delays while maximizing age-appropriate gross motor and mobility skills.


Why children need physical therapy:

Physical therapy can be helpful even in a child's very early years.Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy for an infant who isn't reaching developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting or walking. For children facing physical challenges and long-term disabilities, physical therapy can help increase their overall function and independence. Our physical therapists work to improve each patient's underlying impairments through:

  • Exercise to improve muscle strength and endurance
  • Balance activities
  • Developmental activities
  • Gait training

The goal of physical therapy is to help each child make a full recovery, return to their previous level of function, or to learn to work within their functional limitations to become as independent as possible.


Physical therapy assessment and intervention focuses on the following areas:

  • Gross Motor Development/Motor Delay
  • Neurologic deficits
  • Mobility
  • Range of motion/Flexibility
  • Gait Assessment
  • Balance & coordination skills
  • Muscle Strength
  • Endurance
  • Orthopedic injuries & conditions
  • Adaptive equipment - standers, gait trainers, wheelchairs, special-needs car seat evaluations
  • Home activity programs


Meet our PT Team:

Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Jami Boggy, PT, DPT
Maggie Brugman, PT
Leslie Christiansen, PT, DPT
Suzanne Wing Dougherty, PT, DPT, PCS
Rhonda Ervin, PT, Rehab Director
Sara Garcia, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST
Carissa Hoffman, PT, DPT
Stacy Lerner, PT, PCS, C/NDT
Brandee Otto, PT, CPST
Jean Thomas, PT
Jennifer Young, PT, DPT


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