Since 1985, I have operated my private practice in the quiet outer Richmond where I see clients with a variety of neurological, orthopedic and/or developmental challenges, from very mild concerns to children with multi-system disabilities. My therapy practice includes a wide age range, from newborn to young adults.
I enjoy rich collaboration and strong relationships with a child’s team including parents, physicians, therapists, teachers, psychologists, instructional aids, etc. in order to create a cohesive plan and meetable goals. Often a home visit allows me the chance to insure my therapy suggestions are practical and applicable to the home environment. A school visit periodically gives me a snapshot of the child’s progress and needs in that environment.
I regularly attend conferences to expand my knowledge base and I look outside of the physical therapy world for further understanding of the body, postural alignment, core strengthening, sensory processing, body-mind connection, and brain studies. There is so much exciting research to apply to my work in the clinic.
Over the many years of my practice, I have gathered many theories and methods and tools. Each child is observed for the components of movement needed to optimally have a working relationship with gravity. I assess for mobility, strength, balance, gross and fine motor skills, reflex integration, symmetry, skeletal alignment, biomechanics, sensory processing, quality of play and environmental interaction, communication, social connection. I want to learn about the family makeup. Sometimes asking the parent to describe a day in the life provides much information for forming a treatment and home program approach.
I love connecting with the child through play. The child learns to trust my hands as I stretch them, provide opportunities for strengthening, balancing, developing new motor skills, exploring the physical environment. Watching a child gain confidence and determination is a thrill.
Some of my treatment theories:
- Neuro-Developmental Treatment
- Sensory Integration Therapy
- Cranio-Sacral Therapy
- Fitting for pressure garments
- Orthotic evaluation and fitting
- General Assessment of Movement
Here is a partial list of diagnosis:
- Motor Delay
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain Malformation
- Orthopedic issues
- Austism Spectrum Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Genetic Deletions and other genetic diagnosis
- Toe Walking
- Neuro-muscular Disorders