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
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Fitting for pressure garments
  • Orthotic evaluation and fitting
  • Yoga
  • General Assessment of Movement

Here is a partial list of diagnosis:

  • Motor Delay
  • Torticollis
  • Hypotonia
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Post-Stroke
  • Prematurity
  • Brain Malformation
  • Orthopedic issues
  • Austism Spectrum Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Genetic Deletions and other genetic diagnosis
  • Toe Walking
  • Neuro-muscular Disorders