Physical Therapists

Sylvia Brothers

I enjoy working with parents and their children to establish a treatment plan and goals that are important to them as a family. I try to engage the child in meaningful play while working to achieve the goals outlined with the family and IFSP. I am open to calls from parents while they are in the process of choosing providers and encourage participation in program implementation with parents for the greatest benefit to the child. I try to provide parents with activities that can be incorporated into their child's play and daily routine. I provide services in First Steps on Mondays, Tuesdays and limited appts on Fridays.

Judy McKenzie

Please feel free to call me about availability in nearby zip codes. I have completed several NDT,myofascial release,and craniosacral courses.I enjoy working with children with low tone,high tone,Down Syndrome,cerebral palsy,infantile spasms,Autism,sensory issues,spina bifida,torticollis,genetic disorders,and fragile medical conditions. I work closely with my families and their physicians. If assistive technology is required,I obtain quotes for wheelchairs, orthotics,etc. I served as the physical therapist on the Johnson and Hancock County eligibility determination teams.

Nikki Schank

Local availability: If you live in the Fortville/McCordsville/Fishers/Geist area, please always contact me to check on availability, as my local area availability is more flexible. About Me: I have a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Indiana University. I have enjoyed working in the First Steps program with kids with a variety of diagnosis. Some of them include: Down's syndrome, hypotonia, hypertonia, cerebral palsey, developmental delay, prematurity, drug exposed infants, CHARGE, stroke, wolff heirshorn and autism. I have continued my training through NDT courses designed for a variety of diagnosis. I have the capability to be flexible in my treatment times when needed. I like to focus on the family's goals and keep their needs/concerns first.

Renee Netter

​Being the mother of two premature children who spent time at St Francis NICU and Riley Hospital, I understand the importance of involving the family in the care of their child. I have experience working with children with various diagnoses indcluding Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Blindness,Deafness, as well as prematurity and general developmental delay. I am comfortable working with oxygen dependent children, trachs, and g-tubes. I have experience with children with heart and lung conditions. I will always involve the family and provide ideas and resources. I will try to make sessions enjoyable for the child and family!! My schedule is flexible to meet the needs of each family. I look forward to working with you and your child!! Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Laura Ray

​I am comfortable working with children and families of all abilities and disabilities. I am excited to be working with children using an interdisciplinary approach in order to provide for all of the families needs. Diagnoses Skills: Autism, CP, Down Syndrome, Brain injury, Failure to thrive,hemiparesis, hearing loss, hydrocephalus, prematurity, seizures, Spina Bifida, Torticollis, Abnormal tone, cleft lip, ADHD, FAS, Developmental delay, Congenital Abnormalities. I also have worked in the Community North NICU, working mostly with premature infants.

Pamela Harris

 I have 12 years experience as a Physical Therapist in the First Steps system with children under 3 yrs. I have practical experience as a Mother of two and am a creative and friendly professional with good communication skills. I'll work closely with you and your physician to provide a fun and effective treatment plan. My professional training includes movement development across the life span, pediatric neurological rehab, gait assessment, balance training, assistive device and orthic management. I maintain a current CPR certification and up-to-date immunizations. I also serve as an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University School of Physical Therapy and am employed part-time by IU Health.

 

Melissa Hubbard

 

I love being a member of a team working with children and their families, and strongly believe in the importance of good commmuntication between the family, their service coordinator, therapists and doctors. I have clinical experience working with children who have been diagnosed with the following, but not limited to: cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, torticollis, delopmental delays, hypotonia, hypertonia, and prematurity. I also have served on a First Steps Eligibility Determination Team for 3 years. I am certified in infant and child CPR. I utilize a play based model during my therapy sessions, making therapy fun for everyone. As a mother of a 16 year old and 10 year old, I know how important it is to be assured that only the best therapists are working with your child. Calls are welcome.

Susan Shrode

I look forward to be a part of your child's team to enhance his/her development, family and caretaker involvement, and engagement of all member in discovery of your child's strenghts and challenges. I call on many years expierence working with individuals throughout their lifespan to promote growing independence with functioning and learning at home and in their community environments. I have extensive experience with individuals who have been premature, have neurological insults such a cerebral palsy and stroke, congential deformites, chromosome disorders such as Down syndrome, other acquired accidents or injuries, those who are experiencing autism and autism spectrum disorders and those experiencing mild developmental delays. I have expertise in seating and mobility evaluation and acquistion and have worked closely with other professional brainstorming adaptive methods to enhance function.

 

Julia Dobias

Hi my name is Julia; I am a mother of four and realize each child is different with different strengths and challenges. I have my Master's degree in Physical Therapy. I have taken numerous classes to enrich my knowledge of pediatrics. Topics of these classes have included NDT, ball therapy, Sensory Integration, Gait Analysis, intro to M.O.V.E, and foot wrap fabrication. I have worked with children with a variety of diagnosis including but not limited to developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, Microcephaly, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as chromosomal and metabolic disorders. I enjoy working with children and making a difference in their gross motor milestones. I look forward to working with you and your child. 

Stephanie Rosas

I have always had a strong passion for Pediatric physical therapy and I’m so happy to be a part of PediPlay’s team. I did clinical work at Children’s TheraPlay Foundation, Inc. before graduating from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at the University of Indianapolis. Throughout my clinical I was able to collaborate with Physical Therapists to create the best plan for kiddos (while also using Hippotherapy) with a wide variety of diagnoses including: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, Hypertonia, Hypotonia, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay, and Microdeletion 16p11.2 chromosome. My goal is to create the best environment for your little one with your participation in order for them to have the highest level of function and best quality of life possible- while still having fun!

 

I am also bilingual and strive to help families whose first language is Spanish; by eliminating the language barrier I am able to provide the best care for both the kiddo and family to succeed.

Stephany Jenkins

I received my physical therapy degree in May 1990 from the Mayo Clinic School of Health-Related Science.  Upon graduation, I spent a year at the East Tennessee Children’s Rehab Center, then moved back to Indiana to pursue my dream of working at Riley Children’s Hospital.  I worked closely with the physicians to achieve positive outcomes for children and their families. As the outpatient Team Leader at Riley, I worked in multiple clinics including:  Cerebral Palsy, Spasticity, Hemophilia, Rheumatology, and casting as well as providing direct services to these patient populations.  I continued my career at Physiotherapy Associates as Clinic Director and Outpatient Pediatric Specialist.  During my time at Physio, I founded a non-profit organization called Rainbow’s END (Enabled Not Disabled).  This was an all-volunteer program that provided adapted activities for children including:  biking, swimming, kite flying, dance, and Tae Kwon Do.  I am excited to join the PediPlay team as Clinic Manager and Outpatient Pediatric Specialist.  In my office there is a sign that reads: “Do what you love, love what you do”.  In my career as a pediatric physical therapist, I have truly achieved that goal.  I love working with these special children and their families, striving everyday to help them achieve their goals.

Allison Hooser

My name is Allison and I am excited to be a part of the PediPlay family treating pediatrics and adults.  Since graduating from the University of Indianapolis Masters of Physical Therapy program, I have had a wide variety of experiences helping individuals and their families achieve their goals of having the best quality of life possible.  I started my career focusing on orthopedics for both adult and adolescents in the outpatient clinic, then adding pediatrics over the past 5 years. This unique experience has enabled me to address the orthopedic issues of the younger population, while at the same time addressing the care needed as young adults and children.  While orthopedic issues are similar, treating from a “kid” perspective allowed for a more positive healing experience, thus maximizing functional outcomes to get them back to their activities quicker. I have worked with adults and children with disorders including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, neurological disorders, gait assessments, developmental delays and congenital abnormalities.  I have expertise in treating all types of neck, shoulder, back, knee, ankle and foot disorders and injuries. I am excited to continue these skills in PediPlay’s new orthopedic division, MyPTIndy.  MyPTIndy will provide services to the adult orthopedic population as well as a specialized focus on orthopedic issues in adolescents and children.

Jeremy Honeycutt

I graduated from the University of Indianapolis Physical Therapy Assistant program. I have a deep passion for working with children and their families to ensure the best quality of life is possible while still having fun doing it. I understand the importance of family participation and education, as I am a father of two myself with my youngest having Cerebral Palsy. I had clinical experience with a wide range of diagnosis at Community’s Stone Crossing Pediatric Physical Therapy including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Torticollis, toe walking, stroke, TAF1-Kleefstra, Spina Bifida, clubbed feet, and gross motor developmental delay. I also had clinical experience at Goodman’s Neuroscience Robotics and gait training with the Walk-Aide. I am excited to have joined the team here at PediPlay and for the opportunity to share my passion with you and your child.

Rhonda Collier

I truly love what I do and am proud to be a part of making a difference in the lives of little ones and their families. I am sensitive to each child/family's needs and emphasize the child's strengths to build upon. I incorporate fun play activities to help each child attain challenging skills. I have been involved with First Steps since its inception being invited on the first Johnson County First Steps Council. In 2013, I co-founded Rhythm and Reins Therapy Services utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. I have the parent perspective as my own children have had medical challenges and one received First Steps services as a toddler. I attend continuing education courses regularly to increase knowledge and skills. I am comfortable with rehab care after surgery, with sensory processing disorders, delayed walking and balance skills, trach/monitors. Experience includes but is not limited to: developmental delay, low/high tone, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, chromosomal disorders, hydrocephalus, prematurity, and torticollis. My hours are primarily Mon thru Thurs daytime with evening appt. as available. I will strive to provide a positive, caring treatment approach for your child. 

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