PHYSICAL THERAPY TREATMENTS
Physical therapists identify and treat problems related to gross motor development. Physical therapists may assist families with selecting and obtaining appropriate mobility and positioning devices including wheelchairs, walkers, standers, helmets, and foot orthotics.
Aquatic Physical Therapy
Pediatric Therapy Center offers aquatic physical therapy in conjunction with the Sarpy County YMCA, which is located just ½ mile from our location. Aquatic therapy helps children learn to master on-land skills in an environment with reduced effects of gravity that provides gentle resistance. These skills can then be transitioned and perfected during traditional land-based physical therapy sessions.
Treatment for Mobility Deficits
We are pleased to offer the LiteGait® mobility system, which allows our specially trained physical therapists to successfully address and treat a wide range of mobility deficits from crawling to walking independently.
Does My Child Need Physical Therapy?
Many children with special needs can benefit from physical therapy. Some of the problems and conditions that may be improved with physical therapy include:
- Club foot
- Hip dysplasia
- Torticollis and plagiocephaly
- Toe walking and other gait disturbances
- Core strengthening
- Delays in rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
- Coordination difficulties
If your child has autism, Down syndrome, mobility deficits or is experiencing any of the above problems or conditions, Pediatric Therapy Center has physical and aquatic therapy treatments that fit your family and may help your child reach his or her full potential!
MEET OUR FRIENDLY PHYSICAL THERAPY TEAM
Katie Collin attended Creighton University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and her clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Katie has experience working with children birth to 21 years of age, with various diagnoses including: Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, torticollis, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, and toe walking. She has received clinical training in therapeutic interventions for toe walking, developing strengthening programs for children with special needs, Mary Massery techniques related to treating the musculoskeletal consequences of maturing in the pediatric population, and implementation of the Lite Gait. Katie has a passion for figure skating and has combined this with her love for working with children with disabilities. She, and another skating coach, authored and developed the successful United we Sk8 event in 2011 and 2012 allowing children with disabilities to learn how to skate. Goals for the future of this event are to continually improve the event and to develop a weekly skating class for children with special needs. In her spare time she enjoys cooking (especially baked goods), playing with her two dogs, exercising, using ideas from Pintrest to develop challenging activities for kids at PTC, and spending time with family. Katie’s determination and passion for learning helps push her to be the best therapist she can be.
Julianne Janiszewski graduated from Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1985. Her research supported the reliability of Goal Attainment Scaling between multiple evaluators when used to demonstrate progress for severely impaired children age 0-18 months. Her passion is to help children maximize their function and fully engage with family, friends, and peers across multiple environments. Since graduation, Julianne has worked in a rehabilitation center for spinal cord/brain injury/amputee patients of all ages, developed the PT protocols at a trauma center, treated neurologically impaired children and adults at a physical therapy owned clinic, provided pediatric and adult home health, and assisted children aged 3-21 access their learning environments through school based physical therapy. She has experience with treating children with autism, spina bifida/chiari malformations, Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders, multiple medical concerns, toe walkers, developmental delay, and cerebral palsy. During her last 6 years in Pennsylvania, she and an OT developed a church based program that trained adults and youth to support and include all children in church programming. A highlight was training a child that needed support to be a mentor for others. Julianne coached volleyball for years, and finds using coaching techniques helpful to implement physical therapy treatment. She enjoys spending time with family, walking her Bernese Mountain Dog, gardening, and volunteering with children. She loves seeing the children she treats make progress and develop enjoyment in physical activity.
Dyan Nathan graduated from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. Dyan had a passion for working with children with special needs since an early age. She had a younger brother with special needs who was in PT for most of his life, and Dyan was inspired to help other children in the same way her brother was helped. Dyan has over 12 years of pediatric experience, and has been working in the pediatric outpatient setting for the last 3 years with ages 0 to 21. Prior to that, she worked in Memphis doing home health pediatric therapy, school-based therapy, outpatient pediatric therapy, and as a seating and mobility specialist for children. She has also spent time working with adults of all ages in the vocational and clinic setting. Dyan has attended trainings in adaptive equipment, Therapeutic Listening, torticollis, pediatric aquatic therapy, childhood autism, and Interactive Metronome. She has experience working with children with torticollis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Erb’s palsy, chromosomal disorders, Rett syndrome, autism, toe walking, and Down syndrome. Dyan loves working with kids and getting to play every single day.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Angela Stinman graduated from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska with an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. Angela went to college with the intent of working with the pediatric population because she saw how much physical therapy helped her niece. Angela has been working in the pediatric outpatient setting for with 4 + years working with ages 0 to 21. She has also spent time working with adults of all ages in the vocational and clinic setting. Angela has attended training in Therapeutic Listening, treating infants with torticollis, providing pediatric therapy in the aquatic setting, pediatric kinesiotaping, and providing therapy to children with autism. She has experience working with children with torticollis, cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy, Rett syndrome, autism, toe walking, and Down’s syndrome. Angela believes that therapy should be fun and loves seeing the kids smile while making a difference in their lives.
Lead Physical Therapist
Danielle Thiessen holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She has worked with infants and children ages 0-21 in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and acute rehabilitation settings. She has been a proud member of the Pediatric Therapy Center team since 2009 and now holds the position of Lead Physical Therapist. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Iowa Western Community College Assistant Physical Therapy Program, is an APTA Credential Clinical Instructor, and serves as a lab instructor and guest lecturer for many PT and PTA programs throughout the state. She has an enthusiasm and passion for working with children, and has experience treating a wide variety of diagnoses including developmental and motor delays, autism, Down syndrome, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, hypotonia, and more. Danielle has extensive training in treating torticollis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida, and is an Interactive Metronome trained provider. She has completed specialized training in pediatric aquatic therapy, Neuro-Developmental Treatment approaches, and Mary Massery assessment and intervention techniques. She is also a Special Olympics Young Athletes Training Camp coach and has both coordinated and taught several camps during her work experience with PTC. Over the past several years, Danielle has strived to help many families in our community receive grant funding for custom adaptive bikes for their children with special needs. In collaboration with the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands and the Autism Society of Nebraska, she has coordinated bringing the iCan Shine Bike Camp to Omaha to benefit special needs children in our community. Danielle is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of her patients and their families and is committed to a lifelong learning process in the world of pediatric physical therapy.