Physical Therapy

Utilizing our dedicated therapy gym, Bridgeway Academy’s licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants are committed to providing the most current, evidence-based physical therapy practices to assess strength, range of motion, posture, gait, stair skills, balance, coordination, endurance, and ball skills. This assessment helps to determine any functional limitations that may lead to deficits in functional mobility and functional activities limiting participation in the child’s natural environment. Our physical therapists provide services to patients with diagnoses that include: autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, apraxia, ataxia, autoimmune disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Dravet syndrome, congenital shortened femur, 5p minus (Cri du Chat), dyspraxia, FG syndrome, fragile X syndrome, microcephaly, mitochondrial disease, peripheral neuropathy, sensory processing disorder, traumatic brain injury, tuberous sclerosis, and Williams syndrome. Treatment programs can include: therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activity, gait/running/stair training, balance training, neuromuscular re-education, aerobic conditioning, stretching, and orthotic recommendations. Treatment sessions consist of play-based interventions that are functional for the child.

We currently have a waiting list for new physical therapy clients. Please contact the Bridgeway Academy Physical Therapy Department at 614-262-7520 ext 109 to schedule an evaluation.

We offer Therapy Center appointments during the following hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (last appointment begins at 5:15 pm)
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (last appointment begins at 1:15 pm)
* Sessions usually last 45 minutes and are scheduled according to therapists’ availability

Bridgeway Academy welcomes high school and undergraduate students who are interested in volunteering in the Physical Therapy Department as well as physical therapy graduate students completing a clinical rotation as part of a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. For more information, please contact Whitney Williams at wwilliams@bridgewayohio.org.

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Whitney Williams, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Supervisor

Whitney is the physical therapy department supervisor. She joined Bridgeway Academy in June 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Miami University in 2009 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 2013. Whitney previously worked for many years as an ABA therapist and home health aide for several children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Whitney also works 1-2 days per month at Riverside Hospital to maintain her PT skills in a variety of settings, although working with kids is her true passion. Whitney is a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as an instructor for graduate students completing their doctorate PT degree. At Bridgeway Academy, Whitney has also helped lead multiple extra curricular activities for students such as: yoga class, sports club, and a fitness group.

Laura Eff, PT, Physical Therapist

Laura started the physical therapy program at Bridgeway Academy in February 2009. She is a certified clinical instructor. Laura has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including: the hospital, inpatient rehab, and skilled nursing settings before coming to work here. Her real passion is for working with children so she is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful organization. She has attended conferences on children’s orthotics, “School Moves” neurosensory activities for academic success, The Ohio Institute for PT/OT School- Based Practice, and AmTrykes. Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Professions from The Ohio State University.

Sarah Johnson, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist Assistant
Sarah joined Bridgeway Academy in September of 2017. She received a degree in Molecular Biology from Grove City College in 2014, and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 2017. During her time at OU, Sarah completed clinical rotations in outpatient, acute and school-based settings. Sarah enjoyed her time in the school system working with students with a variety of diagnoses, and is excited to build her experience and skills working with the students at Bridgeway Academy. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lauren Kress, PTA, Physical Therapist Assistant

Lauren joined Bridgeway Academy in November 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Minor in Psychology from Wright State University in 2008 and her Associate’s Degree from Edison Community College in Applied Science in Physical Therapy in 2011. In the past, Lauren worked at an organization that specialized in working with children and adults with autism and other special needs; it is here she found her love for therapy. Lauren has also worked in various settings including acute care and skilled nursing.

Mallory Miller, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Mallory joined Bridgeway Academy July of 2017. She received her Bachelor of Health Science degree with a minor in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2014 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marshall University in 2017. Mallory has always had a passion for children and is excited to continue her career at Bridgeway Academy.
While in PT school, Mallory gained experience in the hospital, inpatient rehab, and outpatient orthopedic settings.

Brenna Niehaus, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Brenna joined Bridgeway Academy in August 2015. In the past, she has worked at children’s camps and as a horseback-riding instructor for all ages, with a focus on younger kids. Brenna also spent time on a service-learning trip in Botswana working with children in the private and public school systems. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton in 2012, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ohio University in May 2015. Brenna is a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as an instructor of students completing their doctorate PT degree.

Volunteer Opportunities and Clinical Rotations for DPT Students
Bridgeway Academy welcomes high school and undergraduate students who are interested in volunteering in the Physical Therapy Department.  For more information, please contact wwilliams@bridgewayohio.org

 

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