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 short 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

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Whitney Williams, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Supervisor
Whitney is the physical therapy department supervisor. She joined Bridegway 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. While in PT school, Whitney presented her capstone research project at the pediatric section of the 2013 APTA combined sections meeting. Whitney previously worked for many years as an ABA therapist and home health aide for several children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. At Bridgeway Academy, Whitney currently serves on the Continuing Education Committee and as a clinical instructor for students completing their PT degree. She has also helped lead multiple extra-curricular activities for students at Bridgeway Academy 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.

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 has worked for organization’s 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.

Brenna Niehaus, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist
Brenna joined Bridgeway Academy in August 2015. Previously, Brenna was a physical therapy student at Ohio University and completed one of her final clinical rotations here and is happy to be back and working with the kids. Previously, Brenna 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 of 2015.

Tony Ward, PTA, Physical Therapy Assistant
Tony joined Bridgeway Academy in November 2015. Tony received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on education and his Associates Degree in Physical Therapy from Clark State Community College. He has worked with multiple organizations helping children with special needs including Brave Art and Buddy-Up Tennis. He also owns his own landscaping company which is ironically named Helping Hands Landscaping. A fun fact about Tony is that he played lacrosse and was a cheerleader at Ohio State.

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


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