Physical therapy focuses on large motor and functional skills to enhance development, restore function and prevent disability from pediatric conditions, illness or injury.
Conditions we treat
Evaluation, treatment and home programming are available for children with:
- Sports and orthopedic injuries
- Brain injuries and neurological impairments
- Cancer and blood disorders
- Musculoskeletal injuries or disorders
- Cardiopulmonary disorders
- Evaluation for wheelchairs, walkers and other assistive devices
We individually tailor our treatment based on your child’s diagnosis, impairments and family and physician concerns to maximize independence and function. Treatment may focus on:
- Gross motor development
- Improving flexibility
- Improving your child’s independence with mobility
- Wheelchair training
- Participating in play or leisure activities
Pelvic floor rehabilitation
Helping children with bladder and bowel incontinence, constipation, pain when using the restroom or pelvic pain return to everyday life without leaking or pain.
Treatment intervention to improve muscle range of motion and flexibility.
Tri My Best Triathlon
Cook Children's Rehabilitation Services sponsors an adaptive Triathlon every fall. Children 4-18 are eligible to participate in this fun-filled event. The triathlon gives kids the opportunity to bike, swim, run/walk/roll with their peers in a friendly race!
At Cook Children's, our physical therapists are specially trained to help your child reach their maximum potential. Our team understands the importance of play and how to successfully engage your child during a session. We individually tailor care for our patients and use an episodic treatment model to help your child excel.
Family-centered care is a core part of treatment within Rehabilitation Services. We understand that you as the caregiver are the expert in your child and their needs. Therapists incorporate families and caregivers throughout treatment sessions. Our goal is to empower your family to work on activities at home, in the community and after discharge.
At Cook Children's, you benefit from a multidisciplinary team approach that allows open communication between providers and specialty services to enhance your child's outcomes. We understand and believe that collaboration is critical to each child's success.
The neurodevelopmental team of physical therapists consists of highly skilled licensed healthcare professionals with unique training in the growing child. We are experienced treating infants to 21 year olds with a wide range of impairments.
Our knowledgeable team utilizes evidence-based practice treatment approaches to create an individualized treatment plan for your child. Many of our physical therapists have obtained specialized training and certifications to better serve our patients:
- Doctor of physical therapy (DPT): A physical therapist who has obtained a clinical doctorate in physical therapy.
- Board-certified specialist in pediatric physical therapy (PCS): A physical therapist who has obtained an advanced certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities. These physical therapists are considered experts in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with pediatric conditions.
- Child passenger safety technician (CPST): A professional who has obtained a certification from Safe Kids Worldwide to provide education and hand-on assistance for the proper usage of child restraint systems and seat belts.
Lydia Robey, PT, DPT
Lydia began her physical therapy career at Cook Children's Medical Center in 2008. Since that time, she has gained experience in outpatient pediatrics, home health pediatrics and adult inpatient rehab. Lydia is passionate about improving the lives of patients and their families while inpatient and empowering them to lead more active, independent lifestyles even after discharge, most specifically in the oncology population.
Lydia earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and Bible from Abilene Christian University in 2005. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Hardin Simmons University in 2007.
Haleigh Schreck, PT, DPT
Haleigh has worked as an inpatient physical therapist at Cook Children's since 2016. Haleigh completed her undergraduate education at TCU (go Frogs!), and stayed in Fort Worth to continue her education at University of North Texas Health Science Center where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Haleigh enjoys having the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patient populations in the acute care setting.
Brittany Reiling, PT, DPT, CWS
Brittany is a pediatric physical therapist who has worked at Cook Children's since 2012. She attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and then attended physical therapy school at Hardin Simmons University. In 2016, she achieved her Certified Wound Specialist certificate. She enjoys the personal relationships she is able to form with patients and families, as patients work to regain physical function after injury.
Bryan Pyrc, PT, DPT
Brian is an acute care physical therapist. Bryan attended Texas A&M University for his undergraduate degree and Duke University for physical therapy school. Bryan has worked at Cook Children's since 2015.
Briddy Simeroth, PT
Briddy is currently the clinical manager for hospital-based Rehabilitation Services. Briddy has been at Cook Children's since 1977, and has held several different positions. Briddy is an active member of the APTA, APTA pediatric section and TPTA. Briddy is passionate about supporting her staff of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, rehab techs and office staff in providing excellent family-centered care for our patients. Briddy appreciates the collaborative culture at Cook Children's.
Angela Pomykal, PT, MSPT
Angela has been a physical therapist with Cook Children's since 1998. She has worked in a variety of settings, but primarily in inpatient care and multidisciplinary specialty clinics. She currently serves as the physical therapist for Cook Children's Movement Disorder clinic, Neuromuscular Disorders clinic and Bleeding Disorders clinic. Angela has presented at the local, regional and national level on these specialties and is active in the National Hemophilia Foundation.
Angela's favorite part of her job is collaborating with patients, families and other professionals to provide optimal care for children with complex medical challenges.
Amy DePrang, PT, DPT
Amy is the clinical coordinator of physical therapy students for Cook Children's Medical Center and is an inpatient acute physical therapist. Amy has worked at Cook Children's since 2003 in the areas of inpatient, outpatient and wound care. She attended Texas A&M University and then graduated from physical therapy school in 1992 from UT Southwestern. She went on to achieve her doctorate in PT in 2015 from UTMB. Prior to Cook Children's, she was able to gain experience in Inpatient Rehab, home health and the school system. She loves being a liaison between the physical therapy schools and the clinical instructors in the various settings in the medical center. Amy is grateful to be a part of mentoring the next generation of physical therapists.
Allison Ewing, PT, DPT
Allison has been a physical therapist at Cook Children's since 2013. She enjoys partnering with families to help them achieve their goals. She has special interests in cystic fibrosis, hematology and oncology. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Science Studies from Baylor University in 2010 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Woman's University at Dallas in 2013.
Lindsay Luker, PT, DPT
Lindsay Luker, PT, DPT, is the physical therapist in the Cook Children's Motion Analysis Lab. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and has been at Cook Children's since 2010. Lindsay has treated patients with many different pediatric neurologic and genetic conditions since her time at Cook Children's. She is a WalkAide certified specialist and trained as a child passenger safety technician. She now specializes in movement and gait analysis for treatment planning with our physicians and surgeons. Lindsay loves being able to interact with patients and their families in the process of considering interventions. However, she truly enjoys it when those families return to the lab for follow-up studies and can celebrate the outcomes with them.
Mary Pfeffer, MPTT
Mary Pfeffer, MPT, is a physical therapist currently working in the orthopedic clinic. She has worked at Cook Children's since 2004. She has worked in all areas of rehabilitation services, but has dedicated her career to working with children with developmental disabilities. She is NDT certified and has extensive experience in serial casting, gait analysis, and the orthopedic management of children with cerebral palsy. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is assisting families along their journey to receive the necessary services to optimize outcomes and provide them with avenues to participate in community activities.
Morgan Hubbard, PT, DPT, CPST
Morgan Hubbard, PT, DPT, CPST, is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist at Cook Children's in Mansfield. She has been with Cook Children's since 2013. Morgan specializes in treating patients with neurodevelopmental disorders. She enjoys various areas of practice and mentoring students in becoming skilled professionals. Morgan is a certified child passenger safety technician and she volunteers at community events to ensure the safety of children in vehicles. Her favorite part of working at Cook Children's is implementing family- centered care with families to maximize progress towards goals.
Jennifer Massey, PT, DPT, CPST
Jennifer Massey, PT, DPT, CPST, is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist, who has worked at Cook Children's at the Mansfield Rehabilitation Clinic since 2017. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University (Whoop!) and The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Jenn also received her child passenger safety technician certification in 2019. She loves working at Cook Children's because she enjoys interacting with patients and their families. Jenn's favorite memories include the excitement of her patients when they graduate from therapy with the confidence to use their newly learned skills!
Carrie Carney, PT, CPST
Carrie Carney, PT, CPST, is a physical therapist at Cook Children's in Mansfield. Carrie has been at Cook Children's since 2004. She specializes in treating patients with neurodevelopmental disorders. She enjoys various areas of practice, including Equipment Clinic. As a certified child passenger safety technician, Carrie volunteers in the community to ensure that children are as safe as possible while on the road. Carrie loves to problem solve and collaborate with her families to help improve the lives of her patients.
Emily Richie, PT, DPT
Emily Richie, PT, DPT, is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist who has been with Cook Children's Northeast Center in Hurst since 2019. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Abilene Christian University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Harding University. She first discovered her passion for finding fun and creative ways for kids to achieve their goals while working at Texas Lions Camp, a camp for kids with physical disabilities, Down syndrome and diabetes while in college. Emily loves being as active as possible in her free time and wants the same for her patients.
Emily Hiller, PT, DPT, CPST
Emily Hiller, PT, DPT, CPST, is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist who has been at Cook Children's since 2016. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation, equipment clinic and treats children with neurological and genetic disorders, post-surgical, torticollis and gross motor delays. Her favorite part of working at Cook Children's is having the opportunity to collaborate with other clinicians and physicians in order to assist patients' and families in reaching their goals. Emily is married and has one active little boy. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and being outside.
Kathy Manthuruthil, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST
Kathy Manthuruthil, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST, is a neurodevelopmental Physical Therapist at Cook Children's in Fort Worth, since 2012. Kathy's areas of expertise include providing treatment to children with developmental disabilities, evaluating for adaptive equipment, and pelvic floor rehabilitation. Kathy is the founder and co-coordinator of the Cook Children's Tri My Best Triathlon, an annual athletic event for children with special needs. Outside of work, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and sons.
Amanda Whitmire, PT, DPT, CPST
Amanda Whitmire, PT, DPT, CPST is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist at the South Rehab Clinic. She has been a physical therapist since 2011 and at Cook Children's since 2013. Amanda has worked in multiple pediatric settings and loves helping children of all ages reach their full potential. Amanda's areas of expertise are neurodevelopmental disorders, pelvic floor dysfunction, and the treatment of foot drop with Functional Electrical Stimulation. Outside of work, Amanda is married and the mother of two young girls.
Ashley Graves, PT, DPT, MS
Ashley Graves, PT, DPT, MS is a neurodevelopmental Physical Therapist who joined the Cook Children's team in 2017. Her early volunteer work and interaction with children developed her passion for pediatrics from a young age. Ashley continues to funnel this passion through her involvement in the community and work with many local non-profit organizations. She enjoys working with children of all ages and empowering families and patients through family centered care to reach their goals. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading and staying active with outdoor hikes.
Jean O'Mara, PT, DPT, CPST
Jean O'Mara, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST, is the neurodevelopmental Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator who has worked at Cook Children's since 2011. She is passionate about empowering patients and families to meet their goals and improve their quality of life through rehabilitation and equipment intervention. Jean is active in the Rehab Family Advisory Council and enjoys the emphasis on collaboration and family centered care at Cook Children's. Jean is a graduate of the University of Missouri & enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and experiencing all that Fort Worth has to offer.
Carolyn Mullins, PT
Carolyn Mullins, PT is the PT/OT Program Coordinator and the Rehab Clinic Manager at Cook Children's Walsh Ranch. Carolyn has worked for Cook Children's for 12 years, in a variety of roles in Rehab at the Medical Center and 8th Avenue locations. Carolyn is an active member of the APTA and TPTA. She has a long history of working with children of all abilities and her most cherished moments working at Cook Children's are those watching children realize their unique strengths while overcoming challenges.
Ashlee Winkle, PT, DPT
Ashlee Winkle, PT, DPT, is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist who began working at Cook Children’s Hurst Rehabilitation Clinic in 2020. She graduated with a degree in exercise and sports science from Texas States University and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. She first discovered her passion for working with children with special needs while volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding center throughout college. Ashlee loves helping her patients discover ways to make exercise fun and meaningful. In her free time, Ashlee enjoys reading and hiking with her husband and German shepherd.
Kylee Guthrie, PT, DPT
Kylee Guthrie, PT, DPT is a neurodevelopmental Physical Therapist who joined the Cook Children's team at the South Rehab clinic in Fort Worth in 2021. Her volunteer work and interaction with children grew her passion to pursue a career in pediatrics. Some of the many reasons why Kylee loves working as a pediatric Physical Therapist is her opportunity to create relationships with children and families, give families the knowledge and tools they need to support their children well, and empower children to reach their goals so they can feel confident doing what they love. In her free time she enjoys walking her precious dog who is a sweet Pyrenees mix, traveling, and spending time with friends and family doing outdoor activities. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Jodi Burgett, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST
Jodi Burgett, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST is the Rehab Clinic Manager at the Hurst clinic. She has worked at Cook Children’s since 2011. Jodi is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and an active member of the APTA, TPTA and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. In 2018 she became a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Jodi has also been a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2014, assisting with car seats for children with special needs. She volunteers for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy to help create the National Physical Therapy Board Exam. Jodi has a long history and an absolute passion for working with children of all abilities, and working with the amazing staff at the Hurst Rehab clinic to provide outstanding family centered care and customer service.
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With the increased utilization of telehealth, home visits, and other non-traditional modes for the provision of physical therapy services, we want patient families to be able to have direct access to check our Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiner's license verification. Please use the following web address if you have questions: https://www.ptot.texas.gov/page/look-up-a-license.