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, children, teens and young adults 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.
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.
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.
Angela Howser, 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.
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.
Olivia Hartman, PT, DPT
Olivia Hartman, PT, DPT is a neurodevelopmental Physical Therapist at Cook Children's Northeast Center in Hurst. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and earned her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy both at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. She first discovered her passion for pediatrics by volunteering with equine therapy and coaching soccer in college. She is passionate about motivating her patients to accomplish their goals as well as providing a positive experience. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, and exploring new restaurants.
Harrison Cruz, PT, DPT
Harrison Cruz, PT, DPT is an acute care pediatric physical therapist who began working at Cook Children's in 2022. He attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences in Athletic Training and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Harrison is passionate about working with children of all ages as well as promoting and inspiring health and wellness, not only in the acute care setting, but also beyond discharge from hospital services.
Elizabeth Elliott, PT, DPT
Elizabeth Elliott, PT, DPT is an acute care physical therapist who started working at Cook Children's in 2022. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Concordia University Texas in 2015, then graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences 2017. After graduation she continued on at her alma mater serving as a Faculty Lab Instructor and began working in acute care, gaining experience serving both the adult and pediatric populations. Elizabeth is passionate about education and enjoys working in a team environment to provide comprehensive care.
Jill Tibbets, PT, DPT
Jill Tibbets, PT, DPT has worked as an inpatient physical therapist at Cook Children's since 2020. Jill completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas and then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern in 2013. While attending UT Southwestern, Jill completed a clinical rotation at Cook Children's Medical Center and is grateful to be back working under the blue peaks!
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, MPT
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.
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 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.
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.
Erin Foster, PT, DPT
Erin Foster, PT, DPT, is an inpatient pediatric physical therapist who has worked at Cook Children’s since 2018. Erin enjoys working with a wide variety of diagnoses and is passionate about creating an individualized plan to help her patients achieve their goals.
Sofia Resendiz PT, DPT
Sofia Resendiz PT, DPT is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist who joined the Cook Children's team in 2023. Sofia received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Abilene Christian University in 2020, then graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Hardin-Simmons University in 2022. Sofia loves working as a pediatric physical therapist because she empowers patients of all ages and families to reach their full potential and feel confident doing what they love through rehabilitation. Her volunteer work and interaction with children grew her passion to pursue a career in pediatrics. Outside of work, Sofia enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and staying active.
Justice McFarland, PT, DPT
Justice McFarland, PT, DPT began working at Cook Children's Health Care System in 2023. Justice received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Virginia State University in 2018. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in August 2023. Justice enjoys being an acute pediatric physical therapist as it allows her the ability to work with a variety of diagnoses and grants her the opportunity to closely collaborate with other disciplines.
Ashalee Cyr, PT, DPT, PCS
Ashalee Cyr, PT, DPT, PCS, has worked as an inpatient pediatric physical therapist for 4 years, starting with Cook Children's Medical Center in 2023. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2015 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 2018. In 2023, she was awarded her board certification as a Pediatric Certified Specialist. Ashalee is passionate about providing early mobility opportunities in critical care settings.
Nety Duenas, PT, DPT
Nety Duenas, PT, DPT is a neurodevelopmental physical therapist who joined the Cook Children's team in 2023. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Child Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2020. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2023. Her passion for working with children through various volunteer opportunities and interactions lead to her career in pediatrics. As a pediatric physical therapist, she loves helping children and their families feel empowered to reach their full potential through play-based therapy. Outside of work, Nety enjoys playing with her dogs, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
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