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Pediatric Therapy

Astym-babyMountain River Physical Therapy’s Pediatric Therapy team serves infants, children, teens and young adults with special needs. We are committed to focusing on the whole family as we work together to help accomplish the goals and dreams of the child. We strive to make a difference in your child’s life. We assess each child individually, addressing life skills that are meaningful to the child and the family.

Our clinic helps children with developmental delays, autism, neurologic and orthopedic disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and a wide array of diagnoses.

We currently offer physical therapy and occupational therapy services. Services include an evaluation, individual treatment, consultation, parent/caregiver training, and community education services.

We provide therapies through our outpatient clinic, the West Virginia Birth to Three system, and school contracts.

Physical Therapy

climbing-wallOur highly qualified team of pediatric physical therapists treat children of all ages who have difficulties with motor skills. We help children become as independent as possible with respect to strength, endurance, balance, coordination, and mobility. This includes in the home, community, school and playground. Pediatric therapy is provided through a play-based approach to keep the child motivated and invested in the therapeutic process.

Our pediatric therapy team draws from years of expertise in a variety of pediatric therapy settings and approaches. We often make recommendations regarding assistive technology and assistive devices. Our team will help assess positioning and use/fit of adaptive equipment. Patient, family and teacher education and training are an essential part of our therapy program.

blue-glassesYour child might need physical therapy to address the following areas and conditions:

  • Walking and mobility
  • Balance
  • Motor skill development
  • Coordination
  • ASTYM
  • Taping techniques
  • Neuromuscular issues
  • Musculoskeletal issues
  • Wheelchair positioning and mobility
  • Assistive devices and technology
  • Environmental modifications
  • Developmental delay
  • Low/high muscle tone
  • Torticollis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Mitochondrial disorders
  • And more.

spaghetti-paintOccupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on the daily “occupations” of childhood such as play, socialization, self-care and school performance. We help the family and child develop the skills needed for functional independence for daily life. Pediatric therapy is provided through a play-based approach to keep the child motivated and invested in the therapeutic process.

Our pediatric therapy team draws from years of expertise in a variety of pediatric therapy settings and approaches. Our occupational therapist is highly trained in sensory processing disorder and executive thinking skills. She is trained in the Wilbarger Deep Tactile Pressure Protocol, and she is an expert in creating sensory diets for children.

Occupational therapy focuses on the following areas and conditions:

  • Sensory processing
  • Play and socialization
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perceptual/visual-motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Self-care
  • Adaptive equipment and technology
  • Environmental modifications
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • ADHD
  • Sensory based feeding problems
  • And more.

ball-pitOur Services

The Pediatric Therapy team of Mountain River Physical Therapy serves children of all ages in the following settings:

  • West Virginia Birth to Three (www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/)
  • School settings
  • Outpatient setting – Garfield Medical Complex
  • Summer groups and camps held at our outpatient facility (link for list of summer camps for the year)
  • Parent connection information groups held at our outpatient facility (link for list of parent connection group schedule)

Our Team of Experts

Amy-Isaly-headshot-fadeAmy Isaly, MPT, Pediatric Team Leader

Amy Isaly graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2001. Amy received the WVU Physical Therapy “Research Award”. Her group’s research was featured as a poster presentation at the Sports Medicine Symposium in 2001. Upon graduation Amy began her professional career at Roane General Hospital and then Marietta Memorial Hospital as a pediatric physical therapist. She has spent the last eight years working as a self-employed independent provider for WV Birth to Three. Amy has worked as a pediatric physical therapist on an outpatient basis, within several school systems in WV and OH, and with the WV Birth to Three system in homes and childcares. Amy began working with Mountain River Physical Therapy in 2013. She has worked in conjunction with occupational therapists, speech therapists, teachers and families for a team-based approach to treatment. Her passion is providing a comprehensive approach to helping children reach their full potential. Amy has experience with sensory processing, kinesiotaping, positioning, rhythmic movements, orthotic intervention, and a variety of techniques to promote typical motor development. Amy focuses on involving the family in therapy sessions and supporting families with the many challenges they may be facing.

Amy has two children of her own, daughter Taylor and son Cruz. She is married to Bill Isaly, MRPT Vice President of Operations and Business Development. Amy enjoys spending her free time being with her kids and attending all of their sporting events and extra-curricular activities.

Amy Westbrock, OTR/L, MBA

Pediatrics and Birth to Three Program

Amy graduated from Shawnee State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, and from the University of Findlay in 2001 with a Master of Business Administration. She has worked as an occupational therapist in the pediatric field including outpatient, home health, school-based, early intervention and management settings. Amy has experience working with children who have autism, cerebral palsy, prematurity, processing issues, ADD/ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome, brachial plexus injury, developmental delays, genetic syndromes, and behavioral health issues. She has completed advanced training in sensory processing, kinesiotaping, family centered service provision, and motor development.

Amy joined the Mountain River team in 2014. She resides in Marietta, Ohio with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends.

Brittany-Hagerty-headshot-fadeBrittany Hagerty, PT, DPT

Brittany graduated from Alderson Broaddus College with a B.S. in Athletic Training with the honor of Summa Cum Laude. During her time at AB, Brittany was also a four-year volleyball player and was involved in missionary work. In 2010, she obtained her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at West Virginia University. Following graduation, Brittany began working at Mountain River Physical Therapy in August of 2010. When Brittany not in the clinic, she enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.

Tanya-Cancade-headshot-fadeTanya Cancade, MPT

Tanya Cancade graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND with a Master’s in Physical Therapy and an undergraduate degree in Rehabilitative Studies. She has worked most of her career in outpatient orthopedics but has always had an interest in women’s health. Tanya has training in women’s health issues from the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and has successfully completed all 3 levels of coursework making her eligible to sit for her specialization in Women’s Health. She has training from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies for the treatment of Lymphedema and additional training in pre/post partum conditions. She is certified in ASTYM, FMS (Functional Movement Screen), SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment), and IMT/TDN (Intramuscular Manual Therapy/Trigger Point Dry Needling).

In her spare time, Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and their children. She enjoys riding bikes, working on scrapbooks for her children and attending sporting activities.

Brooke-Drennen-headshot-fadeBrooke Drennen, LPTA, LMT

Brooke has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003 graduating from the Indigo School of Massage in Parkersburg, WV specializing in deep tissue, therapeutic, and sports massage.  She graduated from Washington State Community College 2007 with her Associate’s degree in Applied Science as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at which point she began working with MRPT. She is SFMA/FMS level I and II certified.

Brooke and her husband, Dave, have 2 sons Triston and Seth, along with one daughter, Sophia.

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