Teresa graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990 with a BS in Allied Health in Physical Therapy. She has specialized in pediatrics since the start of her career, working in both hospital and clinic based outpatient rehabilitation. She has been integrating hippotherapy into her treatments for 10 years.
Teresa’s specialty training includes Neuro Developmental Treatment Certification; the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level II Course; as well as advanced training in kinesiotaping, gait training, sensory integration, and dynamic bracing for pediatrics.
In addition to her experience and enthusiasm, Teresa brings AJ, a certified therapy dog through Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). AJ is a 2-year-old Lab/Golden cross who graduated CCI in 2016 and has been trained to successfully perform over 50 different commands to assist individuals with physical needs.
AJ works alongside our therapists to help children enjoy their therapy sessions even more. He is the successor to founding facility service dog Dorian.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1979 from Indiana University and worked at Community Hospital of Indianapolis for 22 years until 2001 when she retired to stay home with her children.
During her career Denise has worked in many different settings including rehabilitation, medical surgical, chronic pain, and outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics. Denise is member of the American Hippotherapy Association and a Level 2 certified therapist.
Stephanie graduated with her degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at University of Indianapolis. She finished her clinical work here at Children's TherAplay and has since worked with kiddos with a variety of diagnosis starting as early as two months.
Did you know? Miss Stephanie is one of the many PTA’s who trained and completed her student fieldwork under Miss Jen.
Molly is relatively new to Children’s TherAplay -- she started in early August 2016 -- but not to pediatric physical therapy. She has been working in the profession for 20 years! Molly earned her master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and her PhD in movement neurosciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked as a physical therapist in Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Orange County, and even London, England.
Fun fact: Molly started riding horses when she was just five years old.
Miss Sue has been a therapist for 30 years and treating kiddos for the last 17. Her work has taken her all the way from Indiana to the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Romania to work with children who have special needs.
Fun fact: Miss Sue loves to run in the woods with her two dogs, Remi and Ella.
Our dear friend and colleague Jen Grillo, one of the great champions of children with special needs, passed away in early November 2016. The video celebration of her life, along with additional information, can be found here.
Jen joined the Children's TherAplay staff in June 2002. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management in 1994. During her career, Jen has worked in long-term care and outpatient neurological rehabilitation settings, but she has chosen to specialize in pediatrics.
Jen has pursued continuing education in the areas of gait training, sensory integration and advanced hippotherapy treatment. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). Jen has received the APTA Certificate of Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the Physical Therapist Assistant in the area of neuromuscular physical therapy.
Jen is also a member of the Fishers Police Department Citizens Alumni Academy which allows her to be involved in her community.
The mission of The Children's TherAplay Foundation is to provide children with special needs a foundation for developing life skills through innovative therapies, including equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies, in a safe and caring environment.
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Children’s TherAplay has done so much for Austin that 'traditional' therapies were not able. Due to Austin's disability, we have to teach his body how to move by moving it for him repetitively until he develops muscle memory to do it himself.
When we first came to Children’s TherAplay, Austin was six years old and we were trying to teach him how to walk. He didn't know how to move his legs properly or coordinate all the muscles it takes to create a step and us trying to move his legs for him and hold him upright was a huge struggle (that lack of having enough arms to support and move all the parts of his body was just not possible).
In a year's time, Children’s TherAplay has taught him how to walk. The motion of the horse moving his hips and the core strengthening from holding himself upright on the horse could not have been attained any other way. Today he able to walk with a gait trainer or by us holding his hands with a little support.
Without Children’s TherAplay I really think he would have never have learned how to walk and would have been bound to the limits of a wheelchair. We owe them so much for expanding our son's quality of life and look forward to his next great strides under the expertise of this wonderful organization, its therapists and its horses.
– Austin’s mom, Laura