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Physical Therapy



Christine Cruz-Cooper is the third partner of our practice. She graduated from the University of California in 1969 with a degree in Physical Therapy. She has over 35 years experience working with children. Chris has worked in clinical settings as well as the school systems. Chris worked for more than 10 years for the Pasco County Schools before joining Welch & McLoy as a partner. In 1993, she completed the Training of Occupational and Physical Therapist in Early Intervention (TOPSEI) through the graduate school at the University of Florida. She continues to attend seminars and conferences to stay current with trends in physical therapy with children.

Kim Conklin. RPT: Kim graduated from Florida A & M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1998. She has attended courses in NDT, Sensory Integration and wheelchair seating and mobility since graduation.

Evaluations: Evaluations are needed to determine a child’s level of functioning so that a treatment plan can be individualized for each child. Evaluations look at the child’s basic trunk strength and stability, limb range of motion, strength, bilateral coordination, gait pattern and functional gross motor skills. We also are experienced at performing wheelchair evaluations in coordination with the wheelchair vendor. Each evaluation takes from ½ hour to 2 hours depending on the child’s function.

Treatment: Treatment sessions are geared to the child’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Sessions are from ½ to 1 hour in length and occur 1 to 4 times a week.

Children who qualify for physical therapy may present with the following concerns:

Motor impairments due to neurological problems such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida
Orthopedic problems such as back pain, leg/ankle fractures,
Poor balance
Poor gross motor coordination
Decreased strength
Sensory motor processing – if a child has difficulty processing tactile, visual, auditory, vestibular, proprioceptive or kinesthetic information the child will have difficulty performing fun activities in a successful way.

Children with these difficulties tend to present with poor self-confidence and/or behavioral problems. The child may become aggressive or withdraw from the situation as a defense mechanism.


“Having used many different therapy services around the country, we feel Welch and McLoy is one of the best. The therapist’s are excellent and make the sessions enjoyable”. Helen Banks – mother.