Pediatric Rehabilitation Therapies

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers a comprehensive therapy program for children with diagnoses including but not limited to cerebral palsy, stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, burns, concussion, cancer, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, orthopedic injuries, torticollis, toe walking, and tone management.  Our pediatric team of therapists include: Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists.

Upstate Rehabilitation at Western Lights
Suite B-100,
4671 Onondaga Boulevard
Syracuse, NY 13219
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: M, W: 8:00am - 4:30pm Tues & Thurs: 8:00am - 6:00pm Fri: 7:30am - 4pm

 

Your physician will make a referral to the appropriate discipline based on your child’s individual deficits, and needs.  Once the referral is received, the therapists will conduct an initial evaluation, and design an individualized treatment plan that is unique to your child. Your team of therapists will include your family in training, education classes, and order appropriate equipment required to achieve independence and/or safety for discharge.

Treatments and services may include:

  • Fine and gross motor examination and treatment
  • Body weight supported treadmill training
  • Developmental education
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Orthotic recommendations
  • Splint fabrication
  • Wheelchair evaluation
  • Serial casting
  • Strengthening
  • Range of motion
  • Education for home exercise program
  • Aquatic Therapy

In addition, our team of therapists at Upstate have access to state of the art technology to assist with healing and progress during your child’s recovery.  Some of our skilled therapy includes education in use of the: Lokomat, Armeo Spring, Bioness, Walkaide, Dynavision.

A physician's referral is required for evaluation and treatment within this program.

Providers

Danielle Birckhead
Danielle Birckhead
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Utica College, 2010, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Brain Injury; Cystic Fibrosis (CF); Stroke; Occupational Therapy; Rehabilitation for Pediatric Patients

Tania N Gardner, PT, DPT, LMT
Tania N Gardner, PT, DPT, LMT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2007

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Knee Pain; Low Back Pain; Pelvic Floor Disorders; Shoulder Injuries; Voiding Dysfunction; more

Clinical Interests

  • Orthopedic injuries, Pilates therapy, Manual Therapy, Women's health


Lori M Holmes, PT, DPT
Lori M Holmes, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Upstate University Hospital, 2016

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke; Torticollis; Pediatric Physical Therapy; more

Christine C Lighthipe
Christine C Lighthipe
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Therapy

Lynne Romeiser-Logan, PT, PhD, PCS
Lynne Romeiser-Logan, PT, PhD, PCS
315 464-5820

Education & Fellowships

  • PhD: Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2009

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Physical Therapy; Brachial Plexus Injury; Cerebral Palsy; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Spasticity; more

Research Interests

  • Effectiveness of treatments for children and adults with neurological disorders.

Education Interests

  • Evidence based practice

Clinical Interests

  • Spasticity, developmental disabilities, brachial plexus injury, neurological disorders.


Yvonne E Monti
Yvonne E Monti
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Brain Injury; Concussion; Neck Stinger; Stroke; more

Melissa A Murphy, PT
Melissa A Murphy, PT
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Lymphedema Therapist; Lymphedema Management, Rehab Service; Pediatric Physical Therapy

Emily S O'Toole, PT, MSPT, DPT
Emily S O'Toole, PT, MSPT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2011
  • PT: Nazareth College of Rochester, 2008, Master's of Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Pediatric Physical Therapy

Alyssa N Tamburrino, PT, DPT
Alyssa N Tamburrino, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2018

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Neurological Rehabilitation; Outpatient Physical Therapy; Pediatric Physical Therapy; Vestibular Rehabilitation

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Erin S VerDow, PT, DPT

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