Physical and Occupational Therapy
We provide occupational and physical therapy services for children in a medical/clinic model. Services are currently provided by Pediatric Therapy Professionals but will fully transfer to Old Mill Center by December 2019.
Our general hours are Monday–Friday 8am–6pm
and Saturday by appointment.
Occupational therapy is designed to build basic motor and sensory skills enabling children to be successful and independent in their occupations: play, self-help skills, success in learning and social interactions. Our clients include children with fine-motor delays, gross-motor delays, perceptual motor delays, coordination challenges, eating and swallowing challenges, and behavior challenges related to sensory processing.
- Brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Fetal alcohol syndrome
- Down syndrome
- Sensory processing disorder
Our physical therapy focuses on helping children build strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance, as well as other gross motor skills needed to fully participate in daily activities. We help children with challenges related to an array of medical conditions, including the following:
- Brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Coordination deficits
- Developmental delay
- Down syndrome
- Genetic disorders
- Orthopedic injuries
- Postural Imbalance
- Spina bifida
- Tethered cord
Geri Aman, OTR/L, Therapy Coordinator
Geri graduated with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 1977. She has over 30 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. In addition to pediatrics, she has worked in home health and hospice as a therapist, rehabilitation coordinator, and director. Geri has participated in a wide range of continuing education courses related to pediatrics. She is trained in a variety of sensory integration techniques, the Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol, Bal-A-Vis-X, and Therapeutic Listening. She has also received extensive training on dealing with children with feeding difficulties. When Geri is not working at the clinic, she enjoys camping, spending time with her children and grandchildren and doing crafts.
Jacki Clymer, COTA
Jacki received her occupational therapy assistant degree from Harcum College and a BS in Exercise and Sports Science from Ursinus College. Jacki has worked with outpatient pediatric facilities in Pennsylvania and Oregon. As a COTA, she has worked with children and teens to help increase their independence in their daily life activities. Jacki has combined her knowledge of occupational therapy and gymnastics to help children succeed in integrated gymnastics classes. In her free time, Jacki has been exploring Oregon as well as traveling back east to visit friends and family.
Carol Hulstrunk, COTA
Deanna Newhart, OTR/L
Kirsten Rademacher, OTD, OTR/L
Kirsten graduated from Pacific University in 2016 with her doctorate in occupational therapy. Kirsten speaks Spanish and for her capstone project, she traveled to Rancho Santa Marta, a children’s home in Mexico. She worked with house parents and children with special needs to develop sensory strategies to promote emotional regulation. Kirsten has been working at Pediatric Therapy Professionals for 3 years. She has experience working with children of all ages and with a variety of physical and emotional challenges. In the future, she is interested in providing services in the community for youth with mental health conditions. Kirsten’s favorite leisure occupations include running, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to annual trips to her favorite children’s home in Mexico.
Ruth Sterner, COTA
Ruth graduated from Linn-Benton Community College with an associate degree in Occupational Therapy in 2019. During her education, she completed fieldwork assignments in the Springfield School District and Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. Previous to working at Old Mill Center, Ruth has experience providing various support services to college students at Oregon State University. Ruth is passionate about occupational therapy because it honors and addresses the goals and values of each individual person and their loved ones. She enjoys learning about the specific tasks, behaviors, and goals each client and their family have and then coming up with creative and fun ways to work towards those goals. When she isn’t at work, Ruth can often be found reading a book in a local coffee shop, walking her dog, or watching Portland Thorns soccer and the OSU Women’s basketball team.
Our new Physical Therapist will start in December 2019.
How does my child get started?
Contact us at 541-368-4313 and ask for the intake person, who will ask questions about your child’s therapy needs, information from your physician and insurance information. We will contact your insurance company to verity benefits for your insurance plan. This is not a guarantee of coverage by your insurance company but will give us some information to get started. We may suggest that you contact your physician’s office to get a medical prescription. We will help you to know what to ask your physician. Once we have the insurance information, we will contact you and discuss whether or not you want to schedule an appointment.
What do I need to bring to my child’s first appointment?
Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to fill out some paperwork. Bring your insurance card (please bring all cards if you have more than one plan). If your child has had evaluations done at other facilities such as Early Intervention, CDRC, Shriners Hospital, etc, please bring copies of the reports.
What will the evaluation session look like?
The therapist will work with you and your child. The needs and age of your child will depend upon how much your child is able to participate and how much the therapist will count on you to give information. The evaluation will last one hour. The therapist will give you some idea at the time of the evaluation as to their initial impressions about your child’s needs.
When and how will I get the results of the evaluation?
You will leave the evaluation understanding your child’s basic strengths and weaknesses. The therapist might make a follow up appointment with you at the time of the evaluation to either meet and discuss the results, or to call and discuss the results. If you meet with the therapist, a written copy of the evaluation will be presented to you at that time. If you talk by phone, a copy of the evaluation will be sent to you before your scheduled phone call. Included with the written report will be a copy of goals that you, your child if able and the therapist will decide together. This should all occur within 2 weeks of the initial evaluation.
How do I get started for therapy?
Following your evaluation appointment and discussion of results, the therapist will send a copy of the evaluation to your child’s physician. We require a physician’s signature on all care plans. Some insurance companies require prior authorization for therapy services. This means that either we or your physician have to send information to the insurance company for their review. They will decide if they will authorize therapy services for your child. After receiving authorization, a treatment appointment will be scheduled. If no authorization is needed, a treatment appointment will be scheduled at the time the evaluation results are discussed.
How are therapy services paid for?
We bill medical insurance, if that is available. We expect clients to pay deductibles and copayments at the time of treatment. Our billing office is happy to make payment plans with families. We accept cash, check or credit cards.
Are copays due at the time of treatment?
Yes. This saves you from getting a bill each month. You should be told at the time of your visits the amount of your copayment.
How long is each session?
Each session is generally 1 hour, which allows 50 minutes for treatment and 10 minutes to discuss the session and explain the home program. We prefer that a caregiver is present at the session so that we can demonstrate activities for you to do with your child. This also gives you a chance to share your experiences with your therapist. We strive to be sensitive and respectful of other clients and families who are working in the same space and strive to be punctual with the start and end of each session.
What should my child wear to therapy?
Comfortable, stretchy, but not too loose or too bulky clothing is best, so your child will be able to move readily without restriction. It is also a good idea to have a sleeveless top and shorts available for your child to change into, particularly with physical therapy. Sometimes the therapists need to have a better look at upper or lower extremity joints, including the joints above and/or below the one that appears to be affected.
What if my child does not feel well?
We work with children and know that children do get sick. We do not want others to be exposed to a contagious child. Please give us as much notice as possible when canceling.
What is your cancellation policy?
Because treatment space is tightly scheduled and therapist time is limited, canceling or rescheduling at least 24 hours in advance is required. A fee will be charged for any cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice from the time of the scheduled appointment. This is for any reason including illness. An exception to this is if the missed appointment can be rescheduled in the same week as the missed or canceled appointment. Parents will be called the day before to remind them of all appointments.
If an individual is scheduled for an appointment, has had a reminder call, and does not show up for the appointment, a no-show fee will be charged for that appointment.