Laura is a physical therapist with over 20 years of experience, and more than 7 years with pediatrics. Laura developed an interest in pediatric therapy in Soldotna, Alaska while working as a physical therapy assistant in high school and during summers in college. Laura completed her physical therapy degree from University of North Dakota in 1991 with the intention of practicing in the area of pediatrics. Prior to returning to Alaska in 2002, she worked in various areas including inpatient hospital setting, outpatient setting, and adult rehabilitation setting, and as a traveling therapist in the lower 48. Laura achieved her goal of practicing in pediatrics when she entered into her own private practice in 2008. Laura continued in private practice until 2011 when she partnered with Jessica Huey, PT, to open Alaska Pediatric Therapy, LLC. Laura is currently working on her doctorate in physical therapy with an emphasis on pediatrics through the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has advanced training in Neurodevelopmental Technique, Hippotherapy, as well as Kinesiotaping. She has attended continuing education in the dynamic systems approach as well as sensory integration therapy. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Pediatric Section. Laura is married with 2 daughters, ages 8 and 5. She enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking with her family and friends.
Jessica was born and raised in Anchorage, AK, she earned her Bachelor degree in Kinesiology in the fall of 2000 and her Masters in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2006. Jessica began practicing in outpatient pediatrics immediately following graduation. Jessica has always had a passion for pediatrics and has primarily focused her practice on pediatrics. Jessica is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with a focus on pediatrics correspondance with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Jessica and her husband were both born and raised in Anchorage, and have 2 young daughters ages 3 and 9 months. As a family they enjoy getting outside and enjoying this great state by skiing,biking and hiking as well as taking their 2 dogs to the dog park, and on hikes. Jessica has attended several continuing education courses with focuses on: torticollis and plagiocephaly, orthotic management and casting, dynamic-systems approach to treatment, kinesiotaping, aquatic therapy, hippotherapy, interactive metronome and many more. Jessica has a pediatric certification in aquatics as well as in hippotherapy (equine assisted therapy).
Carrie graduated with a Master’s of Physical Therapy from the the University of Evansville in 1998. She enjoys working with children and their families and has a special interest in early intervention and aquatic therapy. Carrie and her husband have two daughters and they all enjoy spending time outdoors their dogs. Her hobbies include skijoring, hiking, kayaking, reading, and gardening.
Kristen was born in Anchorage, AK and spent most of her childhood moving between Alaska, Scotland, and the UAE. She attended college at Colorado State University where she received her Bachelors degree in health and exercise science with a concentration in sports medicine and a minor in biomedical science in 2008. Kristen went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado in Denver, graduating with her DPT in 2013. Kristen developed an interest in working with children at a young age following time as a YMCA camp counselor and kindergarten classroom aide. While in PT school, she completed two clinical rotations in pediatrics, further solidifying her desire to become a pediatric physical therapist. Kristen has a special interest in pediatric orthopedics and has attended continuing education courses in aquatic therapy, kinesio taping, toe walking and many more. Kristen loves to travel and spend time with her family. In her spare time she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing and enjoying all the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer with her husband and puppy.
Shelby completed a degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She began working at the United Cerebral Palsy Center in Early Intervention in Birmingham, where she gained valuable experience working with medically fragile infants and toddlers. In addition, Shelby has worked as a pediatric therapist in the schools and has worked with adults, children and infants in various hospital and clinic based settings as a travel physical therapist. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters.
Belinda began her physical therapy experience at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010. Following graduation, Belinda focused her practice in pediatrics working for an outpatient pediatric clinic in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2015, Belinda moved to Anchorage and joined the Alaska Pediatric Therapy team. She has experience working in pediatric neuro rehab, in the early intervention programs, within the school setting, and in home health. Belinda has a special interest in pediatric orthopedics and neuro rehab and has attended continuing education courses on sensory integration, hypotonia, orthotic management and bracing, yoga for physical therapy and many more. Another aspect of physical therapy that is important to Belinda is service outreach to underdeveloped counties. She has had the opportunity to volunteer in Peru and Guatemala and looks forward to continuing this tradition with APT. Since moving to Anchorage, Belinda, her husband, and twin boy/girl 1 year olds have fallen in love with the beauty of Alaska that provides endless adventures of hiking, fishing, and camping.
Jenny graduated with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy in December 2000 from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. Jenny loves working with children of all ages and brings more than 10 years of pediatric occupational therapy experience. Her special interests include early intervention, feeding, and sensory integration. She is passionate about making therapy fun and meaningful and strives to share knowledge and skills with families so that children can reach their full potential. Jenny grew up in Anchorage and enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and extended family here in Alaska. She is a voracious reader and also loves trail running, triathlon, and cooking.
Tracy graduated in December/2000 from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and relocated to Anchorage, AK in 2002. Tracy brings 12 years of experience to the clinic in pediatrics. She has a special interest in sensory integration therapy, aquatic therapy, and early intervention. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified. Also certified in Therapeutic Listening (both basic and advanced), Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute Certified, and Child Passenger Safety Technician.Tracy and her husband have one son and enjoy camping, hiking, biking, skiing, traveling, and eating southern food.
Brittany graduated with her bachelors in exercise science and a minor in athletic training from Central Washington University. She continued her education with Creighton University’s distance program located in Anchorage Alaska earning her doctorate of Occupational therapy. Brittany has always had an interest in pediatrics and went back to school with the intention of working in a pediatric outpatient clinic after spending her teenage years volunteering for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Brittany has attended several continuing education courses consisting of therapeutic listening, aquatic therapy, interactive metronome, handwriting without tears and many more. In her spear time she is a member of the fitness community running races, hiking, snowboarding/skiing and teaching classes at your local fitness clubs. Brittany has two dogs that need just as much exercise as her.
Michelle grew up in Nashville, TN and relocated to Eagle River, Alaska in January 2016. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She has worked in early intervention, clinic, school system, and pediatric home health settings. She enjoys helping kids grow in creativity and independence to fully experience life. When outside the clinic, Michelle loves painting, hiking, trying all kinds of food, and exploring Alaska.
Teresa graduated in May 2009 with her masters in Occupational Therapy from University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. She wrote her master’s thesis on “Social and Occupational Participation in Persons with spinal cord injury and the Effects of Occupation-Based Practice.” She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2002 with her bachelors degree is Exercise Science. Special interest includes working on life skills to enhance ones functional independence, feeding, and handwriting. She had received special training in Therapeutic listening, Interactive Metronome, Bioness Rehabilitation. Teresa has three children and enjoys spending Alaskan summers camping and hiking.
Erin received her Master of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Valdosta State University in Georgia. She recently relocated to Anchorage from Florida where she worked as a Clinical Fellow. She provided services to students in a Communication and Social Skills program geared towards students with Autism addressing a variety of speech and language disorders. She moved to the Anchorage area to experience the Last Frontier state and to be near her best friend. She enjoys hiking, road trips, singing, traveling, and trying new things. She is excited to be a part of the Alaska Pediatric Therapy family and looks forward to working with you and your kiddos.
Born and raised in Alaska, Mary spent many childhood summers at her parents lodge in rural Alaska, and her school months in Chugiak. Mary attended college in Anchorage, Arizona, and finished her Master’s Degree at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. She has over 15 years of experience working in the field of speech therapy, primarily in elementary, middle, and high school settings. She moved back to Alaska from Florida with her husband and two young children in 2012, and has come to appreciate the cultural diversity of Alaska. Mary has special interests in social skill development, phonological processing, and receptive/expressive language disorders. She enjoys the Alaskan summers, gardening, and outdoor activities with her children.
Melody received her Bachelor of Science from Longwood University and her graduate degree from the University of Virginia. In August of 2005, she relocated to Anchorage, Alaska and has worked in both the schools and private setting! She loves working with kids and has a desire to see them reach their fullest potential! She has a special interest in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and auditory processing disorders. She is happily married and together they have a 1 year-old daughter a baby boy due in July 2012. When away from work, she loves to spend time with her family, go hiking, quilt and spend time with friends.
Ann Waldron is a Speech Pathologist with over 20 years experience. She has worked in pediatrics in acute care/NICU and in Birth to Three programs in the lower 48 and with the United States Army in Mannheim, Germany. She has advanced training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, PROMPT, extensive training in feeding in infants, hippotherapy and aquatic therapy. She thoroughly enjoys working with families to teach them how to to elicit speech and language at home through familiar activities. Ann moved to Alaska with her husband in 2013 and they feel as though they have found their “forever home”. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking with their dogs and enjoying all the beauty Alaska has to offer.