Team experience

Talekia King, PT, DPT
-Lead Pediatric Physical Therapist of Petey’s Pals 
-Warren County School System 2015-2016, 2016-2017 school years
-Clinical Experience: 3 years working with typically developing children and children with special needs
-CEU’s: Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy 
-Community Service: March of Dimes Walk, First Annual Petey’s Pals Fun Run at Kids’ Funfest & Safety Day

I always knew growing up that I wanted to work with children, but I became interested in pediatric physical therapy when becoming active in Structured Athletics for Challenged Children while in high school. This organization is an athletic program developed for children with physical and/or mental disabilities to enjoy the many benefits of participating in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. Seeing self-esteem improvements as well as overall strength and functional ability improvements made me become more interested in working with children with special needs. 

As a pediatric physical therapy, I get to work with children from birth to 18 years old assisting them in achieving their maximum functional potential.

Donna Poss, PTA
-Owner/Operator Just Kids Daycare 10 years, with State approved
-Preschool curriculum
-Warren County School System
-Clinical experience 5 years working with Special Needs and Typically Developing Children
-Continued Education in Sensory Integration, Autism, and ADHD

Community Service: Autism Awareness 5k Walk, Petey's Project Playground, March of Dimes 5K walk, 1st Annual Fun Run at Civic Center

Having a sister born with special needs (Spina Bifida), I learned at a young age that children just want to be children.. to play, laugh and imagine. I reflect on a childhood memory of me running, while pushing my sister in her wheelchair, and her laughing, and loving every minute of it. Children with special needs often require skilled therapy to learn and perform simple task. It is my passion to help children learn those task, and achieve milestones to their full potential. As a PTA, I have the opportunity to be a part of that amazing journey with our Pediatric Patients!

Zach Sutton, PT, DPT, CHT
ACP, started pediatrics interest volunteering at east TN children's tn hospital with my wife prior to entering PT school. Also have history high school coach of cross country and wrestling as well as certified athletic trainer for high schools during and after PT school; Continues to assist WC high school and middle school in this capacity. Current interest include work as Certified Hand Therapist and carrying for children with upper extremity dysfunction, vestibular system also known as balance, and gait issues with walking and running.

Facility description:
Aquatic center: Kids gravitate to the aquatic center when they walk into the clinic. It is a unique environment that is selectively used based on the needs of the child. It is an amazing environment for children with Autism that are often seeking sensory input. It is wonderful for children that have been placed on weight bearing restrictions or have limited ability to move due to weakness as often the case with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.

Specialized rooms:
Pediatric only room and vestibular/sensory room

Common Diagnoses:
Developmental delay, torticollis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, autism, and sports injuries
Orthopedics/Pioneer PerformanceBalance/DizzinessCancerPediatricsWomen's HealthAquatic Therapy

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