Physiotherapy

OFFERED IN PARRY SOUND CLINIC ONLY

“Never stop moving”

What is Physiotherapy?

Pediatric Physiotherapists (PT)  assess and treat children with developmental, neurological, musculoskeletal and growth-related concerns. Our therapists have acquired a comprehensive understanding of pediatric conditions, the growing body, and developmental stages and can help to ensure your child is on the path of holistic wellness into their adult years.

Physiotherapists work collaboratively with families and children on learning strategies that maximize their function to develop increased independence. The goal of our therapists is to empower families to maximize their children’s potential using play-based activities as much as possible. 

Physiotherapists see children who have difficulty learning how to stabilize or move their bodies, and will provide a comprehensive assessment prior to developing a home program, treatment plan and goals of intervention. As the expert of your child, you, the parent/ caregiver, are a vital part of this process, as goals must be important to you and your family, and treatment needs to fit into your family’s lifestyle.

Physiotherapy can help children of all ages with:

  • Delayed or atypical developmental milestones (late walkers, bum-shufflers, non-rollers, delayed sitting, etc.)
  • Delays related to prematurity or neurological diagnoses
  • Sports injuries, concussion and post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Torticollis
  • Baby flathead (plagiocephaly)
  • Poor posture or longstanding muscle imbalances
  • Difficulties with balance and/or coordination
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Toe-walking and w-sitting
  • Movement challenges related to Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down Syndrome, and other neurological conditions
  • Hypermobility
  • Genetic conditions affecting development

Results you can expect after Physiotherapy treatment:

The results of physiotherapy are fully dependent on what the family and child put into the home programming and follow-up. But with consistent engagement in therapy recommendations, you can expect your child to move closer to meeting their therapeutic goals, whatever they may be.

Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program:

Our Physiotherapist is also an authorizer with Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program and can help your family acquire necessary equipment to support your child’s development. Mobility equipment available through this program includes standing frames, gait trainers and walkers, wheelchairs, strollers and power chairs. Physiotherapists can also assist in acquiring mobility equipment necessary for school through the Special Equipment Amount (SEA) funding. This type of equipment might include specialized tricycles, desk chairs and desks, standing frames, walkers and wheelchairs.

Who is Physiotherapy for?

Physiotherapy can help children of all ages, from the premature infant who is working on head control to the older teen that requires equipment, strengthening or postural re-education. In general, if your child is challenged in moving their body with control and intention, is experiencing physical discomfort within their bodies, or would simply like to improve their posture or motor skills, we can help! We work with the client to determine goals of therapy, and then work to empower you to achieve those goals, using a variety of techniques and tools necessary to do so.

Fee Schedule for Physiotherapy

Please review the fees for the selected services. Prices are subject to change. For the most up-to-date pricing information, visit the “How it Works” page or our online booking site.

Assessment (Includes Documentation)

$300.00

Consultation

$250.00

Treatment Sessions (PT), 1 hour

$140.00

Treatment Sessions (PT), 45 Minutes

$110.00

Treatment Sessions (PTA), 1 hour

$107.00

Treatment Sessions (PTA), 45 minutes

$87.00

Goal Update Session (PT Only) - includes Goal Sheet

$150.00

Seating and Mobility Assessment

$400.00
Intake

It begins with a conversation. You may know what services you are looking for, or may want to talk that through with someone who can guide you. Coming into our clinic begins with a call to our Administration staff to schedule your first appointment with a therapist. This first appointment may be a consultation where we collect relevant history and the details related to your most pressing concerns. The first appointment may also involve an assessment, where we are using standardized testing to inform next steps and recommendations.

Support Plan Development

Following the consultation/assessment appointment, the therapist will use the information gathered, and with the caregiver’s input, build a mutually agreed upon support plan. This may include goals for individual therapy sessions, further additional assessments, and guiding recommendations.

Therapy Sessions

Therapy sessions include the therapist, the child and the caregiver. Caregivers are encouraged to join in their child’s therapy sessions to observe the progress their child has made, to understand the activities and the desired outcome, and to learn how what happens in the therapy session can translate to the home setting. These sessions are also important in building rapport between your child, yourself and the therapist, as this is how we get to know you better and shape our sessions to meet your child’s individual needs.

Review and Next Steps

Once several therapy sessions have taken place, and the child has met their goals as laid out in their support plan, your therapist will meet with you to discuss next steps. This time of reassessment is an opportunity to celebrate the gains that have happened through therapy and determine what next steps are recommended to take place. This may include adjusting the support plan and carrying on with therapy sessions, or perhaps referring to an additional discipline to assist in reaching some new objectives, or celebrating the end of therapy sessions and your child reaching their goals!

Our Process

Here at LSCTS, our process can be boiled down to four essential steps. Our process ensures that our team follows best practices for each child and their families, every single time. Although we follow a standard process, the help and care that your child receives will be as unique as they are.

Frequently Asked Questions about Physiotherapy

Starting on your child’s therapy journey can be confusing at times. So we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions to help you easily navigate your journey here at LSCTS.

Do I need a medical referral to begin services?

You do not need a medical referral to access any of our services

Is my child too young for physiotherapy?

No, physiotherapy can work with premature infants and their families to optimize motor development, prevent deformity and atypical movement patterns, and provide education regarding motor milestones, developmental expectations, and activity recommendations.

Is my child’s posture normal?

A toddler’s typical postural alignment is very different from that of a child or adolescent. As a baby spends more time on his feet and acquires independent walking, the leg bones undergo significant remodeling changing the posture drastically. There are also many variations of typical posture that are acceptable and healthy. Your child’s physiotherapist will fully assess posture as a part of their clinical exam and help you determine if exercises, orthotics or activity modifications may be required to help improve your child’s postural alignment.

When can I start putting my baby on their tummy?

Tummy time for infants should start immediately, assuming that there is no medical or respiratory condition making this posture unsafe for your baby. Start with your baby laying on your chest as you lay in bed or on the couch or floor. Your baby will usually tolerate tummy time better if they are close to you and feel safe and supported. Tummy time can be difficult for infants, as their heads are heavy and it requires a great deal of strength to lift them against gravity. However, by working on tummy time, the neck and back muscles become stronger, and tummy time becomes better tolerated by your infant. Start for short intervals and get down on the floor or bed with your baby and interact with them and praise them on their tummy. They enjoy looking at their reflection, so using a mirror in tummy time can also be helpful!

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Hannah Davies

Occupational Therapist - Reg. OT (Ont.)

Hannah Davies joined the LSCTS team in January 2024.

Kathleen (Katie) Shaughnessy

Social Worker - MSW, RSW

Kathleen (Katie) Shaughnessy joined the LSCTS team in January 2024.

Kelly Pusateri

Therapist Assistant - TA

Kelly joined the LSCTS team in December 2023.

Wendy Neely

Behavioural Coach & Group Facilitator

 

Wendy Neely is the Behavioural Coach and a Group Facilitator at LSCTS. She is a trained Social Service Worker with a Bachelors degree in Psychology.

Wendy has spent the last 25+ years working as a Behaviour Consultant within the framework of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Wendy's extensive knowledge, insight and passion has led her to develop and facilitate a variety of programming for children and adolescents to focus on areas of behaviour that include happiness, anger, fear, assertiveness and more.

Kaitlyn (Kaitie) Shipley

Physiotherapist

 

Kaitlyn (Kaitie) joined LSCTS in October 2023.

Emily Cooper

Occupational Therapist - Reg. OT (Ont.)

 

Emily join LSCTS in October 2023.

Vanessa Garnett

Speech-Language Pathologist – BA (Hons), M.Cl.Sc

 

Vanessa is a Speech-Language Assistant at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science of Language and minored in French.

Vanessa has over 10 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She is passionate about creating a fun and engaging learning environment, as she knows that this is how children learn best.

Vanessa strives to help all children reach their full potential through a strength-based approach that uses each child’s unique skills and interests to help them achieve their goals.

Madeleine Beam

Social Worker - MSW, RSW

 

Madeleine is a Social Worker at LSCTS. She utilizes non-judgmental and culturally sensitive principles by recognizing the unique experiences and identities of each child.

Madeleine ensures that all children feel heard, understood, and valued, creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Her experiences include working in child protection, mental health, and providing counselling support to women and children in crisis.

Madeleine draws from a strengths-based approach and a narrative therapy lens, believing that every child possesses unique qualities and capabilities, and celebrates each child’s strengths as well as their individuality.

Bronwyn Westlaken

Therapist Assistant - TA

 

Bronwyn is a Therapy Assistant at LSCTS.

Bronwyn has experience providing direct care to individuals of all age groups within the neurorehabilitation field of therapy.

Bronwyn enjoys helping children find ways to improve their daily lives and participate in the world around them as fully as they can.

Lindsey Johnson

Therapist Assistant - TA

Lindsey is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS with a diploma from Georgian College.

Lindsey has worked in many sectors, including both paediatric and hospital rehabilitation settings. Lindsey has a strong commitment to providing family-centred care by involving family members and caregivers in the therapeutic process.  

Lindsey believes in fostering a supportive and empathetic environment where children feel heard, respected, and empowered to participate in their care.

Maureen Willis

Psychotherapist - BA, MA, RP

Maureen is a Psychotherapist at LSCTS. She has certification in the ASIST Suicide Prevention Training Program and Indigenous Cultural Competency Training.

Maureen is passionate about providing an empathetic, caring, empowering and non-judgmental space. Maureen offers a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach that is collaborative and supportive, helping clients navigate through challenges to build resiliency, change and personal growth.

Maureen uses therapeutic modalities such as CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems theory as well as mindfulness-based approaches.

Kathryn Janyce (Jan) Addy

Speech-Language Pathologist - MLS, MSc, SLP (C) Reg

Jan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at LSCTS. Jan currently sees clients in one-on-one sessions as well as servicing the Federal Schools in the greater Parry Sound area.

Jan has over 25 years’ experience working with toddlers, preschool and school-age children who experience communication delays.

Jan’s areas of interest include Articulation, Language Processing, Pragmatics, Reading Difficulties, Stuttering and Voice Delays.

Cassidy Thornton

Therapist Assistant - TA

Cassidy is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS.

Cassidy is an experienced Therapy Assistant supporting our Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Speech-Language Pathologist in the Parry Sound area.

Cassidy loves working with children particularly, to help them gain confidence, and provide them with the skills and tools they need in order to achieve their goals and reach their optimal potential. Cassidy always brings enthusiasm and positivity to her sessions!

Glenda Newton

Therapist Assistant - TA

Glenda is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS. From 2006 – 2020 she found a passion for helping children while working in a Children’s Treatment Centre.

Glenda helps children reach their goals that are set by a supervising Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.

Glenda enjoys implementing activities that are goal-oriented, interesting, and beneficial. She is excited to be a part of our Parry Sound site and servicing the Federal Schools in the greater Parry Sound area.

Michelle Dermenjian

Psychologist - M.Ed., C. Psych.

Michelle has been providing psychological services for over 30 years.  She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical, Counselling, School and Organizational Psychology.  After graduating from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta, she began work with Integrated Services for Northern Children in Kenora, travelling to rural and remote communities in northern Ontario, providing multi-disciplinary services for children and their families. She moved to Parry Sound, with her family, where she continued to provide diagnostic and therapy services to infants, children, adolescents, families and adults with Developmental Disabilities at Hands.  

As retired director of Children’s Services and Lead Agency of Child and Youth Mental Health, she had the privilege of working with individuals, agencies, associations, and government advisories to plan for improved services for children and youth across the province.  She considers it an honour to continue to work with clients and families now through private practice, providing professional, evidence-based services that are compassionate and safe.  

As part of her practice, she is partnering with Lyndsey Stevenato Children’s Therapy Services, providing in-person and video-supported psychological services to infants, toddlers, children, and their caregivers.

Jennifer McDonald

Social Worker - BSW, MSW, RSW

Jenn is a Social Worker at LSCTS. She believes in approaching the counselling relationship with gentleness, warmth and creativity. Jenn takes a strength-based, holistic approach to supporting those she works with and regards herself as an ally & helper in the therapy process.

Jenn has Indigenous (Mohawk) and settler Canadian background and has experience working with children, youth and families in various settings and has considerable experience working with Indigenous community directed organisations.

As a new mom, Jenn has a special interest in supporting children and youth and is passionate about creating a safe and meaningful space to foster wellness.

Mikylah Heathcote

Social Worker - BSW, MSW, RSW

CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE
Mikylah is a Social Worker at LSCTS. Mikylah possesses over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

Mikylah is trained to take a trauma-informed, human rights approach within her practice. She employs a mix of therapeutic approaches in an effort to create individualized support. She also has experience as a school social worker with a strong knowledge base for navigating the educational system.

Mikylah takes a strength-based, inclusive, and empathetic approach to addressing challenges. She is passionate about empowering parents/guardians and children/adolescents throughout their work with her and beyond!

Sarah Stec

Communicative Disorders Assistant - CDA

Sarah is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at LSCTS. She will be working under the supervision of the Speech Language Pathologist to provide treatment either in 1-on-1 or group settings.

Sarah is also a certified Child and Youth Counsellor, with a background in working with deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals. She also has experience working with Mental Health concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Sarah has a special interest in motor speech disorders and is passionate about making a difference in others lives by helping them reach their goals.

Tiffannie Peterratnaraj

Communicative Disorders Assistant - CDA

Tiffannie is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at LSCTS. She is passionate about providing an avenue to communication in any form with the end goal of autonomy and self-sufficiency for her clients.

Tiffannie has previously worked as a CDA under a private SLP providing in person and online speech and language services to the paediatric population.

Tiffannie is interested in play-based learning and its role in childhood language development. She is also excited to learn more about providing accessibility in all areas of life.

Vanessa Garnett

Speech-Language Pathologist Candidate – BA (Hons), M.Cl.Sc (Candidate)

Vanessa will be join the LSCTS Speech team June 2023

Vanessa is a Speech-Language Pathologist Candidate at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science of Language and minored in French.

Vanessa has over 10 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She is passionate about creating a fun and engaging learning environment, as she knows that this is how children learn best.

Vanessa strives to help all children reach their full potential through a strength-based approach that uses each child’s unique skills and interests to help them achieve their goals.

Erin Gilchrist

Speech-Language Pathologist - MHSc, SLP-C. Reg. CASLPO

Erin is a Speech-Language Pathologist at LSCTS and a Professor with the Communicative Disorders Assistant Program at Georgian College. She is passionate about working with families and using client-centred care to create meaningful communication goals.

Erin teaches clinical skills to CDAs and has experience working with paediatric and school aged populations for speech, language and communication difficulties.

Erin’s areas of interest include: articulation, phonology, motor speech and language development.

Marissa Buckland

Therapist Assistant - BHSc., TA

Marissa is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and Bioarchaeology.

Mariss’s experience includes working in psychogeriatrics, traumatic brain injuries, and supervising OT assistants in training as they begin their careers.

Marissa enjoys being the bridge between parents and their children by offering a space for the children to learn and express themselves freely and providing parents the education and tools to support their children between sessions.

Lisa Ivany

Physiotherapist/Psychotherapist (Qualifying) - BScPT, PT, RP (Q)

Lisa is the Physiotherapist at LSCTS. She loves helping her clients and their families reach their goals.

Lisa has over 25 years working in various settings, including in a large children’s hospital, a children’s treatment centre, and within community-based programs, working with children from 4 days to 18 years old.

Lisa has a special interest in working with infants and new parents, as well as neurodivergent infants and children. She is also authorized to prescribe seating and mobility equipment through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP).

Samanta Rivas Argueta

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Samanta Rivas Argueta is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology & Nutritional Sciences.

Samanta strives to provide client-centered therapy for children of all ages in fun and engaging ways.

Samanta is passionate to work together with children and their families towards their unique goals. She uses a strength-based approach to foster a positive learning environment.

Pooja Patel

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Pooja Patel is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She has over 9 years of experience working within the pediatric population, namely child and adolescent mental health.

Pooja’s training includes Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut Training (sound activated vestibular-visual sensory protocol), Interoception-Based supports, trauma-informed practice, mindfulness, meditation and more.

Pooja prioritizes healthy lifestyle balance strategies as a key approach to support clients in building skills and resiliency. She is passionate about parent wellness and utilizes a strength-based perspective to facilitate change and add more joy in life!

Justine Kitchen

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (Ont.) - Senior Therapist

CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE
Justine Kitchen is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She has over 10 years experience as an OT and has worked in the Paediatric field her entire career.

Justine’s practice has always focused on family-centered care. It’s her educated belief that you cannot treat just the child, but that progress involves active involvement from parents and/or other caregivers in that child’s life.

Justine enjoys helping parents/caregivers navigate the recognition of needs and creating a plan of action for therapy and care. She is interested in child/adolescent mental health and emotional regulation and how this can be intertwined with sensory issues and resulting behaviours.

Sally Jishi

Occupational Therapist - M. Sc (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sally is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Sally has over 5 years of experience working with children of different ages, skills and abilities in many different areas of occupational therapy practice including fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, play skills and school readiness.

Sally is passionate about working with children and their support systems to help them reach their potential and meet their goals.

Jessica Cronk

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Jessica Cronk is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.

Jessica is passionate about using play to help children use their strengths to develop skills in a fun and engaging way. She has experience with children with many different skill sets and abilities.

Jessica is interested in all areas of therapy, and in particular enjoys working on fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual, and feeding skills.

Jennifer Atkinson

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)
School services only

Jenn is an Occupational Therapist. She currently works for LSCTS by servicing private schools to help support kids to be the best students they can be.

Jenn has worked with a variety of aged kids in many different settings – including child care, overnight camps, and day camps and in pediatric private practice.

Jenn enjoys getting to know each child’s interests and strengths so she can use those in therapy to progress towards their goals. She particularly likes working on fine motor and self-regulation skills.

Mallory Donaldson

Communications/Human Resources

Mallory is the Communications and Human Resources Assistant at LSCTS.

Mallory has over 10 years of experience working in a variety of Office Administrative roles and loves to engage within a fun and collaborative work environment.

Mallory has an interest in engaging with people and enjoys being a part of the marketing and social media team of LSCTS. Mallory is a self-proclaimed nerd, and has been known to cosplay from time to time.

Becky Robinson

Client Care Lead

Becky is the Client Care Lead at LSCTS. She has been working with the clinic since July 2006, being the first point of contact for the families of LSCTS.

Becky has a genuine interest in all the children and families that walk through the doors of LSCTS, and has had the great pleasure of watching children grow up as they have visited the clinic throughout the years.

Becky is always quick to greet families with a warm and caring smile, and always ready to lend a listening ear. Outside of work, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with them.

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Joanne van Rennes

Clinic Director - BScN, RN

Joanne is the Clinic Director for LSCTS. She is a Registered Nurse.

Joanne has over 25 years experience as a manager in a variety of Community Health settings, with a focus on family centered care and engagement.

Joanne has an interest in building strong teams and loves working in the richness of a multi-disciplinary environment. Outside of work Joanne loves hanging out with her family and her dogs.