For years Abby Kross-Vinson felt a pull toward the field of physical therapy. But it wasn't until Abby began serving as a member of Children's Therapy TEAM's front office staff after completing her Bachelors Degree at the U of A that she saw what she called "the amazing work of Children's Therapy TEAM therapists." She was hooked. Abby went on to receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas (2015) before returning to Children's Therapy TEAM, this time as a certified Physical Therapist. Referring to her appreciation for pediatrics, Abby shares, "It's a privilege to watch kids learn and to be able to celebrate their achievements with them." Abby has experience with a wide spectrum of patients including individuals with cardiopulmonary disorders, orthopedic impairments, and neurological disorders. Abby has been a Special Olympics volunteer since 2007. An avid animal lover, she also supports the Humane Society to care for sheltered animals. Abby grew up in Northeast Oklahoma and then moved to Northwest Arkansas where she gained appreciation for calling the Hogs and supporting Razorback football. She enjoys surrounding herself with friends and family, traveling, hiking, camping and just about anything outdoors.
With a wholehearted focus in pediatrics which has grown out of years of experience with children as well as specialized training in graduate school, Alyssa Baldridge began her dream come true career as a Licensed Physical Therapist at Children's Therapy TEAM. Alyssa first worked with children with special medical needs at Camp Aldersgate while she was still in high school. With an insatiable desire to serve children with the greatest needs, Alyssa continued to work at Camp Aldersgate for six consecutive years before entering the University of Central Arkansas's (UCA) Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. While at UCA, Alyssa distinguished herself by being one of only two students in her class participating in an interdisciplinary Leader Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program as a second year graduate student. In the LEND program she received additional educational, clinical, research and leadership experience. When not immersed in clinical care and continued learning in her professional field, Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends, providing extra care for foster children, running, reading and camping. While Alyssa was born in Texas, her family moved to Arkansas before her 1st birthday. She notes, "I have been raised as a true Razorback fan and love calling those Hogs!"
After completing her Clinical Internship at Children's Therapy TEAM, Amber Lee decided that TEAM was just the type of clinic she wanted to start her career at as a licensed PT. When she received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee, she was delighted to join TEAM, a clinic she considered to be one of the best in the region. With a heart for pediatrics, Amber is following her life-long dream of serving children with special needs. While she grew up in Kentucky, she is happy to be living in Northwest Arkansas where she can call the Hogs!
Ashton Witt's initial love of working with kids with special needs began in high school when she volunteered at a camp for kids with Autism. She shares, "I loved it. I was hooked!" She went on to work with kids with special needs nearly every summer that followed. She also spent a semester-long internship at none other than Children's Therapy TEAM during her Bachelors studies in Kinesiology at University of Arkansas in 2012. Pursuing her dream of building a professional career working with the kids she loved, Ashton received her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2015.
Ashton is a native to Fayetteville, AR and has been an active supporter of local NWA non-profits including coordinating the children's tent at Polo of the Ozarks (2007-2010). Ashton is a huge fan of both her home town team, the Razorbacks, and the Bronx Bombers, a.k.a the New York Yankees. A kid at heart, she enjoys all things Harry Potter. Ashton loves to cook and particularly enjoys baking an occasional sweet treat with chocolate as a key ingredient.
Caroline is a veteran PT with over thirty years of experience in school, home and outpatient settings. She joined the TEAM family in 2000 and continues to serve as a dedicated, compassionate therapist with a true heart for pediatrics. She enjoys using aquatic therapy as a treatment modality. She notes, "I love seeing the joy on kids' faces when they experience freedom of movement in water." Caroline enjoys volunteering as a Miracle League Baseball Coach. She is a strong advocate for children with special needs both locally and globally through her support of TEAMworks and other area non-profits. When not workings she likes spending time with family and friends and enjoys outdoor activities.Caroline's recent professional engagement has included training in Torticollis treatment, Effective Treatment of Infants & Children; Beverly Cusick, New Paradigms in Pediatric Foot and Ankle Deformity Management; Kinesio Taping Specialization Course 2 & 3.
Charity received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2000 and later joined the TEAM family in 2005. She has local and international pediatric therapy experience with advanced training in Kinesio Taping and Interactive Metronome. Her primary interests are treatment of Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy and utilization of orthotics to support movement. Charity is an active volunteer at her church and has served as a TEAMworks Guatemala volunteer for several years providing care to children with special needs in remote areas of Guatemala. Married to her high school sweetheart, Charity enjoys singing, jogging, visiting the beach and supporting her children in their various sporting endeavors. Charity's recent professional engagement has included serving as a University Guest Lecturer, Guatemala City, April 2014.
Christie Summerford holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas. After graduating, she became a part of the Children's Therapy TEAM family. She has always had a desire to work in pediatric physical therapy. She enjoys working with patients with a variety of diagnoses and has special interests in Early Intervention, serving premature infants and children with Down Syndrome. She is a devoted mother who is happily married to her loving husband, Josh. She enjoys spending time with family, attending Razorback games and calling the HOGS! Christie has attended continuing education courses in spasticity management, Cascade DAFO management and related pediatric physical therapy courses.
Christina is a veteran therapist who has worked in varied settings including schools, homes, early intervention settings and hospital based Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She received her Masters of Physical Therapy from University of Central Arkansas. She feels blessed to have a job she loves as she gains joy from watching kids grow and learn new things. When not working Christina enjoys laughing with her husband and their boys. She says they keep her on the go. Christina is Certified in Interactive Metronome and has received additional training in Kinesiotaping, Early Intervention, NICU interventions, Infant Massage and other related coursework.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelors in Health Sciences in 2011, Crystal Sennett went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri. Sennett combines her experience as a top clinical student with additional pediatric therapy experience in Northwest Arkansas prior to joining TEAM. Additionally, she has volunteer experience working at the Neuro PhysZou, a pro bono clinic for the under insured in Columbia, MO. Crystal is happily married and has two puppies. She loves enjoying the great outdoors of Northwest Arkansas.
After completing her Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Women's University Danielle Cunningham attended PT School at University of Central Arkansas. At TEAM Danielle serves as the Supervisor of PT Student Placements. She is dedicated to ensuring that TEAM's education services provide optimal opportunities for student clinicians and interns. Danielle is a devoted wife and mother and enjoys early morning workouts at Crossfit.
When Delinda Floyd received PT for a shoulder injury in high school she was captivated by everything involved with her rehabilitation. She took note that therapists seemed to have the opportunity to motivate, inspire and work hand in hand with their clients. For her, the profession seemed like a perfect fit as she loved the idea of working with kids and also had a desire to pursue medicine. To this end she received her Master’s in Physical Therapy Degree from Southwest Baptist University in 2004 and went on to join the TEAM Family in 2008. She notes, “what I offer is dedication to my patients. It is one of primary objectives as a clinician.” When not serving children at TEAM, Delinda is a busy mother of five children including three beautiful girls she and her husband adopted through foster care. She enjoys reading, sewing for her kids, cooking and biking. While Delinda and her husband enjoy their children, they also embrace opportunities for occasional getaway weekends together.
Delinda has additional training in Kinesio Taping, Cascade Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis, Pediatric Foot and Ankle deformity Management with Beverly Cusick, Torticolis Assessment and Intervention, Interactive Metronome among other related trainings.
Eric Pate is a veteran therapist with over twenty five years of experience in the field of Pediatrics. Before receiving a Masters in Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University(1995), Eric served as an habilitations aide at Easter Seals, followed by a summer at Camp Aldersgate and several years at United Cerebral Palsy in Little Rock. Prior to joining the TEAM family in 2008, Eric served as a clinician at Les Passee working with children 0-3 year olds, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital dealing with critical care, burns, outpatient services and spasticity management, and Mercy Outpatient Pediatrics. Internationally, Eric has served in Honduras and Guatemala. He led a team to Honduras on a medical/construction mission through World Gospel Outreach. He serves on the Board of Joppa House of Prayer in Rogers where he also assists with the youth program. Eric enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, eating and working out at Planet Fitness.
Eric has a keen interest in rib cage mobility, Autism, Dystonia, orthotics (Beverly Cusik Orthotic Course, 2014), Pediatric MFR, E-stim and adaptive equipment, seating and mobility. He attended the International Seating Symposium (American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine). He has served as a guest lecturer on adaptive equipment at the University of Guatemala (2013).
Holly Hill received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas. She now specializes in pediatrics and cares deeply about serving children with special needs. Holly is an active TEAMworks Volunteer with international pediatric experience in Guatemala. Holly has a gift for organization. Looking for the 10 pound weighted ball? No problem! Chances are you can find it in perfect order right next to the 5 and 8 pound balls thanks to Holly's skill for keeping the entire clinic in order. Holly is happily married, has a precious little boy and is expecting her second child. She enjoys beautiful Fall days.
Holly has additional training in Cascade Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis, Pediatric Foot and Ankle deformity Management with Beverly Cusick, Torticolis Assessment and Intervention, Interactive Metronome among other related trainings.
Janett Merlos initially thought she would work with adults. However, after completing an internship at Children's Therapy TEAM in 2009 she was convinced that her heart was in pediatrics. Janett went on to join the TEAM family 2010 after receiving an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from NWACC. Janett has a keen interest in serving children with Down Syndrome but notes she enjoys working with children with a variety of diagnoses. Locally, Janett has served as a local community public speaker. She has given presentations to high school students interested in health careers through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pre-Health Professions Summer Program. She has volunteered at Camp Good Times in Memphis as a counselor for kids and adults with special needs. She volunteers frequently at her church as has participated in several Heroes for Kids 5K events, AIM walks, March of Dimes March for Babies and has served as a Miracle League buddy. Janett is happily married and has two huskies. She loves soccer and enjoys Razorback football!
Janett is a bilingual therapist fluent in English and Spanish and she is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Janett has completed additional training in Pediatric Foot and Ankle Assessment and Deformity Management (2014, Beverly Cusick: New Paradigms in Pediatric Foot and Ankle Deformity Management) and (2012, Cindy Miles: Torticollis & Plagiocephaly: Assessment & Treatment of Infants and Children).
As a Pediatric Physical Therapist, Kelsie Wideman feels privileged to be able to help children achieve their highest level of independence. With a focused mission of improving the quality of life of children, Kelsie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2015. During Kelsie's studies she gained valuable treatment experience as a student clinician at the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. She has also served as a student clinician at none other than Children's Therapy TEAM, working under the supervision of Danielle Cunningham, PT, DPT, CCCE, and Christina Ruby, PT, DPT. Additionally, Kelsie has experience with autism treatment as an ABA Implementer with ACT Services in Columbia, Missouri (2012-2014). There she conducted ABA therapy, planned sessions, implemented behavioral plans and monitored progress. Kelsie shares, "I have always had a passion for working with children. I feel like I truly connect with them." Her broad range of experiences with kids even includes teaching young children ballet, drawing on her background in dance. Kelsie's philanthropic work has also focused on serving children. She has organized events to grant wishes for children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation (2012) and has served as an adaptive gymnastics coach (2009-2015).
On TEAM Spirit Thursdays, Kelsie will most definitely be wearing black and gold. She comes from a Mizzou family, and her mother, father and brother have all attended the University of Missouri. Kelsie enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, traveling and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Mizzou Tigers.
Janna received her Master's in Physical Therapy from Arkansas State before joining the TEAM family in 2009. She serves as TEAM's Lead Physical Therapist in Bentonville, the PT Assistant Supervisor/Mentor and manages TEAM's Aquatic Therapy Program. She enjoys working with a variety of pediatric diagnoses but has particular interest in Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Other areas of interest include Aquatic Therapy and working with infants. She has served as a board member of the TEAMworks Non-profit New Year's fundraising event. Janna enjoys spending quality time with her supportive husband, beautiful daughter, Bella and son, Parker. Her hobbies include outdoor activities, working out, going to the movies and cooking out. Janna's recent professional engagement includes training from the Cascade Dafo Institute, Pediatric Bracing System Specialization; Torticollis Course Professional Development; Beverly Cusick, New Paradigms in Pediatric Foot and Ankle Deformity Management; Pretch's Assessment of General Movement for Infants.
After completing her Bachelor Degree in Health Science from the University of Oklahoma, Jaylon went on to pursue a Masters of Physical Therapy Degree from Arkansas State University (2002). Jaylon has worked in all areas of physical therapy, but finds the greatest joy in pediatrics. She loves seeing the look on a parent's face the first time their child crawls or takes a step to spite all those who said it would never happen. Jaylon is happily married to her husband Micheal, who is also a Physical Therapist. Their son Landon is the light of their world. Jaylon enjoys snow skiing, dancing and all sports. She enjoys watching football and NASCAR as well as attending OU football games with family. Jaylon has additional training in Torticollis Treatment, Orthopedics and Cascade DAFO Casting.
Physical Therapist/Chief Operating Officer
After graduating as the top Physical Therapy Student in her Arkansas State University class, Kym returned to her native home of Northwest Arkansas where she has true appreciation for the beauty of the area and a love for the people. She feels that being a Physical Therapist specializing in pediatrics has allowed for a continuum of personal and professional growth and has opened doors to life changing opportunities. This has included building Children's Therapy TEAM from a small group of just two therapists into the company it is today, establishing the TEAMworks non-profit to serve children locally and internationally and founding the Northwest Arkansas Center for Autism. Kym describes her first international TEAMworks trip as particularly life changing because that is when she met and fell in love with her oldest daughter in a Ukrainian Orphanage. Happily married to her husband Kevin, the couple raises their three daughters by modeling a faith filled life of compassion and care for all people.
In the area of physical therapy Kym has special interests in Spasticity Management, Interactive Metronome, Early Intervention, Orthotic and Equipment Management and Home Modifications. She also engages with continued learning related to non-profit and business management.
Lara Waite received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2005 and joined the TEAM Family in 2007. Lara serves as a TEAM Ongoing Training collaborator by contributing to TEAM sponsored trainings on key topics. She exudes warmth and a generous spirit with all those she encounters.
Lori Hannon received her Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Central Arkansas. She enjoys working with children with varied diagnoses. One of her foremost areas of interest is helping children with moderate to severe motor challenges become more independent with Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). Lori has additional training in taping methods, Torticollis and Neurodevelopmental Treatment.
As a competitive NCAA, Division I Swimmer at the University of Arkansas, Macy Webb was a focused athlete and student. After graduation she went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas. With a focus in pediatrics Macy considered the top prize for any new pediatric graduate to be landing a position at Children's Therapy TEAM, a group she considered to be the best clinic in the region. With excellent PT school credentials and references, Macy's dream came true. Under the mentorship of TEAM veteran therapist, Merilee Booker, Macy has been instrumental in leading discussions among TEAM therapists about applying cutting-edge practices in clinical settings. She calls the group of TEAM collaborators the "Journal Club." Macy is happily married to her college sweetheart who was also a NCAA, Division I athlete who ran for the Razorback Track Team.
As a Nationally Board Certified Pediatric Specialist in Physical Therapy, veteran TEAM PT Merilee Booker offers her clients a level of specialization found at few other clinic in Arkansas. In addition to treating children, Merilee has used her vast clinical knowledge and experience to help develop TEAM's mentor program for novice therapists. She gains energy from opportunities to guide protégés and discuss the latest clinical findings. When TEAM therapists gather for what they refer to as their "Journal Club," Merilee is often an active contributor. She relishes the opportunity to dive into a discussion of treatment methods and techniques with fellow therapists.
Nicole Atchley grew up visiting the hospital with her family in rural Eastern Arkansas. With a younger brother with Spina Bifida and no local pediatric clinic, hospital visits were a common event. As a curious child Nicole embraced opportunities to learn about human anatomy and treatment of Spina Bifida. She particularly remembers learning about her brother's Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics (HKAFO) so that she could help out at home. With this foundation it is no surprise that Nicole eventually pursued her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy (University of Central Arkansas) and became a Pediatric Physical Therapist (2011). Given her personal experiences she says, "I understand that life happens on top of your home exercise program." She explains how her background has shaped how she views the many abilities of children with motor impairments. She explains that her experiences also continue to serve as her guide for her interaction with kids and families. On weekends Nicole can be seen at many of the community events sponsored by the March of Dimes, Miracle League and Down Syndrome Connection of NWA. She also serves as a member of TEAM's Community Outreach Board. Nichole loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Razorbacks as she enthusiastically calls, "Woo Pig Sooie!"
Nicole is a Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. She attended the American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine Conference (2012). She has received additional training in treatment of Torticollis and Foot/Ankle positioning. She completed Beverly Cusick's New Paradigms in Pediatric Foot and Ankle Deformity Management (2014).
Shannon McIvor received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 from the University of Tennessee and went on to complete a Pediatric Residency with Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Central Arkansas and Allied Therapy. In addition to Shannon's extensive clinical experience, she has also engaged in varied research projects and was given the Sigma XI Award for Excellence in Research in 2010. Shannon also has a keen interest in computers. She enjoys problem solving ways to do things smarter, faster and easier. As a new member of the TEAM Family, Shannon brings a healthy amount of rivalry to TEAM's College Spirit Thursdays as she is an LSU graduate (BS Kinesiology, 2007) and notes, "I bleed purple and gold." Shannon is the oldest of four children, enjoys spending time with her dogs and considers her experiences with white water rafting to be thoroughly exhilarating.
Shannon is a credentialed Clinical Instructor (APTA, 2013). Additionally, she has received numerous trainings in Hippotherapy (Positioning of Clients and Horse Movement, 2010, Leading the Hippotherapy Horse with movement, 2011, Getting the most out of your Hippotherapy session, 2011, American Hippotherapy Association level 1 course, 2013.
Tonya Smith received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Washington University Medical School. Tonya joined the TEAM family as a veteran therapist with 7 years of experience at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock where she attended to all aspects of acute care. This included work in the NICU, Orthopedic Unit, Neuro-Rehab, PICU, CVICU, Burn Unit as well as Outpatient and Specialty Outpatient Clinics. She primarily served the Spina Bifida Clinic, Hemophilia Clinic, Spasticity Clinic and High Risk Newborn Clinic. She went on to serve as the Pediatric Rehab Supervisor at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale before joining TEAM. Her primary interests include serving children ages 0-5, Serial Casting and Neuro-Rehab. Tonya is an engaging wife and mother with three sons.
When Tabitha Hallam married she began caring for her husband's very young daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Instead of standing by the sidelines, Tabitha jumped right in and began attending physical therapy appointments with her new step-daughter. She wanted to better understand Cerebral Palsy and understand what she could do to help her step-daughter get stronger. From this initial beginning Tabitha discovered an insatiable desire to learn and know more about all areas of pediatric physical therapy. She enrolled in the only local PT Training Program available (NWACC) and went on to complete her Pediatric Internship at none other than Children's Therapy TEAM in 2007. Now with her Associates Degree in hand and a wealth of life experiences to inform her practice, Tabitha embraces the opportunity to work with children with a range of diagnoses. When not at work, Tabitha loves spending time with her husband and three children.
Tabitha has additional experience with Aquatic Therapy, Cascade Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis training, Pediatric Foot and Ankle deformity Management with Beverly Cusick among other related trainings.
Wade Cunningham chose to enter pediatrics because of his desire to impact the long-term quality of life for children for years to come. He feels strongly that his chosen career offers kids a foundation for wellness that serves them throughout their lives. Wade particularly enjoys helping kids develop power through enhancing both speed and strength for optimal, everyday functioning. Beyond his medical approach to PT treatment, one of the most important attributes that Wade brings to his work is his fun "kid at heart" spirit. Wade received his Bachelors Degree from Arkansas State University and went on to attain his PTA credential from NWACC. He joined the TEAM Family in 2012. Among his on-going professional development trainings, Wade completed the Beverly Cusick Pediatric Foot and Ankle Deformity Management Training hosted by Children's Therapy TEAM in 2014. When not working with children at TEAM Wade serves as the Youth Director at his Church. Wade is happily married to his wife Leah, enjoys spending time with his dogs and working out.