Pediatric Therapy Center
 

Physical Therapy

Our pediatric physical therapists are health care professionals who are movement specialists addressing medical problems or other health-related conditions that affect a child's ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Our physical therapists use treatment activities and techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Our physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Pediatric physical therapy uses play and fun activities to entice children to work hard and exercise to promote the highest level of independent function.

Who are your therapists?

Moira MillerPT, MPT, PCS, C/NDT, CTKP and Therapy Manager, has concentrated the majority of her career on the treatment and assessment of motor dysfunction of the pediatric population.  She is an American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist. Moira has experience working in a wide variety of pediatric settings ranging from group programs, school-based programs, hospital in-patient/out-patient services, in-home treatment sessions, private pediatric physical therapy practices and multi-disciplinary team assessments.  Moira graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a degree in Biology (1988) and then received a Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (1991).   She furthered her educational experience with certification upon completion of the Neuro-Developmental (NDT) 8-week course in The Treatment and Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromotor Disorders. She has also completed the NDT 1 week  Advanced Baby Course with Lois Bly.  Moira has worked collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams focusing on the area of early intervention in addition to experience working with sensory-integration techniques, infant developmental assessment/treatment, orthopedic interventions, neurodevelopment techniques, Torticollis assessment/treatment, equipment recommendations, orthotic recommendations, Cortical Visual Impairment assessment /treatment and recently became a certified Kinesio® Taping practitioner. She is the mother of two teenage girls, enjoys running/yoga and traveling with her family.

Christina McCauley, DPT, was born and raised in Orange County. She received her Bachelor's Degree in General Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2008. She had a passion for helping people and health care and decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Chapman University in 2013 and is board certified in the state of California. Throughout her education, she found she was most passionate about working with children and began a career in pediatric physical therapy after graduating. She has experience working with a multi-disciplinary team and values how collaboration amongst therapists benefits her ptients, their families, and her own personal growth as a physician. Her continuing education coursework has focused on NDT techniques for young children, providing PT for children with autism, and treating torticollis. In her spare time, Christina enjoys spending time with her growing family, travelling, photography and reading.

Katie Preston, Pediatric Physical Therapist Assistant, Credentialed Clinical Instructor Katie attended Stanbridge college where she graduated in 2014 with her Associates Degree in Science  with specialty in Physical Therapy Assisting.  Shortly after, she obtained her license through the state of California . She is an APTA member and part of  the pediatric division. She has since focused her continuing education on  Neurodevelopmental  Techniques for the baby,  assessment of infant head shape with torticollis  and received her Credential in Clinical Instruction of students. Katie fell in love with pediatric physical therapy when her own daughter received services when she was young. She now has a passion to promote the highest quality of life for children with different abilities. She also believes in furthering education for future PTA students and is in process of developing a student program for UCPOC for the PTA student. Outside of work, Katie enjoys, cooking, outings ,spending time with her three girls and her family. 

Beth Wade, MPT, C/NDT grew up in San Diego, CA. Initially an engineering major, her college career was put on hold briefly when her father survived a motor vehicle accident which left him in a coma for 30 days. When she witnessed the physical therapist help him to walk again and return to his life, it was like magic. She began volunteering in the hospital's Physical Therapy Department  and immediately knew this was her passion. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology at Arizona State University in 1996. Returning to California, she worked alongside physical therapists to start up a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She went on to receive her Master of Physical Therapy from Long Beach State University in 2001. The majority of her clinical education was completed in pediatrics at Miller Children's Hospital and she immediately knew this was what she was born to do. Pulling from her experience as a nanny, she quickly learned how to integrate play into therapeutic activities. She has worked solely in pediatrics, with years of experience treating children of all ages, with many diagnosis including developmental delays, chromosomal abnormalities, rare disease, torticollis, autism and cerebral palsy. In 2011, she became certified in Pediatric Neuro-developmental Treatment, which is a specialized form of therapy, focused on treating the "whole child". In addition to working with the children, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, snowboarding, surfing, hiking, and playing with their sweet dog Roxy.  

Vanessa Warrior, Physical Therapist From the start of her career Vanessa has had a special interest in pediatric rehabilitation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement and Exercise Science (1996) and received her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach (2002). Vanessa has had the joy of combining her experience working with both the adult and pediatric populations ranging from in-patient hospital, home health, and outpatient clinical settings. In pediatrics, she has worked together with families and multidisciplinary teams collaborating to find the best possible solutions in regards to equipment, orthotics and splinting, rehabilitation services and referrals, and early intervention assessment. Vanessa is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Pediatric section. Her enhanced pedagogy includes Neuro-Developmental Techniques (NDT) for the infant, orthopedic updates in pediatrics, and functional gait patterns. As part of her core belief in "paying it forward", Vanessa has acted as a mentor to students from USC, Cal State University Northridge and Long Beach, and Chapman University. In her leisure time, Vanessa enjoys spending her days off with her son and daughter, music with her husband, and yoga for personal balance.