Our Pediatric Rehab Providers
Physical Therapy or PT:
Therapists help children who have developmental delays, range-of-motion limitations, strength/muscle weakness, balance difficulty and abnormal tone with the goal of promoting functional gross motor/ mobility skills. We treat neurologic, genetic, orthopedic and developmental issues for newborns to 17-year-olds.
Rose Thompson PT has been a physical therapist on the NCMC Pediatric Rehabilitation team since 1995 and in pediatric rehab for more than 25 years. She is a graduate of CU Medical Center in physical therapy with career emphasis in neurological pediatrics with experience in Neuro-Development Treatment training, brain injury, spinal cord rehab, post-surgical training, and infant intervention. She has experience in all aspects of child development and has worked locally in school districts, the medical clinic setting, home care therapy, adult and child neuro rehab, early intervention and on various boards.
"I absolutely love the job I do at NCMC, the team of professionals I work with, and the families and children I work with. My career goal is to help every child in Weld County get the right therapy to make reaching the goals of childhood easier. I think as a team of skilled therapists the Pediatric Rehab team is doing just that."
Kristen Holman PT, DPT graduated from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008. Before joining the Pediatric team in September 2009, she worked with adults and children in the acute inpatient setting at NCMC. She has worked with a variety of children with needs such as musculoskeletal injuries, orthopedic surgeries, prematurity, gross motor skill deficit, torticollis and neurologic related diagnosis.
" I am passionate about continuing my education to stay current with evidence-based practice. I truly enjoy working with the children I see and feel fortunate to have such strong team support."
Jennifer Bloom MS, PT has 15 years experience as a physical therapist with the last 12 years specializing in pediatrics; though her background also includes adult orthopedic and neurologic therapy as well. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at CU Boulder and received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at The CU Health Sciences Center, Denver. She is Neuro-Development Treatment and Manual Therapy trained and works with children from birth to adolescence addressing a variety of conditions including orthopedic, neurologic, sensory-motor planning and gait (Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Developmental Delay, and Orthopedic Injury).
"My desire is to meet families where they are at and give them the tools to reach their maximum potential for their daily life goals. I am fortunate to do this with a team of excellent professionals."
Occupational Therapy or OT:
Pediatric Occupational Therapy provides direct and consultative OT services for premature newborns through adolescents focusing on functional skills progression including: feeding, self-care (bathing, dressing, cooking), gross and fine motor skills, learning (memory and attention), sensory processing and visual motor skills.
Theresa Wethington MS OTR received a masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 1989. She currently has 20 years of OT experience, with the last 15 years specializing in pediatrics in Colorado. Theresa has initial training in Therapeutic Listening and the Integrated Listening System. She works with a variety of children including those with neurologic and general movement issues, developmental delays, autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders. OT treatment includes an emphasis on each family's awareness of and access to local, community resources in order to serve the unique needs of each child and their family.
Speech-Language Pathology / Speech Therapy or ST:
Therapists help children who have articulation, language, voice, stuttering, feeding or swallowing disorders and augmentative communication needs. Therapists focus on children's individualized abilities and work with parents to assist their children in being successful with all forms of communication including alternative communication, speaking, listening, reading, writing and cognitive development.
Samantha Crimmins MA, CCC-SLP graduated from Butler University with double majors in Speech- Language Pathology and French. She completed her master’s degree at University of Northern Colorado in 2006. She is passionate about working with children. She was employed in Denver Public Schools from 2006 -2007 and then at Rose Medical Center the year after.
"While working with adult outpatients using Alternative Augmentative Communication and Inpatient acute care at Rose, I realized I loved the medical setting, but truly missed working with kids. I enjoy learning about and working with children who have the following neurological and special needs: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Fluency disorders, Early Intervention, Augmentative Communication, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. My main objective in therapy is to work with parents and children to provide functional progress for their child’s individual needs and abilities."
Jill Peterson MA, CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a master’s degree in 1993. She worked for a private practice in Cheyenne, Wyo. before coming to NCMC in 1996.
"I chose to work in speech pathology because I wanted to help people communicate to the best of their ability. When working with patients, I try to bring current knowledge, caring and motivation to each situation so that the patient can achieve their best. I enjoy working with both children and adults and helping children and their parents with pediatric communication development. "