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Pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy & Dyslexia in Gilbert, AZ

What We Do!

Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT) and Speech Therapy (ST) help children to restore or develop their functional performance in a variety of areas. For children, some of the areas include play, self-help skills, functional mobility, school performance, and social skills. At Way to Grow, LLC, we provide individualized, play-based and child-centered OT, PT and ST services. Our treatment sessions are provided in a clinic setting with a sensory based gym, featuring a wide variety of equipment, toys and activities to motivate, encourage and provide each child with a "just right" challenge to foster maximum skill development. Your child will love to grow and learn with us in our fun, safe and supportive environment!

Areas of Focus

• Fine and gross motor skills
• Upper body strength and coordination
• Postural stability and balance
• Motor planning
• Visual motor skills
• Visual perception
• Eye-hand coordination
• Activities of Daily living (dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.)
• Attention difficulties
• Sensory processing difficulties (tactile, auditory, visual, vestibular and proprioception)
• Executive function, time management and organization
• Handwriting difficulties
• Feeding issues
• Upper and lower extremity strength
• Range of motion
• Balance and coordination
• Trunk strengthening for postural control and stability
• Gait deviations
• Mobility skills 
• Communication
• Speech Difficulties
• Apraxia
• Phonemic Awareness
• Pragmatics
• Working Memory
• Reading Comprehension
• Written Expression

Diagnosis Treated

• Developmental Delays
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Dyspraxia or motor incoordination
• Sensory Processing Disorder
• ADD/ADHD
• Cerebral Palsy
• Spina Bifida
• Down's Syndrome
• Erb's Palsy
• Neuromuscular Disorders
• Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
• Idiopathic toe walking and other gait abnormalities
• Hypotonia /hypertonia
• Juvenile idiopathic arthritis 
• Childhood Apraxia of Speech
• Articulation Difficulties
• Stuttering
• Phonological Disorders
• Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
• Auditory Processing
• And more

Who We Are!

Way to Grow, LLC is a therapist owned and operated, Pediatric Therapy clinic serving children and their families in the Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe areas of Metro-Phoenix, AZ. Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy services are currently available from birth to age 16 yrs. Currently we provide out-patient, clinic-based services at 2715 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #3.  School services are provided though contract only.


Heather Baumgartner OTR/L, Owner

Heather Baumgartner OTR/L, Owner

Heather Baumgartner is the founder, owner, and supervising Occupational Therapist at Way to Grow, LLC. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1995, with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Through the years and scope of practice, she has had a wide range of experience in pediatrics through home health, clinic based, hospital, and school settings. Heather specializes in the treatment of pediatric clients (birth to 18 yrs.) with emphasis on SPD (Sensory Processing Disorders) and SI (Sensory Integration), NDT (Neurodevelopmental Theory) and Motor Learning theories. She also has an abundance of experience with childhood development as a SAHM for 10 years while her 4 girls were young and attending elementary school. Heather has also dedicated many hours of study and continuing education to keep up with the latest information on SPD research, Autism and Pediatric information by attending conferences, completing continuing education course work, participating in mentorship programs and independent study. Heather is certified in the “Handwriting Without Tears” program, the “Integrated Listening Program” (iLs) and recently became certified as a provider for the S.O.S feeding program (Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Program) through Dr. Kay Toomey. She also had the honor and privilege to become an Advanced Level 1 Mentored Clinician in SPD through the mentorship/training program at the STAR Center (Sensory Treatment and Research Center) in Denver, Colorado, June 2015. Heather also recently received formal training in the “Bal-A-Vis-X” program, Sept. 2016 and is currently a member of both state (Arizota) and national (AOTA) OT associations.

When she’s not working, Heather enjoys time with her husband (Jimmy), and their family either at the gym or going on vacations where there’s warm water and sandy beaches! She also has 2 boxers dogs, and has a love for decorating, creating jewelry and shopping with her 4 daughters!


Marianne Sword, COTA/L

Marianne Sword, COTA/L

Marianne Sword joined Way to Grow, LLC in December 2014 as a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She received her degree from Brown Mackie College Phoenix in 2012 and completed her fieldwork rotation at a specialized Sensory Integration outpatient clinic where she was hired as a full time COTA/L after graduation. She has had hands on training and mentorship from talented therapists whom she still collaborates with regularly. Marianne has also completed several continuing education courses including Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding with Dr. Kay Toomey, Pediatric Feeding: Big Picture I &II with Jennifer Meyer, Brachial Plexus education, as well as attending several conferences including the SPD Foundation 3S Symposium with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Arizona Spring Conference Linking Play to Function through NDT and SI with Lezlie Adler. She has also completed the CPI (Non-violent Crisis Intervention) training. Her passion lies in working with children with sensory processing difficulties, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays and children with feeding challenges. She has also completed intro and advanced conferences in the Applications of Kinesio Tape and is a practicing Kinesio Taping provider.

Marianne is from the mid-west and has called Arizona home since 2000. When not working, Marianne enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and mountain biking with her family.


Samantha Baker COTA/L

Samantha Baker COTA/L

Samantha Baker joined Way to Grow Pediatric Therapy in August of 2018 as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Originally from Southern California, she moved to Arizona in 2014 shortly after graduating from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Mercyhurst University of Pennsylvania. Samantha has experience working with patients aged 2-25 in both clinic-based and home-based settings. She has continuing education in Effective Sensory Diets, Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation, and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Samantha has a passion for working with children with sensory processing disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, feeding disorders, and teens transitioning into adulthood. She believes that when a child is given the tools, encouragement, and the right challenges, they can grow into confident, successful, and functionally independent adults. When she is not working, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and crafting.


Sarah Westrick, MS, CF-SLP

Sarah Westrick, MS, CF-SLP

Sarah joined the Way to Grow team in September 2020 as a Clinical Fellow-Speech Language Pathologist (CF-SLP). Originally from Southern California, she moved out to Arizona for college in 2013. She completed her BA at Northern Arizona University, took a year off, and then went back to Northern Arizona University and completed her MS in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology. Throughout her program Sarah gained knowledge in evaluating and treating a wide range of disorders in school and clinical settings. Sarah has a passion for working with kids with language and literacy disorders, especially Dyslexia. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family, reading, hiking, and traveling.


Brittni  Kutsch  OTD/OTR

Brittni Kutsch OTD/OTR

Brittni joined the Way to Grow, LLC team in September of 2020. She was born and raised in Minnesota but has been in Arizona ever since 2012. She graduated with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2020. During her clinical rotation, she was able to gain experience working in a small clinic-based setting of children ages 3 -21 with varying diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down's Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and other developmental delays. That’s when she fell in love with working with children and knew this was the direction, she wanted to take her career. She was also given the opportunity to complete research during her schooling centering around the use of proprioceptive activities to lower stress in a child who experienced trauma along which she presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association conference in 2019. She believes in using both client and family centered care to help teach children skills to thrive in the clinic, school and home environment. She’s been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2017. Outside of work, Brittni loves spending time outdoors hiking with her husband and dog.


Erin McBride  M.A., CCC-SLP

Erin McBride M.A., CCC-SLP

Erin joined the Way to Grow team in January 2021 as a Speech Language Pathologist. Erin earned her bachelor's degrees in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (BS) and Creative Writing Poetry (BA) at Arizona State University in 2015. Erin earned her masters in Communication Disorders (MA) at New Mexico State University in 2017. Through her 3+ years experience in clinic based pediatric therapy, Erin has gained experience in evaluating and treating a wide range of disorders and diagnoses. Erin is passionate about early intervention and play based therapy, as well as feeding therapy and articulation therapy. Erin is hoping to further her career by looking into orofacial myology to further her experience with treating and evaluating tongue thrust.

Erin was born and raised in Arizona. In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, writing, cross stitch, gardening, and playing with her dogs. She is very proud that she has had the opportunity to travel to 13 different countries.


Lori Brophy-PT

Lori Brophy-PT

I am very excited to join the WTG team!

I grew up in eastern Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut.

I have 25 years of experience in pediatrics and have worked at Newington Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, as well as in the home and school settings.

I gained valuable experience working in cerebral palsy clinic, NICU follow-up clinic and with Pediatric Orthopedics in the Gait Analysis Laboratory. Gait and movement analysis involves detailed evaluation of walking patterns and treatment planning including specific therapy goals, orthotic prescription or surgery. Our team was very involved in instructional workshops and research including the study of early walking development that we completed for Stride Rite shoes.

I have learned so much from a wonderful and diverse population of children with varying ability levels. I SO enjoy working with young children and making a fun and functional difference in their mobility, building their confidence with the power of play and helping them achieve their personal best!

My husband, John and I raised our two daughters in Pennsylvania and we recently moved to sunny Arizona in January. I enjoy spending time with my family, travel, many sports (UConn basketball and Penn State Football!), tennis and playing with our black lab, Luna.


Stephanie Tripp - Billing specialist/Patient Care Coordinator

Stephanie Tripp - Billing specialist/Patient Care Coordinator

Stephanie joined the way to grow team in November of 2018. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, she moved to Chandler, Arizona in 1991, at the age of 7, and has made it her home ever since. In 2013, she started her medical billing career journey and 7 years later, she still enjoys behind the scenes work. When she is not at work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her six kids (four girls and two boys) and her three dogs.


Michelina DeAngelis - Receptionist

Michelina DeAngelis - Receptionist / Scheduler

Michelina DeAngelis joined the way to grow team in August 2020 as a front desk receptionist. She is currently at Estrella Mountain community college, earning her associates in applied science, and earning her license as a speech language pathologist assistant SLPA. She plans to move on to ASU to get her bachelors and Masters in speech language pathology, specializing in feeding and swallowing. In her free time she enjoys coffee, going out to eat, doing yoga and spending time with her daughter.


Taylor Hinshaw

Taylor Hinshaw - Receptionist / Front Desk

My name is Taylor Hinshaw. I joined the Way to Grow team in October 2020. I am on Arizona native, and absolutely love it here in AZ. I have worked with children as a preschool teacher for the past 7 years, and got into behavioral health for 1 year as a receptionist/HR. In my free time, I love spending it all with family, especially my two sons. We enjoy going up North, and going on adventures.

Kudos

Here's what families are saying about Way to Grow

"My kids have grown exponentially with the help of these ladies!!! They are warm, inviting and extremely good at what they do! The office/paperwork side of the business is very responsive and super professional! I would highly recommend Way to Grow!!!

-Laura M.

"The staff is warm, loving, knowledgeable and simply amazing. We are so lucky to have WTG in our lives. WTG has been a "game changer" for our son. I am so thankful for all they have done for our son and family.

-Megan B.

Pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy & Dyslexia Services in Gilbert, AZ, Phoenix,Tempe, Chandler, Mesa,Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Mesa,Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Paradise Valley, Maricopa, Casa Grande, SanTan Valley, Queen Creek, Phoenix Metro area, East Valley

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Contact Information

2715 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #3
Chandler AZ 85286

Phone: 480-508-5252

Email: office@waytogrowaz.com

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