For Staci Dorr, PT, CO, her focus on pediatric orthotic care was a gradual shift. As a physical therapist, Staci became increasingly hands on when designing devices for her patients. Eventually, Staci decided to become a full time orthotist. As a result, she was able play a bigger role in her patients’ outcomes. She’s one half of our pediatric orthotic duo, with Heather M. Davidson, CO, and we couldn’t be happier to have her.
In these interview segments, Staci opens up about her background and her role as a pediatric orthotist. Staci also highlights the importance of kids wearing their devices while at home during school breaks and during COVID-19.
In the School Setting
Staci sees children in our clinic, in their homes, and in the school setting. She partners with school physical therapists to ensure that mobility issues are not impacting the kids’ ability to learn.
“School aged kids spend most of their days at school. That’s when they’re most active and when they’re playing with their classmates.”Staci Dorr, PT, CO, on why therapy in the school setting has such a strong impact on a child’s growth.
When School is Out
When kids aren’t in school during breaks, or during COVID-19, Staci stays in communication with families and physical therapists. She encourages parents to ask questions and reach out if they are having issues with their devices.
“We want to keep children in their orthotics, supporting their anatomy. They’re growing all the time. We’re trying to keep their base of support as neutral as we can and keep them functioning.Staci Dorr, PT, CO, on the importance of device use at home.
Adjustments and Replacements
There are signs that a device needs an adjustment, or even replacement. For example, persistent red areas, blistering, or toes off the foot plate, might point to a needed replacement. Once the need for replacement is established, Staci works with team on obtaining insurance authorization for the brace.
“Everything we do has to be under an MD’s order. It is really important that children stay up with their well child doctor visits.”Staci Dorr, PT, CO, highlighting the need for recent physician notes.
Connecting in Challenging Times
Managing patient care during COVID-19 certainly isn’t easy, but it is essential. When you visit our clinic, you’ll notice that we’re practicing social distancing and using face masks. We’re making every effort to keep you and our staff safe. Certainly, we’re all experiencing many changes to our daily routines. However, our connection with our patients and our commitment to their care, is as strong as ever.
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