Pediatric physical therapy is offered by a staff with skills and training specific for the unique needs of the younger population. Our therapists provide evaluation, therapy, education and equipment to children from birth to young adulthood.

Parent education is an integral part of pediatric therapy to help families improve their day-to-day functioning. Parents and families are essential in planning and setting goals.  Additionally, our therapists are happy to coordinate with schools and primary care providers to ensure optimal quality of care for your child and the greatest opportunity to succeed.

Our therapists focus on therapy as play, making each session fun while still maintaining focus on the child’s unique needs.  Our Pediatric services include child-friendly spaces and decor, child-sized therapy equipment and toys, private treatment space and a therapeutic pool.

Our services may offer benefits to infants and children with:

  • Motor control/learning disorders
  • Strength and range of motion problems arising from birth, surgery or traumatic incidents
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Endurance deficiencies
  • Balance and coordination concerns
  • Posture concerns
  • Gait deviations
  • Adaptive equipment needs
  • Functional skills training
  • Sports related injuries

We accept most traditional insurances including Medicare, Medicaid, and Worker’s Compensation. We are a proud member of many HMOs and managed care networks.​

Conditions we treat may include (but not limited to):

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorders
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Hypotonia
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Torticollis

At Ferrell-Whited Physical Therapy we understand just how important it is to include parents and families when treating our young patients.  We believe it is essential to the recovery process that parents are involved in all phases of rehabilitation from the planning to the recovery.

Heather Denman graduated 1997 from Loma Linda University in Southern California with a BS in Life Science and a Masters in Physical Therapy

  • Practice focus in pediatrics for entire career since June 1997
  • Continuing Education coursework including TMR (Total Motion Release), Pediatric Yoga, Torticollis, wheelchair seating, Pediatric Toe Walking, Orthotic Management, Down Syndrome, Pediatric Neurological Rehabilitation, Sensory Processing/Integration, Spasticity Management, Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatric PT, Cerebral Palsy, Gait, Pediatric Aquatic Techniques, autism, Pediatric Myofascial Release, among others.
  • Experience with children in clinic, home and school based settings.
  • Interests include spending time with 2 daughters and husband, photography, hiking, travel, reading and movies.
  • Grew up all over the US including Ohio, Georgia, New Jersey and California.  Moved to Ohio in 2000.

Denise Connelly
Physical Therapist Assistant
Pediatrics – Main Clinic

Denise Connelly is a Physical Therapist Assistant who attended Highland High School and graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant Technology.  She has extensive experience in treatment of all ages with a specialization in pediatrics and geriatrics with various orthopedic and neurological conditions.

Denise has extensive clinal experience in school based and aquatic pediatrics, skilled nursing and hospital based practices.  When not treating patients, Denise enjoys watching her 2 daughters play softball, horseback riding and hiking with her husband and dog.

Denise treats patients at:
Main Clinic