Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship

Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship educates and trains physical therapists with advanced clinical competency in neonatal physical therapy.

The mission of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship is to educate and train physical therapists with advanced clinical competency in neonatal physical therapy.

This fellowship program is designed to contribute to the national pool of physical therapists who possess this advanced level of understanding and skill and who can:

  1. Contribute expertise to the comprehensive care of premature or medically fragile infants as a member of a NICU team
  2. Participate in evidence-based practice and research
  3. Provide education to a diverse array of constituents including parents and other members of the health care team, including other physical therapists

Nationwide Children’s is collaborating with West Virginia University (WVU) to provide curriculum for the fellowship program. The program is 12 months in length and includes online coursework through WVU, which allows fellows to remain on-site at Nationwide Children's to participate in clinical translation and mentorship during the didactic period of training. While the first trimester of the program is primarily focused on didactic experiences, the final two trimesters are focused on clinical application and research.

The Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship at Nationwide Children's is accredited by The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE.) It is the first pediatric-based fellowship of its kind in Ohio, and one of only four neonatal physical therapy accredited programs.

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What You Need to Know

Application & Qualifications

According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education, applicants would be required possess at least one of the following qualifications:

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Specialist Certification in Pediatrics (PCS)
  • Completion of an accredited Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

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Application materials can be accessed through the PT-CAS system.

Questions regarding the application can be directed to:

Maria D’Amore, PT
(614) 722-6642
Maria.DAmore@NationwideChildrens.org

Faculty

Program Director

  • Maria D’Amore, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Clinical Faculty

  • Ann Matthews, OTD, OTR/L, CNT
  • Maria D’Amore, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Educational Faculty

  • WVU
    • MaryBeth Mandich, PT, PhD
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
    • Jennifer Hofherr, MS, OTR/L, CNT, NIDCAP Trainer
    • Maria D’Amore, PT
      Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Research Faculty

  • Linda P. Lowes, PhD, PT

Clinical Mentors

  • Maria D’Amore, PT
  • Suzanne Davlin, PT, CNT
  • Courtney Mackert, MOT, OTR/L
  • Ann Matthews, OTD, OTR/L, CNT
  • Christine Alex, OTR/L
  • Kelly Susey, MPT, CNT
  • Biny Joseph, PT, DPT, C/NDT
  • Melissa Hanin, MS, OT/L, CNT
  • Diana Hinton, OTR/L
  • Leah Lumbaca, MPT, CNT
  • Molly Susi, OTD, OTR/L
  • Anna Wortner, PT, DPT
  • Lee Ann Sansuchat, PT, DPT

Additional Resources

Contact

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Maria D’Amore, PT
Program Director
(614) 722-6642
Maria.DAmore@NationwideChildrens.org

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205