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 program is to educate and train physical therapists with advanced clinical competency in neonatal physical therapy. The Section on Pediatrics of the APTA and the American Board of PT Residency & Fellowship Education have recognized neonatal physical therapy as a specialty area of practice requiring advanced expertise.

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; and (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 on-line 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 Hospital 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 1 of only 3 neonatal physical therapy accredited programs.

What You Need to Know

Application & Qualifications

According to recommendations made by the ABPTRFE, applicants for the Nationwide Children's Neonatal PT Fellowship Program are required to meet these minimum requirements:

  • 3 years of pediatric PT clinical practice experience OR completion of accredited Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program
  • Eligible to sit for Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) examination OR PCS certification

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

Questions regarding the application can be directed to:

Maria D’Amore, PT
Phone: (614) 722-6642


Program Director: Maria D’Amore, PT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Clinical Faculty: Jennifer Hofherr, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, NIDCAP Trainer; Melissa Hanin, MOT/L

Educational Faculty: MaryBeth Mandich, PT, PhD

Research Faculty: Jenn Gonya, PhD

Clinical Mentors: Roberta Thomas, MPT; Courtney Mackert, MOT, OTR/L; Suzanne Davlin, PT; Ann Matthews, OTD, OTR/L; Christine Alex, OTR/L; Kelly Susey, MPT; Biny Joseph, PT, DPT, C/NDT; Diana Hinton, OTR/L; Shellie Bolyard, OTR/L; Leah Lumbaca, MPT

Additional Resources


For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Maria D’Amore, PT
Program Director
Phone: (614) 722-6642

700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205