Joanne Mortimer is an experienced Physical Therapist with over 30 years of clinical practice. Her specialization is Pediatrics and for the past 22 years she has practiced, as a member of the interdisciplinary educational team, as a school physical therapist. Joanne supports the education of students with disabilities and serious health impairments by providing therapy and incorporating practice into the least restrictive environment, as physical therapy is subject to the same least restrictive environment mandate and philosophy as is special education. Joanne is an advocate for providing appropriate school based therapy and educating staff, families, physicians and other providers to the role of a therapist in school versus community medical settings. Joanne serves as a collaborator and evaluator on interdisciplinary teams and has developed individual education programs for children with developmental delays, Autism, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, degenerative neurological and neuromuscular disorders, as well as rare genetic syndromes.
The full spectrum of Joanne’s experience encompasses early intervention care in hospital, home and center based settings, acute pediatric hospital care and child development program services for severely disabled children. In addition, Joanne’s clinical experience included specialized training at center for pediatric burn care and a traumatic head injury rehabilitation hospital for children and youth. Joanne coordinated a pediatric adaptive equipment clinic and assisted in the development of an interdisciplinary juvenile arthritis clinic and physical therapy protocol.
Joanne obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. She also has an Associate Degree from Becker College and worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant in a chronic care facility. Joanne is currently certified by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Counsel (IMSLEC) and completed training to tutor children with dyslexia utilizing the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
Professional organization membership includes the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Pediatric Section APTA and recent application to the Special Interest Group for School Therapy.