Five specialties, one special commitment

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The rehabilitation medicine team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is known for its top-notch care. We come from five different fields: physiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology and speech-language pathology. Yet we share a single-minded commitment to making life better for kids and their families.

Who's who in developmental and rehabilitation services

Here's a quick look at who will work with your child:

  • Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).
  • Pediatric physical therapists evaluate and treat children who have problems with movement. They help kids work on issues such as correcting a walking problem, strengthening a weak arm or learning to use adaptive equipment. The Children's team includes 25 physical therapists.
  • Pediatric occupational therapists evaluate and treat children who have problems with the physical, and sensory skills needed for daily life. They help kids master tasks such as playing with toys, feeding, using a pencil or getting dressed. There are 30 occupational therapists at Children's.
  • Pediatric speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children who have problems with speech and communication. They also work with kids who have difficulty in feeding and swallowing. There are 35 speech-language pathologists at Children's.
  • Pediatric audiologists evaluate the hearing of newborns, babies, children and teens. They use special metholds to test the hearing of babies and kids who are unable to show when they hear a sound. They also use sophisticated equipment to analyze hearing aids. Children's has audilogists in both it's ear nose and throat program as well as rehabilitation medicine. 

If your child needs multiple services, we've got that covered. Our professionals work closely with each other as well as with other specialists and your pediatrician. If your child starts therapy while in the hospital, we've got good news on that front, too. You'll be able to continue with the same great rehab team after your child goes home.

Get to know our team leaders

We look forward to meeting you and your child. When you're visiting one of our six locations, stop by and say hi to our team leaders:

  • Maurice Sholas, MD, medical director of rehabiliation medicine
  • Karen Tarbuck-Nelson, administrator of rehabilitation medicine
  • Paula Anderson, rehab services manager – St. Paul
  • Jean Connor, rehab services manager – Minneapolis
  • Erin Simunds, rehab services manager – Roseville and Woodbury
  • Scott Olson, rehab services manager, Minnetonka and Maple Grove


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