Our Services

Pediatric Therapy

Our pediatric physical therapists are specifically trained to help children learn to successfully and independently perform gross motor skills, functional mobility skills and improve the daily lives of children who suffer from a wide range of injuries and congenital conditions. The goal of our pediatric therapist is to work with the child and their family to help each child reach their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation at home, in school, and in the community. Pediatric patients range from infants to teenage competitive athletes, specifically 0 to 18 years of age, and young adults with childhood disorders.

What conditions can be treated with pediatric PT?

  • Growing pains
  • Neck and low back pain from school
  • Sports injuries
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy

What is the pediatric PTs role?

Pediatric physical therapists evaluate and provide treatment for delays in motor skills by developing the strength and range of motion that children need to move through their environment easily and effectively. In addition to assessment of flexibility, strength, posture, gait, sensory processing, balance, coordination and skill, the pediatric therapist is trained to assess motor development using standardized testing for age equivalents. The long-term goal includes gross motor skill development solid to age with good quality to both sides of the body.

Pediatric physical therapy helps young athletes prevent injury by addressing any muscle imbalance or weakness, assessing and managing sport related injuries to help them to return to play after injury. A variety of treatment interventions are used including developmental activities, therapeutic exercise, balance and coordination activities, adaptive play activities, mobility training, safety and prevention programs, and activities to promote overall wellness.

Pediatric Physical Therapists

Samantha Pierce (Block)

Samantha Pierce (Block)
DPT - Pediatrics, Sports injuries, General orthopedics, Post surgical rehabilitation
DPT

Specialization: Sports and general orthopedic injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and pediatrics

Sam became interested in the medical profession after having minor injuries while playing sports at Albemarle High School. She further pursued physical therapy following an ACL knee injury when she was a freshman in college during a volleyball game. After reconstructive surgery she had 6 months of PT where she was able to experience the benefits of rehabilitation in order to return to full function.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Randolph-Macon College in 2011 in which she was a member of the collegiate volleyball team. She helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their first ever conference championship as well as an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 as a senior.

She then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The George Washington University in 2014. During her final year she completed a rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital, with a focus on younger children with gross motor delays and generalized weakness.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and coaching Special Olympics athletes.

email: samanthab@acacpt.com

Jennifer Fontaine

Jennifer Fontaine
MPT - Clinic Manager, General orthopedics, Joint replacements, Pediatrics, Neurological rehab, Treatment of swimmers, Post-surgical rehab, Vestibular
MPT

Specialization: Treatment of Pediatrics/Pediatric sports medicine, vestibular and neurologic rehabilitation and general orthopedics

Jennifer Fontaine’s career choice to be a physical therapist stems back to her volunteering experience at the University of Virginia’s spinal cord unit.

She had been alternating between PT and medical doctor and her observances at the unit proved the deciding factor.

“I worked with several young spinal cord patients and saw the difference in their interactions with their docs versus their PTs. The docs had to tell them the list of all the things that they would not be able to do again. The PTs were able to give them all the alternatives of what they would still be able to do for themselves. I liked being on the positive side of that equation.”

Fuelled with her mission, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1996 from the University of Virginia. She then received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999.

She is experienced in pediatric rehabilitation including brain/spinal cord injuries as well as developmental therapy. She now specializes in treatment of pediatrics/ pediatric sports medicine, vestibular and neurologic rehabilitation and general orthopedics.

In addition, she has spent time at Kluge Children’s Rehab Center (UVA).

When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys reading, being outdoors, hiking and playing with her children.

email: jenniferfo@acacpt.com

Samantha Pierce (Block)

Samantha Pierce (Block)
DPT - Pediatrics, Sports injuries, General orthopedics, Post surgical rehabilitation

Specialization: Sports and general orthopedic injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and pediatrics Sam became interested in the medical profession after having minor injuries while playing sports at Albemarle High School. She further pursued physical therapy following an ACL knee injury when she was a freshman in college during a volleyball game. After reconstructive surgery she had 6 months of PT where she was able to experience the benefits of rehabilitation in order to return to full ...
Jennifer Fontaine

Jennifer Fontaine
MPT - Clinic Manager, General orthopedics, Joint replacements, Pediatrics, Neurological rehab, Treatment of swimmers, Post-surgical rehab, Vestibular

Specialization: Treatment of Pediatrics/Pediatric sports medicine, vestibular and neurologic rehabilitation and general orthopedics Jennifer Fontaine’s career choice to be a physical therapist stems back to her volunteering experience at the University of Virginia’s spinal cord unit. She had been alternating between PT and medical doctor and her observances at the unit proved the deciding factor. “I worked with several young spinal cord patients and saw the difference i...