Tina, owner of PMC, completed her Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy at Carroll Community College and completed her Bachelor’s degree at University of Maryland. She performed clinical field work at Kennedy Kreiger Institute outpatient pediatrics and Kernan Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital spinal cord injury unit, which ignited her passion to work with the pediatric population. Tina has been working in the physical therapy field for over 8 years in multiple clinical settings including outpatient pediatrics, outpatient adult orthopedics, and home health. She has experience treating adult and pediatric neurological conditions, athletic injuries, and medically complex diagnoses.
In recent years, Tina peaked an interest researching sensory integration and the role physical therapy can take in the treatment of sensory processing and related disorders. This research, along with a growing desire to treat her patients in a sensory rich, state of the art, and comforting environment, compelled Tina to open PMC’s doors in March of 2017. “I’m very proud of what PMC has become, and our team of staff here makes PMC a family.”
When not treating patients or greeting new friends at PMC, you’ll likely find Tina researching new equipment, techniques, and strategies to add at PMC to help children succeed with their rehabilitative goals. Tina is passionate about providing families with support, and helping children overcome obstacles to achieve new milestones. “I love breaking through to our kiddos in therapy sessions; when they achieve a new skill or communicate in a new way, I celebrate each accomplishment with them and it inspires that passion yet again!” Tina’s most important motivation is her three young boys (Michael, Mason & Maddox) who you may see swinging around at PMC, and her husband, Brian. She loves spending time with her family hiking, swimming, and going on family vacations.
Director of Operations, DPT
Courtney graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Additionally, Courtney has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Simmons College. Courtney brings 15 years of pediatric rehabilitation experience to her role of Director of Operations of the Pediatric Movement Center (PMC). She has worked in a variety of settings including: a neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric rehab hospital (focusing on NICU graduates, infants and toddlers with significant medical needs) and in outpatient pediatric clinics.
Courtney has a strong interest in the rehabilitation of the medically fragile child, and fulfilling Equipment needs (wheelchairs, standers, seating systems, adapted bath equipment, specialized tricycles). When Courtney is not treating a patient, you’ll likely find her organizing educational opportunities for the PMC team, investigating new research and treatments and overseeing daily clinical operations.
Courtney has always had a strong desire to work in the Pediatric field. She loves the collaboration with families, and the motivation children demonstrate. Courtney believes that there is nothing better than seeing a child accomplish a goal and experience the feeling of accomplishment! Courtney enjoys working at the Pediatric Movement Center because “the children I work with continue to teach me new skills everyday. I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn from them.”
Speech Therapy Manager, SLP MA-CCC
Sharon, MA, CCC/SLP is a Maryland licensed and ASHA board certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has been in practice for over 12 years working in a variety of clinical settings including experience in a hospital acute care setting, outpatient rehabilitation setting, schools, and home-based early intervention setting. Her experience ranges from treating pediatric populations to adult neurological populations with a variety of medical diagnoses, injuries or illnesses.
She has been a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association for over 12 years and previously held certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Sharon graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science and Disorders in 2002 and later graduated from The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee with a Master of Arts degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology in 2004.
Sharon returned to Hagerstown, MD in 2004 where she grew up and now continues to reside with her husband and two children. Her passion is working with children of all ages and abilities with a particular interest and focus in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She is excited to now find her home with PMC and be a part of this new amazing facility to further service children and families in our area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family in numerous activities and new adventures, taking part and volunteering in her church, running, cycling, and traveling.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5.
Clinic Administrator, SLP MS-CCC
Jake Bal is the Clinic Administrator for PMC’s Frederick clinic. He graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in linguistics, then received his master’s degree for speech language pathology from Eastern Michigan University. Jake has nearly 10 years of experience in the medical field treating a myriad of diagnosis and populations, spending time in various settings including schools, homes, and rehabilitation centers. He is certified in VitalStim and LVST LOUD, and has extensive experience of play-based intervention for children with autism. Jake has also served as a speech therapy consultant for a therapy software development company. In his free time, Jake enjoys spending time with his family, tinkering on house projects, playing recreation soccer, and volunteering for his church and for his local community association.
Jake joined the PMC team in 2017 (in limited capacity), but joined the PMC team full-time in the summer of 2020. In his words, Jake feels very “fortunate to work alongside such a dedicated team of professionals that are invested in carrying out PMC’s mission to serve and empower patients and families.”
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Anna is an Occupational Therapy Assistant who resides in Mercersburg, PA. She has been working in pediatrics since graduating with her Associates of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Penn State Mont Alto in 2013.
Along with outpatient pediatric therapy, Anna has provided school based therapy in Virginia Beach public schools as well as a residential facility for adolescents struggling with various mental health diagnoses. Anna also has experience leading peer interactive experience groups focusing on the social thinking curriculum. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling!
Steph graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2002, and has worked in pediatrics for the last 14 years. Previous to PMC, she worked in outpatient pediatrics and the Washington County Public school system and birth-five program.
She is passionate about supporting, encouraging and inspiring children, families and parents to live their lives to the fullest. She describes Pediatric Movement Center as a “bright shining light, full of compassion for others, a place of healing and comfort for children and their families alike.”
She’s a believer in the attitude of gratitude for there is always joy to be found when you have a grateful heart. She is a wife to an “awesome man, and momma to three wild and wonderful boys.” When she is not working, she is sure to be on adventures with her hubby and exploring the great wide open with her boys; knitting, visiting family and friends and participating in church activities.
Speech Language Pathologist
Emily Burke, M.S. CCC/SLP is a Maryland licensed and ASHA board certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Emily received her Bachelors of Science at Hougthon College in Inclusive Childhood Education. While student teaching, she developed a passion to help her students communicate clearly, effectively, and efficiently. She then eagerly sought out programs to become a speech language pathologist.Emily received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Clarion University. Since receiving her degree, Emily has focused her therapy working with children from 3 years of age to 19 in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Emily is thrilled to be a part of the PMC team. She is especially excited to be a part of an environment that encourages partnership between therapist and family to empower children achieve their dreams.
Emily grew up in the countryside of Franklin County, PA. She moved to York County, PA after getting married in 2015. This past summer, she was thrilled to return to the rolling hills of the tristate area with her husband and her two boys. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, exploring local roads and places less traveled and reading.
Speech Language Pathologist
Jaclyn has always had a passion for working with children and decided to pursue a career as an SLP while in high school. She graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and from Radford University with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Jaclyn has worked in a variety of settings including the public schools, outpatient adult and pediatric clinics and nursing homes. She enjoys working with children of all ages with a variety of disorders including those with special needs as well as children with autism spectrum disorders.
Jaclyn is thrilled to work at PMC. “I feel so blessed to have this fantastic opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with the children and their families as well as the PMC team!” She believes that every child deserves to communicate and her goal as an SLP is to help every child do just that.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Nature graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science before going to South College in Knoxville, TN for physical therapy school. Nature has experience in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, school systems, and outpatient physical therapy, as well as at a residential facility for teenagers and adults with congenital conditions. She is also a CureDuchenne Certified PT for Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy and a certified yoga instructor for kids through Kidding Around Yoga.
Nature’s favorite part of working in pediatrics is getting to work so closely with all the families we support. She also loves how unique each child is and how that allows her to be creative during each treatment session to find ways to make physical therapy fun and engaging.
Outside of the clinic, Nature loves spending time with her friends and family and her two cats. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and doing anything outdoors when the weather is warm.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Courtney is a 2019 graduate from Allegany College of Maryland with an Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy. She completed her final clinical rotation here at PMC and feels honored to be a part of this amazing team.
Courtney was drawn to this career by her own experience with physical therapy in the past and the positive impact her PT made in her life. She feels by working in pediatrics at PMC she is able to a part of something bigger than herself. Courtney hopes to make a difference not only physically, but through forming relationships with her patients and their families. Her area of special interest is manual therapy which she hopes to expand upon through continuing education and her experience at PMC.
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Erin completed her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy at Peen State Mont Alto in 2012. She completed her field training in a metal facility and outpatient rehab facility. She has experience working in skilled nursing facilities and home health settings.
She credits the majority of her experience and knowledge on her time spent in another private pediatric outpatient facility. While there she learned from an OT with over 20 years of experience, specializing in sensory integration. Erin also has extensive training in Jean Ayres Sensory Integration Theory and Treatment.
“I love Occupational Therapy as a whole, but my passion is within the Pediatric setting. I love seeing positive changes in a child, and the peace and joy this can bring the entire family as well. I desire to see all children reach their full potential, and grow into the purpose and gifts set before them. My goal is to always grow in knowledge, techniques, and understanding. I am particularly interested in growing my skill set in manual therapy and utilizing kinesiotaping. I have a great team with me here at PMC, and can’t wait to see the impact that is made in our community!”
Nicole Sergent a graduate of West Virginia University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. After spending a few years working in pediatrics at an outpatient hospital setting, she has spent over 15 years working with infants and toddlers through early intervention. Specialty areas of continuing education and practice include premature infants, cortical visual impairment, neurologic pediatric conditions, and torticollis.
One of Nicole’s many passions is the essential nature that traditional developmental play provides in keeping young children healthy and happy. She is the c0-author of “1-2-3 Just Play With Me” and speaks on the need for play and other pediatric topics at conferences, on a podcast, and for Medbridge Education.
When not in the clinic, Nicole can be found watching her teen daughters play volleyball or dance, or spending time with her husband (an OT!). After years of working with children and families, Nicole realizes that being a part of a child’s journey as their therapist and being welcomed and trusted by their family is an honor. She feels grateful to have the opportunity to work and play with children in such a magical setting.
Linda graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology, and a Doctor of physical therapy degree from Emory University. She has worked in a wide variety of settings in the United States and abroad. While in the US, she spent several years working with children with special needs at a multi-sensory center in Atlanta, and also developed skills in addressing sensory integration and pediatric neurological conditions in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Additionally, while living abroad Linda’s work had a strong focus on neonatal intensive care rehab (NICU) and inpatient pediatrics in the public sector in South Africa.
Linda hopes that these experiences will positively contribute to the growth and development of the kids at PMC. Linda is inspired daily by her loving husband Sammy, and two daughters, Samia and Leia. In her spare time she loves to read with her girls and create new activities and games.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Kim Wiley chose Physical Therapy as a second career after many years in Government contracting. She completed her program at Howard Community College (HCC) with clinical rotations at Johns Hopkins Hospital in acute care and trauma, outpatient care specializing in neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation and within the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) treating children ages three to 21 years of age. Her work experience prior to joining PMC includes treating children in HCPSS’ extended school year program, subacute rehabilitation of geriatric patients with neurological conditions and patient rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic diagnosis in an outpatient setting.
Kim is an active board member on HCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program Advisory Board and provides additional support to the PTA program with teaching assistance and program coordination as her schedule permits. Kim also is an RYT 200 hour certified yoga instructor and completed a 30 hour immersion of Radiant Child Yoga, Levels 1-3.
Kim quickly found throughout her experiences as a PTA that she was drawn to the active and dynamic nature required in treating the pediatric population. She is excited to be part of the PMC team and to form partnerships with families in improving the quality of life for their children.
In her spare time Kim loves spending time with her husband, son, and daughter. She enjoys reading, cooking, and running short distances when the sun is shining, and it is neither too cold nor too hot. Her favorite places are Deep Creek Lake and North Carolina beaches (minus the hurricanes and sharks).
Amy graduated from Shenandoah University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has experience providing OT services to children in both school-based and outpatient pediatric clinics. She completed her clinical rotations at VA Medical Center and here at PMC. She was thrilled to come back and continue to work at an amazing facility with wonderful co-workers.
Amy is passionate about OT because it allows her apply science and creativity together to make fun and motivating OT activities for the children she works with. She loves helping children reach their greatest potential and become confident, empowered and independent. It is the greatest feeling when you see that smile on a child’s or parent’s face because they’ve accomplished an activity that they were unable to do before.
Amy’s special areas of interest in OT include Sensory Integration, vision, and the DIR/Floortime Approach. When she is not working, she enjoys researching new treatments and techniques, traveling, running, and spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking.