Jill Wagner, MS, PT - Physical Therapist and Owner
Jill is the founder and director of Progressive Pediatric Therapy. She graduated from Quinnipiac College with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Education. She has been an adjunct professor at Marymount University and Northern Virginia Community College.
She has always been interested in pediatrics and has worked in the NICU, outpatient clinics and school settings before opening Progressive Pediatric Therapy in 1999. Jill has treated a wide variety of children over the span of her career as well as treated using various modalities such as aquatic therapy and hippotherapy. Jill believes strongly in building and fostering the relationship with parents and caregivers in a loving and nurturing environment. She is an active member in the APTA, including the Pediatrics and Private Practice sections.
Kathy Bailey, MS, PT - Physical Therapist
Kathy received her undergraduate degrees from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist that has worked extensively in school, clinic, and home based settings. Kathy has worked with children of all ages with a wide variety of diagnosis including Prematurity, Torticollis, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia, Coordination Disorders, Developmental Delay, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Hypo/Hypertonia, and Traumatic Brain Injury as well as diagnosis that involve primary involvements of the skeletal, muscular, and neurological systems. Kathy’s treatment centers on maximizing each child’s potential by creating a therapeutic environment that is challenging and that will allow a child to experience success. She states, “Every day presents us with the opportunity to help children and ourselves to become stronger, learn new skills, develop our abilities, increase independence, and improve our minds – so let’s getting after it!”
Siobhan Girdner, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist
Siobhan is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has two decades of experience working as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings. Siobhan began her career working in pediatrics in a school-based program and then in a language development, center-based, school.
Her experience also includes work with adults in a trauma hospital in acute care, outpatient care and skilled nursing. Most recently, before returning to working with children in a clinic setting in March of 2014, she worked with infants and toddlers and their families in their homes doing early intervention.
Siobhan has received training in sensory integration, treating disorders of movement and postural control utilizing the Swiss gymnastic ball, vision therapy, myofascial release, neurodevelopmental treatment, early intervention and aquatic therapy. She completed her certification in Therapeutic Listening in July 2015 and is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Siobhan loves spending time with her husband and four children.
Annette Rice, MS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist
Annette Rice received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Harding University in Searcy, AR and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
She began her career in Chicago, working in Early Intervention and in outpatient clinics before moving to Virginia in 2017. She has worked in school, clinic and home-based settings with a variety of diagnoses. While working with children, she developed a special interest in sensory processing disorders and has completed many courses covering the latest research in the diagnosis and treatment of SPD. While at Progressive Pediatrics, Annette developed a Sensory Diet Home Program, which aims to create and incorporate individualized sensory exercises into family and school routines.
Annette lives in Reston, VA with her husband and dog. She is a member of AOTA and is working towards becoming certified in the DIR/Floortime model of practice. Her goal is to see each child grow and develop to their fullest potential and lead an experience-rich childhood.
Martha Segreti, DPT, PT- Physical Therapist
Martha Segreti received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her Masters in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta Ga.
She began her career at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans La where she treated children with a wide range of neurologic and orthopedic diagnosis in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She was the PT in charge of the JRA, burn, and wheelchair clinics and helped establish PT treatments in the NICU. After moving to Maryland she worked at the Children’s National Medical Center outpatient clinic in Rockville, Md. Cerebral palsy, developmental delay and orthopedics were some of the diagnosis she treated along with sports injuries and post surgery needs.
After having her third of four children she took several years off. Returning to active practice Martha worked with adults at Holy Cross Hospital and elementary school age children in the Montgomery County public school system. She also is an adjunct professor at Marymount University.
Gail Shapiro, MA CCC/SLP Speech Therapist
Gail Shapiro received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University. She has spent her 30+ year career providing therapy for children ages 2 to 12 in various settings. She has worked with children in multiple Fairfax County Public Schools . The children she worked with demonstrated developmental delays, autism, intellectual disabilities, genetic disorders and speech language impairments. Gail is well trained in the IEP process and has been selected to mentor new speech therapists. Gail is a member of both the national and state speech organizations, ASHA and SHAV.
Gail lives in Burke, Va. with her husband, two dogs, and three adult children living nearby. She is happiest when the seven of them are under one roof!
Lauren Waters, MS CCC-SLP Speech Therapist
Lauren received both her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her master's degree in Communication Disorders from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Tallahassee in 2010 and then transitioned to Speech Pathology in 2016.
She specializes in pediatric speech/language therapy, but has worked with individuals of all ages. She has experience providing speech/language therapy in a public charter school and also for early-intervention in children's natural environments. She's worked with children ages 9 months to 18 years old.
She is excited for the opportunity at Progressive Pediatric Therapy and looking forward to developing meaningful relationships with her families.
Sarah Bush, DPT, PT - Physical Therapist
Sarah is a graduate of The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and of Marymount University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
During her studies she developed a special interest in pediatrics. Her clinical rotations emphasized orthopedics, neonatal intensive care and pediatrics in a private clinic setting. Sarah has experience treating a wide range of patients including those with brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, DCD, torticollis and other orthopedic and neurological conditions. Sarah uses various modalities and techniques to treat her patients including but not limited to kinesiotape, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, gait training, and neuromuscular re-education.
She is an active member in the APTA, including the Pediatrics, Aquatics, Orthopedics, and Neurological sections.
Sophia Scott, DPT, PT - Physical Therapist
Sophia graduated from Marymount University in Arlington Virginia with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002.
Since that time she has had the privilege of working with babies, toddlers, older children and teens in schools, client's homes and a private clinic setting. The clients she has worked with have presented with a range of developmental delays and neurological and orthopedic challenges.
Sophia currently continues to work with infants and toddlers and children with developmental delays, physical complications associated with prematurity, hypo and hypertonia, Down syndrome, torticollis and cerebral palsy.
She also continues to work with school age children and teens with strength, balance and coordination deficits due to cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and various genetic syndromes.
In the fall of 2010, Sophia completed her Level 1 training through the American Hippotherapy Association and now practices hippotherapy at Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center in Lorton, Virginia.
Kristin Vardakis-Spillane, MA, ATR- ArtTherapist
Kristin Vardakis-Spillane, MA-ATR, graduated SUNY Purchase with honors. She graduated with a BA in Painting and Psychology. She then went onto NYU where she again graduated with honors, with an MA in Art Therapy.
She worked in various hospital and clinical settings in New York City such as Bellevue Hospital and NYU Medical Center. After relocating to the Washington Metro area Mrs. Vardakis-Spillane then went on to work for Fairfax County Public Schools in a special needs capacity within emotional disabilities centers as an art therapist.
She is very familiar with the county's educational IEP system. Mrs. Vardakis-Spillane lives in Fairfax County with her husband and two children.
Amy Schmitt, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist
Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Amy received an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as an Infant-Toddler Coordinator, teaching infant development workshops in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She completed her OT degree at Cleveland State University 28 years ago.
Amy has worked with pediatric patients in the NICU, PICU, and Newborn Developmental Unit at a major Children’s Hospital, and in the clinic for United Cerebral Palsy. She managed OT for three school systems, addressing school related problems including handwriting, ADHD, and sensory disorders with children aged 3 to 21. Most recently she spent time working in a sensory integration clinic focusing on the foundational components of reflexes, core strength, and vestibular function.
Amy is eager to be continuing her work with children here at Progressive Pediatrics! She lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband, oldest son (a graduate of Ohio State), and youngest daughter who attends Woodson High School. Her middle daughter lives in Columbus, Ohio and is attending Ohio State University.
Christy Chase, MA , OTR/L Occupational Therapist
Christy Chase received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University, Long Beach and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She completed the Certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Christy worked in the advertising and marketing industry before shifting to become an occupational therapist. Her clinical experience includes a diverse population of children in elementary school-based practice, in early intervention programs with children age birth through three in home/childcare settings, and in pediatric outpatient clinics. She received a grant by the Department of Education for specialized training in the early intervention and early elementary settings. Christy enjoys collaborating with families to help children learn, grow, and thrive using meaningful activities to develop their skills and abilities.
She is NBCOT certified and an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Christy lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.
Nalan Gursoy, DPT, PT- Physical Therapist
Nalan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Temple University, and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Nalan has provided physical therapy services to children and adults in various settings such as schools, home, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. As a pediatric physical therapist, it is Nalan’s passion to be a part of a child’s development, playing a role in improving and restoring function.
Nalan strongly believes in working in collaboration with children and their families to promote independence and active participation in the home, school, and community environments. Nalan has provided PT services for children with variety of neurological, genetic, movement disorders, including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, developmental delay, musculoskeletal injuries, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nalan is excited to be a part of the Progressive Pediatric Therapy family and to continue to grow in her career.