Providing classes and in-home physical therapy services
for babies and children in their natural environment setting.
Welcome! My name is Annie, I'm a licensed physical therapist and mother of two. I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University in 2009. The primary focus of my practice is to provide early intervention services aimed at reducing the number of babies with torticollis, plagiocephaly and developmental delays. Through early screening, individualized sessions and classes, I place a high emphasis on cultivating connection between children and their caregivers, as I believe the best learning and healing occurs when we go about it together.
Let’s get to work!
A brief history: In 1992, the installation of the Back to Sleep campaign drastically reduced the incidence of SIDS (thankfully!) but brought with it a rise in head flattening issues and developmental delays. The full title of the original campaign by the American Academy of Pediatrics was Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play; however, many parents lack resources and time for babies who are resistant to tummy time. The rate of plagiocephaly, or head flattening syndrome, is reported to have increased to over 46% in babies today.
Why does this matter?
When positional preferences are identified early, babies typically undergo a shorter duration of treatment time and are faced with less invasive treatment options. Early identification of head turn preferences also allows a skilled therapist to assist families in promoting symmetrical movement patterns throughout the entire body. In turn, this helps babies follow through the developmental stages of large muscle movements that are so important to growth and learning. It’s not about aesthetics – it’s about identifying what’s underlying in the developing nervous system and helping to nurture a resilient pathway through the stages of development.
As a parent, you of course want the best for your children. Maya Angelou once said, "Do the best you can until you know better, then once you know better, do better." By recognizing a baby’s needs early on, you can be better informed and equipped to implement simple strategies to facilitate your baby's growth and development. You will feel reassured and empowered that you’re doing the best for your baby.
· Eat. Sleep. Poop. Repeat. In the earliest days of a newborn baby’s life, establishing an ability to eat, digest and sleep are highly important. For a baby to complete the earliest movements related to eating and breathing, the jaw, neck, trunk and pelvis need to be equipped to do so.
· Newborn babies should be screened as early as possible to identify neck, facial and cranial asymmetries, assess range of motion, postural preferences and symmetry of movement throughout the body
· By identifying a baby’s needs early (less than 12 weeks of age), you will:
o Reduce the duration of treatment
o Resolve head turn preferences
o Equalize movement patterns for growth and development
· 60-minute post-partum screening includes a full assessment, home setup strategies and in-home tips for parents and caregivers to promote optimal gross motor development.
· Sessions are designed to address the unique needs of newborn to pre-crawling babies and their families, using evidence supported research techniques.
· TTM sessions help to improve asymmetries such as torticollis, plagiocephaly, and in-utero constraint. TTM also promotes optimal development and strengthens parent/baby connection.
What are some signs that baby would benefit from TTM?
· Baby is fussy in tummy time
· Baby arches backward often
· Baby has difficulty turning head side to side
· Baby doesn’t spend much time on tummy
Visit for more information on the origin of TummyTime!TM Method.
Physical Therapy Evaluation
· Don't want to drive to one more appointment? Let me come to you!
If you have concerns about your baby’s ability to meet developmental milestones, a formal PT evaluation can help.
· PT evaluation includes completion of objective testing assessments to determine your baby’s developmental progress.
· Assessment of movement patterns throughout the entire body, including musculoskeletal, neurological, skin, cardiopulmonary, and GI patterns.
· Interventions are focused on the use of gentle touch modalities of myofascial release and identification of nervous system responses in order to promote movement.
· Implementation of a home exercise program that is functional and individualized for each family.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the role of a Physical Therapist?
Physical therapists have extensive education and training in evaluating and treating many neurologic, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary conditions, as well as evaluating and treating many movement disorders.
Cura Therapy, LLC works specifically with babies and children out of a drive to fill a gap in our current system of care to educate and empower parents and caregivers on simple and effective ways to facilitate healthy gross motor development from the very beginning.
Do I need a referral from a pediatrician for my baby or child to receive physical therapy services?
No - the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy allows for a licensed physical therapist to treat patients for up to 90 days without an order from a physician.
Do you accept insurance?
Cura Therapy, LLC does not accept insurance and collects private-pay for services rendered. Often times insurance companies require additional approval for visits, which can be time consuming and delay the time in which care is administered. Because babies and children grow so rapidly and needs are often time-sensitive, private-pay allows your baby or child to receive prompt access to skilled care.