At Alaska Pediatric Therapy, our mission is to help your child achieve their full potential in a fun and professional atmosphere. We have a large, consistent team of experienced and talented therapists that truly love being part of our family and yours. Each child is not only a client, but also an unique individual. We value being a part of your child’s collaborative team, and we work closely with you and your child to foster the achievement of new goals and milestones. We are focused on family-centered patient care. We collaborate with each family to develop goals specific to child and family needs.
We offer a wide range of pediatric therapy services that can assist your child in overcoming developmental delays and other challenges. We offer physical therapy to improve your child’s muscle control, coordination and gross motor skills. Speech therapy can assist in boosting language, communication and cognitive skills. Occupational therapy focuses on improving the “work” skills a child needs: play, peer interaction, sensory processing of their environment, and development of fine motor skills.
Laura Harris, PT, DPT, C/NDT
Laura is a physical therapist with over 25 years of experience, and more than 10 years working with pediatric clients. Laura grew up on the Kenai Peninsula, where she developed an interest in pediatric physical therapy while in high school. Laura completed her degree in physical therapy at the University of North Dakota in 1991. After graduating, she worked with clients in various areas, including inpatients in acute hospital settings, outpatients, and inpatient rehabilitation.
In 2008, Laura entered into her own private practice. In 2011, she expanded that practice by partnering with Jessica Huey, DPT, to found Alaska Pediatric Therapy, LLC. In 2014, Laura completed her doctorate in physical therapy with an emphasis on pediatrics through the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has advanced training in neurodevelopmental technique, hippotherapy, and kinesiotaping. She has attended continuing education in respiratory physical therapy, perception-action approach, and sensory integration therapy. Laura is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Pediatric Section, and the Alaska Physical Therapy Association.
Laura is married with 2 daughters. She enjoys running, biking, skiing, and hiking with her family and friends.
Jessica Huey, PT, MSPT, DPT
Jessica graduated from the Texas Woman’s University in 2006 with a Master of Science degree in physical therapy. She additionally completed her doctorate of physical therapy from University of Texas Medical Branch in 2015. She has been practicing pediatrics for over 11 years and loves working with children.
Jessica has attended many continuing education courses focusing on a variety of topics, including torticollis and plagiocephaly, orthotic management and casting, dynamic-systems approach to treatment, kinesiotaping, aquatic therapy, hippotherapy, and interactive metronome. She enjoys working with kids of all ages and abilities experiencing neuromuscular disorders as well as orthopedic concerns or injuries.
Jessica and her husband were both born and raised in Anchorage, and are currently raising 2 young daughters. They enjoy getting outside as a family at every opportunity to ski, bike and hike.
Belinda Barrett, PT, DPT
Belinda graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2010. Following graduation, Belinda focused her practice in pediatrics, working at an outpatient pediatric clinic in St. Louis. In 2015, Belinda moved to Anchorage and joined the Alaska Pediatric Therapy team. She has experience working in pediatric neuro rehab, early intervention programs, within the school setting, and home health.
Belinda has a special interest in pediatric orthopedics and neuro rehab and has attended continuing education courses on sensory integration, hypotonia, vestibular rehab, torticollis, orthotic management and bracing, and yoga for physical therapy.
Since moving to Anchorage, Belinda, her husband, and twin son and daughter have fallen in love with the beauty of Alaska and its endless opportunities for adventures hiking, fishing, and camping.
Carrie Gray, PT, MPT, C/NDT, CPST
Carrie graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the the University of Evansville in 1998. She started her career as a traveling therapist, working in a variety of settings while exploring different areas of the United States. Carrie moved to Alaska in 2000 and fell in love with the state's beauty and opportunities for adventure. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings. She is certified in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment technique and is a certified child passenger safety technician. She enjoys working with children and their families and has a special interest in early intervention, neuro rehab and aquatic therapy.
Carrie and her husband have two daughters and spend their free time exploring the outdoors together. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, reading and nordic skiing.
Shelby Wilson, PT, MSPT
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Shelby completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1998. She began work at the United Cerebral Palsy Center in Birmingham to serve children and families with complex medical backgrounds and medical diagnoses. She continued her pediatric experience working in the schools and at an outpatient clinic in Columbus, Georgia.
When the opportunity for travel arose, she and her husband worked as traveling physical therapists in various settings including pediatrics, adults and geriatrics. In 2005 they moved to Alaska, where she worked in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit, and was part of the NICU follow-up clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Providence. She also mentored at an outpatient clinic in the study of the perception-action theory prior to joining the team at Alaska Pediatric Therapy.
Shelby values being part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides comprehensive treatment of the whole child. Her therapy treatments are play-based and individually structured to promote a child’s motor, social and cognitive development. Her focus is to help each child recognize their unique strengths and abilities and to achieve their highest functional potential.
When not at work, Shelby enjoys trail running, skiing, hiking and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Kristen Wermager, PT, DPT
Kristen attended college at Colorado State University, where she received her bachelor degree in health and exercise science with a concentration in sports medicine and a minor in biomedical science in 2008. Kristen went on to complete her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2013. While in PT school, she completed two clinical rotations in pediatrics, solidifying her desire to become a pediatric physical therapist.
Kristen has a special interest in pediatric orthopedics and has attended continuing education courses in aquatic therapy, kinesiotaping, toe walking, perception-action approach to treatment, and early ambulation interventions.
Kristen loves to travel and spend time with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing and enjoying all the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer.
Jenny Armentrout, OTR/L, NTMTC
Jenny graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in December 2000 from Colorado State University. Jenny loves working with children of all ages and brings more than 17 years of pediatric occupational therapy experience. Her special interests include early intervention, feeding, and sensory integration. She is certified in neonatal touch and massage and has extensive experience working with fragile and premature infants. She has advanced training in feeding including SOS, food chaining, and behavioral approaches and is also certified in Therapeutic Listening (both basic and advanced). Jenny is an adjunct faculty member of the Creighton/UAA OTD program, serving as lab instructor for pediatrics.
Jenny is passionate about making therapy fun and meaningful and strives to share knowledge and skills with families so that children can reach their full potential. She grew up in Anchorage and enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and extended family here in Alaska. She is a voracious reader and also loves trail running, triathlon and cooking.
Tracy Berry, OTR/L, CPST
Tracy graduated in December, 2000 with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She relocated to Anchorage in 2002. Tracy brings 17 years of experience in pediatrics to the clinic. She has a special interest in sensory integration therapy, aquatic therapy, handwriting, feeding, and early intervention. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified. Other certifications include therapeutic listening (both basic and advanced), and aquatic therapy. She is Rehab Institute certified, as well as a child passenger safety technician.
Tracy and her husband have one son and one dog and enjoy camping, hiking, biking, skiing, traveling internationally, and eating good food. Tracy has a special love for chips and dips!
Teresa Comer, MOTR/L
Teresa graduated in May, 2009 with a Master in Occupational Therapy from University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She wrote her master's thesis on “Social and Occupational Participation in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury and the Effects of Occupation-Based Practice.” She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2002 with her bachelor degree in exercise science.
Her special interests include working on life skills to enhance one’s functional independence, feeding, self-regulation and handwriting. She has received special training in aquatic therapy, therapeutic listening, interactive metronome, and bioness rehabilitation.
Teresa has three children and enjoys spending Alaskan summers camping and hiking.
Shannon Parker, OTD, OTR/L
Shannon graduated from University of Hawaii in 2005 with a bachelor in education. After teaching for several years, she decided to go back to school to pursue a more direct care focused career with the intent to continue to serve children. In 2016, she graduated from Creighton University with her doctorate in occupational therapy. Since then, she continues to grow as an OT by taking continued education courses including therapeutic listening, hippotherapy, and aquatic therapy.
Shannon was born and raised in Anchorage. She and her husband have twin 9-year-old girls. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and watching live sports with her family.
Brittany Pearson, OTD, OTR/L, CPST
Brittany graduated with a bachelor in exercise science and a minor in athletic training from Central Washington University in 2009. She continued her education with Creighton University’s distance program, earning her doctorate of occupational therapy in 2013. Brittany has always had an interest in pediatrics and went to school with the intention of working in a pediatric outpatient clinic after spending her teenage years volunteering for Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has attended several continuing education courses including therapeutic listening (both basic and advanced), aquatic therapy, interactive metronome, handwriting without tears and SOS feeding. Brittany is also a certified car seat technician and is available to complete car seat checks by appointment.
In her time outside work she is a member of the fitness community and enjoys running races, teaching fitness classes, hiking, snowboarding, and skiing with her husband and son. Brittany also has two dogs that need just as much exercise as she does.
Marisa Jaso, OTD, OTR/L
Marisa earned her doctorate of occupational therapy from Creighton University's distance program in Anchorage, Alaska. She grew up in Anchorage and is passionate about serving the local pediatric population. Marisa has experience working in a hospital inpatient rehabilitation setting, as well as in elementary special education and childcare. She has always been drawn to working with kids, and is excited to use the tools that occupational therapy provides to assist in enhancing their learning and participation in everyday activities.
Marisa enjoys adventuring outdoors in many forms, traveling, cooking, and crafting.
Mary Denny, MS, CCC-SLP
Born and raised in Alaska, Mary is a speech language pathologist with over 17 years of experience in the field. She has worked both in the schools and in private practice, in Florida and Alaska. She is trained in PROMPT, and has a special interest in early childhood speech and language development, speech fluency, and family education and support. She received her Master of Science in speech/language pathology from the University of South Florida. Mary enjoys time with her husband and two young children.
Kelly Isaly-Johns, MA, CCC-SLP
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace University and her graduate degree from Cleveland State University. In January of 2014, she relocated to Alaska from Ohio. Kelly has 7 years experience as a speech therapist and has worked in both infant learning and private practice. She has a special interest in working with infants and kids in the areas of feeding, language acquisition, and aquatic therapy.
Kelly enjoys both the winter and summer seasons in Alaska, and stays active with running, biking, snow machining, and snowboarding.
Melody Martin, M. Ed., CCC-SLP
Melody received her Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood University and her master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She moved to Alaska in August of 2005 searching for adventure. She has worked in both school and private clinic settings. She loves working with kids and has a desire to see them intentionally communicate to build relationships with both family and friends. She has a special interest in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and has pursued advanced training in CAS, PROMPT, newborn and childhood feeding and swallowing, aquatic therapy and sensory integration training.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband raising their 4 young children, spending time outside during the summer, running, and visiting family.
Melissa Reitz, MA, CCC-SLP
Melissa was born and raised in Oklahoma, where she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in special education. After teaching 6th and 7th grade English and reading at a private school in Florida, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Arts in speech-language pathology in 2014. She enjoys working with children of all ages, with a special interest in using alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices to help children communicate, as well as social skills therapy. Melissa has completed numerous trainings to develop her professional skills, including PROMPT, SOS feeding, and DIR floor time courses.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys running, cooking, yoga, reading, and traveling.
Jennifer received her bachelor degree in emergency medicine from the University of New Mexico and worked as a critical care paramedic for several years. She then began work as an instructor in the emergency medicine program at UNM, the paramedic program at CNM, and through the pararescue program for the Air Force.
Moving to Alaska brought many changes, including the opportunity to work for Alaska Pediatric Therapy and explore Alaska with her husband and children. Jennifer is currently working on her master’s degree in mental health counseling.
Katy grew up in Colorado and went to school at the University of Kansas. In her early career she was a juvenile corrections officer. As her family grew, she split her time between motherhood and building two companies. She spent eight years flipping houses along the front range in Colorado and enjoyed the creative opportunities the experience supplied. In 2014 Katy met her fiancé. He lived in Alaska, and she soon fell in love with both. In 2016 Katy moved with her children to Eagle River and started working for Alaska Pediatric Therapy as the Anchorage office manager.
In her spare time Katy enjoys reading, movies, baking, rehab & redo projects, skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, fishing and anything where she can glimpse the beauty of the last frontier with family and friends. She owns a huge Newfoundland, a spunky Corgi, a lazy cat and a dramatic potbelly pig, and would love to live on a homestead with more critters someday!