About the Speakers:
Tom Ravetto, PT received his B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center in 1996. His first interest was in adult rehabilitation, and he pursued this while working at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital. Tom then expanded his career to include pediatrics as he worked with Olympia Fields to establish their first outpatient pediatric clinic. To further his knowledge, he became an NDT-trained PT in Pediatrics in 1998 under Kacy Hertz, PT, C/NDT. He continues to use his valuable knowledge of NDT in his approach to every patient, no matter the age or condition.
In 1999, Tom began practicing at Kids in Motion and in the south suburban school districts, where he continues to enjoy treating children directly in both settings today. In addition, he sees individuals of a wide age-range in the home health setting, making Tom fully appreciative of the impact of great treatment throughout the entire life span, in all settings.
Tom is well-versed in manual therapy techniques, myofascial release and therapeutic taping to address alignment and mobility needs. He has pursued advanced coursework steadily in each of these areas, and has integrated their use into his everyday practice to afford his patients joint stabilization and postural stability to gain freedom of movement.
Tom maintains a holistic approach and thinks outside the box in order to tease out and unpeel layers of dysfunction. He is best known for his versatility in his treatment, both by using the principles of NDT to help treat orthopedic and sports injuries and by using his knowledge of manual therapy to enhance his treatment of children with central nervous system involvement. Tom is a much-loved therapist with over twenty years of experience. Course participants will enjoy his teaching style in presenting the comprehensive treatment approach for truly successful outcomes in idiopathic toe-walking management.
Renee G. Rowley, PT, PCS, C/NDT received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center with pride in 1979. She began her career in Adult Rehab and became NDT-trained in Adult Hemiplegia in the early 1980’s under Isabelle Bohman, MS, PT. The Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) approach proved invaluable in the busy hospital rehab unit setting for the treatment of adults with hemiplegia, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Guillan-Barre.
At the same time, Renee worked in an evening outpatient orthopedic setting during which she observed another PT relieve his patients of pain, restore function and discharge them in less than half the time than the other staff therapists. This excellent PT mentored Renee over the next year as she observed and learned from his expertise, leading her to the study of orthopedics, especially the spine. She participated in numerous joint mobilization courses taught by Ola Grimsby, PT, and has since never forgotten the importance of integrating the solid knowledge of orthopedics into the handling of every individual with neurological involvement.
Renee later headed into pediatrics after being asked to assist on a pediatric case in the home setting. Again, she was mentored by an excellent pediatric therapist for over a year, then became NDT-trained both in Pediatrics and later in Baby Treatment under Lois Bly, PT, MA, C/NDT. After first moving into both administration and practice to develop and establish a brand new pediatric program for St. James Hospital, in 1988 Renee then made her final career shift to co-found Kids in Motion, a small outpatient pediatric center in Crestwood, IL, where she happily continues to treat children today.
Through both hosting and taking courses over the years, she has continued her expansive training in: NDT under the numerous gifted instructors in the NDTA; Myofascial Release (MFR) by Regi Boehme, OTR/L, and John Barnes, PT; orthotics principles by Nancy Hylton, PT; orthopedics and manual therapy under many extraordinary instructors. She is now pursuing coursework in Strain-Counterstrain techniques, and continues to gain insights into sensory dysfunction from Kids in Motion’s esteemed Senior OT, Julia R. Bator, OTR/L.
Renee applies her knowledge of NDT and manual therapy into every treatment, with particular interest in the treatment of babies with torticollis, children who display toe-walking, individuals of all ages with cerebral palsy, and children with spinal or foot alignment issues. She is very excited to partner with her respected colleague, Tom Ravetto, in presenting an integrated approach to the successful evaluation and treatment of idiopathic toe walking.