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Physical therapists (PTs) and Physical therapy assistants (PTAs) help individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, with the goal of enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life. Common conditions that require PT are:

  • Damage or impairment to bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, cognitive function
  • Reduced mobility due to age, injury, stroke, chronic illness
  • Individuals seeking to improve posture, muscle tone, flexibility or overall wellness

PTs and PTAs provide rehabilitation, habitation, performance, and wellness services to people of all ages and abilities from athletes to grandparents. PT can dramatically improve the health and well-being of any individual.

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Rachel Y Maestas

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Carmen Marquez

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Aaron Evans

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Melissa Edmondson

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Maribel Contreras


POI’s licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide a range of speech therapy services to patients of all ages and abilities. Some common conditions that may be treated with speech therapy are:

  • Speech disorders - when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly and/or fluently (e.g. stutter, lisp, difficulty controlling volume & resonance)
  • Language disorders - when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form, content, and/or use of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
  • Social communication - when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders - problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.
  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

Speech therapy services also include:

  • Aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.
  • Work with people who don't have speech, language, or swallowing disorders, but want to learn how to communicate more effectively (e.g., work on accent modification or other forms of communication enhancement)

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Tara Jaramillo


Occupational therapists (OTs) and Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) at POI provide comprehensive environmental and home evaluations to determine the best ways to accomplish an individual client’s goals. OT provides a holistic approach to make changes to home, workplace, and social environments to help clients gain more independence and better quality of life. Common OT therapies include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

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