OVMC Pediatric Physical Therapist Receives Elite Certification

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

WHEELING--OVMC Physical Therapist, Alison Kreger, recently became board certified as a Clinical Specialist in Pediatrics, making her the only therapist in the Wheeling area to achieve such a distinction and one of only a handful throughout the state of West Virginia.

Kreger's certification was awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) following an intensive process that included the accumulation of 2000 clinical hours in the area of Pediatrics, as well as a comprehensive examination.

\"We encourage our therapists to pursue professional education,\" said Kent LaForme, Director of Rehab Services at OVMC. \"It's just one more way that we can continue to improve the service that we provide to our patients.\"

The purpose for pursuing board certification is to assist the therapist in meeting the specific needs of the patient, which in this case would be pediatrics, LaForme explained. The needs of pediatric patients are frequently much different from those of adults and the board certification assures that the therapist is able to meet those needs. It is a voluntary process.

Kreger practices at the OVMC Outpatient Physical Therapy Department, which is located in the Elm Grove area of Wheeling.