Kathryn Valdez is a Pediatric Physical Therapist, born and raised in Monterey, California. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Fresno. In 2004, she graduated with her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitative Services, pre-physical therapy. She then went on to receive her Masters in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2006. Early in her career, she worked in both the acute care and out-patient hospital settings, initially working with adults before progressing to working primarily with the pediatric population. She moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2012 and has since worked full time with the pediatric population in private/out-patient settings.
In 2016, Kathryn became a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy, helping her pursue the highest level of skill with which to best serve the pediatric population. She specializes in working with children with all developmental disabilities; especially those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Developmental Delays. She also has knowledge and expertise in assessing a child's needs for adaptive equipment (wheelchairs, standing frames, and activity chairs) and also their need for orthotics in order to improve balance and mobility.
Kathryn has been a member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) since 2004 and knows the importance of evidence-based practice in order to make clinical decisions for the best results. She knows that each patient is different and what works for one child may not work for another. She centers her treatment sessions and implementing goals with involving family members/care-takers. She also enjoys educating family members and speaking to other disciplines involved in the patient's care in order to receive the best outcomes. Kathryn is excited to join the team at Touro University in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in order to improve children's gross motor developmental skills and independence.