about us

Aimee Brueck, MPT
Owner/Physical Therapist

 Aimee Brueck is a pediatric physical therapist who has been practicing for more than 15 years. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She has worked in a wide variety of settings nationwide, including hospitals, private clinics, and home care. She has been an Evaluator for Early Intervention since 2005. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental treatment, trained in the Therasuit Method for intensive physical therapy, and trained in protocol for Constraint Induced Therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy. She provides evaluations, treatment, and consultation for infants and children of all ages. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Association of Pediatric Therapists. Aimee is enthusiastic about children and prides herself on being able to make a difference in the lives of her patients and their families.  She is specialized in working with children who have neuromotor issues including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, genetic disorders, premature infants, general gross motor and developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, intermittent toe walking, and torticollis. She has taken extensive continuing education courses in baby treatment, infant massage, kinesiotaping, torticollis evaluation and treatment, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, bracing, aquatic therapy, and early intervention training.
    Aimee has made numerous presentations to new mothers and teachers to help them understand child development and the importance of "tummy time".

Mary Pengelley, PT, DPT, ATP
Rehab Director of West Palm Beach


Mary has worked since 1983 with children with a variety of developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders, muscular dystrophies, brachial plexus injury, and torticollis.  Mary has worked as a pediatric PT in rural Jamaica as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla NY, at Easter Seals in WPB, the Paley Limb Lengthening Institute in WPB, and at the Arc of PBC.  At the Arc, Mary was instrumental in helping to develop Potentials Charter School, an innovative therapy-intensive school for children who are non-ambulatory and non-verbal.  Her experience includes therapeutic horseback riding, adaptive aquatic sports, adaptive gymnastics, aquatic therapy, adaptive seating and mobility as an assistive technology practitioner.  Mary has also worked as an adjunct professor, teaching pediatric classes and labs to DPT students at the University of St. Augustine and Nova Southeastern University.

Jenny Norton
Staff Physical Therapist

Jenny has worked with children of various ages since 1994 after graduating from St Louis University with a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy and completed her master's degree in Physical Therapy in 1998.  Jenny has practiced PT various settings including hospital, home, schools, and aquatics. Jenny enjoys working with a variety of diagnoses and age ranges. She has much experience in treating premature infants, children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, torticollis, and autism.  

Jenny make much effort to educate parents / caregivers in maximizing a child's function throughout daily routines.  She also explores home / community activities that are able to be adapted to meet a child's needs. 

 

In her spare time, Jenny enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and biking. She also has a passion for CrossFit and sharing this with children of all abilities.  


Kristen Fay Brenner, PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist


Kristen Brenner graduated from Florida International University, Miami, FL with a Doctor in Physical Therapy and from University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services.  During school, Kristen served as an intern in a hospital, out-patient clinic, and in-patient clinic settings, both adult and pediatric.  She joined Progressive Pediatric Therapy for her final internship.

   In high school, Kristen nannied for a family with a seven-year old.  Twice a week, Kristen would watch the child’s physical therapy sessions and fell in love with the profession.  She knew that pediatric physical therapy was her passion.  Kristen is also experienced with American Sign Language. 

Julissa M. Abreu, M.S., PT
Clinical Lead Physical Therapist


Julissa has been with Progressive Pediatric Therapy since April 2012. Julissa graduated in 1995 with her Masters in Physical Therapy. She has a variety of experiences including specializing in working in the infant neonatal intensive care unit, children with neuromotor and developmental impairments, and children with pelvic floor dysfunction. She has certification training in CIMI (Certified Infant Massage Instructor) and NOMA (Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale). Her interests and specialties are neurology, particularly Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, and Muscular Dystrophy diagnoses.
   
Julissa aims to help the “whole” infant and child, taking in account all systems of the body and how malfunctioning of the cardiac, respiratory and integumentary system impacts the child’s functional postural stability and mobility.

Julissa’s heartfelt goal is preventative care by empowering and guiding the caregivers/parents and their children to achieve the utmost care to achieve the best maximum functional outcomes potential. Preventative care is done by instructing caregivers with proper orthotic-bracing, seating-mobility systems (wheelchair/strollers) and referring to specialists as needed.
   
Julissa enjoys volunteering for the community in charity-walk events. On her down time from work, she volunteers as a Medic for the Roller Derby (Women’s Flat Rink Roller Derby Community).

Cherrie Ann Ko, PT
Staff Physical Therapist


Ann Ko graduated from Cebu Doctors University, Philippines in 1998. She has experience in pediatric outpatient therapy, school based therapy, and in a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) facility. She treats a variety of diagnoses including, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Chromosomal Deletion, Rett’s Syndrome, Torticollis, and Developmental Delay. Ann also has experience in Intensive Therapy using the Therasuit. She is certified in NDT in Pediatrics.

Darlene Landy, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant

    

Darlene Landy graduated from South University with a degree in Physical Therapy Assisting in 2012. Prior to attending South, Darlene graduated from University of Florida in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
  

 During her 20+ years in retail management, Darlene discovered her love of working with children by volunteering first as a guardian ad litem for children in foster care, then for 13 years in therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. It was the time spent working with the physical therapists at the therapeutic riding center that led her to discover a passion for pediatric physical therapy.
    
Darlene recently completed a course in therapeutic riding instruction to further her knowledge and skill in incorporating equine movement into therapy practice. Darlene's clinical experience includes internships in outpatient rehab, the ARC potentials school, and Progressive Pediatric Therapy. She enjoys treating children with various diagnoses including developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and genetic anomalies, among others.


Kallie Atti, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist

Kallie graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida in 2014 and has a Bachelors in Kinesiology from David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN. Kallie was a certified personal trainer and a former collegiate athlete which has broadened her knowledge and passion for orthopedics. However, during graduate school, she realized her love for pediatrics. She enjoys working with children of all ages and has experience in treating a variety of diagnoses such as: Torticollis, Developmental Delay, Prematurity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and Fragile X as well as orthopedic injuries including ACL repairs, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Osteochondrosis, Disc degenerations, and Scoliosis. She is a certified provider for the Early Steps program.

 

Kallie has taken continuing education courses in plagiocephaly, myofascial release, and early intervention and she is fluent in Portuguese. Outside of work, Kallie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.  

Erica Koester, MSPT, DPT

Staff Physical Therapist

Erica has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 2004.  She graduated with a Dual degree - Bachelors in Health Science and Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004 from Touro College of Health Sciences, Bayshore, NY. She returned back to Touro College to receive her Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2007.  Prior to receiving her Physical Therapy degrees, Erica was a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist graduating from The New Center College of Wholistic Health, Syosett, NY, in 1997.  In January 2018, Erica made the move to Florida.

Erica has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings which include pediatric therapy in school based, early intervention, and home care.  She is trained in John Barnes Myofascial Release and enjoys using these techniques to improve function for the populations she treats.  Erica's pediatric experience includes Autism Spectrum disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delays, Idiopathic toe walking, Spina Bifida, Torticollis, and rare genetic diseases.

Megan Castles, PT, DPT, ATC

Staff Physical Therapist

Megan graduated in 2018 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Methodist University. She majored in Athletic Training in college and is also a certified Athletic Trainer. Going into graduate school she knew that she wanted to specialize in pediatrics and upon graduation she practiced in South Carolina as a home health pediatric Physical Therapist. Megan and her husband relocated to West Palm Beach in January 2019 and found the Progressive Pediatric Therapy family to be a perfect fit.

Megan has taken continuing education courses pertaining to pediatric brachial plexus injuries and autism. She has experience with many pediatric diagnoses including, but not limited to, the following: Autism Spectrum Disorder, toe walking, torticollis, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and pediatric Brachial Plexus Injuries. She also has an orthopedic injuries background with Athletic Training.

Sarah Miranda, PTA

Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

Sarah attended Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she obtained her degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2019. She dedicated 6 years of service in the United States Navy, where she learned the importance of teamwork and putting others first for the benefit of our society. Sarah has always had a passion for helping others, and found that she truly loved working with children while working at a children's entertainment company putting together events that fostered growth through positive social interaction. She strives to incorporate leading research and the most efficient methods to help her clients reach their goals and have a great time while doing so! Sarah understands that each child is exceptional in their own way and loves trying new things that will appeal to their individuality and creativity. She is thrilled to be a part of the Progressive Pediatric team, and to bring dedicated, compassionate care to our youth, one little one at a time!

"The staff at Progressive Pediatrics is experienced, goal orientated, and provides superior care for our son, Chase. The changes in a short time have been huge for us; he is now preparing to use a power wheelchair and is progressing more each day."

 
Sean and Thea