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.

Sarah Sale, PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist


In 2009, Sarah graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University with honors. With a passion for pediatrics, Sarah immediately specialized in pediatrics in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and the home. She loves working with children of all ages and has experience in treating a variety of diagnosis such as: torticollis, cerebral palsy, prematurity, traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders including Down syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome, and Rett Syndrome as well as orthopedic injuries including wrist fracture, rotator cuff injury, little league shoulder, and scoliosis. She is a certified provider for the Early Steps program.
   
Sarah has taken continuing education courses in myofascial release, therapeutic taping, early intervention, and the use and adjustment of adaptive equipment.  She enjoys teaching and has assisted in labs for the doctorate in physical therapy program at Nova Southeastern University. 

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.  

April Halsey, PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist

April received her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2009.  After a few years of feeling unfulfilled in her professional life, she decided she needed a change and began to pursue a career in physical therapy, something she herself had been through as a teenager.  In the spring of 2017, April received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Florida.  She fell in love with pediatrics while completing her last clinical internship at a pediatric hospital, working with newborns in the NICU, young children with congenital heart defects, and children receiving outpatient chemotherapy.

Joy Milani, PT

Staff Physical Therapist

Joy is originally from Massachusetts, however she just moved to Florida from Tucson, Arizona in August of 2018.  She received a BS in Science/Physical Education with concentrations in athletic training/coaching.  Joy went on to get her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Boston University.  Over the next 37 years of practice, she worked in many settings that were a combination of working with children, adults, and orthopedics.  The bulk of her career, 30 years, she had a practice in Massachusetts that was a combined practice of working as an early intervention PT (birth to three) and working one on one with all ages for assorted pain and movement problems.  Joy's approach includes manual therapy techniques which facilitate good body position and optimize motor skill development.  She includes education and home programs of exercises and handling to bring about lasting positive changes. 

Joy loves her work as a physical therapist.  She enjoys that no two bodies are ever exactly alike so there is always a challenge to find what would work best for each individual to achieve optimal pain free movements.  She enjoys working with athletes from a total movement persepective to work towards creating optimal sports readiness.  When working with children, she strives to help them learn to move their bodies well so they can explore and participate in the world around them.


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.

Sharon Katz, PT

Staff Physical Therapist

Sharon is a Pediatric Physical Therapist who recently relocated to Florida from New York. She graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in Developmental Disabilities.  Sharon also received training as an NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) therapist.  She has been practicing for over 30 years. Previous experience is with infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children in the home and preschool settings. Sharon has worked with a variety of children with a range of disabilities.  She has also worked extensively with the post surgical child who requires rehabilitation services to improve their functional status.  Sharon has experience with the evaluation and fitting of orthotics and therapeutic equipment.  The goal of treatment is to treat the child as a whole.  Sharon aims to encourage and facilitate improvements in gross motor skill acquisition while making therapy fun!


"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