Mary Beth Crawford, MPT, IMC, CEIM received a B.S. in Biology from Villanova University in 1997. In 2000 she graduated summa cum laude from Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University with a Master of Physical Therapy. Mary Beth has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of children with pediatric neurological, neuromuscular, myofascial and sensory-motor challenges. She has a strong background in working directly with infants and toddlers, as well as in the treatment of children diagnosed with generalized dyspraxia, hypotonia, torticollis, and autism spectrum disorders.
Mary Beth regularly provides lectures and in-service training to numerous parent groups and medical professionals / allied health groups on typical and atypical motor development, and on her unique approach to pediatric physical therapy. Her continuing education includes John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Technique (MFR ©), Vestibular Processing Disorders, Neuro-Developmental Technique (NDT) handling, sensory integration and sensory processing disorders, and understanding the DIR®/Floortime™ model. Mary Beth is a certified practitioner for the John F. Barnes MFR- pediatric course as well as a level 1 practitioner. She is a certified practitioner of the Interactive Metronome program, is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage and is certified in Therapeutic Listening™. Mary Beth feels strongly that an essential part of every family’s journey is to have the adequate emotional and educational support along with a comprehensive and thorough evaluation and treatment plan for therapy. She believes that collaboration and communication among parents, therapists, children and health care professionals is the cornerstone of any therapy plan.
Mary Beth founded Baby Steps Therapy in May of 2008 following the birth of her first son. In April of 2010 her second son was born and in May of 2013 she gave birth to her 1st daughter. Mary Beth is humbled and honored by the privilege of being a mother. She feels that motherhood has not only helped her into a better person but continues to enrich her understanding of her professional life. She is excited to continue to develop her skills as a clinician in a caring and integrated approach to pediatric physical therapy.
Faithe R. Kalisperis MPT, DPT, C/NDT
received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in May 2002, A Masters of Physical Therapy in May 2003, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2008 from the University of Scranton. Faithe has been working within the field of Pediatric Physical Therapy her entire career. She obtained a clinical Neurodevelopmental Treatment Certification(C/NDT) in October 2009. She provides ongoing physical therapy services to children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy(CP), hypotonia, Down’s Syndrome, developmental delay, limb lengthening, fractures, gait deficits torticollis, non-specified neurologic and neuromuscular disorders, as well as patients with vestibular and balance deficits.
Faithe provides lectures and in-services to medical professional, co-workers, students, as well as patients and their families. Faithe has had the honor of speaking at several annual conferences on the Physical Therapy assessment and treatment of vestibular and balance disorders in children. She has also co-authored a book chapter focusing on the Physical Therapy Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy, which can be found in the textbook entitled “Pediatric Physical Therapy” edited by Jan Tecklin.
Faithe has dedicated her clinical practice to working with children, young adults and their families to achieve the functional skills that are necessary for them to participate within their home and community. She strives to empower her patients and their families to be active team members in the care of their children by establishing relevant family centered functional goals within her plan of care. Faithe brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to the children and families that she works with through Baby Steps Therapy LLC.