Tracey E. Blackmore, MSPT
Tracey graduated in 2001 from Washington University in St. Louis with her Masters in Physical Therapy. She followed her passion for pediatrics and joined Pediatric Specialty Associates, INC in 2002. She has been working with the First Steps Program serving the early intervention population (newborn-3 yrs old) since graduation. She has been on the Eligibility Determination Team from the initiation of them to First Steps. She has attended continuing education courses to expand her areas of expertise in kinesio-taping, electrical stimulation, orthoses, intro. myofascial release, sensory integration, and manual handling techniques to name a few. She has worked with a wide range of diagnoses, including but not limited to, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Dandy Walker syndrome, prematurity, rare genetic syndromes, low tone, high tone, spina bifida, and club feet. She emphasizes the importance of parental education and makes sure to incorporate fun during the session. Tracey and her husband Josh were blessed with their son, Brooks, in December 2009 and twins in 2013 , currently live in Carmel.
Melinda Burke, MSPT
Mindy graduated from the University of Evansville with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She has 10 years of pediatric experience working with the birth to three population and has also served as the physical therapist for a school system. Mindy has experience in the evaluation and treatment of diagnoses such as prematurity, torticollis, brachial plexus injury, osteogenesis imperfecta, arthrogyposis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, hypotonia, and visual impairments. She is very comfortable with treating children that have a tracheostomy and ventilator. Mindy greatly enjoys working with children and is truly passionate about helping children and their families reach their goals. She believes that children should enjoy therapy and works to make the therapy session family and child centered. She and her husband have a 4 year old daughter.
Heather Handley, DPT
Heather Handley graduated from the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Science’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in May of 2012. Heather enjoys working one-on-one with families, applying her knowledge and skills (both as a mom and a doctor of physical therapy) in the area of pediatrics. When she is not working directly with children she dedicates time to staying current on the latest research to provide evidence-based solutions for her families. Heather has experience in the treatment of diagnoses including developmental delay, prematurity, torticollis, plagiocephally, traumatic brain injury, high/low muscle tone, prenatal substance exposure, and genetic disorders. Heather has practiced and taught yoga and enjoys incorporating yoga into her treatments for older children. Heather grew up in Portland, Oregon, but now calls Indianapolis her home. She enjoys spending her free time with her eight-year old son.
Michelle Loftin, MSPT
Michelle graduated from Indiana University in 1996 with a degree in physical therapy. She worked at Riley Hospital for Children for 5 years where she worked in the Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, and Rheumatology Clinics. In addition, she worked in their Gait Laboratory to aid in the diagnosis of walking abnormalities. She also has 3 years of experience working in the First Steps system. Her areas of expertise include the following diagnoses: cerebral palsy, stroke, prematurity, spina bifida, Arnold Chiari, Down Syndrome, spasticity, hyper/hypotonia, club foot, multiple chromosomal abnormalities, torticollis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and developmental delay. Her continuing education has included several courses on neurodevelopmental technique, torticollis and spasticity. She has two daughters who are 11 and 8 years old and enjoys the family centered approach of First Steps. Having first-hand experience with neurological conditions, she understands the importance of working with the family to help their child reach their highest potential.
Kellie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 2007. She has worked with a wide variety of diagnosis including but not limited to CP, Down Syndrome, Autism, CVA, Brain Tumor, CHARGE Syndrome, Arthrogrposis, low tone, high tone, Mitochondrial disorder, visual/hearing impaired, prematurity, developmental delay, seizure disorders, Chiari Syndrome, club foot, and Epidermolysis Bullosa. She is very comfortable working with children with vents/trach, and feeding tubes. She has vast experience working with orthoses and other adaptive equipment. Kellie absolutely loves working with the First Steps population! She loves the age, going into the homes and the relationships that develop as a result of working closely with the child and their family. Kellie lives in Danville, Indiana with her husband, Casey and their 3 children, Brody, 11, Kerrigan, 6, and Lilly 4. She enjoys spending time with her family and all the activities that come with being a parent.
Lacey graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with her Bachelor’s degree in Movement and Sports Science. She then attended IUPUI where she graduated in 2012 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Lacey has a passion for working with children, and finds this career very rewarding. While in graduate school, Lacey took specialty clinicals in the NICU and with pediatrics including First Steps. She feels she has been blessed to work with children with many different diagnoses including prematurity, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, torticollis, autism, and various genetic conditions. Lacey lives with her husband and 2 dogs on the southwest side of Indy. She is thankful for and proud of her husband who serves in the Indiana National Guard and has participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In their free time, Lacey and her husband love to hike, camp, travel, and spend time with family.
Heather Smith, MSPT
Heather is a 2003 graduate of University of Evansville with a Masters degree of Physical Therapy. She has been working as a physical therapist within the First Steps system for the past 7 years, and providing evaluation services as part of an Eligibility Determination team for the past 5 years. It has been Heather’s pleasure to serve families and children with a wide variety of needs including but not limited to: extreme prematurity, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, as well as other various developmental delays. Heather is also experienced in working with medically fragile children with feeding tubes, tracheostomies, and that are ventilator dependent. Heather and her husband Andy have been blessed with two beautiful children of their own- Alexander (3 years) and William (1 year). It is Heather’s goal as a provider to not only meet the therapeutic needs of each child, but to also be attuned to the individual needs of each family and their desires for their children.
Miranda Vogel, DPT
Miranda graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from Indiana University before receiving her doctorate in Physical Therapy from The College of Mount St Joseph in 2009. She has been working with Pediatric Specialty Associates ever since. Miranda loves working with families and developing programs that are unique to each child. She is constantly trying to expand her knowledge base and stay current on the latest research so she can offer your child the best therapy possible, whether it be electrical stimulation, NDT or yoga! Her experience includes: prematurity, torticollis, plagiocephally, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, spina bifida, osteogenesis imperfecta, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, medically fragile children (including ventilators), high/low muscle tone, toe walkers, prenatal substance exposure, genetic disorders, autism, sensory integration disorder, cardiac conditions, Guillain Barre, and third degree burns. Miranda tries to be flexible with her schedule, and is not opposed to doing weekend appointments when necessary.