Our Mission is to Empower All Those Whose
Lives We Touch to Reach their Full Potential

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Approach

TEIS Therapists are all employees. Our Therapists will listen to your concerns, assess your child’s individual needs, develop a customized treatment plan, and educate you along the way on simple solutions to maximize your child’s development that incorporate his or her natural environment and routines. TEIS Therapists will build strong relationships with you and your child based on mutual respect.  Your trust and confidence, along with your child’s progress, are TEIS’ top priorities

Training

TEIS Therapists consistently exceed the minimum of 24 hours of continuing education courses each year. Therapists travel all over the country to attend specialized seminars. Transfer of knowledge to the entire TEIS team is accomplished through bi-weekly, inter-disciplinary trainings presented by our therapists and local experts. Inter-disciplinary mentoring is integral to our education formula. All therapists are current with their Pennsylvania certifications and discipline licenses

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Expertise

Within disciplines, TEIS therapists have demonstrated expertise in areas such as, but definitely not limited to: Treating medically fragile children, Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, Autism / PDD / PDD-NOS, Sensory Integration / Sensory Processing Disorder, Neuro Motor Development, Complex Feeding Disorders, Torticollis, Assistive Technology, Premature Births, Cerebral Palsy, Vision, Nutrition, Failure to Thrive, Genetic Syndromes and Craniosacral Training (CST)

Reputation

TEIS has been providing Early Intervention Services to families in Southwestern Pennsylvania since 2004.  The founders of TEIS are both therapists. Approximately 33% of our referrals are from families who specifically asked for us.  They heard about TEIS from family, friends, daycare staff, other therapists in the home, doctors and other medical professionals.

Once your child has qualified for early intervention services, the first treatment session can’t be scheduled soon enough! TEIS feels the same way. We pride ourselves in working with you to schedule the earliest possible date to begin the EI journey.

TEIS Continues to Earn a 99.99% Excellent Rating

from the families we serve.

MEET A FEW OF OUR THERAPISTS

Denise Dahl, PT

Denise Dahl, PT

Physical Therapist

I graduated with a BS degree in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University over 25 years ago. I joined the TEIS team in November 2014.  Prior to coming to TEIS, I worked in a pediatric outpatient center with children birth through 18 years of age for nearly 12 years.  I have also worked in the NICU setting and in early intervention in Texas, inpatient rehabilitation in Pittsburgh at The Children’s Institute, and had additional training for 3 months during PT school in Alaska in wound care with both children and adults.  My special interests are aquatics (therapy in the water), working with Variety, The Children’s Charity to get kids free adaptive tricycles, and working with children with torticollis as well as many other diagnoses. I am married and have four children.  My hobbies include photography, genealogy, and reading.  I am passionate about empowering families and children!

Katie Blauth, MS, CCC-SLP

Katie Blauth, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

I read once that ‘words are the voice of the heart.’  It was very easy to choose speech-language pathology as a profession—it was my way of giving others a voice.  After working nearly 10 years in outpatient and hospital settings, it was time for a change.  I felt that being in a child’s most natural setting was the best way to make an impact and empower not only the child, but the family as a whole.  It was the best decision I’ve ever made.  Each day is a challenge, but I strive to be the inspiration to others as they are to me.

Christine O'Matz, OTR/L

Christine O'Matz, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

I have been working with children as an occupational therapist since 1997. Upon graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in occupational therapy, I spent a few years in Wheeling and Cleveland working with adults. After moving back to my hometown of Pittsburgh in 1997, I worked with children in a hospital environment, outpatient setting, and the school system. I chose to work at TEIS in an early intervention setting because I sensed therapy interventions could have a greater impact when done in the child’s home, with the caregivers actively participating in the therapy session. I am delighted to be invited into families’ homes in order to provide assistance with caregivers’ concerns, whether the concerns are sensory, feeding, neurological, or developmental.