About Us

About ATG

Adler Therapy Group specializes in delivering Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology for pediatrics, adolescents and adults. Our headquarters located central to much of Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach, VA features a private health and wellness center that includes state-­of-­the-­art equipment and private treatment rooms. We also have a dedicated Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic as well as an Augmentative/Assistive Technology Clinic serving all ages including infants and toddlers as well as adolescents and adults. Our specialty clinics offer personalized evaluations to determine the individualized needs of each and every client.

Meet the Team

Josh AdlerJosh Adler, OTR/L, ATP

Josh was born and raised in Hampton Roads and has been practicing as an occupational therapist in the area since 2003. He has over 14 years of both pediatric and adult inpatient/outpatient therapy experience. In addition, Josh has been performing seating and mobility evaluations for the past 10 years where he has built professional relationships with many of the local durable medical equipment providers to ensure proper equipment prescriptions for clients of all ages from pediatrics to adults. Josh has always believed in client-centered care and focusing on the client’s abilities instead of their disabilities. Adler Therapy Group was formed to become the therapy provider of choice by creating a positive and personal experience for the client and their family.

Kristin Huenerberg, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Courtney Von Tersch, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Dove Payman, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Valerie Arntsen, PT
Physical Therapist

April Murphy, PT, DPT, ATP
Physical Therapist

Melanie Parker, PT, DPT, ATP
Physical Therapist

Andie Keyser-Baker, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Jackie Hartman, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Beth Jamali, PT, OCS
Physical Therapist

Morgan Bek, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Ashley Scifres, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Kathryn Fuerst, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Erica Kaplan, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessica Cecco, MS, SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Janelle Finke
Rehab Assistant

Christina Huber
Rehab Assistant

Melinda Byrd
Administrative Coordinator

Jenna Saniano
Scheduling Coordinator

Lauren Cootes
Scheduling Coordinator

Megan Plumber
Billing and Collections Specialist

Melissa Dilday
Authorization Specialist

Therapy Services

Physical Therapy

Our Physical Therapists focus on helping individuals develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life. We are experts in human movement that examine, diagnose movement impairments and treat individuals with conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities.

 

Our treatments include: Orthopedic conditions, such as low back and neck pain, headaches, and osteoporosis. Joint and soft­tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains, hand injuries, fractures and dislocations, and pre­ and post­surgical conditions. Neurologic conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, peripheral nerve injury, and multiple sclerosis. Arthritic conditions, including osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Systemic diseases, such as cancer and AIDS/HIV infection. Workplace injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cumulative trauma, and stress disorders. Sports Injuries, such as overuse injuries and trauma in recreational and professional athletes.

Occupational Therapy

At ATG, our Occupational Therapists will work with the client towards maximizing their independence, whether it be through re-learning to perform daily activities, or by instruction of others to provide assistance in self-care activities. The focus of Occupational Therapy is to enable the person to pursue a fulfilling and productive life.

 

Our treatments include: Functional mobility and body mechanics – bed, wheelchair, tub, commode, car, etc. Self­care such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, and hygiene. Continence Management. Home management including cooking, housekeeping, laundry, shopping. Activities to restore upper extremity strength, gross and fine coordination, and hand function Upper extremity orthotics and splints. Work simplification, energy conservation, and joint protection techniques. Perceptual and cognitive skills. Adaptive equipment for self-­care, home management, mobility, and recreation. Visual Impairments and home modification recommendations.

Speech-Langauge Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists will diagnose and treat various types of communication, swallowing and cognitive disorders. We’ll focus on receptive language, the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, the ability to use words to express yourself. In addition, Speech Therapy offers treatment to many speech/language disorders.

 

Our treatments include: Aphasia – A language disorder resulting from a deficit (e.g., stroke) in the left hemisphere of the brain. Dysarthria – Weakness of the oral musculature that causes various degrees of slurring of speech. Speech disorders resulting from progressive neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Deficits in thought processing and/or language. Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders – Difficulty in eating due to swallowing deficits. Articulation disorders include difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that other people can’t understand what’s being said. Fluency disorders include problems such as stuttering, the condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions (st­st­stuttering), or prolonging sounds and syllables (ssssstuttering). Resonance or voice disorders include problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what’s being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for the child when speaking. Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive: Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language. Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.

Pediatrics

Adler Therapy Group’s Pediatric Division is a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation center with experienced pediatric therapists. We provide skilled physical, occupational and speech-language therapy services for children birth to 21 using the latest technology, equipment and treatment techniques.  Our facility features a full pediatric gym, large treatment rooms and a kind, nurturing and encouraging environment to help your child achieve their optimal function. We are also a great place for older teens to transition to being a more independent young adult.

 

Our treatments include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Adaptive equipment, Articulation Disorders, Burn Care, scar management, Cerebral Palsy, Custom G-tube/ostomy/kidney protection Belts, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain injury, Torticollis/Plagiocephaly, Neuromuscular Disorders, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Developmental Delay, Gait Training, Premature and Traumatic Birth, Chromosomal Abnormalities, Dysphagia (swallowing disorder), Handwriting, Sensory Processing Disorder, Visual Processing, Speech Delays, Splinting , Language Disorders, Milestone Achievements, Voice Disorders, Feeding Difficulties, Apraxia, Stuttering / Fluency Disorder, Muscular Dystrophy, Orthopedic Injuries, Prosthetic Training.

AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION / ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CLINIC

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (also known as AAC or Aug Com) is a mode of communication used by individuals who are unable to verbally express themselves.

 

The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Clinic at Adler Therapy Group provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for children and adults whose speech or expressive language is either severely or profoundly impaired. Our specially trained therapists will work with you and your family to choose the type of communication system or device that will be most useful for you or your family member.

Wheelchair Clinic

Our clinic offers specialized evaluations to determine the individualized wheelchair needs of each and every client. Clients that are unable to ambulate either due to birth injury, developmental delay, traumatic injuries, disease process, or debilitation may require specialized mobility equipment. The Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic at Adler Therapy Group helps clients of all ages find wheelchair and seating systems that optimize their mobility while ensuring safe and effective positioning, so they can participate fully in activities of daily living.

POSTURE EVALUATION

A posture evaluation will be performed to determine the flexibility of postural impairments. From there, we will recommend appropriate seating system options to address balance and improve posture. Measurements are also taken to make the wheelchair and seating system fit the individual.

PRESSURE MAPPING

A pressure mapping evaluation is performed to determine the most appropriate wheelchair cushion and back rest to maximize pressure distribution. This mapping system is an educational and assessment tool used to identify the areas of highest risk for skin breakdown and aids in the selection of a cushion and seating system to effectively redistribute pressures for each individual.

PROPER TRAINING

Wheelchair training to optimize function in multiple environments. We have access to a variety of terrain to simulate obstacles frequently encountered in a person’s typical environment. Options include grass, gravel, sloped sidewalks, curb cuts, and multiple height curbs.

OPTIMAL MOBILITY

A wheelchair evaluation is performed to determine the most efficient and functional means of mobility. Adler Therapy Group has a variety of manual and power wheelchairs from most manufacturers available for trial.  Adler Therapy Group also has a large variety of control systems that can be set up on a power wheelchair for evaluation and training someone to drive a power wheelchair. A functional evaluation will help to identify equipment that will allow each person the highest level of independence in transfers, weight shifts, and daily activities. 

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FAQs

HOW CAN I GET STARTED?

Getting started is easy! Just call our office at 757-455-5000. From there, you’ll just need to answer a few questions for us explaining your condition. After getting a better understanding of how we can help you, we work with you on scheduling a time for a proper evaluation.

WHAT HOURS ARE YOU OPEN?

We currently offer a wide range of flexible hours throughout the day to best accommodate our clients. Give our office a call at 757-455-5000 to find a time that works best for you.

HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP ME?

Physical Therapists treat the consequences of disease or injury by addressing impairments, functional limitations, and/or disabilities in patients. Some of the more common conditions for which Physical Therapists examine and provide intervention and treatment include the following:

  • Orthopedic conditions, such as low back and neck pain, headaches, and osteoporosis.
  • Joint and soft­tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains, hand injuries, fractures and dislocations, and pre­ and post­surgical conditions.
  • Neurologic conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, peripheral nerve injury, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Arthritic conditions, including osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Systemic diseases, such as cancer and AIDS/HIV infection.
  • Workplace injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cumulative trauma, and stress disorders.
  • Sports Injuries, such as overuse injuries and trauma in recreational and professional athletes.

HOW CAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELP ME?

Occupational Therapy can help our patients in several ways, helping them live their daily lives to the fullest!

  • Functional mobility and body mechanics – bed, wheelchair, tub, commode, car, etc.
  • Self­care: eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, hygiene
  • Continence Management
  • Home management including cooking, housekeeping, laundry, shopping
  • Activities to restore upper extremity strength, gross and fine coordination, and hand function Upper extremity orthotics and splints
  • Work simplification, energy conservation, and joint protection techniques
  • Perceptual and cognitive skills
  • Adaptive equipment for self­care, home management, mobility, and recreation
  • Visual Impairments
  • Home modification recommendations

WHAT SPECIFIC AREAS DOES SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ADDRESS?

Speech-Language Pathology covers several key areas, such as the following:

  • Aphasia – A language disorder resulting from a deficit (e.g., stroke) in the left hemisphere of the brain
  • Dysarthria – Weakness of the oral musculature that causes various degrees of slurring of speech
  • Speech disorders resulting from progressive neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s
  • Disease
  • Deficits in thought processing and/or language
  • Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders – Difficulty in eating due to swallowing deficits
  • Articulation disorders include difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that other people can’t understand what’s being said.
  • Fluency disorders include problems such as stuttering, the condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions (st­st­stuttering), or prolonging sounds and syllables (ssssstuttering).
  • Resonance or voice disorders include problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what’s being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for the child when speaking.
  • Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:
  • Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language.
  • Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.

Insurance Information

At Adler Therapy Group, we accept most major insurance networks. If you need additional information please call our clinic for verification of your insurance or you can inquire about our self-pay programs.

Contact Us

We promise to always treat you with a personal and caring touch and to serve you with therapy services from the area's most advanced clinicians. If you are interested in coming in for a consultation or have a questions feel free to send us a message.

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Virginia Beach Office

5604 Virginia Beach Blvd., Building A, Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462

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Chesapeake Office

113 Gainsborough Square, Suite 300
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Richmond Office

8100 Three Chopt Road, Suite 147
Richmond, VA 23229

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