Gina Mydlo, PT, DPT
I am a pediatric physical therapist who specializes in treating children ages 0-3. I work for Missouri First Steps, which is Missouri’s early intervention program. I help teach children how to roll, sit, crawl, stand, walk, and I help promote the best posture during daily activities like feeding, sitting, and standing. My goal is to educate families on how to best progress their child's gross motor skills, so that the child can function at their fullest potential.
I am married and have one son. While I have been a pediatric therapist longer than a mother, my son is the one who has taught me the most about relating to children and families, and how physical function impacts every part of daily living. I have been blessed with having many resources available to me throughout my son's life, and I want to make these resources known and available to all families.
Laura Pierce, CCC-SLP, CLC
I am a speech-language pathologist and a certified lactation counselor. I work with pediatrics in several settings:
providing early intervention services for ages 0-3 through Missouri First Steps.
providing pediatric therapy services in the areas of development, language, feeding, and cognitive rehabilitation at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.
treating pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and providing breastfeeding support through my private practice, Pierce Pediatric Feeding Services.
I live in Kirkwood with my husband, four children, stepdaughter, and two Labrador retrievers and three cats. I volunteer with Duo Dogs by raising service puppies-in-training and caring for puppies from 0-8 weeks while they are with their mama.
Why We Created These Classes
We have noticed that there are many classes available on childbirth, CPR/first aid, breastfeeding, and newborn care. However, there are not many classes available on how to play with your baby or how to promote their developmental skills!
Both of us provide early intervention therapy for infants and young children with developmental delays. We love that the families of these children can receive extensive support in different areas of child development due to their child's diagnosis, but we also want to educate other families who want to give their child the best start possible.