Cindy Richards, MS, PT

Cindy has been a physical therapist in the Richmond area since 1999. Cindy has been dedicated to being a pediatric physical therapist since the day she read about this specialty. She changed careers and has been in the pediatric environment since her second year in her PT program. Cindy’s love of her job is evident in daily interaction with the children, and her perspective in pediatrics is certainly heightened as a mother of four.

Cindy was inspired to pursue intensive suit therapy techniques when she realized that several of her patients had traveled long distances to receive this therapy. Patients would return to therapy after a three-week session with new skills and increased functional potential. It was evident that patients were benefiting from intensive therapy. Richmond Hope Therapy Center was founded to allow patients access to this type of treatment program in Richmond.

Cindy received her undergraduate degree at the University of Richmond and her Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Cindy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has most recently been trained in the TheraSuit Method, under the direction of Izabela Koscielny.

Courtney Spears, MS, PT

Courtney has been a pediatric physical therapist since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. Early in her career, she had the opportunity to work in early intervention as well as pediatric outpatient services. She joined the team at RHTC in June of 2007, and has been a valuable part of the team. In regards to the intensive model of physical therapy, Courtney says, “I love having more time to get to know each patient, form a meaningful relationship, and gain a better understanding of how his or her body works. I use that knowledge to help the child reach his or her maximum potential.”

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and her Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a professional member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and holds a TheraSuit Method certification through the International Association of Intensive Therapy. She trained in the TheraSuit Method under the direction of Izabela Koscielny. Courtney is married and has two wonderful kids. She loves participating in marathons and other athletic events.

Shannon Richard, DPT

Shannon Richard received her undergraduate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in therapeutic recreation and a minor in psychology. In December of 2003, she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been trained in the TheraSuit Method and intensive therapy. She also holds an Early Intervention Certification and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Shannon’s passion has always been pediatric physical therapy. She had the opportunity to work in a variety of pediatric settings before joining the Richmond Hope Therapy Center family in 2008. Her dedication to helping improve the lives of children with special needs comes, in part, from her experiences as the parent of a child with special needs. She brings that understanding, knowledge and compassion to her work every day.

Sarah Armstrong, DPT

Sarah Armstrong completed her undergraduate degree at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, in 2007. She continued on at Quinnipiac and received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. After graduation, Sarah started her career as a traveling physical therapist and had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings across the United States, including California, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia. Despite her love of travel, once Sarah was introduced to Richmond Hope Therapy Center in February of 2012, she fell in love with the staff, patients and families. When the opportunity for a permanent position at Richmond Hope came available, she was delighted to join the team.

Hannah Bendahmane, PT, DPT

Hannah Bendahmane attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her undergraduate degree in exercise and sport science in May of 2010. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and graduated in May of 2013. Hannah’s passion for pursuing a career in pediatric physical therapy stemmed from having a sibling with special needs. East Carolina University fostered her passion by offering a supplemental pediatrics course beyond the required curriculum and extensive clinical opportunities where Hannah continued to gain knowledge regarding care for the pediatric population. Hannah was excited to become a part of the Richmond Hope Therapy Center team in August of 2013, where she provides the utmost compassion and care for the kids and families here.

Jessica Storey, PT, DPT

Jessica Storey received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. After graduation, Jessica worked as a physical therapy tech at Richmond Hope Therapy Center where she reaffirmed her desire to work with the pediatric population. Jessica completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, in December of 2013, where she received the outstanding clinical performance award. Jessica was thrilled to be able to return to Richmond Hope Therapy Center as a physical therapist in January of 2014. Jessica is excited to rejoin this close-knit group of professionals, patients, and families that makes Richmond Hope Therapy Center one of a kind.

Shannon LaSpina, PT, DPT

Shannon joined the Richmond Hope team in October 2012 after five years as a staff PT at Sheltering Arms in outpatient orthopedics, and two years as a PT and clinical researcher in the UVA/Kluge pediatric gait lab. She is thrilled to be back working in her first love, pediatrics, and with such a dedicated and driven team of therapists and patients. She brings advanced training in pediatric gait analysis and in integrated manual therapy through Great Lakes Seminars to the team.

Shannon received her clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004 from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a fellow in the VCU Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VA-LEND) program while there. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology/sociology from Roanoke College and pursued schooling for physical therapy after volunteering in an adult rehabilitation facility her junior year.

Shannon is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has been active in the local district, serving as director from 2008-2011. Shannon is married with three young children, and enjoys distance running, playing outside with the kids, and cooking.

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