Cindy has been a physical therapist in the Richmond areasince 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 degree 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 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 University of Virginia, and her Master of Science degree 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 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 MCV at VCU. She has been trained in the TheraSuit method and intensive therapy. She also holds an Early Intervention Certification and is a member of the APTA. 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 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 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 through 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 upmost compassion and care for the kids and families here.