Physical Therapists

Name: Carla Ruch, PTkarla

Where you are from originally, and where did you go to school? I was born in Wisconsin and currently live in Columbus with my family.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Marquette University.

What got you interested in working in pediatrics and for A Step Ahead? 
I have worked in pediatric therapy for many years and  have always enjoyed spending time with children and getting to know them and their families. I like helping children work towards achieving the goals that are important to them and to their parents.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Besides being a part time therapist I am also a full time mother to 4 boys ranging in age from 6-21 years. Our youngest son, who we adopted from China, has an orthopedic disability involving his right forearm and hand. In my “spare” time I attend a lot of baseball, football, soccer, and basketball games!
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Name: Kelsey Russo, DPTkelsey

Where you are from originally, and where did you go to school? I am originally from Columbus, Indiana so I am happy to back home and working here. I went to Denison University in Ohio for my undergraduate degree and received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky.

What got you interested in working in pediatrics and for A Step Ahead? 
While I was in PT school, I discovered that I had a love for working with children and completed some of my fieldwork in a pediatric clinic.  At UK, I was able to focus on pediatric PT, and take additional classes to help me be more prepared. I found out about A Step Ahead through friends and was excited that they asked me to be part of their team.
Hobbies and interests: Throughout high school and college, I was a competitive distance runner on my cross-country and track teams.  I still enjoy running when I can and other exercise! My husband and I do not have kids yet but we do spend a lot of time with family and our dog Linus.
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aundreeName: Aundree Dougherty, PTA

Where you are from originally, and where do you live now? Originally from Madison, IN. I have lived in Columbus since 2005. Completed my degree at the University of Indianapolis
What got you interested in working in pediatrics and for A Step Ahead? 
I was drawn to pediatrics because of the joy my own children bring to my life. I love getting to know kids and helping them grow and learn.
How long have you been working for A Step Ahead? I have been working at ASA since the Fall of 2012
Areas of expertise: As I am just beginning this new adventure in Physical Therapy, I am trying to learn as much as possible about all areas specific to pediatric PT.
What are your hobbies and interests?
In my spare time I love to be outside, hiking, biking, canoeing, etc. I am a Girl Scout Leader as well as a volunteer in my daughters’ school classrooms.
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