Pediatric Physical Therapist

Los Angeles, California, United States | NAPA Center LA | Full-time



NAPA Center is one of the world's leading pediatric neurological rehabilitation clinics. We are dedicated to delivering excellent, innovative, and effective multi-disciplinary therapy services to children with a variety of neurological and developmental needs. 

NAPA Center is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA,and two more locations in Waltham, MA and Sydney, Australia. We offer both hourly and intensive (three-week) programs utilizing therapy methods from around the world, and have a proven track record of helping children achieve and even surpassing their goals. 

We have a strong framework in multi-disciplinary rehabilitation and early intervention and use diverse techniques of traditional and non-traditional therapies including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, developmental feeding services, NeuroSuit Therapy, CME/Medek therapy and SpiderCage therapy, all under one roof. Our programs are individually tailored to incorporate each child's specific needs. You will need to have a passion for children, a strong work ethic, be physically fit, willing to learn and strive for excellence in delivery therapy.

Position Description:

Physical Therapists provide services to develop, enhance or restore functional capacity of clients whose abilities to cope with the tasks of daily living are threatened or impaired by physical illness or injury, psychosocial disabilities, aging process or by developmental deficits. 

Physical Therapists at NAPA Center provide skillful intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect development of motor and behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice. The role will require all therapists to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

It is expected that each therapist will be able to complete all of the below responsibilities with little or no supervision required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Treatment of motor deficits and functional impairments or difficulties primarily in the pediatric population.
  • Possess general knowledge of child development to assess and refer families to other disciplines when appropriate.
  • Assess a client’s physical condition using a variety of standardized tools to determine a plan for treatment.
  • Utilize multiple frames of reference to inform practice including but not limited to: neurodevelopmental, developmental biomechanical, sensory integration, motor learning, cognitive, and rehabilitation.
  • Create tailored treatment plans to address client’s limitations, taking into account their age, abilities and other medical/physical factors.
  • Apply a range of physical therapy techniques to address presented conditions (including tailored exercises, passive and active stretching, gait analysis and training).
  • Patient/caregiver training in the use of assistive technology devices, mobility devices, orthotic or prosthetic devices.
  • Prescribe home exercise programs for the patient/caregiver to promote carryover and continued progress in the community.
  • Adapt environments and processes to enhance the functional performance of clients.
  • Actively participate in professional development including continuing education opportunities provided through the organization, from outside providers, as well as through opportunities offered as part of regular clinical supervision.
  • Maintain impeccable documentation. Ensure that treatment notes are recorded accurately and timely in the electronic health record system, according to the policies of NAPA.
  • Report writing including but not limited to evaluations, progress reports, school district IEP reports, assistive technology.
  • Act as a member of an interdisciplinary team to create a comprehensive developmental approach to client-centered care.
  • Develop rapport with clients to build a relationship of trust and mutual respect.
  • Work closely with administrative staff to manage the schedule and ensure that time is being used productively.
  • Provide input into the development of clinical practices and procedures.
  • Act in accordance with all company, legal and industry policies and ethics.
  • Comply with all professional development requirements for maintenance of registration as a Physical Therapist with the appropriate licensing board.
  • Work in a healthy and safe manner and encourage others to do the same.

Personal Role Requirements:

  • Minimum qualifications include completion of at least a Bachelor of Applied Science or Physical Therapy degree, from an accredited University.
  • Strong clinical experience - at least 2 years post graduate physical therapy experience preferred, preferably in a pediatric setting with exposure to children with disabilities.
  • Background clearance with DOJ and FBI.
  • Annual TB test clearance.
  • CPR and First Aid certificates.
  • Current registration with the appropriate licensing board.
  • Good physical health and fitness and the ability to lift up to 50lbs, extended periods of standing and/or sitting on the floor.
  • Create a safe, professional, and supportive environment where clients, families, and colleagues feel empowered to succeed.
  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively with clients and other medical professionals.
  • Display a level of professional empathy towards clients and the ability to develop rapport. Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with clients and their families.
  • Exercise discipline by completing all documentation, reporting requirements and training in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Team player that can demonstrate the values for working as part of our multi-disciplinary team to advance a client’s needs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to take on additional responsibilities with time, including assessment and development of treatment plans for more complex cases, supervision of therapy aides/volunteers and additional clinic responsibilities.
  • Ability to travel for periods of time for training/treating may be required.

 Company Values:

All NAPA Center employees must demonstrate the company’s core values which include:

  • Love –NAPA is a family business built on the love that parents have for their children. Embody NAPA’s spirit of love through kind actions, warmth and communication used every day.
  • Share - strive to collaborate and educate as part of the NAPA team, so that our clients and their families leave NAPA with positivity and hope.
  • Grow – evolve, engage and continue to learn, from our clients, our colleagues and our industry so that we truly offer the best therapy possible.
  • Hope – believe in the potential of every child and commit to helping them succeed, giving families hope when others have failed.