Maria Teresa Ferrer, PT, DPT, C/NDT, C/TBI
Maria Teresa completed her studies in Medellin, Colombia at the Universidad Politecnica Colombiana Jaime Isaza Cadavid in 1987. She started her own practice, Suprotec, in 1989 in Medellin, Antioquia. Upon moving to the United States, she completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in 2006.
Maria Teresa has extensive experience in teaching and working with children of all ages with brachial plexus injury. Along with this, she is certified in traumatic brain injury, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), and early intervention. Maria Teresa is specialized in Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy, Neuromusic-connection (children and adults), Cerebral Palsy,
Neuroplasticity, Neurokinesthetics, Developmental Delays, Mirror Therapy, and Neuroconnection Method. She has a certificate of training with the Universal Exercise Unit, and extensive experience in the application of TheraSuit. She also has extensive experience with Serial Casting to correct toe walking, pigeon toe and other gait abnormalities, and to promote proper bone alignment. In 1989, Maria Teresa created Movement Inhibition Therapy, among other techniques to restore brain connection to muscle function, and has been successfully applying them in her practice since then.
Maria Teresa is now working on training physical therapists and families to help prevent children from depending on assisted devices. She teaches the methods of treatment and treatment reinforcement and has achieved great success with the therapists she has trained so far.
Maria Teresa is currently the supervisor for Genesis Pediatric Therapy in Coralville, Iowa in addition to her private practice, Ferrer Pediatric Physical Therapy. She consults on a national and international level, following patients and families to provide education for those who are unable to travel for the treatment.
The philosophy of Ferrer Pediatrics is to not just to focus on the problems and limitations to provide assisted devices. Instead, she strives to prevent every child possible from having to rely on equipment. She looks at the entire picture, taking the highest consideration into what the patient’s top potential is