Angela Ripley, doctor of physical therapy and Therapist Supervisor at Play Works Children’s Therapies, earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from D’Youville College - Buffalo, NY in 2011. With a passion for pediatrics, her goal is to analyze movement and develop creative individualized treatment strategies to improve patient safety, efficiency and independence navigating their environments. She has diverse experience treating pediatrics to geriatrics in multidisciplinary outpatient clinics, inpatient units, acute rehab, home health and an early childhood program. Angela’s heart for medical missions led her to volunteer with CURE International in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a PT program in a pediatric orthopedic hospital. She has been fortunate to work with unconventional treatment strategies such as hippotherapy (PT on a horse) and an outdoor aquatic setting (with dolphins as motivation). Her specialty is movement but her focus is providing holistic care. For every child to reach their potential, Angela believes it’s the therapist and caregiver’s responsibility to find what motivates the patient and cultivate an environment of intentional play supporting learning opportunities and high
Heather McClure earned her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and her B.S. in Social Science from Portland State University. She was born and raised in the Northwest, and is excited to provide excellent occupational therapy to kids in the Gorge! Her experience in OT ranges from behavioral health (inpatient and partial hospital psychiatry) to acute care/sub-acute rehabilitation as well as outpatient pediatrics. She has specialized training in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) method, Astronaut Training Program and Therapeutic Listening. She is extremely interested in sensory processing, the auditory/visual/vestibular triad, reflex integration and how neurological differences affect behavior in children (and adults!!). She is a wife, mom, dog-mom, avid reader, crossword puzzle junkie, novice gardener, locavore foodie and outdoor enthusiast.
Annie Murphy-Hagan is a bilingual doctor of occupational therapy. She earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis in 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and minored in Spanish at Santa Clara University. Known by children as “OT Annie”, Annie has a passion for helping children develop play skills and educating families. From 2011-2015, Annie worked at Head Start as a Bilingual Family Advocate and Teacher Assistant. She speaks Spanish fluently and has spent time abroad in Cuba and Guatemala.
Annie authored training on peer supervision practices in occupational therapy and has published articles on distance education technology and peer supervision in peer-review journals.
When not practicing occupational therapy, Annie enjoys biking and cooking with her husband, running with friends, nature drawing, and pretending to be a gastronome.
Riley Thomas received his master's degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Washington University and his B.S. in clinical physiology at Central Washington University. Riley has a diverse background in occupational therapy settings including outpatient pediatrics, acute rehabilitation, home health, outpatient neurorehabilitation, and upper extremity rehab. He found his calling for pediatrics while interning in a remote village for disabled children in Vietnam. Since this time, Riley continues to be inspired by the joyful spirit and excitement for life that every child has. He enjoys working with children of all ages and backgrounds, though has a growing interest in helping children with cerebral palsy and visual deficits. It is Riley’s long-term goal to garner a well-rounded and fruitful pediatric experience in the U.S. so that he can one day take the skills he has learned to benefit children and families living in impoverished places around the world.
Riley has recently moved to the Gorge out of a strong interest in all of the outdoor recreations the area has to offer. He loves being outdoors in all seasons, whether that means trekking up and down the snow slopes in winter or trailblazing the pacific northwest in the summer.
Erika Ellis is a Tennessee born and raised occupational therapist, who brings her knowledge and southern warmth to spread across The Gorge! She earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and her B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has worked with children for more than 10 years across a spectrum of interests, both professionally and personally. These dynamic experiences range from being the swim team coach, classroom educator, hospital-based acute care interventionist, and aunt to a little guy with special needs. The vast spectrum of these adventures has equipped her to provide child-centered care for kids to live their best life as physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially successful individuals. Her primary experience is in neurological rehabilitation, but is passionate about holistic treatment and how play really does work!
Although Erika may play for work, she also loves to play for fun! Throughout the week, you will find her on long walks throughout town, reading a book on the waterfront, or hiding by the local rivers and secret camping spots. As she begins her personal adventure in The Gorge, she aims to share her experience and dedication with the children who make The Gorge the magical place that it is.