Thrive Pediatrics

What We Offer

Feeling overwhelmed about toilet training?
Is your child not pooping?
Have you taken your child to the ER, just to find out that they are constipated?
Thrive Pediatrics can HELP!

Bedwetting

involuntary release of urine during sleep

Withholding

not wanting to go to the bathroom

Urinary/Fecal Incontinence

loss of bladder or bowel control

Voiding Dysfunction

start and stop flow, difficulty starting the flow

Plagiocephaly

mis-shaped or flat head, often seen with long pushing during birth or multiples

Tongue Ties

may have difficulty latching or feeding issues

Constipation

infrequent or difficult bowel movements

Gross motor delays (not meeting milestones)

Rolling - front to back by 4 months; back to front by 5 months Sitting - without support by 7 months Crawling - hands and knees by 8 months Pre-walking/standing - by 10 months Walking - typically around 12 months

Potty Training

training to use the potty

Torticollis

if baby has a head tilt or side preference, can impact feeding

Encopresis

fecal smearing, “skid marks”, typically due to constipation

Hi, I'm Stephanie​

Dr. Stephanie Werkau has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been practicing since 2016. She is a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified in Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy. Dr. Werkau is always striving to learn more and continue her education in all areas but specifically pediatrics and women’s health.  Most recently she has taken courses in pelvic floor dysfunction, pediatrics, and pediatric pelvic floor. Dr. Werkau is from Tempe, AZ and now resides in Gilbert. She is a wife and the mother of 2 young children, one girl, and one boy. She loves to spend time with family and live an active lifestyle. Yoga and running are some of her favorite ways to exercise. Dr. Werkau has a passion for learning how the body works together and helping her patients improve their lives. “I enjoy teaching and helping infants, toddlers, kids and women attain new skills and reduce setbacks. I hope that I can help you and/or your child attain your goals to live a healthy life.”         – Stephanie Werkau PT, DPT, COMT, PCES

Hi, I'm Kim

Dr. Kim received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009 and is the owner of Thrive Pelvic Health.  She launched Thrive Pediatrics in 2022 because of the need for pediatric pelvic floor physical therapy in the valley. She has seen first hand the impact pelvic health dysfunction can have on adults and wants to be able to provide the same caliber of support and relief for children and their families.  Dr. Kim has been specializing in pelvic health since 2017 and has taken additional course work to allow her to treat children with pelvic health concerns.  Dr. Kim has personally dealt with bedwetting issues with her own child and knows the impact that can have on family life, sleep and a child’s wellbeing.   Dr. Kim grew up in Tempe and now lives in Ahwatukee with her husband and 2 young boys.   Dr. Kim loves watching her children play baseball and golf especially during the “winter” time her in AZ.   “I want to help you and your child life a happy, healthy life without fears of leaks or painful poops.”         – Kim Bryant PT, DPT

Serviving Families in the valley

Thrive Pediatrics

Potty Training

This can be very stressful for both parent and child.

We are here to make it easier and help facilitate training so no poor long term habits or behaviors are developed.

Milestones

Being a new or first time parent is hard.

Not knowing if your child is meeting milestones can be stressful. If you have any concerns please reach out and we can help you work to get back on track.

Tongue Ties

Not all tongue ties are the same but they do put infants at risk for torticollis.

We can perform the bodywork needed and teach you how to prevent torticollis.

Thrive Pediatrics can HELP!

Need Help?

FAQs

If you have any other questions make sure to contact us!

No internal exams will be performed. An external exam may be performed if indicated and consent given. This involves assessing the skin integrityreflexes of pelvic floor musculature, and perineum mobility. 

Biofeedback is a tool we use to help assess and treat patient’s for pelvic floor conditions. It involves using small dime-size electrodes that detect when the pelvic floor muscles are activated. This can help us see if there is too much tone, decreased coordination, or difficulty activating or relaxing the muscles causing the issue. 

Most exercises are play based meaning we will play games while doing an exercise that benefits the child. We look to find what things the child is interested in (Pokémon, princesses, animals, etc.) and use that in our treatments. 

There should be no pain while we are treating. We use purposeful play and games as exercises to facilitate our goals. If at any time you or your child is uncomfortable please notify us.  

We treat all ages from birth to young adult in our pediatric section. We also treat adults for pelvic health conditions.   

Thrive Pelvic Health

The pregnancy and postpartum chapters in our lives can feel overwhelming but if you are in pain, having leaks, or don’t know how to exercise safely we can help.  

You do not have to do this alone; we are here for you.