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

Virtual Potty Consults

Are you stressed or anxious about the potty training milestone? Do you want someone along the way to discuss potty training issues or to have a plan for success? Our potty training consults may be just for you. We can help you prepare, plan, and help you feel confident going through the steps of potty training. This is a customized plan for you and what works for your family. These consults are great for families preparing for potty training, families who want a step by step plan, and/or families that want support with any difficulties. These options are great for you if your child is 18mo or older and showing signs of readiness.  
 
Consults are offered on Mondays and Fridays. 
 
Free 10min Phone Consult – Perfect for those who need help getting started or have already started but having a little difficulty. 
 
$70 – 30min Virtual Consult – Full customized potty training plan for you. Or if you are having difficulty we can discuss a plan for where you are at. 
 

$180 – Bundle of 3 virtual consults at 30min each – Have support along your journey and not become overwhelmed! Prep work, Starting and Finish line!

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!

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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. 

Most potty training occurs between 2-3 years of age. Most facilities require kids to be potty trained to start Pre-school and/or Kindergarten.These options are great for you if your child is 18mo or older and showing signs of readiness. If you have started the process but are having trouble, we are here to help!

 

FREE 10 min consult
Discuss your potty training options with the doctor to determine the best next steps for your little one. Consults are offered on Mondays and Fridays, virtually.

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.