As the founder of Mighty Minds and Muscles Therapy & Coaching Services, there are many, many people in this world that I have to express my gratitude towards. No one person can do anything in this world without support. The following people (and many more) have played a significant part of making our small practice possible. By encouraging me, believing in me and supporting M.M.M., I have been able to develop a practice that aims to understand children better and to educate the world about how to truly make a difference in a child’s life. Thank you to all!!!! - Padra
My supportive parents and family.
My loving and generous husband.
My friends near and far.
American Red Cross – For allowing me to join an Adult Sign Language Class at the age of 10 and giving me tremendous experience during Hurricane Katrina Relief.
Shari Rarick – For my focus, self-discipline & confidence. (Childhood dance teacher of 20 years. Battle Creek, MI)
Mrs. Buckley - My favorite teacher, inspirer of ‘reaching children of all abilities’. (3rd Grade – Minges Brook Elementary, Battle Creek, MI)
The late David B. Gray, PhD. -For pushing and inspiring me. (Master thesis advisor, World-traveling partner and A.D.A. educator – Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO). As a man with quadripelia for over 40 years, he taught me that having a disability is a not a limitation in life, but often a blessing!
Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD.- O.T., S.I.P.T. trainer, and professional mentor
Diana Dinn – Professional mentor
Monique Bell – Professional mentor & provider of extraordinary amount of education early in my pediatric career.
Maude Le Roux – O.T., Professional mentor, and website collaborator.
Kirsten Lopez – Education Leader, professional friend, and website collaborator.
Paule Doss – Website Designer
Jill Sauerburger – Graphic Designer
Malinda Smith – Sister and Graphic Designer (and doer of all other projects)
Gymboree N.Y.C.– For supporting and collaborating with our small business.
Schools & Clinics (current or previous working relationships):
Leman Manhattan /Claremont Preparatory School
Nursery of Habonim
The River School (NY/NJ)
The Peck Slip School (PS)
Battery Park City School (PS 276)
Jewish Community Project (JCP)
PS – Bronx
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Preschool
Support By Design
Kids Developmental Therapy (TX)
Bay Area Rehabilitation Center (TX)
St. Louis Preschool for Autism (MO)
Mayo Clinic (MN)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign –Carle Foundation Hospital and Clinic (IL)
All my previous and current families for their confidence in allowing us to work with their children.
Megan* – My 10 year old client at Winter Park National Sports Camp for the Disabled… a child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) who shows that nothing is out of reach and it is almost always worth the risk.
*For privacy, some names have been withheld or changed.