multiple therapy disciplines … all under one roof

convenient for caregivers and enables cohesive services

L.I.F.E. Therapies

Our therapists serve consumers (AKA clients, patients) that come to L.I.F.E. exclusively for therapy services as well as consumers enrolled in the L.I.F.E. Academy and our Adult Day Treatment Program (DTA). Our therapists also support the L.I.F.E. Academy classrooms through consultation.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

gross motor skills such as mobility, coordination, and strength

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Occupational Therapy

daily activities or occupation

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Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

expressive/receptive language, articulation, augmentative alternative communication, and more

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Feeding Therapy

oral motor skills and sensory concerns that limit feeding ability

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Music Therapy

creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music to address functional goals

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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

using medium of water to address functional goals

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assistive technology

Assistive Technology

devices, equipment, product systems that improve, increase, or maintain functional abilities

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STUDENTS

Students

We often take students for clinical internships or observations.

  • Northern Arizona University: OT and PT
  • A.T. Still University: OT and PT
  • The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences:  PT
  • Pima Medical Institute:  PTA and COTA
  • Arizona State University:  Undergraduate kinesiology and exercise science majors

If you are interested in a possible clinical experience at L.I.F.E. please contact:

Richard Elicio PT, DPT
Therapy Manager
Lauren’s Institute For Education
480-621-8361
Richard.elicio@laurensaz.org

THERAPY LEADERSHIP

RICHARD ELICIO
RICHARD ELICIOTherapy Manager, (PT, DPT)
Role:
  • Here at L.I.F.E. I have the opportunity to guide the therapy team. My focus is to make sure that the therapists can provide the very best services to our consumers. That includes working closely with therapists for training and instruction. It also goes beyond that to collaboration with other individuals on our campus such as back office/administrative staff, Academy staff, and Behavioral Support staff. It also extends to collaboration with representatives from the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and parents.
Education:
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, 2013
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University, 2008
Continuing Education and Certifications:
  • Myofascial Release clinical application workshops, John F. Barnes PT o Pediatric Myofascial Release I, II, III
  • Water-Based Interventions for the Pediatric Therapist, Kiki Dickson MPT, PAqI
  • Out-of-Sync Child: Sensory Challenges and Sensible Solutions, Carol Kranowitz
  • Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model, Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Prevent and Support trained through DDD, Chris Garcia
Specific Treatment Strategies, Equipment, or Expertise Utilized:
  • Myofascial Release for range of motion, deep pressure (sensory)
  • Use of LiteGait system for gait training
  • Aquatic Therapy
Career History:
  • I currently serve as the Therapy Manager here at L.I.F.E. since August of 2018. I started my career in Physical Therapy here at L.I.F.E. in August of 2013 as a treating therapist. I provided skilled physical therapy interventions for a diverse group of individuals. I have experience working in the hospital setting, outpatient orthopedics, and school settings prior to coming to L.I.F.E.
Personal Treatment Philosophy:
  • I believe in treating the whole child. The entire team has valuable ideas that I can implement into my treatment to target as many areas of function as possible. I also believe that therapy should be fun. Work yes, but also fun.
Personal:
  • I am one of the few Arizona natives. I grew up a few hours down the road in the Gila Valley. I grew up participating in sports including basketball, football and track in Jr High and High School. I am married to Chelsey Curtis, also from the Gila Valley. We moved here for me to attend PT school and have been here ever since. We have 8 kids. Yes, 8! Tucker (13), Hayden (12), Camilla (10), Carmen (8), Cora (5), Reed (3), Matthew (2) and Jeffrey (7months). The kids keep us busy with sports, choir performances, band concerts, strings performances and drama productions. In my free time I enjoy carpentry work and home remodel projects.

THERAPY SUPPORT TEAM

In our ongoing mission to provide the best quality of care, we utilize therapy technicians to support our therapists. The technicians help the therapists with tasks like transferring consumers from their wheelchair, guarding for balance, helping communicate treatment sessions to families, keeping the treatment area and equipment clean, and much more! We also have an administrative assistant to help with some of the management tasks of the department.

ELIJAH BRECHBILL
ELIJAH BRECHBILLTherapy Technician
MAYA OSBORNE
MAYA OSBORNETherapy Technician
ZACHARY TRAVILLION
ZACHARY TRAVILLIONTherapy Administrative Assistant

Contact Us for More Information About L.I.F.E.

call us at 480-621-8361 EXT 127 or complete this form

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