Lic # 40QA01222700
- Owner of Mobility in Motion
Dr. Kathryn Vander Ploeg (also known as Ms Kat to the little ones) graduated from The Richard Stockton College of NJ in 2006 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy and continued on to pursue the Doctorate of Physical Therapy, finishing in 2010. She was always interested in working with children and did so early in her career. Dr. Vander Ploeg started working with infants roughly one year after graduating from Physical Therapy school. She was able to work for Cranial Technologies to provide the best outcome to babies with Plagiocephaly. She worked with families to alleviate torticollis as the two are closely related. Dr. Vander Ploeg then went on to work full time in the public school systems with children ages 3-21. In the school systems she had the pleasure of working with children in all aspects of their school day. Dr. Vander Ploeg remained in the school system for 10 years before joining FTC kids. Part time, Dr. Vander Ploeg had always stayed true to her orthopedic roots and worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic that served the community members aged 3 years old to 90+ years old. Her strong orthopedic background is an asset to FTC kids as many children present with underlying orthopedic impairment. She now simultaneously works with families and babies in Early Intervention providing many of the foundational skills that children need to be successful and with FTC kids in Little falls.
Dr. Vander Ploeg loves to hike and has accomplished several great feats including becoming a member of the Adirondack 46’ers. She has hiked all 46 of the high peaks above 4,000 ft in the Adirondack Park NY with her husband. She has hiked Mt Washington in New Hampshire and the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii. Her two girls Zoe, 6 and Hailey, 3 love hiking as well and most nice weekends you can find them at one of the local trailheads or at a rocky overlook. Her passions include family, friends, hiking, making up silly songs for gross motor activities and helping each child reach their fullest potential.