Nora Bachman

Pediatric Physical Therapist at Child Success Center

Santa Monica, CA

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Work experience

Mar 2018 - Present

Nora B, PT

In-home and Aquatics Pediatric Physical Therapist

Oct 2016 - Present

Child Success Center

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Nov 2016 - Sep 2018

Kids Therapy Made Simple

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Sep 2015 - Aug 2016

The Connections Therapy Center

Lead Physical Therapist

Apr 2014 - Aug 2015

HSC Pediatric Center

Physical Therapist

As a physical therapist at a non-profit pediatric facility with inpatient and outpatient services, I evaluate and treat a patient population of primarily neurological diagnoses, some orthopedic and rare diagnoses, aged infant to 21 years old, with focus on play-based therapy. * Perform initial evaluations and daily progress notes per strict documentation standards; * Use play-based techniques to encourage children to participate in therapeutic exercise towards meeting developmental milestones and promoting functional mobility and independence; * Organize and execute facility-wide events – including Rehabilitation Month Party and Physical Therapy Month Educational Activity; * Promote and establish Go Baby Go Program, a “babies driving robots” project to improve access to mobility, social participation and exploration; * Work closely with PM&R and Orthopedic physicians regarding recommendations, plans of care, additional equipment; * Coordinate with equipment clinic and clinicians to provide the most appropriate tools for functional independence.

Mar 2013 - Apr 2014

Elissa Driban & Associates PT

Physical Therapist

Caring, passionate physical therapist with experience working inpatient, outpatient and aquatics with those aged 2-years-old to geriatrics, with diagnoses as varied as post-op orthopedic injury, spinal cord injury, TBI, arthrogryposis, varying levels of cerebral palsy with hemiplegia, limb deficiency and other medically complex diagnoses. Using play-based treatment, incorporate sensory motor techniques such as a 3-year-old with shaving cream on her feet rubbing against a mirror, reduced weight-bearing in a therapeutic pool for post-op limb-lengthening patients, modifying and teaching kiddos to use adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs for kids with acute and subacute Spinal Cord Injury, crutches with appropriate compensations for lower level injuries and for those with post-operative procedures. Strong manual skills, heavily evidence-based practice with focus on neuromuscular reeducation using PNF techniques, electrical stimulation prn for strengthening, increased muscle activation, inhibition and pain control. Trained and certified in Sole Supports orthotics casting and modification, for improving gait mechanics, decreasing improper joint stresses and pain.


Oct 2012 - Dec 2012

Shriners Hospital for Children

Student Physical Therapist

Worked with children from 2 years old to teenagers with focus on diagnoses including Spinal Cord Injury, wheelchair set-up and training, arthrogryposis, post-op scoliotic procedures and other complex using play-based therapy; participated in rehab team staff meetings and care conferences with full medical team, family and patients present to coordinate for patient's optimal care, with suggestions and focus of Physical Therapy; education for patients and their families for effective home exercises with outpatient and additional assistance in preparation for discharge and while staying for inpatient; sought out additional resources in the community, at other facilities and as far as a patient's home country internationally for mental/emotional health benefits; perform all necessary documentation and billing per SHC program and highest standards; collected and evaluated data in Motion Analysis Lab, with assessment of same for physicians to assist with decision-making regarding appropriate surgical procedures, causes of gait dysfunction and other potential treatment options. Focused on treating children in inpatient and outpatient with such diagnoses as Spinal Cord Injury, Arthrogryposis, post-op scoliotic spinal fusion as well as others, using play-based treatment; incorporated sensory motor techniques such as a 3-year-old with shaving cream on her feet rubbing against a mirror; modified, ordered and taught kiddos to use adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches where necessary; helped newly-diagnosed patients learn how to compensate with remaining existing muscle strength to become more independent in ADL's and general function; In the Motion Analysis Lab, worked with other therapists and engineers to assess, evaluate and report on movement patterns and assist surgeons with decision-making regarding patients' plans of care.

Apr 2008 - Jan 2009

International Union

Communication Services Manager

Contract Position. Managed and served as sole contact for all communications projects related to Union affairs, including writing, researching and editing detailed original stories for The Journal; managing all content and design of website; responding to all requests from network of more than 100,000 members; production of brochures, magazine and other information & translation of same materials. • Wrote, edited and circulated press releases to regional and national newspapers including politically relevant and election-related materials within hours of request; • Coordinated production of 3 consecutive issues of The Journal, incorporating feedback through 6-8 drafts of each issue in collaboration with Editors, Art Director and 8 vendors; • Conducted 40 interviews with Local staff, members, other non-profits and outside companies and researched 25 articles for bi-monthly publication of the Journal; assisted in editing and proofreading of translations of these articles; • Saved almost 50% on monthly translations with new, more affordable and more accurate translation company, while improving the quality of the product; • Managed all media aspects of annual award ceremony including production of all original publicity materials: posters, programs, script for presentational video and descriptions of winners for program, website and issue of the magazine; • Performed daily checks and weekly updates to website, including complete page overhauls and new functions on a regular basis; designed, tested and regularly communicated with web company to create new system for tracking and storing vital information.


Sep 2005 - Jul 2007

Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Strategic Planning & Media Associate

As associate for two different departments at an advertising agency, performed research and created presentations based on qual/quant data, while also assisting in creative processes including brainstorming, competitive reviews and focus groups.

2004 - 2006

Sanctuary Records Group



2010 - 2012

University of Delaware

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy/Therapist

2009 - 2010

University of Maryland

DPT Pre-requisites

2000 - 2002

BA, English - Writing

1998 - 2000

The Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Writing Seminars

1994 - 1998

Howard High

High school diploma

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