Meet the Team at
Julie Jordan, OTR/L
Julie is an occupational therapist who has specialized in pediatrics since 2010. It has always been her goal to have her own private practice to be able to work with children of all abilities and ages. Dynamic OT is a reflection of her love of Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® in combination with the more traditional aspects of pediatric occupational therapy. Julie brings a unique, progressive perspective in combination with her positive energy and fun to her practice. Using her background as a college athlete and coach, she uses these tools to provide a positive experience for both the child and their family. Julie grew up in Anchorage and graduated from Service high school. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in 1995 from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), board certified with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and a member of the Alaska Occupational Therapy Association (AKOTA). Julie is very excited to share her knowledge and passion of the Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement®. She graduated from Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® basic training in 2007 and went on to take all of the Mastery Trainings in Anti-Aging and Vitality, High Performance, and the Children’s Mastery Series. Since finishing her training, she has studied advanced level trainings with Sylvia Shoredike a Feldenkrais® Method/Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® trainer and professional.
Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® (ABMNM®) for Children
This is an innovative approach when working with children. It works well with movement disorders such as but not limited to cerebral palsy, brachial plexus, delayed development, and genetic disorders. The ABMNM® approach is equally effective with children who may be considered "aneurotypical" (e.g., autism, sensory processing disorder), or conditions that may not be seen as a movement disorder.
Courtney Gerken, OTR/L
Courtney has been working with Julie since 2018, shortly after graduating from occupational therapy school. Courtney was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, but attended university in the lower 48. You can find Courtney skiing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, trail running...... when she is not at work. She is also a Stott Pilates® instructor and teaches at a local Pilates studio in Anchorage.
Courtney graduated with her Master's of Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2018 and has been working with Julie ever since. Courtney is a board certified occupational therapist with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She is also a member of the Alaska Occupational Therapy Association (AKOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Courtney also attended the University of Idaho and graduated with her Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish with a minor in pre-health professions in 2016.
Courtney works with children of all ages with experience in sensory processing disorder, sensory and oral motor techniques for feeding, visual and fine motor skill development, bilateral motor coordination skill development, activities of daily living (e.g., shoe tying, cooking, household management/chores, dressing, self-care/hygiene), adaptive recreation (bike riding, rock climbing, swimming, cross country skiing), and high school transition support. Courtney also regularly works with her clients in the community including at parks, swimming pools, grocery stores, and other related environments. She typically sees her clients twice per week with one session in the clinic and one session in the community (as appropriate).
Courtney's research involving high school transition for transition-aged youth with disabilities was published by AOTA in 2021. See link to article below:
ABOUT OUR THERAPY PRACTICE
Dynamic OT is a small, locally-owned, distinctive pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Anchorage that provides personable services to families around the Anchorage/South Central region of Alaska. We provide therapy to children of all ages and ability levels in our clinic, in the community, and via teletherapy. Our practitioners strive to provide individualized pediatric occupational therapy services by focusing on gaining skills based on a child's developmental stage instead of their age. Although we value evaluations and assessments; it's important to view a child's progress from where they are developmentally, not their age.
All of the families and caregivers we work with have an ongoing and close relationship to their child's therapist. Every child we work with has one distinct therapist, with support as needed from another therapist in relation to a specialty area. We also share office space with speech therapists and can provide overlapping services.
Our Goal/Mission Statement: Dynamic OT provides individualized pediatric occupational therapy that is distinct, personal, fun, and empowering to your child in the clinic and community settings.