Starting Smart
is here to help Children lead a happy, healthy life maximizing the fullest potential of THEIR abilities.

– Katie Henry, Founder of Starting Smart

As the owner and founder of Starting Smart, Katie Henry has a passion for health, wellness and working with children. The families she works with inspire her daily. With a strong knowledge of physical therapy, anatomy, injury prevention and rehabilitation as well as a love for life, passion to heal, and positive energy, Katie is definitely someone you want to work with and have your child to learn from.

Katie Henry, PT, DPT, CYT
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Certifications & Specifications

  • Pediatric physical therapist
  • Early Intervention Specialist
    and Evaluator
  • Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor
  • Pediatric Vestibular Specialist
  • Yoga and Kids Yoga Instructor
  • Infant massage instructor

Katie Henry

Founder of Starting Smart

Katie is a licensed physical therapist. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and her doctorate degree in Physical therapy from Duke University. As a pediatric physical therapist, Katie has experience working in inpatient and outpatient pediatrics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, home health pediatric physical therapy, aquatic therapy for pediatrics and early intervention (birth-3). Through numerous continuing education courses and certifications, Katie had additional training in aquatic therapy, kinesiotaping for children, serial casting, orthotic prescription, gait analysis, adaptive equipment recommendations, NDT/ handling for pediatrics, pediatric gait training, treatment and assessment of torticollis, pediatric stroke, treatment and assessment for cerebral palsy, pediatric vestibular rehabilitation, and pediatric brain injury.


As a Pediatric Physical Therapist, Katie has experience working in the following settings:

Inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation at RIC
Home health pediatric physical therapy
Aquatic therapy for pediatrics
Early intervention (birth-3)

In numerous leadership roles, Katie has developed pediatric programming, group therapy, pediatric documentation and pediatric practice at the renowned Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Katie has mentored physical therapists in a variety of settings, taught physical therapy students, and taught numerous courses on pediatric therapy and vestibular treatment for traumatic brain injury. She loves to share her passion for pediatric therapy and has taught at the APTA National Student Conclave, chaired the APTA Pediatric Section student Committee, presented a poster at APTA Combined Sections, webinar with Lekotek on pediatric development and taught a course on yoga for children on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD and Coordination Dysfunctions through Summit Professional Education. Katie continues to mentor new therapists who are interested in pediatric physical therapy through the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. Katie is excited to share her passion of pediatric physical therapy with you and your family.