Katie Briggs has a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Certified Infant Massage Teacher with specialized background in Touch Therapy in the NICU and a Certified Labor Doula.
She has advanced training and education including Childhood Neurology, Getting the PIQ-ture: Assessing and Treating Common Pediatric Patients, Effective Evaluation, Assessment, Treatment of Pediatric Toe Walking, intervention for the High Risk Infant and Pediatric Myofascial Release Techniques.
She has worked as a Physical Therapist in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, NICU and patients' homes. Working in the healthcare setting has been a large part of her professional including Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and currently she is practicing at Beyond the Clinic, Kids.
When she was a child herself, if you asked Katie what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you “Something to do with helping kids,” and would list off the things she was considering: A teacher, a pediatrician, or a social worker. Then, after being a patient herself, she decided physical therapy was the field for her.
Katie has been blessed to support many women and children. Whether with helping a child with cerebral palsy learn to walk, providing pain relief for a woman in labor, or working to stabilize the heart rate of an infant in a neonatal intensive care unit, Katie has seen the benefits of healing touch first hand. And while she values the skills she has to do these things, she believes that it is just as important to empower caregivers to assist in her patients’ and clients’ health and well-being.
In her free time, Katie can be found on the soccer pitch cheering her own kids on, trying to grow fruits and veggies in her backyard, and exploring Oregon’s waterways on her stand up paddleboard. She also owns a local small business, Happines by the Jar, and donates a portion of the proceeds to children in need.
Katie is absolutely thrilled to be able to bring her skills to the Philippines. While she will miss her own “Liddle Kidz” while she’s gone, she feels honored and privileged to be a Volunteer Ambassador.
Why do you feel you would be an asset to the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer team?
I feel that my experience working with children and caregivers in a variety of settings, and with children with a wide spectrum of health concerns, makes me a good match for the Volunteer Team. And as a parent of two children myself, I will never underestimate the value of a child's health and well-being.
Why would you like to participate in this outreach event?
I have seen first-hand the amazing benefits that touch therapy and massage can have for babies and children across a spectrum, from those that are very medically fragile, to typically-developing children. Going to the Philippines to work with children who do not normally have access to such therapy and, perhaps more importantly, to teach caregivers there how they can continue with the care, is such important work. I am honored to be able to do this.
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Ambassador!