Pictured from left to right are: Marlese Leggett, PT, DPT; Colleen S. Aldridge, Assistant Administrator, United Helpers Care, Inc; Terry L. Micelli, PT, Director of Rehabilitative Services, United Helpers; Alycia M. Cole, OTR/L. Back row: Michele Montroy, Administrator, United Helpers Care; Elizabeth J. Porter, Secretary to the Administrator; and Michelle W. Ramsdell, CCC/SLP.

United Helpers:Back to Their Roots

The United Helpers organization officially announces the opening of “Stepping Stones: Children’s Therapy Services,” the newest service in the United Helpers’ family. Stepping Stones is a School Supportive Health Services Program (SSHSP) geared to providing speech, physical and occupational therapy services for children ages 3-5.

Housed in the former North Country Dental Clinic space on Hamilton Street, Stepping Stones offers site-based speech, physical and occupational therapy services in an environment that is both child and parent friendly.

“Stepping Stones is a bit different because we offer therapy in an environment that is geared totally to the need of the child,” says Terry L. Micelli, Director of Rehabilitative Services for United Helpers. “A lot of parents prefer site-based services as they provide a greater opportunity for one on one attention with less distraction.”

Home and school-based services can be a challenge as other students or siblings, pets, visitors, and other factors may cause interruption. “Stepping Stones puts the focus back on the child,” Micelli continued. “There are fewer distractions. The child visits our center and from the moment they enter, the attention is directed to them and their experience.” In addition, Stepping Stones touts flexible scheduling, no waiting list, and a complete therapy team, featuring Michelle W. Ramsdell, CCC/SLP, Speech Language Pathologist; Alycia M. Cole, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist and Marlese Leggett, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist.

From the moment you enter the bright, blue door, you know that Stepping Stones is unique. Stepping Stones is designed with bright colors and with child friendly décor. The waiting area offers books, toys and a computer for the kids and a coffee station and television for Mom and Dad.

“Parents are the real experts when it comes to their children, so we created an environment based on what real parents told us,” said Michele M. Montroy, Administrator for Stepping Stones and United Helpers Care, Inc. “Parents are looking for options. United Helpers has built a century-old reputation of providing quality therapy services in St. Lawrence County. We very are excited to once again offer services to children and are excited about strengthening our community partnerships.”

To learn more information about the School Supportive Health Services Program or to inquire about the referral process, please contact Michele Montroy at the United Helpers Management Company at 393-3072. To learn more about the United Helpers organization, visit online at www.unitedhelpers.org or search United Helpers on Facebook.

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