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MISSION

Our mission is to be the leading provider of education-based therapy solutions and to offer the most innovative and effective therapy programming available.

PTS was founded in 1998 by pediatric clinical specialists who recognized the need for a more global approach to therapy services for children. Our corporate skill set allows us to bridge the gap between clinical expertise and business acumen. The result: Excellent services with a constant focus on your bottom line.

The PTS approach combines clinical skills with top-level case management capabilities, innovative technology solutions and best practices honed from years in the classroom and boardroom. This provides a unique, integrated staffing solution that combines vision, accountability and exemplary levels of service.

We partner with school districts, teachers, therapists and parents to craft a therapy program designed around their specific needs and goals. Our management team also removes the administrative and supervisory burden of related services oversight – freeing our clients to focus on critical issues facing their districts.

Our hands-on approach to management has made us “the company to work for” in the therapist community and has enabled us to provide an extraordinarily high quality of service to those with whom we work. PTS has been a respected provider of therapy services for more than a decade, adding additional clients each year. These relationships enable us to guarantee your program a stable team of highly-qualified therapists.

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MANAGEMENT

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From our Managing Partners to our Corporate Directors and Therapists, PTS has combined industry-leading talent into a powerful team. Consistently ranked as an Inc. 5000 business by Inc. Magazine since 2007, PTS integrates decades of collective experience, award-winning business practices and a network of 1500 licensed therapists. Some of those in key leadership roles at PTS include:

Managing Partner: Diana Fongheiser
Managing Partner: Pamela Hackett
Director of Operations: Lucas Seidler
Director of Clinical Services: Larysa Spisic, MS, OTR/L
Director of Clinical Services and RtII Development: Candice Donnelly Knox, OTR/L
Director of Clinical Services: Jennifer Cave, OTR/L
Director of Clinical Services: Maria Unger, MA, CCC/SLP

EXPERTISE

PTS' Managing Partners Diana Fongheiser and Pam Hackett, MPT draw from a wealth of past experience in the field. Pam is a well-known pediatric physical therapist, and both Pam and Diana have previously managed therapy-staffing companies. Their combined expertise has enabled PTS to become the area’s most trusted school-based therapy provider. As clinical specialists and award-winning business owners, they provide exceptional value, service, and expertise to students and administrators.

PTS' Executive Directors have enabled PTS to continue its commitment to on-site, hands-on customer service as the company has grown. Our directors provide clinical and administrative support to both therapists and clients to ensure that services are delivered seamlessly and in compliance with all state and federal guidelines.

PTS Program Coordinators provide on-site coordination at our large clients, implementing program initiatives, streamlining communication, and acting as liaisons between therapists and administration.

PTS Clinical Specialists are available to clients and therapists who need additional expertise for a particularly difficult case, to help with the development of new programs, or to perform specialized evaluations, such as the SIPT. Our Clinical Specialists work with PTS Executive Directors to plan inservice programs and keep our model of service delivery current and compliant with the latest special education initiatives.

AFFILIATIONS

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SERVICE AREAS

Our Clients include:
  • School Districts
  • Charter Schools
  • Approved Private Schools
  • Other Providers Early Intervention Programs
  • pennsylvania
    delaware
    new jersey

    HISTORY

    1998
    • Diana Fongheiser, Pam Hackett and Lee Ann Fancher found Pediatric Therapeutic Services

    1999
    • PTS is selected to provide therapy teams to several school districts in Delaware County in addition to charter schools throughout southeastern PA

    2003
    • PTS hires first Clinical Director

    2005
    • Created BudgetWatch.  A web-based technology that serves as a platform to revolutionize the way related services are provided and the standard of accountability for fiscal discipline and accountability

    2007
    • PTS ranked on the Inc. 5000 list (Inc. Magazine) as one of America’s fastest growing companies

    2008
    • PTS celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
    • Network reaches the 1500 licensed therapists milestone
    • Consolidation of ownership interest to Diana Fongheiser and Pam Hackett to refocus corporate operations on value creation, philanthropy and technology solutions
    • PTS moves to our new home at 525 Fayette Street office in Conshohocken
    • PTS honored as a finalist for the American Business Awards’ Stevie  Award for Women in Business in the category of “Best Services Company” 
    • PTS ranked  on the Inc. 5000 list (Inc. Magazine) as one of America’s fastest growing companies
    • Managing Partner Pam Hackett volunteered at the Beautiful Gate Special School in Mysore, India

    2009
    • PTS awarded the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award for “Best Customer Service of Any Small Business in the Region”
    • PTS honored as a finalist for the American Business Awards’ Stevie  Award for Women in Business in the category of “Best Services Company” 
    • PTS ranked  on the Inc. 5000 list (Inc. Magazine) as one of America’s fastest growing companies
    • PTS honors therapists who meet the 10-years-of-service criteria with induction into its prestigious “Decade of Distinction Club”
    • Managing Partner Pam Hackett returned to volunteer at the Beautiful Gate Special School in Mysore, India
    • BudgetWatch II is launched, simplifying therapist billing and offering greater analytical capabilities to our clients

    2010
    • PTS expands into NJ, NY and CT
    • PTS serves four dozen education organizations, extending to an estimated 6,000 children

    2011
    • Special Education Teacher of the Year Created

    2012
    • Pencil Power- Supplemental Handwriting Program

    2013
    • Third generation BudgetWatch launched.  PTS launches a new custom database, time and billing system MyPTSTime2.  This new tool brings new capabilities to improve programming across PTS clients
    • Authored Book PTS Managing Partners, Diana Fongheiser and Pam Hackett, publish Take a Bite Out of Therapy Costs: A School Administrator’s Guide to Improving Programs by Controlling the Budget
    • Therapist Challenge $5,000 PTS creates a competition for our therapists to spur innovation in classroom programming

    2014
    • The Capable Classroom: PTS launches new brand of products to bring therapy into the classroom
    • Book selected for PATTAN’s Leadership Fellows.  Following a presentation by Pam Hackett at PATTAN’s special education conference in March 2014, PTS’ book, Take a Bite Out of Therapy Costs was selected as resource for PATTAN’s Special Education Leadership Fellows program

    2015  
    • PTS awarded the Healthcare Innovators Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal
    • PTS wins Bronze Edison Award for bringing transformative technology to the public sector
     
    2017
    • PTS funds the opening of a fourth Beautiful Gates Special School for special needs students in Mysore, India
    • Launch of the School-Based Academy for therapists transitioning to an educational model

    FAQs

    What does PTS do?
    PTS provides advanced therapy staffing solutions to school districts, charter schools and early intervention programs.

    What is the company’s mission?
    Our mission is to be the leading provider of education-based therapy solutions and to offer the most innovative and effective therapy programming available.

    Does PTS provide staffing services for organizations other than schools or early intervention programs?
    No, PTS exclusively serves schools and early intervention programs.

    What services does PTS provide?
    Speech, occupational, and physical therapy services, psychological services and testing and nursing.

    How long has the company been around?
    PTS was founded in 1998.

    Where is PTS headquartered?
    525 Fayette Street
    Conshohocken, PA 19428

    Who founded PTS?
    Diana Fongheiser and Pamela G, Hackett, MPT. At the time, Pam was a well-known pediatric physical therapist, and both had previously managed therapy staffing companies.

    What is the role of a PTS Executive Director?
    Our Executive Directors provide clinical and administrative support to both therapists and clients to ensure that services are delivered seamlessly and in compliance with all state and federal guidelines.

    What is the role of a PTS Program Coordinator?
    Our Program Coordinators provide an additional layer of on-site coordination at our large clients, implementing program initiatives, streamlining communication, and acting as liaisons between therapists and administration.

    What is the role of a PTS Clinical Specialist?
    Our Clinical Specialists are available to clients and therapists who need additional expertise for a particularly difficult case, to help with the development of new programs, or to perform specialized evaluations, such as the SIPT. 

    What is BudgetWatch™?
    BudgetWatch is our organization’s innovative technology solution, which provides the information you need to optimize your related service program while controlling costs. This technology allows PTS to collect data on critical aspects of your therapy program, including caseloads, efficiency, referrals, therapy costs, and other critical measures of overall program effectiveness. This gives PTS clients the power to take the management of related services to a whole new level. More.

    What kind of program supports does PTS offer for parents, teachers, and school administrators?
    • Teacher and Parent Training
    • Access to Expert Clinicians
    • RII
    • Implementation of Special Program Initiatives
    • Special Education Process Consulting
    • Compliance Monitoring
    • Administrative Support 
    • On-site Clinical Support 

    What areas does PTS serve?
    Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York.

    Delaware counties: Kent and New Castle.

    Is PTS considering expansion into other areas?
    Yes, in an effort to bring our innovative approach to even more students, we are currently expanding our service area to include all counties in New Jersey.

    New Jersey: All.

    What is the Therapy Achievement Approach™?
    The Therapy Achievement Approach is a unique five step process designed to optimize your related services program. This approach was developed based on years of experience tackling the challenges facing our clients as we transformed their therapy services into well-coordinated, dynamic assets to their special education programs. It consists of five steps: Assessment, Lesson Plan, Classroom Activity, Report Card, and Conference. For more information click here.

    What recognition has PTS achieved locally (in the areas that the company serves)?
    PTS was honored with the prestigious Customer Service Excellence Award by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in 2009 for “best customer service of any small business in the region.” More.

    What recognition has PTS achieved nationally?
    PTS has been ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately-held companies in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

    PTS was named the Best Overall Service Business at the 2010 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, generally recognized as the premier business awards in the world.

    Are therapist positions available right now with PTS?
    Yes, just click here to see the positions currently available.

    What does PTS do for the local communities in which it serves?
    PTS furthers a culture of respect and support for children with disabilities by partnering with professionals and organizations to create opportunities for children to be active, contributing members of their communities. These include:
    • Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
    • Special Olympics of Pennsylvania
    • Susan G. Komen For a Cure Foundation
    • PTS Special Education Teacher of the Year Grant

    What does PTS do for the world at large?
    PTS has established a partnership with a school for children with disabilities in Mysore, India, providing both clinical and financial support.
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