Each year, New Jersey Family Magazine recognizes top doctors who practice in the area of pediatric healthcare. This year, First Children Services is proud to announce that two members of our physical therapy, Victoria Belkewitch, PT/DPT and Nicole Jay PT/DPT, are being recognized as “NJs Favorite Kids Docs” for their service of excellence and knowledge.
Nicole Jay PT/DPT, has been a physical therapist at First Children School for the past four years. She is a licensed physical therapist in NJ and NY who has been working in pediatric physical therapy for the past ten years in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and early intervention. Nicole earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a sports medicine concentration and her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is currently enrolled in the Orientation and Mobility Program at Salus University. Upon graduation in Dec of 2020, she will be the only PT/DPT in the State of New Jersey who will be certified in orientation and mobility skills.
Victoria Belkewitch, PT/DPT has been a physical therapist at First Children School since 2011 treating students with a wide range of disabilities. She works closely with parents, teachers, and other therapists to provide appropriate and individualized treatments and plans of care. As a physical therapist, her treatments focus on gross motor and age-appropriate play, static and dynamic balance and coordination activities, sensory integration, and ambulation. Victoria also works with outside doctors when students receive surgeries or new equipment to provide the safest treatments possible.
Victoria graduated from Kean University in 2006 with her BA in Psychology and is a part of the Kean chapter of Psi Chi, the Nation Honors Society of Psychology. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Seton Hall University in 2010. Victoria has had the honor of presenting research with her classmates under the direction of Dr. Doreen Stiskal PT, PhD on “Influences of a Loaded Backpack on Knee Motions During Gait” at the APTA 2010 Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego, CA. She has also presented this research at the 2009 Seton Hall School of Health and Medical Sciences Research Colloquium and at the 2010 NJPTA & NYPTA JointMeeting and Exhibit Show where it received the award for Best Poster. In 2015 Victoria became certified by the APTA as a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and has been teaching physical therapy students in the clinical setting.
Nicole and Victoria are invaluable members of the First Children School therapeutic team. We are proud of the work they do with our students, and we congratulate them on this well-desrved recognition from New Jersey Family!