Deborah Straka-DeMarco, P.T., L.L.C.
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About Deborah Straka-DeMarco, P.T., L.L.C.
Deborah was honored by 
New Jersey Family Magazine readers 
as a 
Favorite Kids' Doc tm 
since 2011 

Deborah provides physical therapy services including evaluations and treatment to children from birth to young adult.  Torticollis, prematurity, developmental and gross motor delays, hypotonia, orthopedic conditions, hypertonia, genetic conditions and cerebral palsy, are some of the more common conditions treated.  Deborah's specialization within Pediatric Rehabilitation is in the area of high-risk infants and children ages 0-3 years old.  

Deborah is also a Physical Therapist for a local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit treating premature and high-risk infants.  She offers physical therapy services for the infants, as well as giving family informational seminars which focus on topics related to enhancing infant development.  She provides ongoing education to the nursing staff and residents regarding physical therapy and developmental care in the NICU environment.

She is a member on the team of specialists for a Craniofacial Center where she collaborates to identify the multifaceted needs of each patient with congenital or acquired craniofacial anomalies. Deborah is also a physical therapist for a Spasticity and Gait Disorder Center.  She assists the team in clinical decision making to help patients achieve their functional outcome potential.

In addition to providing professional lectures, Deborah also present ongoing community lectures regarding pediatric physical therapy. Some recent audiences include the “Mom’s of Multiples” for Somerset County, Morris County; local day cares and preschools, “Enhancing your child’s gross motor skills”; the Somerset Hills YMCA; and Bernards’ Township “Kids Health Awareness Day”. She is a guest speaker for Seton Hall University's Physical Therapy Doctorate Program and is involved in clinical research projects.

Deborah began her career as a physical therapist in January 1993 , after graduating from Quinnipiac College with a BS in Physical Therapy.  She initially worked at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute/JFK Medical Center, in Edison, New Jersey, where she became the Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department. In addition, she was the physical therapist at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and High Risk Infant Follow-Up program at the Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. During this time, Deborah was the founder and coordinator of the Developmental Care Committee, which implemented developmental care into the NICU and incorporated developmental intervention into the written policies and procedures.  

Deborah has also worked as a physical therapist in adult rehabilitation in Acute Care, Outpatient Therapy and Sub-acute Rehabilitation Departments. Since 1996, has presented lectures on various facets of pediatric rehabilitation on the local, state and national levels.  

Deborah treats every patient like they were a part of her family and with her extensive pediatric experience, parents have the knowledge that their child is in very capable hands.

Her Pediatric Physical Therapy Practice is located in Morristown, NJ.
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