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West Campus

Phone: 832-227-1900
Fax: 832-227-1913


18200 Katy Freeway
WA 130
Houston, TX 77094

Karen L. Crilly, PT, DPT, MAPT, CBIS

Physical Therapist - Advanced Clinical Specialist

Level 1 Certified Schroth Therapist*
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Certified APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Level 2


School Education Degree Year
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA DPT Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2011
Certification Certification: APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor since 2006 2006
New York University, New York, NY Masters Advanced Master Degree in Physical Therapy with concentration in developmental disabilities 2000
University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR Bachelors Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy 1997


Karen Crilly is a doctor of physical therapy who has dedicated her professional life to forming a strong background and expertise in the assessment and treatment of infants and children with chronic and complex developmental and/or neuro-motor impairment. She possess extensive experience in a great variety of pediatric areas, among them are pediatric outpatient, home health, early intervention, pediatric aquatic therapy, schools system, sensory gyms, pediatric acute care at Level I trauma hospital/NICU Level 4 and pediatric in-patient rehabilitation. She also serves as a National Instructor for Summit Professional Education covering pediatric neurodevelopmental topics. Above all, she is a strong advocate for patients' rights and safety, educating and assisting the families to find the resources needed to allow their child to succeed. She takes great care in the day-to-day management of her patients, encouraging her patients to participate actively in their healthcare, with the purpose of seeking and providing opportunities for learning and help the children reach their maximum potential.   She is a patient, caring therapist who believes that each child must be given the opportunity to develop to his/her fullest gross motor potential.

When assessing and treating children she looks at the child as a whole and incorporates all areas of development to promote functional movement and growth in a child. She has worked with a great variety of diagnoses including but not limited to the following: Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Torticollis, Developmental Delay, Neurological Disorders, Sensory Integration,  Orthopedic Issues, Prematurity, Cognitive Delays, Seizures, Hypotonia/Hypertonia, Arthrogryposis, Hydrocephalus, Visual/Hearing Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, Genetic/Trisomy Disorders, Spinal Cord Injury, Brachial Plexus Injury, Toe Walking, Coordination/Balance Deficits,   Postural Imbalance, Congenital Amputations, Congenital Club Feet, Microcephalus, Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (Birth Trauma) .  Her current research interest is in the developmental of new treatment strategies for the pediatric neurorehabilitation of the child with chronic and complex conditions.

* Schroth Therapy:

*C1 and L1 certified therapists are able to treat idiopathic adolescent scoliosis

*C2 certified therapists are able to treat idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, post-surgical patients, adult scoliosis, and treat with group sessions


Organization Name Role
American Physical Therapy Association Member; Texas Chapter Member

Selected Publications

“The Effect of Kinesthetic and Visual Feedback on Manually Applied Forces” Martinez K., McDonough AL., Batavia M., Charles J., 2001 Annual Conference of Physical Therapy: Scientific Meeting & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association, June 2001.

* Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.