Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAPkids)

As a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics and aquatics Dori was recognized as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1996. In 1991 she founded and continues to direct the Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAPkids.org) which provides aquatics services to children in a community based setting. In recognition of her work in aquatics, Dori was honored with the 1999 Tsunami Award and the 2001 Professional of the Year award from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, the 2004 John K. Williams Jr. Adapted Aquatics Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and the 2015 Jefferson Award for Community Service.

Dori believes in empowering children as active participants in their learning and in helping to train the next generation of providers. She combines many techniques based on neurodevelopment treatment, sensory processing principles, motor learning theories, and adapted aquatics. She has received certifications in Halliwick Specific Therapy and Watsu. Dori has presented numerous professional courses in the U.S. and abroad on the topic of pediatric aquatic therapy and adapted aquatics.

Academic Degree(s), School, Year Graduated

MS in Physical Therapy and Community Health 1990, MAEd in Perceptual and Motor Development 1986, BAEd Human Services Administration

Additional Training

Aquatic Therapy, Halliwick, Watsu, TAMO

Treatment Approach
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Sensory Integration (SI)
Services Provided
  • Physical Therapy
Age Specialty
  • Babies / Toddlers (0 to 3)
  • Preschoolers (4 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 18)
Payment Options
  • Private pay
Currently Accepting New Clients