Inpatient rehabilitation patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric health care professionals. This team will care for the many diverse needs of the patient and the entire family throughout the care cycle. 

Your Care Team


Rehabilitation Physician

Your child's care will be overseen by a nurse practitioner and/or a resident physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and will be seen daily by a PM&R physician. Other medical specialists will be consulted as needed.

Rehabilitation Nurse

Your child will be cared for 24 hours a day by a nurse who will coordinate care and educate you about your child's condition, medications and treatment. She or he will help you practice the skills you learn in therapy and aid you in making a plan to care for and keep your child safe at home.

Occupational Therapist

An occupational therapist (OT) will evaluate and treat issues related to activities of daily living (ADLs), arm strength, fine motor movement, visual perception and eye-hand coordination. The OT will also help increase independence, reacquire and refine living skills and help assess your home's accessibility and safety. 

Speech Therapist

A speech therapist assesses cognition, speech and the ability to eat and swallow safely. Exercise and treatment sessions for cognition may focus on speech clarity, understanding, attention, judgment, communication, memory, problem solving and decision making.

Physical Therapist (PT)

A physical therapist (PT) evaluates and treats gross motor needs including skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking and transitioning between different positions. PTs also provide strategies for non-pharmacological pain management, teach you safe ways of positioning and moving your child and will provide any necessary braces or adaptive equipment.

Education Specialist

An education specialist provides year-round, individualized instruction as appropriate while your child is in the hospital and guided by parental input. Hospital teachers can also communicate with a child’s school to facilitate the transition back to school following a hospital stay.
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Child Life Specialist

Child life specialists help reduce stress and increase coping during hospitalization. A child life specialist can help make things easier by providing play and activities for self-expression, developmentally appropriate education and comfort management to help prepare your child for procedures. They are also available to provide family and sibling support.

Integrative Medicine Practitioner

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medical service that encompasses the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of both conventional and alternative therapies such as acupressure, massage, shoni-shin, medical aromatherapy, holistic nutrition, herbal counseling, and relaxation techniques.

Music Therapist

Music therapists offer a comprehensive program using specially designed music interventions to meet many areas of need ranging from emotional support and expression to supporting functional rehabilitation needs. Sessions can take place at the bedside, in conjunction with PT/OT sessions, or in our music therapy space, Sophie’s Place.

Social Worker

A social worker helps provide emotional support, coping with stress, addressing grief and loss issues, managing family conflict, and connecting you with hospital and community resources. They can also help direct you to the appropriate personnel for financial aid/eligibility questions and applying for benefits.

Case Manager

Your case manager is a specialized nurse who communicates with your insurance company concerning benefits and authorizations. She or he will track your child's progress and coordinate care within the rehabilitation team as well as assist you in obtaining the supplies and services needed for your transition home.

Behavioral Health Practitioner

Our psychologists and psychiatrists are experts at helping you find ways to effectively manage symptoms, cope with the discomfort that comes with treatment and facilitate return to functioning in everyday life. They are also available to address any mental health issues that might be impacting your child's health.


The dietitian will work with the team to establish and monitor your child’s nutritional needs. They are also available for nutritional counseling and education.

Kid's Crew Volunteers

The Kid’s Crew is a group of volunteers that are available every day of the week from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. to play with your child, sit with him/her while you take a break, bring a craft activity to your room, or escort your child to the playroom.

Our Doctors


Shane C. Dangerfield, M.D.

Shane Dangerfield, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah where he serves as a Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist in the Comprehensive Care Program. His clinical and research interests include chronic management of children with severe disability and multisystem involvement with a focus on spasticity management, pain, orthotics, and quality of life issues.

Michael M. Green, D.O.

Dr. Michael Green is an attending physician at Primary Children's Hospital where he manages an inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation service. He is also a clinical assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Green cares for children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injuries, peripheral nerve injuries and torticollis. 

Colby Hansen, M.D.

Dr. Hansen is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His clinical interests are in amputee rehabilitation, electromyography and neurologic rehabilitation with a particular interest in Traumatic Brain Injury.