Physical Therapy Leadership

Cheryl Patrick, PT, MBA, is the Director of the Departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy. She has dedicated her career to Lurie Children’s ― rising from student to staff therapist, to manager, to director. Cheryl likes to make sure we do what we say we’ll do for children and families everywhere, regardless of location. Her clinical focus includes infants, torticollis, and cerebral palsy.

Katie Rule, MPT, PT, is the Manager of Physical Therapy. She is still actively involved in multidisciplinary clinics such as the serial casting program and various orthopedic clinics. Her clinical focus includes infants, torticollis, pediatric orthopedic conditions and the rehabilitation of teen athletes. She is a certified infant massage therapist (CIMI®) via the Loving Touch® Foundation, as well as certified in manual lymph drainage and complete decongestive therapy (MLD_CDT) via the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. She enjoys the unique opportunity of managing fellow clinicians while still actively treating patients and staffing multidisciplinary clinics.

Mary Dollard Weck, PT, is the Clinical Coordinator in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing at Lurie Children’s in pediatric PT since 1973. Her focus has been on treatment of children with developmental, neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions. She is a pediatric instructor in physical therapy at Northwestern University DPT program. She has presented at universities and professional meetings on topics of gait remediation and development of gait, motor development, treatment strategies for interventions for children with cerebral palsy, serial casting, pediatric orthopedic conditions and sports injuries. She has also participated in numerous continuing educational experiences including NDT training, Rood, PNF, joint mobilization, myofascial release. Mary’s current focus is on staff development to ensure our clinicians have the most updated information and training to provide all who receive our services the opportunity to meet his or her maximal potential.