Joe has been in practice since receiving his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University in 1994. Joe’s work has focused on motor learning and motor development in children. He has published articles in the Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal regarding fetal alcohol syndrome and cerebral palsy. Joe did his Internship at Georgetown University Child Development Center and was a senior pediatric therapist at United Cerebral Palsy before starting his own practice in Westchester. His drive behind opening a pediatric center is how motivated the kids were when receiving “therapy” in places other than their homes which they looked at as fun places. Developmental Steps is that “Fun” Place. Joe loves helping kids find a way to “Do” something through a strategy, practice, or making it plain old fun. Joe enjoys playing with his kids, going on bike rides, or hikes, skiing/snowboarding and going to Montauk. Joe currently lives in Katonah with his wife and 2 children.
Hayley has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since receiving her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in 2003 from Boston University. Hayley then completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006 at Boston University. She has been working at Developmental Steps, LLC since 2008 and loves treating children in the spacious gross motor gym and collaborating with the wonderful staff and families. In addition, Hayley creatively challenges children to reach their fullest potential through therapeutic play, helping to build their confidence and working with their families to help with carryover at home. What Hayley finds most rewarding about working with children is seeing the look on their faces when they achieve something new for the first time; whether it be learning to walk, ride a bike, or even climb a rock wall. Hayley enjoys staying active and takes Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes with her son. She also loves going to Cape Cod and spending time with her family. Hayley was a competitive gymnast for many years and has a love for fitness and creative core strengthening programs. Her patients and their families enjoy her playful nature, ability to be patient and encouraging, and most importantly promoting creative and fun therapy sessions. Hayley lives in Katonah with her husband and two children.
Susan L. Maccarrone PT, DPT
Sue has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since graduating with her Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2003. She then returned to BU to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. Sue began her work in PT with an adult population but has streamlined her practicing to the pediatric population over the past four years. She has worked in the home setting and preschool setting with children as well as at Developmental Steps LLC. Sue particularly likes the environment that Developmental Steps motor gym provides as it is a very happy and welcoming place where “work” feels like play. She enjoys the dynamic interactions and relationships she is able to build with the children and watching them achieve goals and overcome obstacles. Overcoming obstacles is not unfamiliar to Sue. She knows firsthand what that feels like and loves helping the children and their families experience that joy as well. Sue is also a Beachbody coach working with individuals through nutrition and fitness to achieve healthier lifestyles. She stays active herself through Beachbody workout programs, running road races, obstacle courses, marathons and half marathons as well as playing softball and snowboarding. She particularly enjoys spending time on the beach and hanging out with her three nephews and new baby niece. Sue currently lives in Ossining.
Vita Dequatro, DPT
Vita joined the Developmental Steps Team as a Physical Therapist in April 2019. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College, then continued to practice as a Physical Therapist in Outpatient Orthopedics for almost ten years. After meeting Hayley at Stroller Strides and then bringing her son into Developmental Steps for treatment, her passion to practice in a pediatric setting was reborn. She became further inspired watching the team at Developmental Steps work together cohesively and efficiently while taking extra special care of their patients. Drawing from her experience and education, Vita loves coming up with fun and creative treatment activities for the kids. She finds it most rewarding to see the pride and joy they have when they achieve a new skill. Vita enjoys spending time with her family and friends. To stay active, she attends Stroller Strides and Barre classes with her two boys. She lives in Elmsford NY with her husband and two sons.
Tara Murphy, ATL, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Tara joined the Developmental Steps Team as a Physical Therapy Assistant in July 2019. She earned her Associates in Physical Therapy Assistant at Norwalk Community College; prior to that, she also earned her Bachelors in Athletic Training at Sacred Heart University. Tara has 5 years of experience in treating athletes in the high school setting as well as outpatient pediatric/orthopedics as an Athletic Trainer. She then completed multiple internships as a Physical Therapy Assistant, which included treating children in the school and outpatient settings. Since working at Developmental Steps, she has become more passionate and is excited to provide a fun, creative and warm environment that makes the hard work feel like fun and games for the children. Tara loves to see a child “light up” as they achieve a new skill for the first time. It fills her heart with happiness to help a child become the best they can be. Tara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially playing and teaching her young cousins how to play sports. She likes to stay active by attending kickboxing and yoga classes, as well as running, hiking and playing soccer. Tara currently lives in White Plains.
Diana Gomez Schneider Physical Therapy Assistant PTA, CMT Diana received her associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Massage Therapist in 2001. Diana has over 5 years of experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant working with a variety of patients including pediatrics, athletes, post surgery rehab, and geriatrics. She also has extensive experience as a massage therapist, personal trainer, and fitness instructor. Diana joined Developmental Steps, LLC in the spring of 2020 and is currently treating in the schools, doing backyard training sessions and camps, as well as virtual sessions. Diana loves to work at Developmental Steps. The pediatric field is so rewarding, She enjoys the playful nature of interacting with children and the creativity and joy that ensues. Health and fitness have always been an important part of Diana’s life. She believes early childhood physical therapy can unlock a lifetime of good health in the future. Diana lives in Katonah, NY with her husband and three children that are each extremely active in multiple sports.