About us

Who we are

Stargait Physical Therapy, LLC was founded on April 14, 2015, with a dream and a vision to deliver a holistic approach to rehabilitation/therapy care for children birth to 21 years of age and their families.

Our mission, “Integrate to change,” allows us to impact all individuals we touch: to improve a sense of well- being and to live the best quality of life.

Our success stories have shown to impact on kids with developmental delays, behavior disorders, emotional challenges, concussion, depression, anxiety, and phobias.

Our locations

Schedule an evaluation at the nearest location near you. Click each location to meet the team who are ready to serve you.

Southern Washington

Serving the greater Vancouver area

Northern Oregon

Serving the greater Portland area

Southern Oregon

Serving the greater Rogue Valley area

Denise Wentzel, PT

Physical Therapist, MNRI Core Specialist, Owner

Denise A Wentzel graduated from Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She moved to the United States in May 2000 and has worked in many different settings and has found her passion for pediatric care. She founded Stargait Pediatric Therapy, LLC April 14, 2015, focusing on reflex integration, to reconnect brain and body function and help facilitate neuroplasticity. Denise believes that helping the body recognize sensory stimulus involving all the senses and teaching the body the appropriate motor response can lead to the reorganization of the brain pathways for a more coordinated and efficient movement.


General Questions

What age is appropriate to do intensive pediatric therapy or reflex integration?

The earlier the better. Starting Pediatric therapy is crucial to start as early as 3 months to make sure that your child is not getting behind with their milestone.

What modalities are used in therapy?

E-stim, hot compress, aerial yoga swing, vibrating/u-surfboard, I-gallop, therapy ball, free weights, and body weight supported systems.

How do little ones tolerate 3 hours of therapy?

The session is designed to target different areas: It includes relaxation techniques, strengthening, stretching, massage, myofascial release, sensory integration, dynamic and postural integration, proprioceptive and cognitive integration, visual tracking, intra-oral manipulation. The kids usually tolerate 3 hours because they feel better every step of the way.

Is the program done in home or clinic?

Base on the client’s need, therapy sessions can be at home or in the clinic.

Who pays for the treatment?

Most insurance companies cover Pediatric therapy services. You will be billed for co-insurnaces and co-pays.

What if my child doesn’t have a disability, can physical therapy still help?

Yes! Physical therapy and reflex integration can help anyone as it is good for physical and mental health. PT can help with things like:


  • separation anxiety
  • anger management
  • social development
  • physical fitness
  • cardiovascular health
  • injury rehabilitation
  • injury prevention


And, if your nervous system is more organized, your coordination improves, your body awareness improves and your sports specific skills can improve. 

What is Reflex Integration?

Your body has nervous system pathways that it has used since birth to help you move, live and learn.  Sometimes our pathways get blocked (e.g., trauma or stress). Sometimes our pathways are on too high (e.g., ADD, ADHD) and sometimes our pathways are on too low (e.g., Autism, Down Syndrome).   


We use reflex integration to help organize your nervous system.  We also use MNRI (it often looks like massage to most people) to reorganize your nerves and make your body more efficient. Once your body is more organized, your body can use its energy in different ways and often your threshold for new and different things improves. 


Reflex integration can help improve: 

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Coordination
  • Emotions
  • Communication
  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Trauma
  • Sensory Sensitivities
  • Focus
  • Academics
  • Learning
  • Cognitive Development

Get in touch

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