About Key to CP

Together, we grow.

We believe in patient agency – that our clients can and should take an active role in their treatment and recovery. However, we also advocate for support from families, friends, and medical professionals to help our clients grow.

Licensed therapists for people with CP.

Key to CP provides an in-depth, comprehensive assessment of the client’s function and development, followed by best-practice interventions, a detailed discussion of the client’s goals, and any concerns the client or clients’s parents or caregivers may have.

Our program follows a model developed by Karen Pape, MD and Pia Stampe, PT, DPT. During every step of the assessment and intervention, we ensure that the client fully understands how CP impacts their motor skills, vision, speech, feeding, and cognition function. Goals will gradually emerge as we uncover their best performance.

Dedicated to the job, 100%

“I like working on intensives because I believe we give families hope. Hope that there is more their child can attain. Hope that change CAN happen. Seeing that change during the intensives solidifies their child’s ability, and changes hope into the action of doing!”

“Intensives keep me on my toes and have me thinking every minute I am working with a child and family. We think ‘out of the box’ and have FUN! We work as a team and are constantly collaborating inside and outside the scheduled intensive times. They are exhausting in a fantastic kind of way. The families I work with inspire me to be better and give me hope that we can change the way people look at change in neurological/movement disorders.”

– Tracey Marie Taylor, M.S., OTR/L

About our staff

The Key to CP staff is a group of dedicated, licensed professionals. We are coaches and educators who strive to help children and adults with CP take care of their own needs. We teach our clients about their cerebral palsy, and set up a plan to continue their training towards their goals long after they finish this program.

Pia Stampe, PT, DPT

Pia is the founder of Step by Step CP Intensives, now Key to CP, and consultant to the program. Pia is a pediatric physical therapist with more than 35 years of experience working with children with cerebral palsy. She graduated from PT education in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1981 and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from AT Still University in 2008. Pia has completed extensive continuing education and has teaching experience in pediatrics/neurology, coaching and use of EMG biofeedback, neuromuscular stimulation and functional electrical stimulation. Pia worked closely with Karen Pape, MD as the systematic, intensive model used at Step by Step CP Intensives was developed.

Fun fact about Pia: Pia is a scuba diver. Ask her why she is called the dolphin whisperer!

Danielle Hyde, PT

Danielle graduated from Russell Sage College in 1995, and immediately began working with the pediatric population.  She has extensive experience working with a variety of patients with neurological and developmental disabilities across various settings.  Danielle has worked at Step by Step since 2003 where she works with young children in the community and where she uses her experience to be part of the intensive therapy program.

Fun fact about Danielle:  Danielle loves fishing especially trout from a stream, and she even catches them on some attempts!

Stacia Paganelli, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC

Stacia is a speech-language pathologist and feeding specialist with over 15 years of experience in the field. Her passion is providing parent coaching while working with infants and young children who are experiencing feeding difficulties. She also enjoys working with children who present with a wide variety of speech-language disorders in the outpatient setting. Stacia has developed a unique feeding and speech-language/communication approach that she uses successfully in the intensive therapy program at Step by Step.

Fun fact: Stacia studied speech-language pathology in both Newcastle, England and Boulder, Colorado and loves to travel – she’d love to share with you where she plans to take her family next!

Ann Ernst, MS, PT

Ann received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2000.  She began her PT career working with adults and children with Cerebral Palsy, brain injury, and other developmental disabilities, including providing aquatic physical therapy.  Since 2004, Ann has been working at Step by Step, with young children and their families to achieve their goals and developmental milestones. Much of that work has been in the community within homes, daycare programs, and preschools. She brings this experience with her as a member of to the Key to CP intensive therapy team.

Fun fact about Ann: Do you have a Rubik’s cube puzzle that is all scrambled up? Bring it to Ann and she’ll solve it for you.

Amber Anson, PT, PCS

Amber graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002 with her MSPT. Throughout her career, she has worked with pediatric clients and their families both in home- and hospital-based settings. She is trained in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) and is a board certified pediatric specialist (PCS). She began working at Step by Step in 2017 when she and her family moved to the Rochester area.

Fun fact about Amber: she may originally be from the gulf coast of Florida, but she has learned to embrace Rochester winters since moving here and even has an ice rink in her backyard every winter.