Third pediatric physiatrist joins Mary Free Bed

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has expanded its number of pediatric physiatrists by hiring a third doctor who specializes in this relatively rare field of medicine. Physiatrists are medical doctors who receive fellowship training in physical medicine. Fewer than 300 pediatric physiatrists are practicing nationwide.

Amanda Ayala, M.D., brings a full-time focus to treating children with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, dystonia and other conditions that limit mobility and function. “I help children attain milestones,” Dr. Ayala says. “I keep them walking or help them to walk better. I help to maximize their potential for attaining milestones.”

Dr. Ayala joined the Mary Free Bed Medical Group following her fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She embraces the hospital’s advanced methods of dealing with pediatric spasticity, specifically through the use of the Intrathecal Baclofen pump. The computerized pump delivers medication that manages muscle tone directly into the spinal canal.

Dr. Ayala is a graduate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency at Temple University Hospital/Moss Rehabilitation Program. Her pediatric rehabilitation fellowship emphasized managing spasticity.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, acute-care rehabilitation hospital. For more than 120 years, we have served the needs of children and adults – restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation. The scope of rehabilitation services on the Mary Free Bed campus is not found anywhere else in Michigan: 80 acute-care inpatient beds, extensive outpatient programs and home-based services. The combination of comprehensive services and our exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to achieve outstanding clinical results for patients. For additional information, visit

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