Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies, Inc. (Neuro) first opened in Oregon City in 1985 by Occupational Therapist Linda Butrey and in 1997, Neuro was purchased by Karen and Brent Brelje. At this time, occupational and physical therapy services were limited and many clinics in the Portland area were either run by medical professionals who were not family centered and often weren’t interested in trying cutting-edge therapies or family friendly clinics run by parents but without the depth of staff or therapy modalities for complex needs. As parents of 3 adopted children with disabilities and complex needs, Karen and Brent brought a unique passion and vision to provide the best of both approaches while also providing opportunities to children, adolescents, and families who are most in need.
Over the years, Neuro has wrestled with the issue of providing accessible and affordable treatment to uninsured and under-insured children and adolescents. With that in mind, the business was donated and restructured as a nonprofit therapy clinic in 2007. This allowed for the creative development of programs to support children, their families, schools, and other organizations. Through our generous supporters, we are able to think creatively and deliver therapy using the most effective models – reaching children and families living in crisis, who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to receive therapeutic services.