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Michelle Potts, MD, Division Chief


spasticity management and concussion


Dr. Potts is the chief, division of physical medicine and rehabilitation. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital and residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center, both in Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Potts received her undergraduate degree with honors from the College of Mount Saint Joseph followed by her doctor of medicine graduate degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Potts is board certified by the American Board for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Prior to coming to Dayton Children’s, Dr. Potts worked for three years at Nationwide Children’s Hospital while also educating students in the department of Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University as a clinical assistant professor. After moving to Dayton, she continued her work as a clinical assistant professor at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Her dedication over the years has earned her the ranking on the Best Doctors of America list. She has a passion and expertise in helping cerebral palsy patients as well as concussion and spasticity management. She says "Dayton Children's is special because it is a small hospital with a big heart. Everyone has the same of goal of helping all children be the best they can be and doing that in the most caring way possible."

education and training

  • medical school: Wright State University
  • residency: The Ohio State University
  • fellowship: Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • board certification: Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

publications and presentations

  • Araujo GC, Antonini TN, Monahan K, Gelfius C, Klamar K, Potts M, Yeates KO, Bodin D. The relationship of suboptimal effort and post-concussion symptoms in children and adolescents with mild traumatic brain injury. Clin Neuropsychol. 2014 Mar 20.
  • Potts MA, Stewart EW, Griesser MJ, Harris JD, Gelfius CD, Klamar K. Exceptional neurological recovery in a teenage football player after second impact syndrome with a thin subdural hematoma. PM&R. 2012 Jul;4(7):530-2
  • Mortimer D, Potts MA, Gelfius CD Deleterious Cognitive and Motoric Effects of Haloperidol in a Teenager with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report. PM&R. 2013 Dec;5(12):1077-80

awards, honors and organizations

  • Member, Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I enjoy helping kids overcome physical challenges in order to live their lives to the fullest.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

I got a warm fuzzy feeling when I visited and knew I wanted to be part of an organization committed to providing the best possible care for the children of Dayton. It is an organization with nationally recognized talent committed to caring for the children of the Dayton community and at the same time has that "small town feel". 

Dayton Children's is special because...

everyone works hard to provide the best care for the kids. They love their jobs and know they are making a difference every day.

ratings and reviews

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Dr. Potts is the doctor who knows my child best and is always willing to listen, offer guidance, and help us get what he needs to be the best he can physically be!

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Our experience with Dr Potter and her staff was excellent. The nurses are kind, welcoming and also knowledgeable. Dr Potter had throughly read our child's medical history. She then thoroughly evaluated him and gave her feedback. It was professional, knowledgeable, but also a comfortable/welcoming environment. Overall, a great experience

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Dr Potts and her staff have been so incredibly supportive during this time. The 2 hour drive to the office is worth it when you have a staff that truly listens and cares about your child.

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She goes above and beyond for our questions and concerns. Taking them as far as she can.

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conditions I treat

Amputation/limb deficiency, Brain injury – traumatic and non-traumatic, Burns, Cerebral palsy, Concussions, Developmental delay, Encephalitis, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Gait abnormalities, Genetic disorders, Meningitis, Muscular dystrophy and muscle disorders, Spasticity, Spina bifida /myelomeningocele, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Torticollis, Transverse myelitis

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