Michelle Philpot

Michelle Philpot's Kids Achieve clinic in Gilford resembles an indoor playground — with a climbing wall, a swing, a ball pit, and even quiet spaces to relax and calm down. (Jon Decker/The Laconia Daily Sun photo)

GILFORD — Buttoning a shirt, zipping a jacket and holding a toothbrush are not skills we often associate with medical offices or therapy services.

But for Michelle Philpot — an occupational therapist and owner of Kids Achieve, a child-oriented outpatient practice geared to helping kids reach physical milestones, improve their fine motor skills and overcome sensory deficits that may be getting in the way of growing and learning — perfecting routine movements through stress-free play is a goal accomplished in small steps.

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