Leigh A. Roberts, DPT, OCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and a Polestar Certified Rehabilitation Pilates Practitioner.
Dr. Roberts treats a broad cross-section of orthopedic conditions and specializes in manual therapy of the foot/ankle, pelvic girdle and spine. She uses Pilates for fitness and rehabilitation of patients with various injuries. Dr. Roberts believes in providing a continuum of care to support her patients throughout their recovery process, and in returning to their daily activities.
Dr. Roberts has a special interest in performing arts medicine, including dancers, musicians, and ice skaters. She has spent her entire professional career treating dancers – from adolescents to recreational adults to professionals. She has worked all over the country and the local area providing therapy backstage. She sees dancers for acute and chronic injuries both at the studio and in the clinic. She teaches Pilates for dance conditioning and technique enhancement. Dr. Roberts is a past president for the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
Besides teaching Pilates for fitness and athletic enhancement, Dr. Roberts enjoys teaching group classes for people with neurologic movement disorders. Dr. Roberts speaks to area support groups about the benefits of group exercise for chronic conditions.
Dr. Roberts received her Master of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1999, and received her Pilates certification in 2001. Dr. Roberts worked for a nationally known, Arlington, Virginia based physical therapy clinic for over six years. During that time, she assisted in growing the practice from a 2-person clinic to a multi-disciplinary clinic with over 15 employees. She served in various roles over the years, including Senior Staff Physical Therapist, Center Coordinator for Clinical Education, and rose to become the Associate Clinical Director.
In 2005 she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, and opened L A R Physical Therapy to provide high quality individualized Physical Therapy and Pilates to Howard County. In 2016, she became an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Roberts continues to pursue manual therapy and evidence-based continuing education to stay abreast of the latest research in evaluation and treatment techniques to best serve her patients.