Biographies

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.

Jen Pelleg (formerly Breithaupt), DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.Jen Breithaupt headshot

Dr. Jen Pelleg is excited to join L A R Physical Therapy and devote more time to one-on-one manual and specific exercise treatment for each patient to maximize benefits at each session.  Dr. Pelleg anticipates using her training in core and lumbar stabilization with Leigh’s Pilates and dancer-specific approaches.  Dr. Pelleg specializes in Functional Movement Screenings, Running Analysis, Cyclist Injury Treatment and Prevention, as well as spinal stabilization. She is thrilled to bring her experience treating runners, cyclists and other athletes to the practice!

Dr. Pelleg’s favorite part of being a physical therapist is the ability to help a variety of people get back to the activities, hobbies and recreational activities that are important to them.  She enjoys the challenge and problem solving physical therapy requires, especially when treating chronic or nagging injuries people have been dealing with and compensating for. She strongly believes in identifying the underlying issue to treat not only the mobility and strength, but to also work on the neuro muscular re-education to retrain the muscle to better support the body as a whole.

Dr. Pelleg moved to the area from Philadelphia, where she previously worked at Excel and Apex Physical Therapy in Center City Philadelphia, a private outpatient orthopedic clinic. She worked with a wide range of adults from graduate athletes, young professionals, middle-aged weekend warriors and seniors.  In Dr. Pelleg’s free time she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking and baking with her husband and spending time with friends and family. She’s excited to explore the Baltimore and Washington DC areas with new places to eat and activities to experience.