LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy

The Staff at

LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy

About our highly experienced team.

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Heather Wray, PT

Heather has been a physical therapist since graduating from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1988. Her emphasis is geriatric and neurologic rehabilitation and vestibular issues. She utilizes the OASUS system while treating patients recovering from stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and people with balance and falling issues. Heather runs our Aquatic Therapy program working with patients who benefit with water exercises.

Heather is a guest instructor with the Stepping On classes through CCHD and sits on the Cecil College PT Assistant Advisory Board. Heather is the Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education taking students from local PT/PTA programs and is a Certified CI through the APTA.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys outdoor activities with her family along with supporting the arts.

Carol Martinelli, MPT, WCS

Carol has been a physical therapist since graduating from Shenandoah University in 1995. Her emphasis has always been on Women’s Health and manual therapy since her internship at Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in Australia. She utilizes techniques including strain counter strain, muscle energy, visceral mobilization, Maitland and McKenzie. She became board certified in Women’s Health in June of 2009 through the APTA.

Kyle Raab, DPT

Kyle earned his Associate degree in 2001 from Delaware Technical Community College furthering his education at Neumann University earning his BS in 2007 and DPT in 2010. His primary focus of treatment has been orthopedics and sports related injuries, as well as, using specific techniques like muscle energy, Maitland and McKenzie for treating the spine. Kyle is certified through the APTA as a Clinical Instructor taking students from his alma mater, University of Delaware and Cecil College. You may even see him leading patients through exercises as he assists with our Aquatic program.

Jennifer Conway, PT, DPT

Jenny earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware prior to returning to school to purse her passion for the physical therapy field. Jenny graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree from Delaware Technical Community College in 2014, where she received the Outstanding Excellence Award for her graduating Physical Therapist Assistant class. Shortly after, she returned to school and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Neumann University in 2018. Jenny has a passion for treating athletic and orthopedic populations as well as post-concussive and vestibular disorders. She hopes to pursue future career options in the field by becoming an APTA Board Certified Clinical Instructor in addition to gaining further vestibular specializations. In Jenny’s free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors especially new hiking trails and heading to Vermont during snowboarding season.

Nicole Tadler, PT, DPT

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware in 2011 and then continued her education to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 2015. Following graduation, Nicole went on to graduate from a year long, ABPTRFE credentialed Sports Physical Therapy Residency in 2017. Since 2017, Nicole has been involved in the community by focusing on high school athletes as a PT liaison. In 2020, Nicole came to join the outstanding team at LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy where she hopes to become a part of the community and help treat orthopedic and athletic populations. Outside of work, Nicole is involved in the crossfit community of Delaware and enjoys treating functional fitness athletes. 

Sandy Surmacz, PTA

Sandy Surmacz is a 2019 graduate of the PTA program at Cecil College. She had previously worked as a physical therapy technician/aide in outpatient physical therapy since 2005. Sandy enjoys working with athletes and brings first-hand knowledge of injuries and the conditioning required to rehab athletes. She works with our team of physical therapist to provide treatments for our patients, including different orthopedic diagnoses, fibromyalgia, balance issues, and abnormal gait. 

Wendy Symes, Office Manager

Wendy has been with LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy since 2013. She brings with her 30 years of management experience from her Delaware based Graphic Design company. Wendy is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the company, and also runs our Human Resources Department.

Jenny Tassone, Front Office

Jenny is a certified personal trainer. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has received certification through International Sports Science Association and American Fitness Professionals Association. She has taught senior’s strength training and balance as well as aerobics through Cecil College for two years. Jenny has been a part of the health & fitness community for 20 years; teaching classes, personal training, and instructing clients on improving overall fitness.  Jenny wears many hats at LANPT. She can be found checking in patients, billing, assisting patients in the gym with their program and more.

Alison Reasons, Front Office

Alison joined our LANPT family in 2020. She comes with extensive office experience in the retail field. Alison works at our front desk answering phones and assisting the staff in variuous ways. In her free time she enjoys creating pottery, tie dye, and custom shirts and decals.