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.

Karen Giffing, PT

Karen has been a physical therapist in both Delaware and Maryland with over 30 years of continuous experience. As a graduate of the University of Delaware, she has strong skills working with patients in geriatric, orthopedic and pediatric settings incorporating many manual therapy modalities including being formally trained in McKenzie, Myofascial Release and spinal and joint mobilization in the Stanley Paris method through the University of St. Augustine. As an adjunct professor teaching Functional Kinesiology at Delaware Technical and Community College for 10 years she has been paying it forward to the next generation of practitioners.

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.

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Wendy Symes

Wendy has been with LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy fo rover 10 years.  She brings with her 20 years of management experience from her Delaware based Graphic Design company.  Wendy is out front office/scheduling manager.

Jenny Tassone

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.

COVID-19 Information
We are open and fully staffed so that we may continue to provide services.

At LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy, there is nothing more important to us than your health and safety during this unprecedented time. The Department of Homeland Security and state governments have deemed physical therapy an essential component of health care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; therefore, our facility remains open to serve those in need. We are taking extensive preventative measures, guided by the CDC, to protect our patients and employees who enter our facility.

We hope that by providing this information, you can make a clear decision to continue your plan of care with us during this time. The following protocols are now in place:

Patient screening:  All patients will be screened upon arrival of their appointment time to make sure they are not exhibiting symptoms. We will be taking temperatures and pulse oxygen saturation levels. If a patient is presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, they will be advised to return home and contact their physician.

Staff screening: All employees will be screened for COVID-19 by taking temperatures and pulse oxidation levels. Those presenting any level of symptoms will return home and follow up with their physician before returning to work.

Health hygiene protocols: Ongoing reinforcement to all staff regarding hand washing and other preventative measures for equipment and supplies are in place and being reinforced. All equipment ie: cardio equipment, weights, balls, etc. will be sanitized after each patient use.

Private Treatment Rooms: We offer private treatment rooms for all patients that are at high risk or are concerned and want the least amount of exposure to other patients.

That being said, if you do not feel comfortable coming to our facility for care during this time, we will gladly reschedule your appointment for a later date.

For patients coming to our facility for care, we ask that you please limit the number of people who accompany you to your appointments and ask that those people remain in their vehicles or return to pick you up after the appointment, unless they are necessary for assistance. If for any reason you are not feeling well, please contact the center and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment.

Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our patients and employees, as well as their families.

All Yoga Classes are cancelled until further notice.