Leigh-Ann Edison, PT, DPT, CSCS, CKTP
Dr. Leigh-Ann Edison completed her graduate studies at Stony Brook University in 2009, receiving a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She was a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of Adelphi University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. Dr. Edison also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Nassau Community College. She has been inducted into multiple honor societies and has received numerous awards as a result of her academic performance throughout her educational career.
Since obtaining licensure, the focus of Dr. Edison’s practice has been dedicated to the outpatient setting. She has extensive experience with the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses for patients of all ages ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Dr. Edison routinely attends continuing education courses to expand her knowledge base and allow her to provide the highest level of care to her patients utilizing evidence based practice. Dr. Edison serves as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students from various graduate programs and is a member of the Nassau Community College Advisory Board for the Allied Health Science Department. She also participates as an interview committee member for local physical therapy programs.
Dr. Edison has always had a strong interest in orthopedics, specifically sports medicine and athletic injuries. In 2009, Dr. Edison became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), which is the only strength and conditioning certification to be nationally accredited. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.
In 2013, Dr. Edison fulfilled the requirements to become a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner® (CKTP®), demonstrating her commitment to the highest standards of patient care within the only globally recognized modality for health professionals. This credential ensures confidence that the practitioner has undergone the necessary training to integrate Kinesio Taping® into their practice. The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.
Born and raised in Valley Stream, Dr. Edison opened Paramount Physical Therapy in 2013 to provide exceptional care to her neighbors. Dr. Edison is a third generation Valley Stream business owner and continues to be an active member of the Valley Stream community. She is a member of the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce and was the recipient of the Chamber’s Business Achievement Award in 2018. Dr. Edison participates in a number of community events annually and volunteers her time to provide physical therapy related programs to various community organizations.
Dr. Edison is a Certified Zumba Instructor and enjoys teaching classes at the Valley Stream Community Center. Since 2016, she has organized a Zumba fundraiser which raises thousands of dollars annually to benefit the Long Island Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Pamela Tello, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
Pamela began her education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Molloy College. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at SUNY Stony Brook, where she gained experience through different clinical internship settings. These settings included acute care (hospital), skilled nursing facility, school based system, and a 16 week clinical internship at Paramount Physical Therapy. After all these experiences, Pamela has found her niche in outpatient Orthopedics. In her career, Pamela has worked with orthopedic, post-surgical, neurologic, geriatric and pediatric patients. Pamela is also fluent in English and Spanish. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, going to the gym, going to the movies and taking her dog for long walks and car rides.
Olga Riley, PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant
Olga attended Nassau Community College from 2011-2018, unsure of what path she wanted to take in regards for her career. She decided to apply for the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Nassau Community College and successfully completed the program in 2018. During that time she had the opportunity to affiliate in different settings such as subacute skilled nursing and orthopedic outpatient facilities, one being Paramount PT. Olga graduated in 2018 with honors and multiple job offers. Olga is currently employed full-time in a sub-acute rehab facility and works part-time at Paramount. Olga believes it’s important to have an open mind and take any opportunity in life that promotes growth and gives that extra experience and knowledge. When not working, Olga enjoys traveling, reading poetry, and watching Criminal Minds.
Paramount Physical Therapy’s support staff is comprised of a group of hardworking, talented individuals who all began their careers at Paramount as volunteers. Based on excellent interpersonal skills and strong work ethics demonstrated during their internships, they were offered permanent positions. All of the aides are in the process of pursuing careers in physical therapy and are at various stages of their educational careers. The aides are responsible for maintaining the facility to its immaculate condition, preparing treatment areas, and assisting with clerical duties such as scheduling appointments and collecting copays. Their primary objective is to assist Dr. Edison in ensuring that each patient has an exceptional experience during every treatment session.
Anthony began volunteering at Paramount in the summer of 2017. He currently works part time as an aide and also works as a personal trainer at a local gym. Anthony graduated SUNY Cortland with a Bachelors degree in fitness development and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Touro College.
Kiera recently graduated from SUNY Cortland with her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. She became interested in physical therapy in high school after spending a lot of time as a patient recovering due to sports related injuries. Kiera has interned in three different physical therapy settings and is now working as an aide at Paramount before she begins Physical Therapy school at Hunter College. She enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family when she’s not working.
Tyler has been employed at Paramount Physical Therapy since 2016. He began volunteering to see if he would be interested in continuing his education to become a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant. Tyler studied at Queensboro Community College and received an undergraduate degree in personal training through the exercise science department. He now plans to go back to school for physical therapy. Tyler is interested in PT because he wants to be able to help other people recover from injuries or surgeries more easily. He enjoys helping other people in general, so being a PT aide was a good place for him to start his career. Through his experiences as an aide, Tyler has been able to learn how to work with patients of a variety of ages and diagnoses. If he’s not at the office, Tyler is usually spending time with friends or volunteering as a fencing coach at Great Neck South High School, which he has done for the last four years. Tyler has been fencing competitively for the past eight years and currently trains 5-6 days/week. He has participated in a number of local community events including the Valley Stream Community Fest and the stretching seminar offered by Paramount Physical Therapy at New Horizons Counseling Center.
Sagine Mortel, SPTA
Sagine attended Pennsylvania State University and received a B.S. in Biobehavioral Health. She is currently studying at Nassau Community College in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Science was always one of her favorite subjects, more specifically anatomy and physiology and Sagine always saw herself helping people. In her free time Sagine enjoys listening to music, working out, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Dharana is currently a student at Molloy College pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After taking several courses at Molloy such as anatomy and physiology, she became interested in orthopedics and began interning at Paramount to further her knowledge of human movement and function. After interning for a few months, she was hired as an aide and has been working with Dr. Edison since 2018. In addition to working at Paramount, Dharana has done volunteer work at Bobbi and the Strays Animal Shelter in Freeport and the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead. She enjoys spending time outdoors, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
Laura Rivera, SPT
Laura has been a member of the Paramount Physical Therapy team since August 2019. She is currently enrolled in Stony Brook University’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program and is anticipated to graduate in June of 2020. Prior to enrollment to Stony Brook’s DPT program, Laura has always had a passion for athletics, physical fitness, and wellness which resulted in her obtaining both ACSM and NASM certifications. She has fulfilled various roles throughout the years such as Assistant Coach and Head Coach for strength and conditioning for the Lutheran High School girls varsity basketball team as well as personal training for local gyms on Long Island. Since enrolling in Stony Brook’s DPT program, Laura has gained clinical experience in multiple settings including subacute (skilled nursing facility), acute (hospital), and outpatient rehabilitation. Her 8-week clinical affiliation here at Paramount Physical Therapy (outpatient experience) has provided her with insight and motivation to build upon her current knowledge base within the profession. During her free time, Laura enjoys working out, cooking, and spending time with family.
Vanessa has been part of the Paramount PT team since 2014. She began as a volunteer while working on her undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University. Vanessa graduated from Stony Brook with a B.S. in Health Science in 2016. After graduation, Vanessa became a full time aide at Paramount Physical Therapy. She values her job and absolutely can’t wait to become a physical therapist. Vanessa has participated in local community events including representing Paramount PT at the Valley Stream Community Fest. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys watching movies, going to art shows, and exercising.
Leslie graduated from Queens College in 2017 with a B.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Science. In order to graduate she needed 90 internship hours, which were completed under Dr. Edison’s supervision at Paramount Physical Therapy. During her internship, Leslie learned about different types of injuries, as well as new exercises. This peaked Leslie’s interest and got her more involved in the physical therapy field. Leslie was hired as a PT aide and has been working for Paramount Physical Therapy since 2017. She has always been interested in sports and medicine, so she felt that this field would be a great career choice for her. Leslie played basketball for ten years and also played volleyball in middle school and high school. She has done mud races to support breast cancer research and recently participated in a stretching seminar at the New Horizons Counseling Center. Leslie is beginning the physical therapy assistant program in the fall at La Guardia Community College. Leslie hopes to attend physical therapy school and attain a DPT.