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.
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.
Sabrina began volunteering at Paramount Physical Therapy in 2013 as a junior in high school. After experiencing a few sports related injuries in high school as the result of competitive fencing, she became interested in physical therapy. Currently she is a part time aide for Paramount Physical Therapy and a full time student working on her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition at Queens College. She hopes to be accepted into a PT program in the future. Sabrina has volunteered for multiple organizations, such as Autism Speaks, She’s on Point: a Celebration of Girls in Sports, the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Queens College and Relay for Life. She has also participated in community events, such as Valley Stream’s annual Community Fest, Leigh-Ann’s Ovarian Cancer Zumbathon and the New Horizons Counseling Center stretching seminar offered by Paramount Physical Therapy. When Sabrina is not in the office, she enjoys relaxing at home or going upstate with friends and family.
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.
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.
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.