Owner and PT
Leigh is the owner of Ability Pediatric Therapy and has practiced Physical Therapy since 1996. Leigh was raised in Cleveland, GA, has been married for 21 years and has 2 children that keep her busy outside of the clinic. She is a graduate of White County High School, Reinhardt College and Georgia State University. She opened Ability in 2014 after 18 years of providing Physical Therapy in a variety of settings, including orthopedic, geriatric and pediatric environments. She fell in love with serving children and their families. Leigh has made it her mission to see that children and families get the care they need, including therapy but also with resources to help in their day to day lives. She has strived to create facilities that are non-traditional and that include a warm, loving and playful environment where children feel they are having fun while having therapy.
PT, DPT, ATC
Jordan is a Gainesville, GA native who has had a passion babies and kids for as long as she can remember. She spent her young years helping with children’s camps, serving for many years of Vacation Bible School and traveling on mission trips with her family. She received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Georgia College and State University in 2013. Jordan worked as a certified Athletic Trainer for local high schools and colleges for 3 years while pursuing her next degree, so she also has a love for and history of treating sports related injuries in our young population. She obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Georgia in 2017, and began serving patients at Ability the same year. She currently lives with her husband
and spunky 2 year old daughter in Flowery Branch. She brings with her great knowledge for pediatrics in a vast array of populations. Her passionate, dynamic, willing and loving personality separates her in the field of Physical Therapy.
PT, DPT, BSFCS
Anna is a physical therapist who attended UGA for her bachelor's degree in Nutrition and the University of North Georgia for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She graduated in 2018 and has been providing Physical Therapy at Ability since that time. Anna also raises guide dogs for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. She was recognized for her work with training guide dogs for the blind while at UNG and brought a whole new world to the therapy community/school. She was raised in Cumming, GA and now lives in Dahlonega, GA with her husband, son and four legged therapy and police dogs. She has a passion for helping children and finding new ways to have fun while receiving Physical Therapy.
Hillary Wood provides Physical Therapy in our Cornelia office. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, graduating Cum Laude. She furthered her education at Brenau University, in Gainesville, GA receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. She was a member of the Inaugural graduating class and received the Clinical Excellence Award during the hooding ceremony for her unsurpassed performance working with children. She is planning to pursue her Pediatric Certified Specialist in the near future which will further her skills and knowledge in the pediatric realm. Hillary has a drive to work with children of all ages, is passionate about each child and thrives in watching them succeed while aiding them in their developmental process. Hillary is a native of Franklin County where she currently resides with her husband and two dogs, and their new daughter.
Lee Parker provides Physical Therapy services in our Cornelia office. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology way back in 2010 from Morehouse College in Atlanta. After taking a short seven year break in order to serve in the Navy as a commissioned Officer and get married, he decided it was finally time to finish pursuing his dream to become a licensed Physical Therapist. This decision led him to return to Georgia from Minneapolis, MN, where he was accepted to and graduated from Brenau University’s DPT program in May 2020. Lee has always had a passion for kids, never seeing a baby he did not instantly love, starting with his interactions with his younger cousins, progressing to working with and teaching kids how to play golf through the YMCA’s First Tee program. With an eagerness to serve, help kids reach their highest potential, and to love unconditionally, Lee is a wonderful addition to the Ability Pediatric team. Lee hails from Tampa, FL and currently lives in Flowery Branch, GA with his wife Capetra, and his two year old son Dru.
Heather LaPrade graduated in 2017 from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. While playing Volleyball for the Lions and getting her degree in Biology. She was an Honor roll student but knew God was calling her to do more, she soon enrolled in University of North Georgia to get her Doctor of Physical Therapy. While studying in Dahlonega she took the time to go to Peru for a mission trip and treat children who had nowhere else to turn. When she was back in Georgia, she started her clinical rotation, little did she know that during her last rotation she would be finding her new home at Ability Pediatric Therapy. During Heather's free time, she loves to play volleyball and travel with her family. Her favorite destination to date is in 2019 when she traveled to the Island Oahu, in beautiful Hawaii.