Sue Leger, PT, MS, PhD, ND, IMD, DPT is a physical therapist with over 40 years of training and clinical experience with biomechanical, neuroscience, and physiology specialties. Having owned and managed physical therapy private practices in Baton Rouge, Asheville, Jacksonville, as well as in Fayetteville, Roswell, Marietta, and the newly opened (2020) Alpharetta, GA location. Dr. Leger has forged the Symptom Recovery Model (SRM) and hundreds of Symptom Recovery Programs (SRPs). Highly successful programs are helping persons recover from symptoms such as joint and spinal pain, walking and balance difficulties, as well as weakness and functional loss from both pediatric and adult neurological dysfuntions.
Dr. Leger has six university degrees, beginning with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (1979) from the University of Florida. Sue published her thesis Exercise Risks and Benefits for Diabetic Individuals: A Review and received a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation (1985) from Louisiana State University. She attained her first doctorate degree, Doctor of Science in Health Science and Nutrition (Westbrook University, 2004), completing a dissertation on The Effects of Integrative Manual Therapy on Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. Dr. Leger was awarded a Doctor of Naturopathy (Westbrook University, 2011) with a focus on Toxicity, Dietary and Supplemental Considerations for Autoimmune Disorders. Next, Dr. Leger completed a Doctor of Integrative Medicine (Westbrook University, 2012), with a concentration on Holistic Natural Healing for Central Nervous System Disorders. Most recently, Sue completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy through Arcadia University (2013) with two unique studies; A Physical Therapy Symptom Recovery Model for Charcot-Marie-Tooth: A Clinical Perspective and Symptom Recovery Model Physical Therapy Producing Significant Pain Reduction and Sensory Gains in Persons Diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth: A Cohort Study.
Along with extensive university education, Dr. Leger has attended hundreds of continuing education classes, holding numerous certifications and in-depth training in many areas; including, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (Certified 1987), Infant NDT Treatment (Certified 1989), Acupressure, Cranial Sacral, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Motor Control and Learning, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Sensory Integration and Praxis, Mechanical Link, Visceral Manipulation, Manual Perception, Biomechanical and Fascial Regulators, Integrative Manual Therapy (CSIMT Certified 2002), Integrative Manual Therapy (Westbrook Univ. Certified 2004), Manual Pattern Recognition, Women’s Health (Certified 2011), Autism (Certified 2010), Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Functional Medicine, BioGeometry and recently received her certification in Structural Rehabilitation (S.R.C. 2012).
Dr. Leger has taught over 250 continuing education workshops. Her teaching focus began on biomechanical and neurological assessment, handling and movement, lower extremity biomechanics, gait, and the fabrication and function of lower extremity serial casts, splints and orthoses. She has been a speaker at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. Sue has been on the faculty for The Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy (CSIMT) and Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation (DCR), teaching advanced courses in IMT since 2002. She is a co-developer, with Dr. Sharon (Weiselfish) Giammatteo, of manual therapy courses on stroke, a pediatric-neuro series, as well a series of courses on the ankle and foot certified through the University of Tennessee. Most recently (2010), Dr. Leger developed 5 Series (42 workshops) of Symptom Recovery Model courses.
In the past years, Dr. Sue has sold her private practices in Baton Rouge, Asheville, and Jacksonville, and most recently (February 2020), Dr. Sue stepped down as Managing Partner of First Step Physical Therapy clinical practices. She has sold these three locations (Fayetteville, Roswell, and Marietta, GA)to her longtime friend andbusiness partner, Dr. Josh Davis, and wishes him the very best!
Dr. Leger continues her outstanding one-on-one patient diagnostics and treatment, four days a week at her new brand new physical therapy private practice, Leger Physical Therapy, located in Alpharetta, GA. She is also continuing her SRM teaching schedule, as well as completing her 20 volume series titled A Guide for Never Evers: A Symptom Recovery Model. These ‘unfinished manuscripts’ will be available through Symptom Recovery Models (SRM), Education for Healthcare, workshops, and website.