Tenacious (adj.): “Persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired”.
We at Leonardo physical therapy are patient care driven. We aim to be tenacious in helping even the most challenging patient conditions. We have a highly skilled and cooperative team of clinicians who share their experiences and abilities with one another in order to make this happen. We routinely meet for skill building sessions. And, our ongoing professional training with certified continuing education coursework helps us to serve you better.
Juli Hunt PT DPT CSCS
Juli is one of the owners of Leonardo Physical Therapy. She began her career as a physical therapist upon graduation from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2001. Here she received a Masters of Science in physical therapy. Prior to obtaining her Masters Degree she graduated with honors from Merrimack College. In 2006 she returned to UMASS Lowell and fulfilled her academic aspirations, receiving a Clinical Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Juli has expanded her academic knowledge with a specialization certification in Strength and Conditioning. She is experienced and enjoys working with athletes of all ages. Other skills that she has honed include manual techniques to address problems of the extremities and the spine as well as treating patients with vertigo.
Juli is an accomplished figure skater and enjoys treating dancers and skaters in the community. She is also an avid runner and has expanded her education to include advanced course work in both the prevention and treatment of running injuries. When not engaged in her career, Juli enjoys spending her free time with her loving husband, beautiful daughter, and two sons. As a family they enjoy exploring the great outdoors, skiing, hiking, biking, running, and going to the beach.
John Hunt PT LATC
John is an owner of Leonardo Physical Therapy. He graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine (1998) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (2001). He brings with him a wealth of experience from Personal Training, Athletic Training, Orthopedic Sales, and of course Physical Therapy. Given his background, John greatly likes discussing the intricacies of total joint arthroplasty. Other areas of clinical interest include foot/ankle, shoulder, and spine. John also has training in foot orthotics. In addidtion to treating patients at the clinic, John is also an adjunct professor at Merrimack College in their Sports Medicine department. When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children. If time and weather allows you may also find him racking up a few dozen miles cycling.
Elizabeth Manka DPT
Elizabeth is a 2006 graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and has a prior undergraduate degree from Skidmore College. After graduating from MGH, she has had PT positions at several outpatient orthopedic clinics including 6 years at Spaulding Outpatient Center Framingham. Prior to entering the PT world she was dedicated to the study of ballet. She trained at Boston Ballet School, and after graduating college danced as a company member with Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre. Currently, she is an active member of The American Physical Therapy Association, and recently completed continuing education modules through MGH Institute's Elevating Orthopaedic Practice course series. Her clinical interests include the spine, shoulder, and dance medicine. She enjoys guiding and supporting her patients through their rehabilitation, and always learning more in the process. Outside of her career she enjoys spending time with her family,going to the beach, and taking ballet and yoga classes.
Jennifer Elderkin PTA
Jenn graduated from Lasell College in 1995 as a Physical Therapist Assistant with an Associate’s degree in Science. She has worked in various facilities including long term care, in-patient and out-patient facilities. She also has experience, working predominantly with children in the Wakefield Public Schools. She has also worked performing Hippotherapy, which is therapy with the assistance of a horse. Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons, TJ and Colin. Jenn enjoys spending time as a family at the beach in Maine and taking small mini vacations. Jenn is an avid sports fan and is especially fond of going to, watching or talking about the Patriots, Bruins, and the Red Sox.
Erin Kelley, PTA
Erin graduated from North Shore Community College in 2017 as a Physical Therapist Assistant after becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2011. Erin has a previous history in nutrition, personal training, and extensive rehabilitation experience in various outpatient clinics and skilled nursing facilities. Over the years, she acquired many useful skills and techniques to incorporate into her physical therapy practice. Erin has a caring empathetic sense that shows in her treatments. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. She has a true passion for continuing education, family, travel and adventure.
Grace works as a front desk receptionist at Leonardo Physical Therapy. She graduated from Shawsheen Technical High school and is certified in computer aided design and drafting. She is currently enrolled part time at Middlesex Community College in Bedford for English/Creative Writing concentration and is working towards becoming a children’s book author. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and walking different hiking trails.
Dr. James J. Leonardo ,PT, DPT ( 1955-2009) Founder of Leonardo Physical Therapy Jim was a graduate of Boston University. He founded Leonardo Physical Therapy 26 years ago on the principle of patients come first. During his career as a physical therapist, he published articles in the field of physical therapy and lectured professionally and in the community. He was also an adjunct instructor in the Physical Therapy Program at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Sadly, Jim lost his battle with cancer June 2009. Jim inspired us all with his boundless energy, curiosity, his unfailing zest for life. Jim was a professional dedicated to providing compassionate, quality, care, with a philosophy of “patients come first.” We here at Leonardo Physical Therapy are committed to carrying out his legacy. His thoughtful, caring attitude towards patients and staff alike has earned him a place in our hearts and prayers forever. We miss you.
I would like to thank you all for your help and support during my recent knee rehab. It was my first operation and recovery period that was a success due to your professional and well planned care. Your evaluation and structured exercise program quickly got me started to recovery. In fact, it has allowed me to regain strength and flexibility in my knee to allow me to play winter golf. Yes, I am hooked on golf!!! Playing a local course was a challenge with snow still on the course, but using colored golf balls and wearing good foot wear allowed me to negotiate the fairway. Again, my sincere thanks to you all for getting me back on track!!! Watch out Tiger!!!!!! -Mike
Leonardo Physical Therapy, LLC 230 Lowell Street Suite 2-D Wilmington, MA 01887 Phone: 978-657-7404 Fax: 978-657-5948