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 A. Hunt, PT, DPT, CSCS Clinical Director 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 an avid runner and has expanded her education to include advanced courses to both prevent and treat running injuries. When not engaged in her career, Juli enjoys spending her free time with her loving husband, beautiful daughter, two sons, and her rambunctious dog Roscoe. As a family they enjoy exploring the great outdoors, skiing, hiking, biking and going to the beach. Lynda Last, Practice Business Manager Lynda Is one of the owners of Leonardo Physical Therapy and has managed the practice since 2000. Lynda is a former nurse of 25 years and she brings her wealth of medical training, and business experience to our practice. Lynda is well versed in navigating the complexities of our health care system, both as a nurse and business practice manager. She believes that patients come first and is a health care advocate. When not at the clinic Lynda enjoys spending time with her husband John, daughter, granddaughter, family, and friends, gardening, when the animals don't eat the garden walking, and reading.
John Hunt,PT, MSPT
John is a graduate 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, three young children and his dog. If time and weather allows you may also find him racking up a few dozen miles cycling.
Jenn 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 with disabilities, performing Hippotherapy, which is therapy with the assistance of a horse. Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband and son. Especially in the warmer months, spending time as a family taking walks around the lake or in the woods as well as going to the beach, traveling to Maine to visit family. Jenn is an avid sports fan and is especially fond of going to or watching the Patriots, Bruins, and the Red Sox.
Jessica Salgueiro PT,DPT,EP
Jess studied at UMass Lowell for both of her degrees: Exercise Physiology (with a minor in psychology) and her Doctorate in physical therapy. Jess's interests include athletics (both rehab and coaching), pediatrics, and manual therapy.She has taken Kinesiotape 1 & 2, plans to take the 3rd course this year,obtain certification, and aspires to one day be an instructor.
Jess has studied martial arts and has her 3rd degree black belt. She played college, Division ll athletics at UML, is an avid swimmer, and perfers doing outdoor activities. In addition, Jess hopes to run her second half marathon, complete another Tough Mudder, and progress her triathlon experience. Jess has traveled to Africa and Haiti as a missionary PT. She spends the rest of her free time enjoying church activities as a Youth Leader and small group leader for the 20s and 30s group.
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