Clinical Director, Physical Therapist
Kate holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2007) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (2005) from Sacred Heart University. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a graduate of the Sacred Heart University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program.
Kate, who practiced at Cioffredi & Associates from 2009-2011, returned to our staff in 2013 after spending two years as a Clinical Faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University, working as an in-clinic mentor to Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residents in our Lebanon clinic. Kate serves as our Clinical Director, overseeing our mentorship program and all aspects of patient care.
“Kate Leiser is one of the best, if not the best, PT that I’ve worked with over the past 25+ years.” -A.K., 8/16/2020
A lifelong equestrian, Kate was captain of the SHU Women’s Equestrian Team (Division 1), competing in the hunt seat discipline, and has been featured in Equine Journal. She enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal diagnoses and body regions, with particular interest in treatment of runners, winter sports, and equestrian athletes across the lifespan.
She lives in the Upper Valley with her husband Brad and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys running, snowboarding, golf, XC skiing and horseback riding.
“Kate is a master at working with the individual, but most importantly, she understands how life can tax our bodies. I had hurt my back caring for a beloved family member and felt like I couldn’t afford to be compromised. Kate knew where I hurt and why. She worked in such a way that I too became more aware. The exercise plan and technology treatments, she provided, made such a difference. But knowing too, that she understood my circumstances, allowed my healing in a much more integrated way. Within days, I was feeling relief. And when I think about what really changed, it seemed at some point I stopped thinking and just began feeling my body … now, I am pain free and wholly functional. This therapist meets you where you’re at, ensuring the very best of outcomes.” -Ann Marchewka, 10/11/2020
“During a year-long period, I was challenged by ongoing discomfort, related to rotator cuff surgery, and repetitive -use challenges. Having the opportunity to do PT with Kate really changed my perspective for resuming those activities that were important to me. My passions, gardening, working in clay, baking, and swimming all presented hand and shoulder challenges over a long period of time. With Kate’s incredible expertise and communication skills, I progressed steadily. When unexpected discomfort, or set-backs occurred, she was always able to discover another solution or strategy to problem-solve. Her repertoire of PT tools is astonishing! She always remained positive, reassuring me that with the practicing of exercises and maintaining an active lifestyle, I would be able to fully participate in these activities. Her support and knowledge resulted in a very successful PT partnership!” -Joanna Waldman, 9/4/2020
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