Leanne is the Clinical Director of Choice Physical Therapy of St. Albans. She takes great pride that her practice has provided excellent physical therapy care and services to the greater St. Albans area since December of 2002, giving local patients a superior “choice” for their rehabilitation needs. Leanne earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in 1999, then returned to her home state of Vermont, where she was born and raised on a local dairy farm, to pursue her career in healthcare.
Leanne is passionate about providing hands on treatment at each visit, helping her patients stay active and healthy in order to enjoy their own passions, whatever that may be. With over 20 years of clinical experience in the outpatient setting, she has a strong understanding of musculoskeletal injuries, post-operative care, functional exercise prescription and injury management. Leanne’s clinical manual skills include advanced courses in Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, Muscle Energy Technique and Mulligan Technique, in addition to post graduate training in Selective Functional Movement, Kinesiotaping and Orthotic prescription.
Leanne resides in Georgia, VT with her husband, Seth, her two children, Emma and Noah, and her goldendoodle, Truman. In her free time, she enjoys travel, good food, downhill skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and curling up with a good book with a glass of wine!
Amanda has been a Physical Therapist since 2011 when she graduated from the University of Vermont with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since graduation Amanda has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities/ sub-acute rehab, and most recently Outpatient Physical Therapy here at Choice Physical Therapy. Amanda has completed a number of continuing education courses including vestibular training, SFMA, kineseology tape and rock pod certification courses, and advanced manual therapy of the cervical, lumbar, and SIJ.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys being active outdoors with her husband, 2 young children, and their Golden Retriever (the cats don't get to come on the outdoor family adventures). Although originally from Maine, Vermont has been home since college and some favorite past times include downhill and cross country skiing, biking on the many local paths and trails, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the local farmers markets and restaurants in the area. On a summer day Amanda can often be found at a local market, festival, or enjoying a local beverage on an outdoor patio. In the winter you will likely find her at the mountain enjoying as much fresh snow as possible. Her absolute favorite thing to do is to travel with her family. Whether it be to the Maine coast, Alaska, somewhere tropical, or Europe, Amanda is happiest planning and taking their next family trip. As much as she enjoys an outdoor adventure, she also loves to nurture her creative side with a good craft project and quilting.
Amanda started at Choice PT as a student, and part time as a new graduate. After several years in sub-acute rehab, knew this was the place she wanted to return to work. Some of the experience she brings to the team includes working with patients post-op, an extensive knowledge geriatric care and strengthening, working with patients post CVA, with patients with Parkinsons Disease, and those with orthopedic injuries. She has always loved the sense of team work Choice has, as well as the dedication to staying current in treatment practices and appreciation for the importance of hands on manual therapy. When you are a patient at Choice PT, you are there for more than just your injury, and she is thankful for the ability to get to know everyone she works with and the feeling that the entire team at Choice PT wants to help every person who walks through the door.
Cara Beyor, DPT, has been a practicing Doctorate Physical Therapist for 19 years. She specializes in management of orthopedic conditions using a wide variety of treatment techniques including, but not limited to, manual therapy, exercise conditioning, biomechanical analysis, and modalities as needed in her treatments. Cara’s sub-specialties include female pelvic floor dysfunction, management postpartum & incontinence issues for both men and women.
Cara has trained with John Barnes and uses his myofascial release techniques within her manual therapy “tool box”, when working with patients. Cara’s philosophy for recovery extends to the mind-body connection, where the mind is, the body will follow. Cara will encourage you and stand in your corner to help you reach your goals. Cara loves working with such a diverse group of therapists with interests clinically that varies from hers. This opens up a wider road for treating a patient as well as great discussions and education that is passed amongst our staff.
When Cara is not in the practice you can find her hiking with her dog, skiing, snowshoeing, dancing, playing with her two girls, or even traveling with her husband. Cara has taught dance for over 20 years and is part of the VPA adjudicators association working with Vermonters to help expand high school dance teams in the state of Vermont. She brings her experience with dance to the clinic when warranted.
Christine Moss, PT, DPT has been an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist for more than 4 years, practicing in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and now Vermont. Christine has enjoyed working with the Choice Physical Therapy team as everyone here is very friendly and knowledgeable, creating a fun atmosphere with quality care for all patients. Christine has clinical interests in balance/fall prevention and aquatic therapy, along with treating various orthopedic conditions. Outside of physical therapy, Christine enjoys hiking, camping, travelling, baking, and spending time with her family.
Kara Lumbra has been a dedicated employee with Choice Physical Therapy of St. Albans beginning shortly after its inception in December of 2002. She has worked in the outpatient physical therapy setting since graduating from the UVM Physical Therapy program in 1998. Kara enjoys treating patients who require post-surgical care, especially post shoulder rehabilitation. She has advanced certifications in Active Release Technique and Graston Technique, as well as further education in Mulligan Technique and Muscle Energy Technique. In addition to treating general orthopedic injuries and pathologies, Kara also has further education in balance and vestibular training, including the treatment of vertigo. Kara enjoys working for Choice Physical Therapy as she truly believes in their motto, “where patient’s come first” and strives to maintain this belief in the work environment. Working in a privately owned, outpatient clinic has allowed Kara to provide treatments to patient’s with autonomy. Kara also appreciates how Choice Physical Therapy not only wants to care for their patients, but also goes above and beyond to “take care of” their employees in whatever capacity possible. When outside of the practice, Kara is found enjoying time with friends and family, whether it be watching her two sons play in sports, playing cornhole or going for walks and exploring outside in the nearby woods.
Trevor has practiced physical therapy at Choice PT since 2014. Prior to this, he practiced in Vermont and New York in both inpatient and outpatient orthopedic settings. He has completed advanced coursework in rehabilitation of sports injury across generations, kinesiology taping, prevention and treatment of common running injuries, and specializes in assessment and fitting of foot orthotics. Additionally, Trevor is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. Trevor graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2011. He received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience and a concentration in Health Psychology in 2007 from Clarkson University Trevor enjoys running, hiking, fishing, hunting and backpacking with his wife and dogs. He can be found in the summer assisting with the St. Albans Recreation Department fun runs at Hard’ack.
Melissa has been practicing as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2009. She received an Associate of Science/Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Villa Maria College and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Daemen college in Buffalo, NY. Upon receiving her degrees, Melissa started off her career working in a SNF for 7 ½ years in NY, then she began travelling as a clinician throughout the United States working in various settings ranging from privately owned outpatient orthopedic clinics in the desert of southern AZ to subacute care settings with emphasis on stroke recovery and neurological rehabilitation in West Philadelphia, PA. Melissa enjoys providing care to people from all walks of life. She believes that every life matters and loves helping them return to what they love to do.
Melissa has a strong interest in continual learning and often seeks ways to grow in her profession. In addition to receiving training and certification in manual therapy, IASTM, and kinesio taping, it wasn't until recently that Melissa was exposed to and learned about a neuromechanical and respiratory treatment approach that bases it's methodology on asymmetrical patterns of movement, recognizing that the right side of the body differs from the left. This interest stemmed from courses she took and is still taking through the Postural Restoration Institute. Melissa hopes to one day obtain certification through the Institute.
Aside from working, Melissa has travelled to 46 states and 12 countries as a music and prayer missionary. She loves to talk about her experiences and she enjoys connecting with people and encouraging them, so they can be restored physically, mentally, and spiritually. You can find Melissa leading music teams and joining in with music teams all across VT at various indoor/outdoor gatherings. She also teaches and trains musicians and vocalists here in VT on how to grow in playing their instrument in a more spontaneous way using proper breath support. Additionally, Melissa loves the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, playing tennis, going to the gym, reading, writing songs, and/or journalling while sitting by a lake with a mountain view. But above all else Melissa loves to spend time alone with God in the great outdoors and to take long road trips to visit her family and friends in NY.