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Leigh A. Roberts, PT, DPT

Academic Title:

Instructor (Adjunct Faculty I)

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


Allied Health Research Building

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-7720

Education and Training

Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy, Winchester, VA, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, December 2005.

Shenandoah University Program in Physical Therapy, Winchester, VA, Master of Physical Therapy, Magna Cum Laude, May 1999.

Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Major: Biology, May 1996.


Leigh A. Roberts, DPT, OCS is a Doctor of Physical TherapyBoard Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and a Polestar Certified Rehabilitation Pilates Practitioner.  Dr. Roberts owned L A R Physical Therapy in Howard County from 2006 - 2017 and since 2018 works at Johns Hopkins Rehabiliatation Network in Odenton.  She treats a broad cross-section of orthopedic conditions and specializes in manual therapy of the foot/ankle, pelvic girdle and spine. She uses Pilates for fitness and rehabilitation of patients with various injuries.  Dr. Roberts believes in providing a continuum of care to support her patients throughout their recovery process, and in returning to their daily activities. 

Dr. Roberts has a special interest in performing arts medicine, including dancers, musicians, and ice skaters. She has spent her entire professional career treating dancers – from adolescents to recreational adults to professionals. She has worked all over the country and the local area providing therapy backstage. She sees dancers for acute and chronic injuries both at the studio and in the clinic. She teaches Pilates for dance conditioning and technique enhancement. Dr. Roberts is a past president for the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Dr. Roberts teaches group Pilates for fitness and athletic enhancement. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

physical therapy

Highlighted Publications

Roberts LA, Shoaf LD. Rehabilitation of an Adolescent Dancer with Snapping Hip Syndrome and Patellofemoral Pain. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2010;22(4):238-242. 

Gamboa J, Roberts L, Maring J, Fergus A. Injury Patterns in Elite Preprofessional Ballet Dancers and the Utility of Screening Programs to Identify Risk CharacteristicsJ Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2008;38(3):126-136.

Clinical Specialty Details

Orthopaedics, Dance Medicine, Pilates