Ann Lessila PT - Owner
Over 20 years Physical Therapy experience
"I love working with a wonderful team that is making a difference in the lives of seniors and their families!"
Lani H OTR - Director
20 years Occupational Therapy and management experience.
"I truly enjoy working closely with the patients and our therapists to maximize the patient experience".
24 years physical therapy experience
"I love being a PT, especially in my work at Lessila Therapy, because I love to work with geriatric patients. I find it very rewarding to maximize their function while I get to know them and learn about their lives. I feel that older people have so much to share!"
25 years rehab, outpatient & home health
"It's rewarding to be able to offer recommendations and activities that can help maximize their independence and daily activity."
6+ years OT experience in skilled nursing, pediatric school based therapy and assisted living
"I love being an OT and genuinely love getting to know each of the patients I get to work with. I like working with people of all ages and getting to be creative in my therapy approach. I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, baking and being crafty."
Christy is an occupational therapist with 18 years experience in the sub acute rehab and mental health setting. She enjoys working with her patients and their families and takes joy is seeing their improvement. She lives in Madison with her husband and two young children.
Emily graduated from Clarke University in 2011 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has worked in Madison, WI as a physical therapist in geriatrics for six years. She especially enjoys helping individuals in memory care facilities to improve their quality of life and maximize their functional independence. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, attending sporting events, and taking her kids to the zoo and parks.
Kelly N Occupational Therapy Assistant
Kelli has 24 years of experience specializing in geriatric rehabilitation. She has worked at a variety of settings and currently enjoys treating patients in their homes, assisted living and memory care settings. She specializes in home modifications, geriatric strength and balance training, low vision adaptations, and neurological rehabilitation. The most enjoyable part of Kelli’s professional day is identifying creative and unique therapeutic activities that build upon an individual’s existing physical and cognitive strengths.
Graduated from Mount Mary College in 1997. With Lessila Therapy the past 9 years.
Experience in Pediatrics and Home Care
Interests include strengthening, muscle re-education and balance training. I also enjoy being involved in exercise programs and Pre- Employment Physicals that Lessila Therapy offers to the communities we provide therapy at. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, going up north, running, and cooking.
I have over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Physical Therapist. I have had the opportunity to work in the following settings: Hospital- inpatient and outpatient, Sub acute Rehab, Skilled Nursing, Assisted and Independent Living and Home Care. I pride myself in delivering quality care to my clients with compassion, dignity and respect. I have a soft spot in my heart for the geriatric population. I strive to make a positive difference in the lives that I touch each and every day. My ultimate goal for my clients is to teach them how to best help themselves. I want to empower my clients to function and remain as independent as possible. Other passions of mine are spending time with my family, going to church, and snuggling up with my cat.
Speech Language Pathologist
17 years experience evaluating and treating speech, language, swallowing and cognition. The most rewarding part of my work is talking with seniors and developing patient and family centered goals to create the best quality of life at any age.
I have been working with the geriatric population since I graduated from Concordia University in 2014. I absolutely love working with this particular group of individuals as we build great relationships while working to increase their independence in daily activities. It's rewarding to see the progress being made throughout the course of treatment. Outside of work I enjoy doing outdoor activities with my husband and spending time with our family and friends.
Occupational Therapist since 2009. Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) since 2014. Teaching Assistant for UWM Lymphedema Courses. Experience in Skilled Nursing, Outpatient, & Home Health. Specialities include Geriatrics, Lymphedema, wheelchair seating and positioning & Continence Improvement.
"My goal as a therapist is to help as many people as I can regain their independence after an injury or illness. I strive to provide the best quality care to all of my residents."
Paul Lessila CPA - Chief Financial Officer
"Working with the Lessila Therapy
Team and our customers is very rewarding!"
15+ Years experience in outpatient orthopedics, geriatrics and home care.
"I feel it's important to have a passion for all aspects of your life. I am passionate about helping others and providing a source of encouragement and education for patients, family and staff"
Physical Therapist Assistant
"I have been helping my patients to achieve greater functional independenc and higher quality of life for almost 20 years. I try to make my treatment sessions fun and enjoyable. It's very rewarding to see my residents getting stronger, safer and happier. My two primary areas of clinical interest are pain resolution and urinary incontinence."
17 years in outpatient orthopedics and physical therapy.
"I enjoy working with older
individuals, as they are generally motivated and extremely appreciative. It is rewarding to see them make progress and improve their functional independence."
16 Years experience in pediatrics/home health and geriatric.
"I enjoy helping seniors improve their quality of life. I also love to talk to them and hear their lifetime of experiences and wisdom."
22 years occupational therapy experience
"I have spent most of my career working with seniors. I have learned so
much from my patients over the years. I love hearing their life stories and words of wisdom. I also appreciate their hard work ethic."
"I enjoy getting to know each patient and finding what is motivating and enjoyable for them. I believe most activities can be made therapeutic and love finding a way to meet individual goals while having fun".
Lauren spends her free time experiencing the outdoors while kayaking, hiking and skiing. She also sits on the board of directors for a local non-profit that provides a therapeutic inter-generational community to older adults and young families.
Physical Therapist Assistant
9 years of physical therapy experience in senior care to include sub acute, outpatient, home health, and skilled nursing facility.
"All of my experience over the years has been with the senior population. I truly enjoy getting to know each of my patients. Building a relationship of trust allows me to take the patient's treatment plan and personalize each visit to include what is important to the patient. I feel very fortunate that I get to work with seniors. I truly love what I do. I strive to create skilled therapeutic activities that are both enjoyable and focus on improving quality of life."
Physical Therapist CSCS
Over 20 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics, home care and geriatrics.
"I enjoy working with patients in their home environment assisting them to stay as independent and healthy as possible so they can enjoy life."
Physical Therapist Assistant
13+ years of experience working in skilled nursing, assisted and independent living as well as memory care.
"I love having a partnership with my patients, their family and the team of caregivers to help him/her improve their quality of life. It's exciting to see patients progress in their plan of care! The goal I have for each session is to get my patient to smile because he/she saw that our treatment helped to achieve something positive in his/her life that day."
3 years geriatric experience in skilled nursing facilities and home health.
"I really enjoy seeing my patients succeed through our sessions and learning from them as they share their life experiences with me." In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing volleyball, watching sports, crafting and going camping.
I really love being a PT and teaching my patients how to maximize their potential. My goal is to help my patients improve their independence while building a lasting relationship. I enjoy having fun and being creative with treatment, while challenging my patients to try new things.