If you’ve ever had tennis elbow, you’ll want to meet our resident Certified Tennis Performance Specialist, Cristina Leek. She’s nearly as passionate about tennis as she is about her work as physical therapist, and that’s saying something! You know those tennis players. They are a committed bunch of athletes, dedicated to the game for life.
Truth is, only a small group of people diagnosed with tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylitis) actually get it from playing tennis. A classic repetitive stress injury, it affects everyone from butchers to carpenters, typists to fiddlers.
Though Cristina’s focus is usually on sports injuries–helping people return from injury to full function and perform in their beloved sport–she’s passionate about her work as a caregiver, and loves treating a wide variety of patients.
They inspire her. She is thrilled to watch patients make progress through their rehabilitation—and to see how happy they are when they meet all their goals. Cristina says it best herself: “I find it very rewarding . . . when a patient, on their first day, is on crutches and unable to weight bear. Or in a sling, and they have minimal motion and use of their arm. And then–after weeks to months of rehab–they are back to running, throwing a ball or playing with their grandchildren.”
Cristina earned her BS at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and her MSPT at New York Medical College. In addition to her tennis certification, she’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She loves spending time with family and friends, the joy of reading for pleasure, and, of course, playing some tennis!