Leon R. Anderson III, PT, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. His first job was at Centers for Rehabilitation, Inc. (CRI). He was as a Systems Analyst/Summer Intern. It was there that he discovered a passion for patient care. Subsequently and upon receipt of an academic scholarship, he pursued a degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Connecticut’s School of Allied Health. He graduated as an Honors Scholar.
Leon participated in a two-year manual therapy residency program in Cincinnati, Ohio during the early 1990’s. He earned a MS degree in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute in San Diego, California.
In the fall of 1990, he began his career as a systems analyst-physical therapist for CRI. Leon was responsible for networking the computers and developing the outpatient division of the company. In 1993, he became a partner and was elected vice president of information systems. Leon was elected President of CRI in 1997. CRI was sold to HealthSouth in 1998. Leon was retained by HealthSouth to operate and develop 17 clinics in northeastern Ohio.
In 2003, Leon founded Sports & Spine Physical Therapy, Inc. (SSPT) Sports and Spine Physical Therapy has three main clinics and satellite aquatic centers in both Ohio and North Carolina. Leon’s pioneering father who opened his first private practice 20 years earlier inspired him. Leon Anderson Jr. was considered a vanguard of the PT profession for over 45 years. He was a phenomenal mentor and mentored students all over America. Leon followed in his father’s footsteps. He too has mentored many throughout the United States. Over 700 students have participated in the SSPT Student Program. One of the students, Andre Russell, started working for SSPT as a teenager. He did many menial jobs like cleaning the storage closet. Now Andre is the COO and junior partner at the company.
Leon is a member of many professional and socially conscious organizations. He is a charter member and past president of the American Academy of Physical Therapy. He served as a Subject Matter Expert for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam. He was also an On-site reviewer of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. (The agency that accredits entry-level physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs in the US and UK).