American physio’s 35 years of service to help children

Karen Leslie.
Karen Leslie.

A physiotherapist who has cared for children with disabilities and complex needs for more than 35 years has retired from her post.

Karen Leslie worked as a paediatric physiotherapist in the Lancaster and Morecambe area until her retirement last Friday.

Originally from Connecticut in the United States of America, Karen met her husband-to-be in America and moved to the United Kingdom in 1974.

Karen had been studying physiotherapy at the University of Connecticut and finished her studies at Leeds University.

She made Lancaster her home in 1977.

Since that time Karen has worked for the NHS as a paediatric physiotherapist in several North Lancashire schools and hospitals.

She said: “I’ve had a very unusual career in that I have stayed in the same place for the entire time.

“It has been a privilege to work with families over a long period.

“I treated some children from the age of two to 19 years of age.

“Not many people have that opportunity.”

Karen’s first job as a paediatric physiotherapist was at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and from there she moved to the Royal Albert Hospital in Lancaster.

She worked at Bleasdale School in Silverdale before moving back to Lancaster in 1994 where she worked at the Loyne School on Sefton Drive in the city and Morecambe Road School.

Karen’s retirement party took place at the Ryelands House Clinic on Owen Road in Lancaster last Friday, October 10.

Karen added: “I have worked with some excellent teams over the years.

“I will miss the children and the staff enormously.”