Children’s Healthcare announces first sports specialist

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ATLANTA — Kelli McLaren, Atlanta resident and University of North Georgia graduate, is the first to complete the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta sports residency program, becoming a sports certified specialist.

Led by Julie Johnson, director of children’s sports residency program, and a team of 19 faculty members, McLaren was the inaugural participant of the new program. The sports residency program received its accreditation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Programs in October, making it the first and only in the state of Georgia.

“We are extremely proud of Kelli’s achievement and the addition of this program to Georgia’s physical therapy educational offerings,” said Barney Poole, president of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

“Kelli is the first of many physical therapists that we hope will become sports certified specialists though our residency program,” said Johnson.

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