Peggy Freedman has been an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years. She is President of The Freedman Group - a practice specializing in the evaluation and treatment of injured workers with a specific focus on Validity Testing, Return-to-Work and Case Closure issues.
She can often be seen driving bulldozers, manufacturing steel or plywood, walking on construction girders, paving roads, picking warehouse orders, doing computer data processing, call center phone answering or even working in large commercial kitchens. Peggy uses her extensive fieldwork to understand critical demands of work, which, in turn, has helped hundreds of employers and insurance companies design ergonomically correct workstations, as well as prevent cumulative trauma and back injuries.
A sought-after speaker, she is a frequent guest lecturer at Brenau University School of Occupational Therapy and has spoken at Georgia Tech on cumulative trauma and ergonomics. She has been the featured speaker for The Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, The Workers’ Compensation Law Institute, “The State Workers’ Compensation Seminar”, The Association of Georgia Occupational Health Nurses, the Veterans Administration, The Private Rehab Suppliers of Georgia, and CNN News. Her topics include “The Role of the Occupational Therapist in the Workers’ Compensation System”, “Proper Treatment Sequence for the Industrially Injured Worker”, “What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation”, “Cumulative Trauma”, “How to Manage the Injured Worker”, “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy” and“Osteoporosis and Exercise”.
Peggy has performed over 4,000 Functional Capacity Evaluations and more than 30,000 treatments in a wide array of settings including industrial sites, private practice, hospitals, home health, and nursing homes. She evaluates and treats orthopedic injuries, hand injuries, mastectomy related problems, cerebral vascular accidents, geriatric issues, complex multiple disabilities, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic head injuries, cumulative trauma and others.
Her extensive reliance on validity testing, assessing “the whole person,” and her “tell it as she sees it” policy has been singled out by the legal community. She is called upon frequently, as an expert witness, in disability, workers’ compensation and personal injury cases, by both defendant as well as claimant law firms.
Her strong advocacy for providing an essential forum for the entire rehab team working on a case has been called “...the most thorough and best approach with a higher probability of returning someone to work quicker and permanently.”
Prior to opening The Freedman Group, Peggy was practicing with Progressive Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy (a Beverly/Matrix Rehabilitation Company), Rehab Diagnostics, and The South Cobb Center for Orthopedic Rehabilitation. She was involved in the initial set-up of the first CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) in Southwest Florida and a pioneer in work conditioning/work hardening programs.
Her client list has included: Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, National Services Industries, The Coca-Cola Company, Sprint, Southwire, CIBA Vision, Scientific Atlanta, C.W. Matthews, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlantic Steel, Lockheed, General Motors, Boise Cascade, Marriott Corporation, Unisys, Ford, and MARTA, as well as a myriad of rehabilitation and insurance companies and many law firms.
Peggy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The Medical College of Georgia and has been on the staffs of several Georgia Hospitals.