About the Team
Meet Peggy Freedman
Putting herself in the worker’s shoes.
You might see Peggy driving bulldozers, walking on construction girders, paving roads, or picking warehouse orders. Why?
She may be assessing the job demands of someone who’s been injured, or offering ideas to keep the employee safe and productive when they return to work.
Or she could be using her extensive fieldwork experience to help healthy workers stay that way. These efforts have helped hundreds of employers and insurance companies design ergonomically correct workstations, as well as prevent cumulative trauma and back injuries.
A resource for employees and their employers.
Peggy Freedman has seen a lot, learned a lot, and helped a lot of people as an Occupational Therapist over the past 35 years or so. As President of The Freedman Group, everyone who works with her has benefited from her wide expertise and caring approach.
Her practice specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals who have been injured at work, suffered an illness, or have been involved in a personal injury. There is a specific focus here on testing the validity of injury complaints, Return-to-Work programs, and case closure issues. Peggy and her team are known for expert handling of even the toughest cases.
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.
An authority respected by her peers.
As a sought-after speaker, Peggy has been a guest lecturer at Brenau University School of Occupational Therapy, and has spoken at Georgia Tech on cumulative trauma and ergonomics. She has been a featured speaker for The Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, The Workers’ Compensation Law Institute, The Association of Georgia Occupational Health Nurses, and more. Peggy has also been featured on CNN News.
Her topics have included “The Role of the Occupational Therapist in the Workers’ Compensation System,” “What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation,” “Cumulative Trauma,” the difference between a Job Site Analysis and an Ergonomic Assessment, and “The Nuts and Bolts of a Home Assessment”.
Peggy’s 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.
Companies of all kinds turn to Peggy for help.
In addition to numerous insurance companies and law firms, her clients have included Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, National Services Industries, The Coca-Cola Company, Sprint, CIBA Vision, Scientific Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlantic Steel, Lockheed, General Motors, Marriott Corporation, Unisys, Ford, The Department of Labor and MARTA.
Peggy Freedman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The Medical College of Georgia and has been on the staff of several Georgia Hospitals.
Jan Wilson has been with The Freedman Group since 2012 and is our Front Office Coordinator. Her skills include scheduling and confirming appointments, communicating with everyone on the file and sending out all reports. Jan is also available to help with any billing questions. Her friendly and helpful personality is an asset to all who talk with her.
Brandee Keiss joined The Freedman Group in 2015 and is a talented Occupational Therapist with care and compassion for her patients. She is skilled in the performance of Functional Capacity Evaluations, Impairment Ratings, Home Assessments and Acute Care Treatments. Her enthusiasm toward her patients is palpable.
Beth Janes has been an Occupational Therapist, licensed in the State of Georgia for over 28 years and joined The Freedman Group in 2014. She is skilled in the performance of Functional Capacity Evaluations, Impairment Ratings, Work Hardening/Conditioning and Acute Care Treatments. She is a kind and compassionate person with a wealth of knowledge in evaluation and treatment of the injured adult.