Helen Russell

Helen Russell • PTA

Born in Germany, Helen is an army brat who grew up in Germany, Arkansas, and California.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Oceanography at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Following graduation, she served as a Naval Officer on active duty for seven years, deploying twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  She received her Associates and became licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant after switching to the Navy Reserves.

Helen volunteered at a pediatric occupational therapy clinic while stationed in southern California, and gained an appreciation for the creative pediatric therapy setting and working alongside occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants.  This is where she first realized her passion for working with children.  She enjoys coming up with innovative and fun solutions for the children at JHA.

Helen has lived in the Memphis area since 2015.  She is married with a toddler and three cats.  She enjoys cooking and traveling, especially to natural wonders like Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park.  She also loves to do yoga.