Gilkey is a Certified Hand Therapist trained in America. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1991 and has specialised in hands since 1994. Leesa - who actually prefers to be called Gilkey - has spent the last fifteen years working as a hand therapist in Australia. Her first year was spent in Newcastle with the public sector, before spending the last fourteen years in Brisbane working with the EKCO team. Gilkey is a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (2003) and a full member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (2001). She passed the Hand Therapy Certification exam in 2002. Gilkey is the coordinator at the EKCO CBD Clinic. Her passions include making splints and working with tendon injuries.