Job Ready Services 0391Debra Lord, PT

Phone: 919-256-1400

Debra Lord is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she received her degree in Physical Therapy in 1976. 

She began her career in orthopedic rehab in the Raleigh area in 1977. In 1998, she developed the industrial rehab department at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic. Also, at this time, she became a Certified Evaluator of the WorkSTEPS™ Functional Testing product. 

In response to the expanding needs of the industrial community, she opened Job Ready Services, LLC in April 2006, specializing in industrial services to employers, injured workers and the worker's compensation community utilizing the WorkSTEPS™ model as the primary practice product.

 She annually retains certification in the WorkSTEPS™ program and has been awarded the ACE Award for 6 years. The award is presented by WorkSTEPS™ to recognize outstanding achievement in the area of Functional Capacity Evaluations. 
Her vast clinical experience in all aspects of orthopedic and industrial services has led her to speak at numerous seminars and conferences across the state. She has been included as a speaker for the following organizations:

• NC Industrial Commission
• NC Association of Occupational Health Nurses
• Mid-State Safety Council
• NC Occupational Health Professionals

She also has several CEU-approved presentations which can be provided to you and your staff.



Job Ready Services 0399Lauri Jugan
Clinical Director

Phone: 919-256-1400 x224

Lauri earned her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 1994 from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She has enjoyed a career that has provided experience in Outpatient Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Industrial Rehab, Acute Care, Skilled Nursing and Geriatics. She joined the Job Ready Team in March 2014 as the Clinical Director and is WorkSteps Certified for employment testing and Functional Capacity Evaluations. Lauri also has a diverse background in small business ownership, Business and Operations Management and Health, Wellness and Life Coaching.

When not at work, Lauri can usually be found keeping up with her two active children. She, along with her kids, are pursuing a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and are active members of the sparring team. Being a health and fitness enthusiast, she and her kids are usually enjoying the many outdoor trails and parks that the Raleigh area has to offer.



Job Ready Services 0396Kate Partridge
Functional Evaluator

Phone: 919-256-1400 x223

Kate Partridge earned her Bachelor of Science degree in rehabilitation science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and then continued on to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008. To further her clinical knowledge, Kate became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with the ABPTS in 2012. Prior to relocating to NC in 2014, Kate practiced in a variety of outpatient settings in NH and MA with a focus on orthopedics and injury prevention. Kate joined the Job Ready Services team in 2015 and is WorkSTEPS™ Certified for conducting employment testing.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys exploring NC, traveling, cooking and Crossfit.


Job Ready Services 0405Kathryn Willamor, PHR
Office Manager

Phone: 919-256-1400 x225

Kathryn Willamor graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. In 2009, she first worked with Job Ready Services when their office manager was suddenly out of work for a few months, and she helped to organize the annual seminar in 2010. In 2011, she joined the team full time as a technician. Kathryn is a certified WorkSTEPS™ employment tester with experience in accounting, banking, and medical records. She manages Job Ready Services' clerical performance and online presence. Kathryn lives in Raleigh with her husband and two daughters, and she spends her free time playing board games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride, reading books, and catching up on her favorite TV series.



Job Ready Services 0406Vincent Nieh
Work Conditioning Coordinator

Phone: 919-256-1400

Vincent Nieh graduated with a Master of Science in Physiology from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Exercise and Sport Science. He has a diverse range of experience in hospitals, orthopedic clinics, and exercise testing labs. Vincent coordinates the work conditioning program at Job Ready Services. He is also WorkSTEPS™ certified and conducts employment testing. In his free time, he enjoys napping with his dog and playing sports and videogames.


Job Ready Services 0411Caitlyn Turner, ATC

Phone: 919-256-1400 x229

Caitlyn Turner graduated from Lynchburg College with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. She is Board Certified Athletic Trainer with the NATA. She has experience working with NCAA football teams as well as rotations in Orthopedic Physical Therapy clinics. Caitlyn is WorkSTEPS™ certified and assists with employment testing and administrative duties.


Job Ready Services 0407Julie Long

Phone: 919-256-1400 x228

Julie graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services.  She joined the Job Ready Services’ team in 2016 as a Technician.  She is WorkSTEPS™ certified and assists with employment testing and administrative duties.  In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new places around the Triangle.



Job Ready Services 0413Mary Lord, MS, NCC
Project Manager

Phone: 919-256-1400

Mary Lord is a Nationally Certified Counselor that graduated from East Carolina University with her Master of Science in Counselor Education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Psychology. Mary has been involved in multiple projects for Job Ready Services since 2008 and joined the team full-time in August 2016 as a certified WorkSTEPStechnician. Mary has since utilized her talents to focus on new client onboarding processes, existing client relations, staff training, and various other projects. In her free time, Mary enjoys practicing her culinary skills, viewing musical theater, dancing when no one is watching, and playing a wide assortment of video games.



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A Note from Debra

At Job Ready Services, we know that employees who are physically capable of performing their job are more productive and have a reduced risk of injury.

I have been a Physical Therapist for over 35 years, and I treated several injured workers over the years who were attempting to return to jobs they were obviously not able to fully successfully perform pre-injury. I would see how the resulting injury would affect not only the injured worker's livelihood, but their personal life, hobbies, and mental well-being. I would hear heartbreaking stories from these individuals about how they would take a job in order to feed their family and end up in debt or with a broken family, along with physical pain. I knew there was a better way and in 2006, I helped launch Job Ready Services to identify those persons who were unable to do the job BEFORE they were placed on the job, saving employers thousands in workers' compensation costs and protecting those unsafe employees from possible injury and disability.

JRS has a highly-trained staff, including experienced physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and certified ergonomic assessment specialists. We provide services to employers that offer an alternative to the "same old way" of managing workers' compensation on the back end. My personal mission is to change the way NC thinks about and manages workers' compensation. With NC reporting an average of 22 weeks out of work for injured workers, it is time to consider alternatives that bring objectivity, evidence-based practices and accountability to this system.

By becoming a licensee of the WorkSTEPS® employment testing program for new hires and continuing to provide other services to facilitate a return to work of injured workers (Job Analysis, Work Conditioning, Functional Capacity Evaluations), it became our mission to be THE source for assisting employers to implement an effective HIRE to RETIRE program for their employees.

Give us a call or come visit us for more information!
~ Debra Lord, PT, CEAS II, Owner of Job Ready Services

Directions from Raleigh Inner-Beltline:
From I-440 North, take Exit 12 onto Yonkers Rd. Take a right onto Raleigh Blvd. Take the 2nd right onto Westinghouse Blvd. Building 2300 will be on the left.

Directions from Rocky Mount:
Take 64 West toward Raleigh. Take Exit 419 onto the outer beltline I-440 West toward US-1 and Wake Forest. Take the Brentwood Rd. Exit 12 and 2nd left onto Westinghouse. Building 2300 is on the right.

Directions from Greensboro:
Take 40 East to Exit 289 toward Raleigh. Merge onto outer I-440 North toward Wake Forest/Rocky Mt/Wilson. Proceed according to "Directions from Raleigh Inner Beltline" above.

Directions from Fayetteville:
Take I-95 North to Exit 81 and merge onto I-40 West toward Raleigh. Take Exit 301 toward I-440 West (outer beltline). Take Exit 12, Brentwood Rd. and 2nd left onto Westinghouse. Building 2300 is on the right.