Laura is originally from Salem, Oregon where she grew up playing soccer, tennis, and spending endless hours swimming and lifeguarding at her neighborhood’s local pool. She moved to the Hillsboro area in 2009 in order to pursue her career goal of becoming a physical therapist. “As a swim instructor, I realized how my knowledge of a particular skill set could enable a person to achieve something they didn’t think possible,” she recalls, “in physical therapy, I come alongside my client to turn their injury into a chance for greater things.”
Laura received her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Pacific University, where she earned top academic honors. In 2015, Laura became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in order to treat athletes of all ages and abilities. And in 2021, she became a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in order to further advance her understanding of complex physical therapy conditions.
Laura possesses a unique ability to connect with each client by learning about their pain and how it affects their daily lives and jobs. Her in-depth understanding of orthopedics allows her to prescribe specific exercises that target the root of each client’s problem; meanwhile, she highly values explaining each step of the rehab process in ways that are understandable. Together, Laura and her clients work to make physical therapy effective and also fun!
When not helping clients achieve their goals, Laura spends time with her husband, young daughter, and their adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Odie. You’ll find them taking frequent walks through their neighborhood and enjoying the Oregon coast on the weekends. Laura is currently training to return to 5-10k distance running, continuing to strength train at her local gym, and trying to improve her golf game when Oregon weather allows.