Laura Valentine, PT, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapist/Clinic Manager

Laura graduated with a Pre-Med Biology degree from Western Illinois University in 2009 and then attended Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles and graduated with my doctorate in 2012. Additionally, she completed the vigorous year-long orthopedic residency at Loyola University Medical center in 2014 and passed the OCS examination.

What Laura Has to Say

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating? Why?

As a young girl I recall my mother having the “shush” me to keep my thoughts to myself when I would observe “abnormalities” in gait kinematics decades before I became a PT which is still one of my favorite assessments to perform (both gait and running analysis). I like to think of myself as an engineer of the human body, trying to optimize the movements that are malfunctioning by tweaking the resting positions of joints with a combination of manual in clinic treatment and home exercises to return a patient to prior level of function and beyond.

List 3-5 specialty areas. What is one specialty area that makes you stand out?

I have been practicing pelvic health for since 2012. I enjoy working with all populations for orthopedic patients, but my passion is for pelvic health of both men and women. I enjoy treating the most complex cases in the pelvic population including neo-bladder from bladder cancer, post-prostatectomy, interstitial cystitis, pelvic organ prolapse, and both urinary and fecal incontinence. My favorite pelvic population to work with currently is pregnancy from conception to post-partum due to recently having my second child myself. Another specialty niche I love to treat is TMJ (tempromandibular joint) dysfunction.

Which patients are your favorite to work with?

With two young children, I love working with pregnant and postpartum women since I have empathy for the sleepless nights and hard work to keep tiny humans alive and know how the aches and pains can really make life tougher during this chapter in life. As a previous soccer and volleyball player, I have suffered my number of injuries (knee, shoulder and back) and also have true empathy which makes me love working with those populations too.

What are your values and how did they influence your career?

I am a Midwesterner at heart, which is best represented by the golden rule: “Treat others how you want to be treated.” I live and breathe this virtue.

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I work for Body Gears because they align with my values as a practitioner putting the patient experience and outcomes as the top priorities above all. I believe in treating the whole patient and not just the “body part”—physical fitness, mental health, and dietary health.

What catchphrase do most of your patients remember you by?

“Life in moderation”: enjoy your chocolate (if it’s dark), enjoy your wine (if it’s red), and enjoy your runner’s high (if it’s less than 10 miles daily).

What do you like to do outside of work?

Prior to children I loved exercising two hours a day in a variety of ways, but now I get my exercise by chasing my toddler son and cuddling my adorable baby girl. Any time spent outside of work is all about the family now. We love bonfires in the crisp evenings, long stroller walks and picnics at the park.

How do you stay active?

I used to be a “gym rat” and even taught TurboKickboxing classes, but these days I have transitioned to home workout streaming service BOD and LOVE it!! I love the variety of HIIT, Barre, Yoga, and PiYo workouts and keep them to 30 minutes or under!