Lauren’s background in dance, gymnastics and track and field led her to develop a fascination with the body, its mechanics, and the art of movement. Putting her body through these opposing sports, she became interested in learning what more could be done to make the body more efficient, effective, and improve a person’s performance as a whole, for sport and/or daily function. “I wanted to understand the science behind the art of what I was seeing and experiencing first hand. I wanted to understand how the grace of dance and gymnastics, combined with the power and explosiveness of sprinting, high jumping, and gymnastics, would help or hinder an athlete.” She went on to earn her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2008.
Lauren then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011, from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in San Diego, CA. She began her career nearby in the beautiful beach town of San Clemente, CA, in an outpatient orthopedic private practice. This is where her interest in treating women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunctions began. In 2013, Lauren moved to Chicago to increase her exposure to patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and continue her work as an orthopedic manual therapist and in February 2016, she moved back home to San Diego and is helping to open Body Gears, San Diego.
She is a member of the San Diego Birth Network and has taken numerous continuing education courses on Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art, Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor courses through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and Strain-Counterstrain courses through the Jones Institute.
In her free time, Lauren dances at a local dance studio and with a group of amazing women, loves being back in town to hang with her family and friends and enjoys cooking, hiking, and relaxing around her back yard fire pit with her friends, husband and French Bulldog.