Learn more about Ashley LaBore – Our Physical Therapist!
My Promise: Quality care with a hands-on, individualized approach to physical therapy. I specialize in customized physical therapy, sport performance training, and injury prevention education.
My Passion: I thrive on helping others achieve their goals in life. With my individual approach to each and every person who walks through my door, I help people “think big,” find their full potential, set goals and reach them! I have a passion for working with athletes, yogis, and anyone who has goals in mind that they want to achieve!
My Purpose: I work with people of all ages and rehabilitation of all body parts- head to toe. Together, we can focus on improving specific areas of your fitness, body, daily activities, or performance in a sport or hobby. Remember, you are free to live an exuberant, joyous and full life right now- and into the future!
Everyone has a story. My story began in Lawrence, Kansas where I was born and raised. As a child, I spent most of my free time exploring nature around our country home, playing sports, and being active. My Kansas roots explains my love for KU Jayhawks basketball! Looking back to that time, my goals were to grow up to be either a “professional basketball player for the WNBA” or a teacher. I suppose I could say I’ve achieved one of those, and the other I still have time to strive for (joking)! I knew from a young age that I wanted to help people and that it was a calling of mine to serve people in some way during my lifetime. This was before I even knew that physical therapy existed.
We moved up to Minnesota when I was 15 years old, and I had my first Minnesota winter experience! I have a vivid memory of my wet hair freezing on my walk into school from the parking lot. I was a dedicated student-athlete, and played volleyball, basketball and softball while a member of the National Honors Society and received the Female Athlete of the Year Award at Moundsview high school. My determination led me to enroll in The Colorado College, and I was elated when I earned a spot on the volleyball team there.
I spent four years in college, juggling rigorous academics with being a member of a competitive NCAA volleyball team, as well as volunteered and taught in the community, worked in the athletic training room as a physical therapy aide, and studied abroad in Costa Rica. Oh- and of course in the off-season- I spent as much of my time skiing and snowboarding in the Colorado rocky mountains as I could! I graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience, with an emphasis on Sports Science.
It was during college that I decided to pursue physical therapy as a career. Everyone asks, “Why did you decide to become a physical therapist?” For me, it was very clear. I love working with people and helping them achieve their goals. I am passionate about movement, health and wellness and have been very involved in sports throughout my life. I enjoy teaching people and have a special interest in the “medical side” of wellness, so physical therapy was a natural fit and decision for me.
I was accepted into the three-year intensive graduate program to earn my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The program began on the SAME day that I graduated from The Colorado College. So again, I was off to the races with my next goal and adventure. I literally walked across the stage and was handed my diploma, then on a plane to Miami, Florida two hours later!
The next three years were dedicated to learning and absorbing all that I possibly could while at The University of Miami. I found myself not only in school but also was a research assistant at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and worked part time at a wine bar to support myself (lots of stories from that experience, but that’s for another time!). I also found time to stay active as a means for stress-relief and completed my first half marathon and I was a member of the club fast-pitch softball team at the University of Miami.
During physical therapy school I had the opportunity to be involved in amazing internships. One was at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, another was at a busy trauma hospital in Las Vegas, and the final one was at an outpatient orthopedic sports medicine clinic in Palo Alto, California where I was offered a physical therapy position. I
swiftly accepted, influenced by the wonderful California landscape, weather, and outdoor activity scene.
After graduating in 2009 with my Doctorate in physical therapy degree with honors, I moved across the country from Florida to California. There I landed for the next six years and worked as a physical therapist in the outpatient orthopedic setting with a focus on sports medicine, and treated numerous athletes (both professional and “weekend warriors”), with various conditions and diagnoses, as well as patients post-operatively. I expanded my education with numerous continuing education courses, namely a year-long intensive study to learn the Maitland approach to physical therapy, developed in Australia and taught all over the world. This forced me to fine-tune my “manual therapy” skills, which means I learned how to use my hands to assess people’s bodies and treat them with specific hands-on techniques. I completed the intensive training and testing and earned my Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. During this busy time, I began trail running and completed four more half marathons as well as spent a lot of time hiking, skiing, and exploring the beautiful and exciting city of San Francisco.
In July 2015, I decided to embark on a new adventure and registered myself for “travel PT” which usually consists of three-month assignments in different parts of the country. My first assignment was back in Minnesota, and only a few minutes from where my parents and friends from high school live. For me it was another adventure, and my placement was in a new setting. I worked with people in a facility that offered transitional care, long-term care, outpatient care and home health care. I was also given the opportunity to be a lab assistant at the University of Minnesota with the Doctorate in physical therapy program, and have enjoyed working with these students immensely. For me, it is important to give time and energy to others in order to continue to foster a great community of physical therapists and give back to the profession that I love. I returned to the outpatient orthopedic setting again, and worked in another clinic with an emphasis on sports medicine and working with athletes of all ages.
During this time, I realized that I wanted to be “home” with my family and friends close by. I love the midwest values and lifestyle, and I think this is a wonderful place to raise a family. I met the love of my life, Beau, and we got married in July 2017! I moved to Stillwater, Minnesota and have really enjoyed calling this community my home and final landing spot.
All the powerful experiences and opportunities I’ve had have brought me to this point in my life, and empowered me to develop my own brand of physical therapy. I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals in life, with an individualized approach to each and every person. I am here to help you “think big” about your life, and I want to help you to see your full potential, set goals, and reach them! I love working with people of all ages and can help you with rehabilitation of all body parts- head to toe. In particular, I have a passion for working with athletes, yogis and anyone who has particular goals in mind that they would like to achieve. You don’t have to have pain or dysfunction to come see me. With that, we can focus on improving in a particular area of your fitness or body, improvement in your performance in a sport or hobby, as well as prevention of injury and issues into the future. Remember, you are free to live an exuberant, joyous and full life right now and into the future! Thank you for listening to “my story,” and I hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the near future!