Laura Cooper, PT, DPT

Clinic Director | Physical Therapist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Laura received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. Laura’s clinical focus is sports medicine, general orthopedics, therapeutic yoga, Women’s Health, and post-mastectomy/breast cancer rehab. She has manual physical therapy training through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and has advanced skills in treating pre- and post-partum, as well as other women’s health issues.

Laura is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has had personal experience with strength and conditioning at the collegiate level while on the Cross Country and Track Teams at the University of Oregon. She is also certified in ASTYM™ (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization). Laura is co-director of Therapeutic Associates – Central Oregon and is on-site director of TAI at The Athletic Club of Bend. Laura enjoys running, yoga, cycling, skiing, swimming, reading, and spending time with her family.

Articles written by Laura Cooper

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Creating a Complete Fitness Program for Lifelong Wellness

I am often asked by patients who are winding down with formal physical therapy treatment, what makes a good fitness program or “what should I do to stay fit?” When I ask those patients what they currently do for fitness, I usually hear, “I walk,” “I do cardio,” “I go to aerobic classes,” or “I like to lift weights.” What I do not usually hear is, “I do cardio, stretching, and strength training, and work on my balance and do power and speed exercises.” A good and comprehensive fitness program will incorporate all of these components, and not just one of them alone.