Born and raised in Tacoma, Brenna is a Pacific NW native who ventured to the Midwest and East Coast for her education, but returned to her roots to start her professional career in physical therapy. Since returning home, she has worked in an outpatient setting treating a wide variety of patients. She is dedicated to further developing her knowledge and skills by attending a plethora of continuing education courses, keeping her colleagues updated on current evidence, and pursuing a post-graduate education by becoming a board certified Orthopedic Specialist (APTA). Brenna enjoys treating different orthopedic conditions including hip and knee dysfunction, shoulder pain, cervical and lumbar disorders, and foot and ankle injuries. She also enjoys challenging patient cases and treating runners, athletes, and weekend warriors who share her passion for fitness.
In her free time, Brenna enjoys running (she has completed 13 half marathons), hiking the various trails in the beautiful Pacific NW, and has recently started supplementing her exercise routine with weightlifting at the gym ( a new but welcomed endeavor).
Last summer I had plantar fasciitis and I started doing stretches at home with minor improvement. After almost two months of suffering on my own I decided to go to get some help. I would highly recommend Avant. The treatment I received was very personalized and attentive. Kate Amsden very quickly understood my body's weaknesses and created an evolving plan to strengthen each one. After a few sessions with Kate I was seeing and feeling improvement. Now that I have finished my treatment, not only am I recovered but I am stronger in all daily activities.
Brenna Murray is amazing! I had been having lateral knee pain whenever I ran and needed to get better for an upcoming half-marathon. Brenna took the time to listen and understand my experience, pain, and needs. She was thorough, patient, and insightful during each stage of my evaluation and treatment. Her sunny personality and good humor set me at ease while her determination and resolve challenged me to try new exercises and get stronger. My knee is better and I’m an improved runner because of her expertise, diligence, and encouragement. If you are looking for a physical therapist, I strongly recommend Brenna.
Laura with Avant PT is the best physical therapist I know! My back was in bad shape after my first daughter was born and I had tried everything and everyone. When I met Laura she gave me a plan, was a great problem-solver (my situation was a bit of a puzzle) and I saw immediate, positive results after working with her for only a short time.
Hands down, the best PT I've ever been to. Laura is a wonderful, upbeat person and and amazing therapist, and unlike many PT's she spends the entire hour with you. She's also very good with difficult cases. I've had an ongoing back issue for several years and have tried everything. I'd pretty much given up on ever really getting better. In one month Laura helped me more than anyone else had been able to.
Katie was fantastic throughout the entire process. I had a grade 3 sprain in which I snapped a ligament and now am trail running again. They were always prepared and professional. Really know what they are doing and wonderful people!
It was clear from the get-go that each exam and treatment is thorough, which I appreciated. Katie's demeanor and encouragement also made recovery much less burdensome than I anticipated, as back pain can be no fun. I also really appreciated her attention to detail (beyond just vague don't-slouch-advice) and easy explanations, as it really helped me to better understand some pitfalls for my back in everyday movement (and couch-potato-non-movement) and ways I can proactively strengthen muscles for my back. I just hope I can retain it all going into the future.