Laura Bannister


Director and Owner

Laura Bannister is a modern dancer who applies her love for movement and unique understanding of the human body to her practice as a PT. Since graduating from the University of Washington with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005, Laura has been dedicated to post-graduate education, earning advanced credentials as a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and as an Orthopaedic Manual Therapist.

Laura is the owner of Avant Physical Therapy. Since opening the clinic in 2013, she has grown Avant to become an integral part of the Belltown, South Lake Union, Downtown and Lower Queen Anne neighborhoods. She enjoys working with a broad spectrum of orthopaedic injuries and challenges including hypermobility, acute and chronic low back pain, postural dysfunction, and loves to work with those patients who may be a bit of a puzzle. Laura is also a specialist in dance medicine. In addition to sitting on the Board of the Seattle Performing Arts Medical Association, she is dedicated to treating both professional and recreational dancers from around the greater Seattle area, including Spectrum, Whim W’Him, and Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).

Laura enjoys spending her free time with her husband, chasing their two lovely daughters through the city, beaches and mountains. She finds personal fulfillment in exercise, gardening, interior design, and entertaining.

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