Professional soccer player for Chicago Fire SC
NFL Running Back
PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT
Trinidad & Tobago Womens National Football Team
DPT, SCS, ATC -Director of Sports Medicine: Atlanta United F.C.
Bianca is skilled at understanding the body’s complex interactions, and what the patient wants to achieve. She was able to relieve my chronic back condition and keep it pain-free.
Bianca helped me with SI pain I’d had for some time, and I can’t be happier with the results since seeing her. She has both the knowledge and the art. I have been able to manage my pain-free state since.
Bianca saw me for sciatic pain during my pregnancy. Due to her efforts and knowledge, she was able to eliminate my pain. She had faith I would get better when I was ready to quit.
I started PT with Bianca before my rotator cuff surgery and continued with her after it. People regularly tell me they can’t believe I ever had the surgery. Bianca was instrumental in my recovery.
I walked into Avant Physical Therapy nearly immobilized by pain just days before I was scheduled to go on stage and perform. From my very first appointment, Laura kept me on the long-term healing path, while managing my immediate needs as a performer. Laura’s knowledge of the dancing body and her awareness of movement from a dancer’s perspective make her one of the most exceptional physical therapists in Seattle.
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.
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!
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.
I have tremendous respect for Laura Bannister. She is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. She understands the demands of being a professional dancer and takes into account the goals and desires of each unique patient. She not only comes up with a plan for a speedy recovery but makes sure you always leave the office feeling better than when you came in.
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.
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.
I started my PT a few months ago at Avant. Kate helped me with two separate issues related to knee pain, and neck & shoulder pain. Kate analyzed my history related to these issues, listening to what I had to say, answering my questions, creating tailored exercise programs, and tuning them based on my progress & feedback. Besides being skilled at PT, she is a wonderful person. She genuinely took an interest in my well-being, making me feel comfortable and confident – I feel much better now, thanks to Kate! And Casey made it easy to schedule the sessions with my busy work schedule. I would highly recommend Avant PT, and especially Kate, for physical therapy needs.
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.
Experts in working with dancers and other high level athletes. Laura Bannister and her staff take great care of all dance medicine patients I send for an evaluation. I appreciate their careful eye and detailed approach to developing a treatment plan that helps my patients achieve their functional goals in as short a time frame as possible.
Dr. Matthew Grierson
David Fardon, MD
I have struggled finding a physical therapist in Seattle who would be able to take on the multi-dimensional challenge of treating a professional ballet dancer coming back from injury. When I sprained my midfoot during a rehearsal onstage, I scoured Yelp until I came across Avant Physical Therapy, which caught my attention due to its prime location and nearly perfect reviews. Once I found out Laura was previously a dancer herself, I was sold. Right away she was able to evaluate the source of my problem and was ready to come at it from every approach possible. She would start each appointment with manual therapy and we’d spend the second half working my problem areas to the point of exhaustion – in the best way possible! I got noticeably stronger each week I worked with Laura. Other PTs I’ve worked with either relied too heavily on manual therapy OR exercises, but Laura is the only I’ve found to strike a perfect balance of both. I have recommended Laura to every dancer I know who is dealing with an injury. She is a positive, encouraging and intuitive person who will get you back onstage quickly, and in better shape than before. I owe the ongoing health of my ballerina feet to Laura!