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Laura graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Doctorate in physical therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in mathematics. She believes people deserve better rehabilitation. There are conflicting opinions on many topics that can make people confused, discouraged, and frankly, unable to get better. Many people truly appreciate her way of educating what “we know” and what we “don’t know”- dispelling myths, building confidence and earning trusting relationships with her patients. The vision for Build Physio & Performance is to have an inclusive (everyBODY is an athlete!) environment that BUILDs resilient communities through both education and our rehabilitation, without gimmicks and fluff.

Laura’s specialty in sports injuries, particularly ACL rehabilitation, has made her popular amongst athletes and physicians. She contributes to ACL research with Montana State University department of biomechanics and enjoys mentoring others in this field across the globe. Laura has 18 years of diverse experience, including exclusive work in pediatric sports at Seattle Children’s Hospital prior to moving to Bozeman.

Laura moved to Bozeman from the Seattle area with her family in 2013 and enjoys hiking, skiing and travel. She feels very fortunate to be a small business owner with the encouragement of her husband, past patients and extended family.

Laura Opstedal, PT, DPT | Owner

Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist

Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

 
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Dave Milroy, PT, MSPT

Physical Therapist

Dave was born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas and went to the University of Kansas for his undergraduate degree in Sports Science, graduating with Honors in 2000. He continued his education with his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Kansas, also graduating with Honors in 2002.

Dave’s love for sports medicine and orthopedics has guided him to practices in both Kansas City and Salt Lake City, Utah enabling him to develop an evidence based, compassionate and simple approach to treating patients. His sports medicine opportunities have allowed him to work closely with physicians to develop comprehensive, team models where the patient is always put first.

Outside of therapy, he specializes in providing professional taxi services to his two boys numerous soccer practices and games as well as school events. He and his wife and kids currently reside in Billings, MT and love to ski, fly fish, hike and travel…and occasionally play soccer.

 
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Erin was born and raised in Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 2009 from the University of Northern Colorado.  She went on to earn her Master of Kinesiology degree from Boise State University in 2011.  Erin most recently worked at an outpatient clinic in Bozeman. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Montana State University’s women’s basketball, tennis, and spirit squad teams from 2012-2017 before returning to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.  Erin is also certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment Levels 1 and 2 and has completed the Certification of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute.  Erin particularly enjoys working with athletes of all ages and abilities and enjoys helping people get back to participating in the sport they love.  Erin and her husband Brett love spending their spare time outside hiking, camping, and running.

Erin Ritter, MK, ATC/L, PTA

Licensed Athletic Trainer

Physical Therapist Assistant

 
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Alex Harms, MS, CSCS

Creighton Physical Therapy Student

Strength Coach

Front Office Supervisor

Reviews

“I’ve been an elite level alpine ski racer most of my life and thought I knew how to whip myself into shape, but her level of professional informed science took my injury recovery and dryland preparation to a new level. Her no nonsense approach combines years of experience with tireless upkeep on the ever expanding body of scientific literature around injury recovery, injury prevention and physiology as a whole.

No matter your skill level, physical fitness or the injury you have I can’t recommend her highly enough. She won’t sell you on the latest fad of the fitness world, like many in the industry will. Instead, she will help you build an informed, research backed plan to return to whatever level of fitness you’re willing to work for, whether that be walking naturally and being comfortable with daily life, elite athletics and everything between.  

I will warn you that if you want meaningful results you will have to work for them, if you’re looking for a magic pill to heal, you should go elsewhere and find out for yourself such a thing doesn’t exist. If you’re willing to put in the necessary effort to reach your fitness/recovery goals, whatever they may be, give Laura a call and by the time you’re through, you will likely be stronger than you’ve ever been.”


Eric H.

“On Memorial Day, a couple of years ago, I was fishing up on the Missouri River and took a terrible fall. I tore my quadriceps tendon completely away from my knee and lost the use of my left leg. Dr. Michael Ferrell (an amazing guy and incredibly skilled surgeon) from Bridger Orthopedics got everything reconnected, but then I was facing several weeks in a brace that held my leg completely straight until the tissues healed and then several more weeks as I gradually regained the ability to bend my knee, my  muscle strength and the use of my leg.   Needless to say this involved considerable physical therapy that was critical to my recovery.

A friend and colleague who had gone through something similar recommended that I try to get Laura Opstedal as my physical therapist.   That was some of the best advice have ever gotten.   From the first moment I met Laura her indefatigable positive attitude, medical expertise and comforting spirit was absolutely key to my recovery. She always acted like I was the most important patient she ever had, pushed me hard to do what I needed to do to get better, and was constantly encouraging and reassuring that this would all work out okay.   Although a lot of what I had to do to get better was pretty painful I actually looked forward to my appointments with Laura.  If you’ve got something small or large that requires physical therapy, you’ll never do better than to get Laura Opstedal to help get you through it."

Bill B.

"After five years of college soccer and my third knee surgery, I moved to Bozeman and was pressed to find a physical therapist that I could trust to tackle my complicated knee. Laura was recommended to me by the physical therapy office I had to leave behind, and I am so thankful to have found her. She went above and beyond to help me succeed in rehabilitating my knee. Working with me over the course of nine months,  Laura took me from gimping and broken back to my very active self. Throughout my time working with her, she helped me through not only the physical issues but also, the mental challenges that come with being an injured athlete. Laura was extremely attentive to my needs and goals and always made herself available if needed. She was extremely flexible with my busy schedule and made time for appointments, even if it meant coming in early or staying late. I am now able to run, lift, hike, bike and do all the activities I wish. I am so thankful for Laura's help, and continued support. Even now that I have moved on from physical therapy, she continues to check in with me and my progress. I sincerely cannot thank her enough for giving me back such an essential staple in my life." 

Annie P.

"I was injured while playing collegiate football and suffered and ACL tear and MCL sprain. Dr. Opstedal was the first Physical Therapist I was referred to in the Gallatin Valley in making sure my injury would heal to the best of its ability. Working with Laura multiple times a week quickly turned into a training session I looked forward to. Her work is extremely professional, and there’s an added benefit of humor and support on days you (the patient) need it most. 18 months later I feel 100% back to my knees full potential. Without Ms. Laura’s service I do not believe I would have seen the improvement and growth at such a fast rate. Very appreciative and happy with every step of the process!”

Matt B.

"Laura is an awesome PT! After being in pain for many years from an injury that had ended my sports career, I was connected with her leading up to and following hip surgery. She knows her stuff, is great at coming up with a tailor made plan, and is super upbeat and encouraging every step of the way. She loves her work and her patients and has become a good friend. I became pain free for the first time in as long as I can remember and she was a huge part of that process!"

Amber L.

“I first met Laura a few years ago when I was training for my first IRONMAN event.  Three months prior to the race I got a stress fracture in my pelvis and was not able to run for about 6 weeks.  Laura identified the biomechanical problems that led to the stress fracture and provided exercises to strengthen the muscles and correct the problems.   I was able to continue training for the race and most importantly finished it!  I couldn’t have done that without Laura’s help and expertise.

I returned to Laura after being hit by a truck while riding my bike.   The accident caused multiple fractures from head to toe.  The two worst fractures were broken L4 vertebrae and tibia plateau.   Both of those fractures required braces and very limited mobility for months.  After being cleared to ditch the braces Laura worked diligently to help me regain strength, flexibility, and confidence.  One of the first things she asked me was what my goals were – one of them was to be able to do a triathlon the next summer (just 11 months after the accident).  Her response was “we’ll make it happen.”    Within 2 months I was biking, within 6 months I was swimming and 7 months later I took my first running steps.  

Laura is great to work with and I highly recommend her for your PT needs!”

Chris O.