Who We Are
Laura Welch received both her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and later her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. In 2013, she completed the 6-month Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) residency program at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, CA. Shortly after, Laura became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In 2018, she completed an intensive curriculum to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) as taught by the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). She also practices techniques that include visceral mobilization as taught by the Barral Institute and the Integrated Systems Model as taught by Diane Lee.
Over the years, Laura has practiced in settings such as inpatient rehabilitation (patients including those who have experienced a stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury), sports medicine, general outpatient, pediatrics, skilled nursing facility, and servicing traveling theater companies. In her spare time, Laura enjoys running, rock climbing, hiking, yoga, playing the piano or guitar, meditating, riding her bike, and reading. She has competed in triathlons (sprint to half ironman), century bike rides, and has run 5k’s to ultra marathons. Some of her favorite races include but not limited to the Richmond marathon, Boston marathon, Promiseland 50k, and Mountain Masochist 50 miler. Her marathon PR is 3:08.
Laura is very passionate about providing a supportive environment for her patients that involves complete one-on-one care in a private setting. Although she has a particular passion for running in her personal life, she is honored to help people achieve their goals of what is important for them in any capacity.
Laura was called to open Inspire Physical Therapy LLC because she wanted to offer the experience of Functional Manual Therapy® in addition to other techniques with longer appointment times in a focused environment. She prides herself with offering the utmost individualized care.