There is no such thing as great talent without great willpower.
— Honore de Balzac

Leah Sawyer physical therapy.

provider of physical therapy to the Southern oregon area. 

 

There are certain themes that define a person. For me, a few have been constant throughout my life: I have always been active, I have always been a competitive athlete, and I have always had an interest in how the body functions and heals. 

Born in Southern Oregon, I spent the better part of my childhood playing soccer, running, riding horses, and generally sustaining some sort of athletic-related injury. This early experience with physical therapy gave me an appreciation of the human body and an innate curiosity for rehabilitation science. I consider myself lucky because I knew what I wanted to do at a young age. 

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology at Stanford University in 2007. During my undergraduate career I ran cross country and track as a walk on athlete. Although I frequently felt in over my head, my experience competing with these talented women allowed me to experience a level of performance that I would have never thought possible. 

After college, I held a variety of jobs while applying for graduate school. I dabbled in the restaurant industry as a kitchen manager for Houston's Restaurant. This is where I met my life-long best friend. I worked in UC Berkeley's physical therapy department as a technician. Here I ate amazing food, redefined my description of "normal", and worked with some of the kindest people I have ever met. I cherished every winding step towards my next stage in life, and those steps played an important role in who I am today. 

 In 2009 I moved across the country to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Duke University. I liked the reputation of Duke's program with its emphasis on critical thinking and evidence based practice. During graduate school I completed my first half ironman and put my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) education to use as a part time, personal trainer. I took my first job as a physical therapist in Nashville, TN were I stumbled into the love of my life and now husband. In 2017, we moved to Southern Oregon and settled here to pursue my goal of providing hands on physical therapy to an outpatient population. 

In my free time I enjoy remodeling our 1950s home, gardening, swimming, cooking, reading, rock climbing and exploring the beautiful state of Oregon. I also enjoy spoiling my cats and husband, in that order :)