Laura joined the Sport + Spine team in 2011, and is a staff physical therapist. Get to know Laura Lund.

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What she loves most about Sport + Spine: “I like the way we treat,” Laura says. “We are more inventive and we look at the bigger picture to figure out the cause of the symptoms, instead of just treating the symptoms. It’s like solving a puzzle for each patient.”

Where she studied: Laura received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from KU, then continued to Rockhurst University to earn her doctorate in Physical Therapy. She’s also a Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the renowned Gray Institute.

How she decided to become a physical therapist: Laura has always played sports and, in middle school, a back injury landed her in physical therapy. “The experience always stuck with me,” she says. While she didn’t start college intent on PT, her first few general education classes helped her learn what she didn’t like. “Econ classes really weren’t my favorite thing!” Her experiences in anatomy and biology class were great, she says, and she was hooked on the field.

What brought her to Sport + Spine: Laura grew up in Overland Park and Leawood; her brother is the same age as Drew’s brother, and they went to the same middle and high school. “I kept running into Drew’s mom, randomly, and she said I needed to call him.” The timing was ideal, and Laura soon joined the Sport + Spine team.

Her newest certification: Laura recently earned her certification in dry needling and loves seeing the impact it has on patients first hand. “Patients really have a great response to it,” she says. “Dry needling helps get the recovery time down and it’s a great tool.

Outside Sport + Spine: Laura lives on the Plaza, and so she enjoys spending time in her neighborhood and outdoors. She also enjoys traveling, and her goal is to visit every continent. So far, she’s been to China, South Africa, Italy and around the United States.

The unofficial Sport + Spine mascot: Laura’s other hobby is also the newest member of her family . . . it’s her dog, Hattie! A black lab, she’s a frequent guest at the clinic. Hattie turns two in February 2016. “She’s not a puppy anymore, but she still acts like it!”

Family: Laura’s family is also in Kansas City. Her older brother lives south of Leawood and her younger brother also lives on the Plaza, like she does. “We’re very close, and we try to do family dinners from time to time,” Laura says.

Favorite Kansas City restaurant: Houston’s on the Plaza. It may be known for steaks and seafood, but Laura recommends a hidden gem: “They have an amazing club sandwich!”

Favorite Kansas City coffee shop: Hi Hat. “I’ll walk the dog over, and they’re so dog friendly,” Laura says. She has another under-the-radar menu recommendation here too — the honey latte.

Books she loves: Laura likes to read, but with little free time, she typically picks up a book while on vacation. And, like her Sport + Spine colleague Kiley Sutter, she has a book go-to in her family. “If I’m going to read something, I’ll borrow a book from my mom.”

TV favorites: “I watch a wide range of random shows . . . anything from Nashville to the Walking Dead,” Laura says.

Favorite teams to cheer for: Laura always cheers on the Jayhawks in college sports. And she’s a KC team fan through and through, from Sporting KC to the Royals to the Chiefs.

Best part of her Sport + Spine job: “You get to help people, you get to be creative and you’re on the move,” Laura says. “I enjoy the active career and the interaction. I truly want to help people and help them heal.”