Dr. Opstedal earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She is dual board certified in orthopedics and sports physical therapy. She relocated to Bozeman from the Seattle area in 2013 and has quickly earned a reputation in Gallatin County for figuring out tough orthopedic cases.
Dr. Opstedal has completed manual therapy training through level IV with the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) with North American Sports Medicine Institute. Dedicated to ongoing learning, Dr. Opstedal has a love for reading peer reviewed journals and often shares new research with her patients (whether they like it or not!). She has a special interest in injury risk reduction, sports performance and return to sports testing with a focus on lower limb problems, particularly ACL tears, hip arthroscopy/FAI (femoroacetabular impingement) and Achilles repairs.
Dr. Opstedal’s background in sports physical therapy began in 2001 and includes working with many high level athletes, particularly soccer, basketball and football as well as performing artists. She has had the unique opportunity to work exclusively with children and adolescents at Seattle Children’s Hospital prior to moving to Bozeman. She feels fortunate to have been mentored by many outstanding physicians, surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers, as well as past patients, to foster her own unique treatment style.
The Pitt is the best training facility in the region to help injured athletes become athletes again. Laura feels privileged to work aside other like-minded professionals to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and premier sports performance in Montana. In her spare time, Laura enjoys skiing, hiking, watching football, working on her sports rehab blog (http://lauraopstedal.wordpress.com) and spending time with her husband and kids.
Eddie grew up in Bridger, MT before earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Montana State University. He participated on the football and track and field teams during his time at MSU. Eddie received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015 from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX. He has completed advanced manual therapy training for conditions of the spine and extremities. Eddie enjoys working with a broad array of patients, with particular interest in treating the spine and athletic injuries. He has a passion for fitness and the Montana outdoors.