Esther Smith, DPT, Cert. MDT, NTP



Esther Smith DPT, Cert. MDT, NTP received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Utah.  Since graduation, she has worked in orthopedic settings with a particular focus on the management of musculoskeletal problems and athletic performance. Esther offers education and treatment that addresses the underlying cause of symptoms and aids in the prevention of future injury.

Esther founded Grassroots Physical Therapy in 2014 because she wanted to build a community network that bucks the conventional ideas of physical therapy delivery and celebrates wellness by giving clients the choices and solutions to put health care decisions back in their hands.

Time with Esther means one on one, hands-on sessions that focus on client self-treatment education, tailored exercise, and manual therapy including spine and joint mobilization. Esther never stops educating herself, and has obtained certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (Esther is one of five therapists in the State of Utah to be certified in MDT) with additional training in Restorative Exercise™, Functional Dry Needling® and manual therapy for the spine through the Spinal Manipulation Institute.

Esther is also certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), which gives her the ability to counsel clients regarding nutrition and develop individualized plans to help bring the body into balance.

Outside of the clinic, Esther enjoys cooking up good food gathered from local producers, rock climbing in Utah’s wild places, and generally adventuring outside with friends and family.

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Katy Scott Martin, DPT, Cert. MDT, NTP



Katy Scott Martin DPT, Cert. MDT, NTP earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2011. Since graduation Katy has obtained certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and TherapyⓇ (one of four therapists in the state of Utah to be certified in MDT) and additional training in Functional Dry NeedlingⓇ.

Katy is passionate about helping her patients achieve and maintain musculoskeletal wellness and MDT provides the assessment and treatment process to do so.  A typical session with Katy includes a thorough biomechanical assessment, development of an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs, hands on joint mobilization and soft tissue work, as well as education to empower you to take a more active role in your healing process and understanding your body.


Katy is also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.  Appropriate movement and exercise can only go so far if the underlying health of the cells, tissues, or organs are out of balance. Through Nutritional Therapy, Katy uses a system of evaluative tools to identify nutritional deficiencies and imbalances and then develops an individualized plan to address them.

Katy’s special interests related to nutrition include: optimizing gut and digestive health, improving immune function and energy through addressing blood sugar and adrenal deficits.

Outside of the clinic Katy loves to spend time in the mountains, rock climb and gather friends and family around the table to share a nutritious, locally sourced meal.