Esther Smith, DPT, Cert. MDT, NTP
PHYSICAL THERAPIST, Pilates Instructor, NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONER AND OWNER OF GRASSROOTS PHYSICAL THERAPY
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.
In 2014 Esther founded Grassroots Physical Therapy in Salt Lake City 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™, Pilates, 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.
Katy Scott Martin, DPT, Cert. MDT, NTP
PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PRACTIONER
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 five 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.
Sarah McNurlin, DPT
Sarah earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Utah. Since graduation, Sarah has worked in orthopedic clinics focusing on evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and problems, with an emphasis on spine pain. She also has extensive experience working with patients suffering from pregnancy/postpartum-related problems. She treats a multitude of extremity injuries as well.
Using a hands-on approach, Sarah works one-on-one with her clients to ensure they receive efficient and effective care. Her treatments and exercises are focused on each individual’s needs to quickly get them back to their previous function. Sarah integrates joint mobilizations and soft tissue mobilizations as well as prescriptive exercises with her patients to improve patient outcomes and return to sport. She emphasizes educating her patients about their injuries and treatments to ensure they understand how to self-manage and prevent future injuries.
Her McKenzie training informs the skills and framework used throughout her treatments. She is passionate about continued learning and is currently pursuing a certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. She also plans to seek additional training in Functional Dry Needling Ⓡ.
Sarah joined the team at Grassroots Physical Therapy to be a part of an amazing community that celebrates health and well-being. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients from her garden and brewing her own kombucha. Sarah also loves hiking, biking, climbing, running, and adventuring in Utah’s beautiful terrain with her husband, two dogs, and friends. When not exploring the outdoors, she loves to practice calligraphy and cheer on her alma mater, the Gonzaga Bulldogs.