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.

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®, Pilates Instruction, 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.

Esther Smith, Licensed Physical Therapist, Salt Lake City Climber, SLC Pilates Instructor, Nutritional Therapy in Salt Lake, Climber Physical Therapist

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 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.


Katy Scott Martin, Licensed Physical Therapist in Salt Lake, Nutritional Therapist in SLC, SLC Climber, Climber Physical Therapist

Sarah McNurlin, DPT, Cert. MDT


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.

Sarah is certified in the  McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. She integrates skills and the treatment methodology into her treatments. She is passionate about learning and has additional training in Functional Dry Needling.Ⓡ from Kineticore.

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.

Sarah McNurlin, Licensed Physical Therapist, Climber Physical Therapist, Runner Physical Therapist, Physiotherapist in Salt Lake City

Amy Fruge, DPT

Physical Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Amy Fruge, DPT, earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University’s School of Physical Therapy in Houston, Texas. As a recent graduate from TWU, Amy has utilized her education inside the largest medical center in the world to focus on becoming an expert in the evaluation and treatment of sports and orthopedic injuries. She specializes in hands on manual therapy diagnosis and treatment to identify, access, and solve the source of pain for her patients. As an athlete herself and former health and fitness coach, Amy brings her knowledge of health and fitness to every athlete and patient to help them reach their full potential after achieving their physical therapy goals. A thorough understanding of health and fitness combined with expert neuromuscular facilitation techniques allows Amy to solve the underlying problems that led to patient’s original onset of pain. With her experience in Yoga, Amy utilizes proper positioning, breathing, and muscle activation techniques to improve stability throughout the entire biomechanical system in her patients.

Amy’s roles before becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy as Senior Personal Trainer, entrepreneurial Yoga Instructor, and Head of a rock climbing program at a wilderness camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains have formed her into the well-rounded clinician, educator and promoter of wellness that she is today. Amy’s experience leading Yoga for Climbers, climbing injury inservices, and screening climbers to prevent further injuries is where she finds her zeal. Her favorite part about being a DPT is giving someone the tools to feel better, and accomplish something they did not think was possible.

Outside of the clinic, Amy loves to rock climb, snowboard, bike, trail run, laugh, play with dogs, listen to live music, and create and consume delicious food and drinks. She especially loves music and food that bring her back to her Southern roots in Louisiana.