Carrie Cooper is a movement specialist and Doctor of Physical Therapy dedicated to moving others through injury and into performance while educating them to stay injury free. As a life long athlete, she started her musculoskeletal education on the tables of eastern health practitioners while competing internationally for the Hong Kong International Gymnastics team. She was later taught by modern masters in movement techniques such as Graham, Cunningham, Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Dance Kinesiology, Capoeira, Meditation, and African Dance while studying Modern Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2001 she started dancing and choreographing professionally and was fortunate enough to teach dance and Pilates while traveling throughout the United States for Rock Climbing. She has been a rock climbing ambassador for 12 years and in 2014 received her Doctorate from the University of Utah School of Physical Therapy. She has two children and lives in Salt Lake City, UT and continues to climb, teach, and play with her family in the outdoors.
As a Physical Therapist, I incorporate all the tools available to me to restore healthy and efficient motion for my clients. Injury can have effects that go beyond the specific point of injury. My approach is hands on and I use long practiced pedagogy and neuro-muscular re-education techniques to ensure that my clients both learn and understand the changes that are occurring during this healing process. I am certified in dry needling and use soft tissue and fascial mobilization where needed during and prior to movement.
My approach is client driven based on their goals and needs and my intention is to guide them to a higher level of body awareness as an adjunct to the healing process. This in turn reduces the likelihood of re-injury. Live life by design, not by default.