North Boulder Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, LLC has been providing the highest quality of physical therapy care in Boulder, Colorado and beyond for over 30 years. The original facility, at Boulder Medical Center, was established in 1979 by Debra Layne, PT. In 1999, the company opened an additional 6000 square foot state of the art rehabilitation facility in Boulder. It has since expanded to Golden, Westminster and most recently, Louisville.

team photo North Boulder Physical Therapy

Debra J. Layne, PT

Senior Physical Therapist/Certified Pilates Instructor

Email: [email protected]

Debra Layne is originally from Oklahoma and moved to Colorado in 1977. She married a classmate and physical therapist, Ted Layne. She has two sons, Todd and Scott. Ms. Layne, PT enjoys flying as a private pilot, as well as skiing, hiking, reading and travel. She has been practicing physical therapy in Boulder since 1977. She is a member of Rotary and has served on the Board of Directors for Impact on Education.

Medical Training and Specialty: She received her degree from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in Physical Therapy in 1975. In 1992 she was acknowledged as the PHYSICAL THERAPIST OF THE YEAR by the Colorado Physical Therapy Association. Ms. Layne, PT is specialized in orthopedic physical therapy, post-operative rehabilitation, sports physical therapy, work injury rehabilitation, vestibular (balance and dizziness) rehabilitation, TMJ treatment, treatment of headaches, peripheral neuropathy treatment, and orthotics for the feet. She has attended well over 175 post-graduate courses in physical therapy and has lectured and taught courses for other physical therapists. She is a BASI Certified Pilates Instructor.

Professional Affiliations: Ms. Layne is a past-President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is currently President of Colorado Physical Therapy Network.

She is a member of the: American Physical Therapy Association Colorado Chapter American Physical Therapy Association Colorado Physical Therapist in Private Practice Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Hand Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists Vestibular Association Arthritis Foundation Peripheral Neuropathy Association Alliance for Physical Therapy Colorado Physical Therapy Network.

Meet the rest of our staff below, click the pictures of any staff member to learn more about them and their background.

Michele North Boulder Physical Therapy
Michelle Harris PT, MTC, PMA-CPI

Clinical Director/ Physical Therapist
Manual Therapy Certified
Certified Pilates Instructor

Born: Illinois

Undergraduate Degree

  • Biology- Augustana College Rock Island, IL

PT/ Graduate School Degree:

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine    Chicago, IL


  • Physical therapy degree with honors (1987)
  • Advanced manual therapy certification (2007)
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
  • Pilates instructor from PhysicalMind Institute based in New York City (2006)


  • Sports Physical Therapy (specifically runners, gymnasts and equestrians)
  • Manual therapy
  • Joint mobilization
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Movement disorders of the spine and extremities
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Trigger point dry needling
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Neuromuscular reeducation and exercise
  • Pilates- both mat and equipment


I am an avid backcountry, downhill and skate skier and am a PSIA certified telemark ski instructor. I enjoy rock climbing, cycling, hiking and trail running, and when possible, combine these outdoor endeavors with international travel.

Michelle Harris, PT, MTC, PMA-CPI

Laura North Boulder Physical Therapy
Laura Shove MSPT, MTC, CPI

Physical Therapist, Master of Science
Manual Therapy Certified
Certified Pilates Instructor
Assistant Clinical Director

Born: Boulder, CO

Undergraduate Degree:

  • Colorado State University – B.S. in Biology

PT/Graduate School Degree:

  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri – Masters in Physical Therapy


  • Manual Therapy from University of St. Augustine, Florida
  • STOTT Pilates


  • Outpatient Orthopedics
  • Outpatient Sports Medicine
  • Post-Operative Rehabilitation
  • Spine – neck, thoracic, low back, sacroiliac
  • Upper limbs – shoulder and elbow
  • Lower limbs – hip, knee, ankle, foot
  • Gait Analysis
  • Foot Orthotics
  • Headaches
  • Total Joint Replacement PT
  • Pilates


To return her patients to their previous activity level, and to educate them on continued care with the use of comprehensive home programs and injury prevention techniques.


Laura enjoys spending time with her husband Tim and two children, distance running, cycling, telemark and cross country skiing, and hiking with her black lab retriever Banjo.

Laura Shove, MSPT, MTC, CPI

Dianne North Boulder Physical Therapy
Dianne Cardinal

Practice Management

Dianne comes to Boulder by way of Montana.  She worked in accounting for Kroger for several years before starting her career in Medical office management.  In 1995 she became the front office manager for Flatirons Physical Therapy.  From there she left and opened Flatirons Practice Management LLC with her business partner Ted Layne.

After a successful 13 years she sold Flatirons Practice Management and went into semi-retirement. After four months of being home with her son preparing for him to leave to college, she became a Realtor.  She worked as a Realtor for a couple of years in Boulder.  In 2011 she moved to California, but Chief Niwot’s curse took effect and she returned to Boulder in 2013.

Dianne joined North Boulder Physical Therapy in 2014 as Practice Manager.  She brings over twenty years of knowledge of Medical billing and practice management to NBPT, along with her management and customer service skills.

Dianne Cardinal, Practice Management

Lee North Boulder Physical Therapy
Lee Brennan, MSPT, CPI

Senior Staff Therapist

Born: Maryland, moved to Colorado in high school

Undergraduate degree: 

  • University of Colorado

Graduate degree/Physical Therapy Medical School: 

  • University of Colorado


  • Pilates
  • Coursework-manual therapy certification
  • Kinesiotaping


  • Manual Therapy
  • Outpatient Orthopedic PT
  • Outpatient Sports PT
  • Gait Analysis
  • Orthotics
  • Post op Rehab
  • Upper limb-shoulder, elbow
  • Lower limb-hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • Spine-neck, thoracic, low back and sacroiliac
  • Balance
  • Peripheral Neuropathy-Anodyne
  • Kinesiotaping


Colorado outdoor activities including skiing, biking, 4 wheeling, hiking fourteeners and enjoying her family and twin daughters.

Lee Brennan, MSPT, CPI

Karen North Boulder Physical Therapy
Karen Echery, MSPT, MTC, CPI

Senior Staff Physical Therapist

Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Certified
Director of North Boulder Pilates
Pilates Method Alliance – Certified Pilates Instructor

Born: Michigan

Undergraduate degree:

  • Colorado State University- BFA in dance

PT Graduate School/Medical School degree:

  • Grand Valley State University, Michigan


  • Manual Therapy from University of St Augustine, Florida
  • Certified Pilates Instructor-Polestar
  • Dry needling


  • Outpatient orthopedics PT
  • Outpatient sports medicine PT
  • Post Op Rehab-especially hip surgery
  • Pilates
  • Posture
  • Dry needling
  • Spine-neck, thoracic, low back, sacroiliac
  • Upper limbs-shoulder and elbow
  • Lower limbs-hip, knee and ankle
  • Gait analysis
  • Total Joint Replacement post op PT


To help patient’s reach their fullest recovery potential through helping them understand their injuries. My personal experience with major hip surgery had deepened my ability to relate and motivate patients through their healing process. As a Pilates instructor, I like to help patients take a whole body approach to recovering.


Graduated from CSU with a degree in dance.

Hiking, camping, biking, skiing, snowboarding, dance. and family time

Karen Echery, MSPT, MTC, CPI

Libby North Boulder Physical Therapy
Libby White

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Born: Boulder CO

Undergraduate Degree:

  • University of Colorado- Boulder

Graduate School:

  • Marymount University, Arlington Va


  • LSVT BIG-Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Certified yoga teacher-Integrated Vinyasa


  • Outpatient orthopedic PT
    • Upper extremity-shoulder, elbow
    • Lower extremity-hip, knee, ankle, foot
    • Spine-cervical, thoracic, lumbar, SI joint
  • Post op rehab
  • Vestibular rehab
  • Neurological rehab
  • Balance and gait training
  • Fall prevention
  • Yoga
  • Kinesiotape


Libby aims to empower her clients through treatment, exercise, and education in order to optimize physical function and to prevent future injury.


In her free time Libby enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, skiing, running, swimming, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Libby White, PT, DPT

Sabina Busby North Boulder Physical Therapy
Sabina Busby, PT, DPT

Sabina Busby graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Bachelor of Health Science in 2013 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016. She uses a holistic approach to movement and wellness in the orthopedic setting with a particular interest in women’s health and the Pilates method of exercise. She is currently pursuing the APTA CAPP Pelvic Health and Pregnancy/Postpartum certifications with the goal of becoming a Women’s Clinical Specialist (WCS). She has two years of experience incorporating the Polestar Pilates method of exercise for both rehabilitation and wellness patients and teaches weekly Pilates mat classes for patients with osteoporosis. She uses evidence based techniques with an emphasis on manual therapies including myofascial, craniosacral, and other osteopathic techniques.

Prior to becoming a board-certified physical therapist, she completed clinical training programs at New York University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. There, she gained experience working with oncologic, geriatric, orthopedic, sport, and neurologic populations.

Sabina was born and raised in the southern Berkshires in the small town of Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. She grew up skiing, swimming and hiking on the Appalachian Trail. She enjoys traveling the world and visiting family in Denmark.

Sabina Busby, PT, DPT

Terri North Boulder Physical Therapy
Terri Handy, MPT, MTC, ATC, CSCS

Senior Staff Therapist

Born: Pennsylvania

Undergraduate degree:

  • Springfield College, MA

PT Graduate degree/Medical School degree:

  • Hahnemann University


  • Manual Therapy University of St Augustine
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Dry Needling


  • Outpatient orthopedic PT
  • Outpatient sports medicine PT
  • Athletic Training
  • Post Op Rehab
  • Spine-neck, thoracic, low back, sacroiliac
  • Upper limbs-shoulder and elbow
  • Lower limbs-hip, knee, and ankle
  • Total Joint Replacement post op PT


To encourage patients to be at their best physically


Volleyball Jr. Olympian, Women’s Lacrosse teams, Ultra-running, climbing 14ers, biking, cross country skiing, gourmet cooking, reading, and playing with her dogs.

Terri Handy, MPT, MTC, ATC, CSCS

Jeffery Paulson North Boulder Physical Therapy Louisville Colorado
Jeffrey Paulsen, DPT

Jeff Paulsen has been a practicing physical therapist since 2010. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 2007. Soon thereafter he began his physical therapy education and graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado in 2010. He has several years of experience working in the outpatient setting, helping individuals with many different kinds of orthopedic injuries, as well as some experience in Home Health care. Jeff focuses on evidence-based treatments to improve movement and function, using the hands-on techniques and knowledge of exercise and the body that he has attained to help people get better and return to living. Jeff Paulsen is a native to Colorado, having grown up in the Denver area. He enjoys being active with sports and hiking the beautiful mountains here in Colorado.

Jeffrey Paulsen, DPT

Lily North Boulder Physical Therapy
Lily Miller, PTA, CPI

Physical Therapy Assistant

Certified Pilates Instructor


Born: The shores of Lake Erie, Ohio

PTA degree:

  • Lorain County Community College with Honors


  • Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Polestar Rehabilitation Practitioner


  • Assisting the patients with Balance, Spine Exercises, Post Surgical PT, and all orthopedic PT injuries. Pilates- Mat and equipment, Kinesio taping


Trail running with her dog Stella, mountain biking, skiing, yoga, tennis and pilates.

Lily Miller, PTA, CPI

Kathryn Proctor North Boulder Physical Therapy
Kathryn Proctor, DPT


Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Certified Lymphedema Specialist 

Born: South Carolina

Undergraduate education:

  • B.S in Psychology from Wofford College

PT Graduate School/Medical School:

  • Columbia University, New York City


  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from American PT Association
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling


  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Lymphedema
  • TMJ
  • Outpatient sports medicine PT – with focus on runners, swimmers and cyclists
  • Post operative rehab
  • Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
  • Dysautonomia
  • Spine-neck, thoracic, low back, sacroiliac
  • Upper limbs-shoulder, elbow
  • Lower limbs-hip, knee, ankle
  • Gait training
  • Injury prevention
  • Total Joint Replacement post op PT

To help each patient resolve pain and reach their goals by focusing on movement quality and individual empowerment through education and exercise.

Competitive Swimmer from a young age
NCAA Division I cross country runner
When not in the clinic, I enjoy hiking, running, biking, swimming, and basically doing anything that allows me to spend time outside with my family.

Kathryn Proctor, DPT

Linda Walter North Boulder Physical Therapy
Linda Walter, PTA

Born and raised: Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois University: BS Elementary Education

Fort Morgan Community College: PTA

Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist – Klose Training

Over the past 17 years, I’ve had the opportunity to treat people with a wide variety of different diagnosis.  My specialties include manual lymph drainage, balance training, post joint replacement and assisting seniors who are dealing with age related pain and disability.  I’ve also taken countless hours of continuing education to improve my skills as a PTA.

During my free time, I enjoy being in Colorado’s beautiful mountains.  My favorite activities are hiking, camping and skiing.

Linda Walter, PTA

Christine North Boulder Physical Therapy
Christine Shaw, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Running Injury Specialist

 Born: Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Degree:

  • Boston University – B.S. in Exercise Science

PT/Graduate School Degree:

  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell


  • Functional Dry Needling
  • Graston Technique
  • Running biomechanics with video gait analysis
  • USA Track & Field Level One Coach
  • USTFCCCA Track & Field Technical Certification


I use a combination of manual therapy and functional exercises to help your body reach its potential.  If you are my patient, we are both going to give 100% to help you achieve your goals. With commitment to a goal, daily discipline, and patience through the rehab process, you are likely to achieve the level of function that you desire.

Christine Shaw, PT, DPT

Kim Axelrod North Boulder Physical Therapy
Kimberlee Axelrod, PT

Physical Therapist

Kimberlee Axelrod has been a practicing physical therapist since 2003. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from Finch University of Health Sciences in Chicago. Her primary clinical work is the treatment of neurological and orthopedic impairments.

Kimberlee has particular interest in the treatment of spine and joint pain, balance and vestibular impairments, chronic pain, and movement disorders. Kimberlee has completed her certification of LSVT BIG, and enjoys helping to improve the functional mobility of patients with Parkinson’s Disease. She is a certified McKenzie therapist and regularly employs the use of mechanical diagnostics to improve outcomes of spine and joint treatment.

Kimberlee lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband, three children, and her dog Bosley. She enjoys spending her free time skiing, hiking, and reading.

Kimberlee Axelrod, PT

Holly Johnston North Boulder Physical Therapy
Holly Johnston, CHT, OTR

Holly received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Louisiana in 1988.  She practiced in rehabilitation and pediatric settings, and has been a hand therapist since 2002.  She was fellowship trained in 2003, achieved certification in Hand Therapy from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission in 2007 and enjoys treating all types of upper extremity diagnoses.  She is a current member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is a Denver Hand Special Interest Group board member.  She grew up in Louisiana and enjoys visiting there, spending time with her family, travel, photography, Pilates, cooking and reading.

Holly Johnston, CHT, OTR

Todd Meisel North Boulder Physical Therapy
Todd Meisel, Rehab Aide/Tech

Todd has a degree in Kinesiology with and emphasis in Fitness and Exercise from the University of Northern Colorado.  He has worked in outpatient physical therapy clinics for 15 years.  He is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM.  He also holds a certification in Kinesiotaping.  Outside the clinic, he enjoys sports and being outside with his wife.  He is a competitive soccer coach.  He is currently going to Physical Therapy Assistant School.

Todd Meisel, SPTA

Mary Kaye Pierce North Boulder Physical Therapy
Mary Kaye Pierce, CHT, OTR

Certified Hand Therapist and Occupational Therapist

Mary Kaye has been a certified hand therapist since 1991, the inaugural year for certification of hand therapists. Mary Kaye is passionate about hand therapy, and delivers quality care to all her patients. She helps each person in their unique way to regain function after injury. She keeps up with current education and trends in the field. Fabricating custom thermoplastic splints for post-injury and post-surgery is her specialty. She uses a variety of splinting materials and techniques to achieve specific goals: post surgery protection, join implants, fracture care, and arthritic joint support. Mary Kaye is married to Ken, with four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, and outdoor activities. She enjoys staying active and loves to hike, bike, and swim.

Mary Kaye Pierce, CHT, OTR