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Karen Cooper Echery, MSPT
Physical Therapist/Certified Pilates Instructor.


Karen is originally from Michigan but moved to Colorado Springs at the age of 12. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1995 with a BFA in Dance. Her love of dance introduced her to the work of the Pilates method. Karen enjoys hiking, camping, dancing and snowboarding.

Professional Training and Specialty: In 1997, Karen became a certified Polestar Pilates practitioner. Pilates sparked her interest in physical therapy, which led Karen to pursue a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Karen was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do a clinical affiliation with the physical therapy department of Balanced Body, Miami and gained experience with a therapeutic approach to Pilates. In 2003, she returned to Colorado. She is a co-founder of the Pilates program at NBPT. Her physical therapy expertise lies in combining therapeutic exercise with manual therapy to teach each patient what to do at home to hasten their recovery from injury and pain.

Michelle Harris
Physical Therapist/Certified Pilates Instructor.


Michelle grew up in the Midwest where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. While there she was a member of the track team and qualified for the NCAA Div. III Track and Field Championships. She went on to the Physical Therapy Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL where she graduated in 1987. Her interest in athletics lead her to Eugene, OR, where she worked extensively with elite runners, gymnasts and equestrians. 

She relocated to Boulder in 1991 and has continued to work with active people of all ages, levels and disciplines including high school, college and professional athletes, as well as general orthopedic and occupational injuries. She specializes in manual therapy of the spine and extremities, pelvic floor dysfunction for men and women, various approaches to movement re-education and therapeutic exercise.  She received her Pilates training from the PhysicalMind Institute based in New York City and is fully certified in the Pilates method for mat and equipment.

Michelle is an avid skier and is a PSIA-certified telemark ski instructor. She also enjoys traveling, rock climbing, cycling and running.

Debra J. Layne, PT
Clinic Owner/Senior Physical Therapist/Certified Pilates Instructor
Email: debra@northboulderpt.com

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 serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Physical Therapy. Ms. Layne is the Managing Member and Owner of North Boulder Physical Therapy providing therapeutic services at two locations: 3000 Center Green Drive, Suite 110 and at 2750 Broadway in the Boulder Medical Center. With her husband, Ted Layne, PT, she owns Layne Physical Therapy in Golden, CO.

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.

Laura Shove, MSPT
Master of Physical Therapy
Director of Physical Therapy at the NBPT Center Green office

Laura Shove is originally from Boulder, Colorado. She and her husband, Tim, have a son named Barclay and a daughter named Madison. Laura enjoys distance running as well as mountain bike riding, hiking and skiing. Laura has been practicing Physical Therapy in the area since 1993.

Physical Therapy Training and Specialty: Laura Shove received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. She has many years of experience in orthopedics and received her Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine in 1999. Laura specializes in orthopedics, sports physical therapy, post-operative rehabilitation, treatment of headaches, work-injury rehabilitation, spine, and extremity injuries. Laura also performs gait and biochemical foot evaluations and orthotic fabrication as appropriate. She has completed her Stott Pilates certification and is able to teach clients on all pieces of Pilates equipment.

Katie Gavin, PT

Katie Gavin is a licensed Physical Therapist and Massage Therapist with an apprenticeship in Pilates. She also is certified in Yoga. She has come to Boulder Via New York City and Hawaii. Katie specializes in outpatient orthopedics, post -op rehab, trigger point therapy.

Her goals are to guide, educate and encourage her clients through their own unique process of healing. Her interests are taking road trips, hiking, climbing, Yoga, meditation, Plein air painting and gardening.

Marissa, DPT

Marissa is originally from Northern California, but moved to Boulder, CO after graduating from the University of Miami in May 2016 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During Marissa’s time in Miami, she was exposed to the power of Pilates in a rehabilitative setting. After experiencing Pilates first hand and through teaching fellow students, Marissa knew that Pilates was a movement therapy that she wanted to explore and ultimately use as an assessment tool and intervention with her patients. Marissa subsequently completed her comprehensive rehabilitative training through Polestar Pilates in August 2015 and became nationally certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in October 2015. Marissa’s goal is to create a positive movement experience for her patients and clients alike, focusing on precision, control, and efficiency of movement in a fun and supportive environment.

In addition to using Pilates with her patients, Marissa believes in the power of Strain-Counterstrain, a gentle, holistic, manual therapy technique used to clear underlying dysfunction and allow for pain-free movement. Marissa was originally exposed to this advanced Osteopathic technique while being treated herself and realized its profound effects. Marissa took her first official course, SCS II for the Extremities, in May 2016. Marissa plans on pursuing this technique further in her coming years as a Physical Therapist.

In her spare time Marissa enjoys traveling, hiking, playing soccer, running, and spending time with her boyfriend, their new puppy, family, and friends.

Erin, PTA
Pilates Instructor.

Erin Teague is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Board Certified Massage Therapist.

Erin's first exposure to pilates was when a Pilates teacher in training asked if she could use Erin as a case study (a.k.a. guinea pig). Erin discovered, during this 6 month commitment, that the regular practice of pilates made her feel stronger in everyday movements and eliminated pain and instability after the birth of her son. Since then, Erin has been able to mentor with numerous pilates instructors in order to empower herself and her patients to break the cycle of compromised movement patterns, injury and pain.

Erin grew up in Cheyenne, WY; received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon; and moved to Boulder in 1998. She enjoys hiking, swimming, and biking with her son and husband.

Lily, PTA

Lily Miller started her journey into Pilates Education and Rehabilitation after finishing the Physical Therapy Assistant Program in 2008. She began her career primarily treating lumbar and pelvic disorders which synchronize well with Pilates Training. She completed the Polestar Comprehensive Teacher Program for Rehabilitation in 2014, and became nationally certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2016. Lily has furthered her education by completing continueing education for Scoliosis, pelvic and sacral dysfunction, plus gait mechanics and retraining. She is trained in Kinesio Taping Method Levels 1 to 3 and enjoys incorporating applications with clients. She also has training in Lymph Drainage Massage Levels 1 to 3. In addition, she has extensive training in further orthopedic injuries to return to function and athletics. Participating in sports since childhood; from tennis, skiing, track, and mountain biking during her younger years to rock climbing and trail running with her two border collies August and Stella in her adulthood, her passion for a healthy lifestyle follows through with her desire to treat individuals from all ages and capabilities. Lily values a commitment to one's own personal goals in life and movement and believes we all need a little more spinal stability.