Dr. Ashley Aardsma –
Doctor of Physical Therapy –
Salt Lake City, UT
I graduated as a DPT from the University of Utah in 2018. I grew up just south of Chicago, IL. Since moving to UT, I have become an avid mountain biker. I also enjoy snow skiing, snowboarding, water sports, camping, and consider myself a boating enthusiast.
My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with an emphasis in education, which I completed at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). During undergrad, I played NCAA Division I Women’s Rugby (2008-2012) until I had career ending surgery on my knee. I moved to Utah soon after graduating from EIU to pursue earning my Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
I use a comprehensive approach to injury reduction and rehabilitation to help my patient’s return to participating in the activities they love with more confidence and less fear. I am a movement specialist! This means that I use my observational skills with my education to determine physical impairments and functional deficits. [Physical impairments and functional deficits are just medical jargon for things about your body (the way the joints move, what muscles contract when, in what range of motion the muscles can contract, etc) that prevent or hinder you from physically doing what you need to throughout your day.] Once I have determined the contributing factors that impact your desired movement, I make a plan involving manual therapy techniques, neuromuscular re-education, and other exercises to decrease your pain and improve your function. BONUS: I am a certified in dry needling!
My professional passions include sports therapy, injury risk reduction, orthopedic therapy, and wellness. I am currently working toward becoming a board-certified specialist in both Sports and Orthopedics.