Laura Bunso, PT, MTCPT, MTC
After beginning her career at Mayo Clinic in outpatient orthopedics and leading the rehabilitation department in the area of Women’s Health, Laura branched out and established Smart Body Physical Therapy in 2004, pioneering the way for a practice with a hands-on approach that specializes in pelvic health, spine and manual therapy.
She first earned her Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She earned her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from another private university, the University of St. Augustine, in January 1999. Furthering her manual therapy skills (or hands on treatment of soft tissue and joint mobilization), she received her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), just a couple of years later.
Laura has specialized in the area of pelvic health, women’s and men’s health and spine since 1999. Her love for helping people suffering in these areas comes out of an unwillingness to accept the status quo and she often finds herself treating people with impairments they never thought possible to improve. Her approach to her clinical practice makes it obvious that she believes our bodies are brimming with life and potential. According to Laura, “There’s nothing that makes me happier than getting to see someone truly savor their life. It’s not just a tag line for our patients and our staff, it gets me out of the bed every morning to press forward helping those around me flourish into the best versions of themselves.”
Laura is doing her best to get the most out of her own life! When she’s not at the office treating patients, she loves to spend her time with her 3 children, exercising, fishing or outdoors.
Norell Jensen, DPT
Norell is a graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of Lynchburg, formally known as Lynchburg College, in Lynchburg, VA. She achieved her undergraduate education at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where her interest in physical therapy stemmed from volunteering and shadowing at various outpatient and inpatient clinics.
Norell’s interest in pelvic health began through mentorships, as well as 24 weeks of clinical internships in the pelvic health specialty throughout physical therapy school. Her desire and passion to treat pelvic health allowed her to attend continuing education through the Section on Women’s Health as a physical therapy student. Norell said she finds this specialty of physical therapy to be extremely rewarding because she is able to guide her patients in achieving the best quality of life possible with conditions that are often sensitive to discuss. She plans to qualify and test for her WCS certification within the next two years.
Norell is originally from Los Angeles and is new to the Jacksonville area. As a foodie, she is always on the search for good places to eat, and her hobbies include working out, reading and indulging in the occasional Netflix binge.
Kayla Sisson, DPT
Kayla always felt led to physical therapy. Growing up active in sports gave her an appreciation for healthfulness and the human body. Her love of sports soon grew into a passion for exercise and nutrition. Kayla obtained her bachelor’s in exercise science and a minor in nutrition from Fairmont State University in West Virginia. She then went on to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. An internship brought her to Florida, where she met her husband.
Kayla fell in love with pelvic floor therapy because of how much it touches peoples’ lives on a personal level. She feels honored to help people through personal and delicate issues that they often don’t realize they can even change, and then witness the growth that happens with their enhanced ability to fully enjoy life again. It is her goal to help her patients be able to participate in the activities they most enjoy and, in fact, “savor life,” as our motto says.
In their spare time, Kayla and her husband enjoy fitness, bowling and softball.
Megan Turpin, PTA
Megan received her undergrad from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, before becoming a PTA graduate of Orangeburg Tech in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As early as high school, Megan wanted to work in the field of physical therapy. Her involvement in volleyball throughout high school and college, including spending countless hours in physical therapy, founded and developed her passion to pursue a career in the field.
Megan lived in Charleston, South Carolina, before coming down to Jacksonville. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, going to the dog park with her pup, and traveling up and down the coast.
Catherine Yelvington earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland in New York. After working as a personal trainer in Orlando, Florida, she went back to school to get her license in massage therapy and owned her own business, Muscle Kneads. She then obtained her master’s in physical therapy at the University of North Florida. Catherine found her niche in women’s health, acquiring her certificate in pregnancy/postpartum and pelvic health from the American Physical Therapy Association, and has been specializing in this field for over 10 years.
Realizing the importance of nutrition and gut health in treating this population, she furthered her education with a master’s in clinical nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her professional goal is to put her comprehensive expertise together to help patients and communities achieve optimum health. She feels that everyone can achieve a higher level of wellness and quality of life with the correct guidance. Catherine believes that when we are not feeling well, it’s never just one thing that has gone wrong; it is multifactorial. Having education in all areas of wellness allows her to focus on a holistic approach to healing: mind, body and spirit.
Alex Zackey, PTA
Alex is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her interest in physical therapy stemmed from never wanting to stop learning. Alex’s interest in pelvic health began here at SmartBody. After a few weeks at SmartBody, she started taking pelvic health courses through the APTA’s Section on Women’s Health. She finds working in this specialty extremely fascinating because it is so unheard of, and yet it helps so many people savor their quality of life. She plans on getting her CAPP certification as soon as PTAs are allowed to sit for it.
Alex is from a small town in Florida called Sebastian. She is new to the Jacksonville area. She enjoys exercising and watching documentaries, as well as walking her cats, playing with and taking pictures of them.