Dr. Lauren A. Collier, DPT, ATC
Dr. Lauren Collier, DPT, ATC
Growing up in Virginia, “the birthplace of a nation,” and being part of a proud, United States Navy family, Lauren Collier brings a classic touch of southern charm to HD Physical Therapy. Lauren’s patients are instantly comforted by her polite, charming and kind personality, all while receiving skilled physical therapy care. Lauren focuses on the body as a whole, centering on the entire kinetic chain. She uses her dexterous manual therapy skills to improve physical movement patterns that are transferrable to activities of daily living, recreation and sport-specific activities, helping each person meet their personal goals.
Dr. Collier graduated from Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Virginia. She competed on the junior varsity volleyball team, varsity softball team, and participated on a local, competitive swim team. She was also an athletic training student that worked with the boys’ football and wrestling teams throughout their seasons.
After high school, Lauren attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She majored in Athletic Training at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. As a student, she completed athletic training clinical rotations with the OSU football and Ohio Dominican football teams, the men and women’s gymnastics teams, the men’s lacrosse team and the women’s ice hockey team. She also interned as an athletic trainer for Dublin Jerome High School. Lauren worked as a research assistant for the OSU Movement Analysis and Performance (MAP) Program, and for the National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored project: Functional Evaluation to Predict Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury. In addition, she participated in a number of community service projects including, environmental cleanups and building a safe-home for children saved from sex trafficking. Lauren also found time to play on the intermural volleyball, flag football and softball teams.
Following Ohio State, Lauren attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy program required 3 full years of study with 108 hours of didactic and clinical courses and 36 weeks of clinical rotations. Lauren’s clinical rotations were in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient neurology and acute care settings. She successfully completed 4 mock clinical cases, a written comprehensive examination and a capstone project, graduating with honors. She also passed the BOC Exam for Athletic Training and became a licensed ATC in North Carolina, and still found time to participate in local community service projects.
Dr. Collier then began her professional PT career at TherapySouth in Pelham, AL. TherapySouth is an outpatient physical therapy practice in Alabama, with 31 locations, that specializes in personalized, hands on care. There, Dr. Collier created and implemented a concussion protocol and a return-to-play program. She also took the first course, M1 Training, to become Graston Technique® certified.
Lauren moved to Massachusetts, and joined our HDPT Wakefield team, in December of 2018.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys hiking, cooking and baking and the beach! She currently resides in Melrose, MA with her husband Michael and their dog Oakley, a Chesapeake Bay retriever.