Meet the Therapists

Dr. Ashley Stanley

Dr. Ashley (Dennis) Stanley, PT, DPT has been practicing physical therapy for 12 years and specializes in neurologic physical therapy. She attended Boston University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Health Studies in 2005 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007. She practiced in inpatient rehabilitation at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia for two years before moving to Houston to complete the neuro residency program at The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in 2010. She became board certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2010, re-certified in 2020, and has practiced neurologic rehabilitation in a variety of settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, acute hospital services, and specialty outpatient clinics.

Ashley has taught Vestibular Rehab to doctoral students at the University of Washington since 2011, and she completed a Vestibular Competency course in 2013. She is a former member of the Specialization, Residency, and Fellowship Committee of the Academy of Neurology of Physical Therapy, and in this role coordinated the Online Review for those studying for board certification in Neurology. She previously served on the Accreditation Services Committee for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. A majority of Ashley’s career has involved mentorship of interns and new graduates in University of Washington’s physical therapy neurology residency program.

Ashley started Axon and Soma after years of frustration that her clients had to travel for treatment and expert care, sometimes over two hours. She felt she could provide a similar, if not superior, level of care in the home setting. Ashley has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academia and clinical care. Peers have called her “evidenced based Ashley” and she owns the name with pride!

Why Axon and Soma? When Ashley was 13, she acquired Guillian-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare neurologic disorder. This experience inspired her career in physical therapy, and she continues to be motivated to give back to those who helped her return to standing, walking, and running. An “axon” is the portion of a nerve the carries a signal to muscles and the “soma” the cell body or brain of the nerve fiber. Axons and somas are part of the foundation of the nervous system and were integral to her recovery from GBS!

Outside of her passion for physical therapy, Ashley loves to learn about new places around the world, get lost in the woods, go boating, and spend time planning remodels and DIY projects with her husband and her father.

 

Laura Burch  

Laura Burch, OTR/L has been practicing occupational therapy since 2013. Laura received her degree from Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. Her practice has focused on neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, brain and spinal tumors, multiple sclerosis, brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, and other rare neurologic diseases. In 2015, she completed her LSVT-BIG competency and really enjoys treating clients with Parkinson’s disease using the principles taught in this course. At the University of Washington Medical Center, she was a part of the interdisciplinary team that launched the monthly ALS Clinic. Laura has worked primarily in hospital-based, outpatient settings with an emphasis on neurologic rehabilitation.

Occupational therapy focuses on maximizing function and independence of people’s activities of daily living (ADLs) by introducing adaptive equipment or techniques for these tasks, as well as taking a restorative approach to therapy by working to improve function of upper extremities, for activities such as dressing, bathing, and feeding. Laura is excited to work with patients via the telehealth platform as OT is frequently most beneficial in the home, where people typically perform their ADLs!

Laura grew up in Georgia and has loved exploring and hiking in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their dog. They recently moved back to Georgia to be closer to family, but Laura plans to stay on as part of the Axon & Soma team. She is licensed to practice occupational therapy in Washington state and Georgia.