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Dr. Eva Norman

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Dr. Ariel Cole

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Ariel Cole, graduated with two degrees from St.Catherine University. A B.S in Exercise and Sports Science (2013) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2016). She has experience rooted in pelvic floor therapy, orthopedic therapy, and acute care. For the last 6 years she has had a special interest in providing cares for individuals who are pregnant and postpartum, and those who are experiencing urine and bowel incontinence, constipation and or diarrhea, pelvic pain, chronic low back pain, and sexual dysfunction.

Ariel is a dynamic and positive provider who enjoys working in teamwork with her clients. She understands that each person comes with a unique background, history, and life circumstances that require good communication and problem solving to reach their goals! Personal interests include community education, advocacy, working with underserved communities, and female anatomy related issues. At LYLPT, she wishes to aid people of all walks of life achieve their goals and is willing to be creative to do so!

Daily life is spent caring for her family of 5, husband and teenage children, as well as her dog! Life is a mix of hiking, biking, exploring, dog parks, art shows and live music. Traveling has given her the opportunity to be in solidarity with people of other cultures, lifestyles and religions.


Dr. Christina Apfelbaum

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Christina Apfelbaum, DPT graduated in 2013 from the University of St. Thomas with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She then graduated in 2016 from the University of Jamestown with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has primarily worked with the geriatric population in the acute care setting. She also has experience in cancer rehab, as well as wound care. She appreciates the uniqueness of each person and is motivated to tailor a plan to meet their needs and make life more enjoyable for them now and in the future!

She lives with her husband, young daughter, and Bernese Mountain Dog. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, cook, bake, and work out, usually in the form of running, cycling, or resistance training.


Dr. Kristen Reed

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Kristen Reed, DPT, GRS, CLT graduated in 2011 from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.S. in Kinesiology degree. She went on to graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University (2015) and completed the Geriatric Clinical Residency program from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2016. She has spent her career working with primarily geriatrics in the Transitional Care/ Memory Care/ Long Term Care settings. Dr, Reed loves working with geriatrics and is passionate about helping them improve their quality of life. She loves being a therapist and watching her clients reach their goals.

She is kept busy with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as much as possible. Her favorite activities are hiking in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter.


Dr. Sarah Petrich

Doctor of Physical Therapy - Postural Restoration Certified - PMA Certified - Pilates Instructor

Dr. Sarah Petrich’s first interest in movement and the human body was through dance. She's been dancing for over 25 years and taught dance for over 10 years. Her fascination with movement propelled her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, as well as a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2005 from St Catherine University. She continued her education to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006.

Inspired by Ron Hruska’s approach to therapy and biomechanics, Sarah received her Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) in 2011. In 2013, she completed her Pilates rehabilitation training with Polestar Pilates and is Pilates Method Alliance Certified. She combines these two specialties to correct musculoskeletal imbalances and asymmetries, decrease pain and increase ease and efficiency of movement so clients become a stronger, balanced and relaxed self.

Sarah continues to be active in dance through dance medicine. She has presented on various topics for Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation, Postural Restoration Institute’s PRC Conference, Fairview’s MN SportsMedicine Conference, TRIA Orthopaedics, and local dance schools. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation (MDMF) where she volunteers to manage and treat at their non-profit clinic for under-insured dancers and promotes dance health through research and community education.


Alana Howey, PT, MS, OCS

Physical Therapist

Alana Howey, PT, MS, OCS graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1985 with a B.A. biology degree. She went on to study at Texas Woman’s University and graduated with a MS in physical therapy in 1987. She has over 25 years of practice in Minnesota. The bulk of her career she has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, treating a wide range of client ages and challenges. She developed a specialty in treating temporomandibular dysfunction, headaches and cervical dysfunction. She also applies a more holistic approach to rebalancing the entire body system with postural restoration for complex, multi-joint challenges. She received a board certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedics in 1999 and was recertified in 2009.

Alana loves guiding clients to reach their goals and aspire to higher potential! She is excited to meet people in their homes to make a specialized program work for them.

When not working, Alana is kept busy with her husband and two daughters. She loves to garden, bike, travel, and take long hikes with her dog.

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