Claire Yurko DPT, OCS

Claire grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Participating in multiple sports throughout her life she incurred an ACL rupture during her high school soccer career ultimately exposing her to physical therapy. The lively environment that challenged both the clinician’s application of diagnostic critical thinking and the patient’s active participation in their recovery captivated Claire, setting her on the path to become a physical therapist. 

Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga she promptly transitioned to graduate school where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. After graduating she started her career in outpatient orthopedics. Driven by her desire to provide excellent care, she completed an eighteen month orthopedic residency, enabling her to earn her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification.

Practicing for five years in the community she grew up in, Claire felt the growing urge to expose herself to new cultures and lifestyles. She had been introduced to the Institute of Physical Art through some continuing education courses and had been enrapt by the hands on treatment approach. With the intent of expanding her personal and professional life she committed to the Institute of Physical Art’s three year residency program in Antioch and Monterey California under the guidance of Sam Kabat and Gage Banks.   

While studying to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist, she intends to make the most of her time in California, exploring the rich landscape and culture. Long term she hopes to repay the excellent guidance of Sam and Gage by teaching future residents and, in turn, continuing to elevate the physical therapy profession as an invaluable conservative treatment approach. 

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