We know how to provide the best treatment for you, because we not only have a team of experts but are also runners, triathletes, adventure racers, crossfit athletes, marathoners, and track athletes ourselves.
We understand that each runner and athlete has his or her own strengths, weaknesses, structural limiters, and goals that must be considered when determining a rehab or injury prevention plan. We are staunch advocates of running for both mental and physical health, and believe everyone should be able to run. Runners need a healthcare team that not only understands running injuries, biomechanics, and how to unravel complex movement pattern issues, but who are also runners themselves and understand what it means when you say you “need” to be able to run. At RunLab™, we work with you on a running-specific treatment plan based around your individual needs. Our goal is not only that you keep training through the healing process whenever possible, but that you come out stronger on the other side with a more thorough understanding of your own body.
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As evidenced by permanent sports-bra tan lines earned through tens of thousands of miles running, biking and paddling all over North America, Dr. Davis understands the unique challenges of endurance athletes. She also understands firsthand how frustrating it is to be sidelined from the sport you love without proper guidance on how to get back out there.
Working as part of sports medicine teams for over a decade, Dr. Davis has dedicated her career to the study of clinical biomechanics and helping runners get back on the trails, improve their performance and enjoy running again. Tired of hearing her clients say they had been told not to run or that “running is bad for your knees” without any discussion about biomechanics, she launched RunLab in 2014 as a running-centric healthcare facility built entirely by, and for, runners.
Dr Davis and her team treat runners of every shape, size and experience level from all over the United States and have worked with Olympic & Junior Olympic gold medalists, National Champions, Elite and professional runners and triathletes, and every type of recreational runner imaginable, including brand new runners and those with special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and a variety of movement disorders.
The RunLab team loves to tackle any and all running-related issues, from performance limiters and efficiency problems to complex or confusing injuries that have garnered the dreaded “you should just take up cycling” statement from the medical world. RunLab has grown to earn the trust of thousands of runners through performance-centric treatment plans, full body gait analysis, and a fantastic treatment team of specialists who are all dedicated runners.
Dr. Davis is a huge advocate of multi-disciplinary care and her team will work closely with a client’s current physical therapist, medical doctor, or coach to collaborate on a care plan specific to the needs of the individual runner.
Dr. Davis graduated Cum Laude from the University of Western States in 2008. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a doctorate in chiropractic, Dr. Davis has undergone extensive specialized training in running biomechanics, movement pattern analysis, return-to-sport protocols, clinical gait analysis, and Active Release Therapy. As part of the University of Western States Research Department, Dr. Davis worked for several years as a treating clinician and rehabilitation specialist for NIH funded low back pain research studies on both adolescents and adults and has co-authored several publications on musculoskeletal injuries in the pediatric population. She also travels around the United States teaching and lecturing on gait evaluation and clinical biomechanics and enjoys helping personal trainers, coaches, and healthcare practitioners understand how to effectively utilize gait evaluation as an assessment tool.
In her late 20s, Dr. Davis moved from downhill mountain biking, cyclocross and mountaineering into the endurance world, at which time an old knee injury began to plague her training. After being told she should stop running altogether by an orthopedist in her early-30’s (the impetus for starting RunLab), she promptly decided to increase her mileage, focus on her mechanics, fix her own knee, and prove a point.
Now, despite her hilariously bad swimming ability, she is a 4X Ironman and consistent podium finisher in triathlon and adventure racing. She runs 60-80 miles per week, ran her first 18:56 5K at 42 years old and has not had knee pain or any other running-related injury in almost 10 years. Her favorite races are 24-72 hour adventure races involving mountain biking, trail running, bushwhacking and kayaking, all based around navigation through the backcountry with map and compass (why yes, it IS the greatest sport in the history of ever). She is passionate about making RunLab a home for runners of every shape, size and experience level and currently sits on the board of The Arc as well as an advisory committee for building fitness programs for special needs populations. In 2017 Dr Davis and her team helped the first Down syndrome runner complete the Austin 1/2 marathon and have since launched Kayleigh’s Club, one of the only special-needs running teams in the country.
In 2014, Dr. Davis married serial entrepreneur and newly indoctrinated adventure racer Jonathan Davis, and has inherited three amazing children: Gigi, Cash and most recently, a fuzzy little Jabber-puppy-wocky named Chuck. She has never met a frozen margarita she wouldn’t drink and has a love-hate relationship with Ben & Jerry’s…meaning she loves Half-Baked and hates when there isn’t any in her freezer.
Scott Murphy Halasz, PT, DPT
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPYAs a little kid, Dr. Halasz wanted to be a stunt man. After four years of swimming for Indiana, followed by Physical Therapy school at Virginia Commonwealth University, he landed his first physical therapy job by jumping onto a Swiss ball and simultaneously juggling. With his extensive knowledge of running and swimming biomechanics, he is a perfect addition to the RunLab team, where he is the current balance board record holder and inventor of tricks that involve kids, dogs, broomsticks, dental floss, and other household items. Unfortunately, perfecting his bag of tricks has meant testing his limits frequently, landing him an ER punch-card in his early days. Injuries to date include: stitches to the head, wrist, thumb, foot, and back, two broken ribs, wrist, ankle, talus, and two fingers; chipped teeth more than 10 times; multiple sprained ankles, both thumbs, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, strained hamstrings, patellar tendinopathy, sprained MCL, and bilateral shoulder labral tears. Each injury has been a learning experience and a way to better understand his clients and how compensation patterns develop, making him one of the best physical therapists in Texas when it comes to treating athletes. Now, as a father of three, a 2000 and 2004 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials participant, Ironman, NCAA All-American, swim coach and veteran physical therapist, he goes to the ER much less often. Dr. Halasz still competes in local triathlons, running races and can be found pushing a stroller around town, swimming at Deep Eddy, throwing a Frisbee at Zilker, Kitesurfing on Lake Belton, or perfecting his Kermit the Frog imitation.
Verity Stow, DC
DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTICDr. Stow grew up in Langley, BC Canada. She graduated from the University of Western States with a Doctor of Chiropractic and Masters of Sports Medicine. Dr. Stow is a certified full body Active Release Technique (ART) provider. This has given her the familiarity and hands on experience to treat biomechanical and musculoskeletal issues in an efficient and effective manner. Dr. Stow has always been enthusiastic about a variety of sports and outdoor activities. Before becoming a DC, Dr. Stow competitively show jumped horses nationally and internationally. While in school, Dr. Stow switched from being a full-time athlete to a weekend warrior. Her favorite weekend activities were bagging hikes, summits, and climbing routes. Due to these experiences, she understands the high-level stress and high standards required of athletes at all levels. Dr. Stow relates to frustrations of having to “sit one out” as she has had her fair share of injuries related and unrelated to working with horses. This gave Dr. Stow the passion to help people avoid biomechanical issues that cause injuries, and to achieve their goals in sports and life. If Dr. Stow is not working hard in the office or on the sidelines, then you’ll find her with her various pets, hiking, running and/or rock climbing. If you have any questions, ask! She is always happy to share her knowledge and/or talk about various adventures.
Grant Bower, PT, DPT, OCS
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPYBorn and raised in State College, Pennsylvania, Dr. Bower earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Penn State University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Pittsburgh. During his undergraduate and graduate careers, Dr. Bower was a student athlete in cross-country, track and field, and triathlon.
During Dr. Bower’s studies, he gained experience working in the UPMC medical system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, he was exposed to a variety of orthopedic injuries and worked with several professional athletes. His clinical expertise includes treating orthopedic injuries of the spine, hip, and lower extremity, as well as running injuries. Since beginning his Physical Therapy career, he has become a certified manual therapist, as well as a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS).
Since moving to Austin in 2018, Dr. Bower has engrossed himself in the running community. He is a member of the Austin marathon pacing team and paced the 3:20 group the last two years. When he isn’t working or running, Dr. Bower enjoys traveling, eating, and generally being active. Despite living a mostly healthy lifestyle, Dr. Bower does enjoy indulging in some of the local favorites such as Pinthouse Pizza, Whataburger, Taco Joint, and Lazarus Brewing. Some of his hobbies include competing in races, cycling, backpacking, watching Penn State football games (We Are!), and, of course, playing with his Alaskan Malamute, Rocky.
Kevin Lacke, PT, DPT, CSCS
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPYDr. Lacke was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended Northeastern University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
While at Northeastern, Dr. Lacke gained experience treating a wide variety of patient populations. However, most of his experience and clinical expertise is in orthopedics and sports. He was mentored by some of the top clinicians in the industry while working for the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball organization. While working in the orthopedic setting, he has particularly enjoyed working with runners. Dr. Lacke is actively working towards earning his Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certifications.
Dr. Lacke began his running career early on in college. He never ran cross country or track in school but decided to take up marathon running as a competitive outlet. Since then, he has run six marathons and a multitude of other races. In his spare time, Dr. Lacke enjoys fishing, hiking, going on road trips, and cheering on his favorite Boston sports teams.
Yao Yao, LMT
SPORTS MASSAGE & MOBILITY THERAPISTYao Yao “YoYo” was born in Hang Zhou, China, known for its dragon well tea and natural beauty. She has been living in the U.S. for eight years and recently moved to Austin from Dallas-Fort Worth.
Yao Yao is highly trained and experienced in sports and human performance massage. She is board certified Clinical Rehabilitation Massage from NCBTMB, and certified in orthopedic sports massage from Whitney Lowe, and trained sports injury & orthopedic massage from James Waslaski. She is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She is Rocktape FMT certified in IASTM, Kinesio-taping, Myofasical Cupping, and a compressional band and movement specialist.
Yao Yao has worked with a variety of recreational and professional athletes and is very excited to join RunLab family. Yao Yao loves sharing tea arts and culture, playing the Gu Qin and practicing Muay Thai in Thailand. Most days you can find her enjoying a cup of 茶, Chá(tea) at the West China Tea House in Austin.