FOUNDER AND CEO
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 patients 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. RunLab has rapidly become the central destination for runners from all over Texas seeking help with complex running injuries and is quickly gaining ground on a national stage.
Dr. Davis and her team love to tackle any and all running-related issues, from simple sprains and strains to complex or confusing injuries that have garnered the dreaded “you should just take up cycling” statement from an orthopedist. RunLab has grown to earn the trust of thousands of runners in Central Texas and beyond 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 works closely with physical therapists, medical doctors, and coaches to collaborate on care plans that will help athletes return to, or improve, their running as quickly as possible through focus on gait mechanics and injury prevention.
Dr. Davis graduated Cum Laude from Western States Chiropractic College 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 20s, Dr. Davis moved from downhill mountain biking, cyclocross and mountaineering into the endurance world. Somehow, despite her inability to swim, she is a 4X Ironman and consistent podium finisher in triathlon and adventure racing. Her favorite races are 24-72 hour adventure races which involve mountain biking, trail running, bushwhacking, and kayaking, all based around navigating through the woods with map and compass (why yes, it IS the greatest sport in the history of ever). 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 Chubby Hubby and hates when there isn’t any in her freezer.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS
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Known for his charm and average looks, he is most recognized for his work at the Texas State Fair, placing top 10 in his age group at the slam dunk contest and landing a third-place finish at the pie eating contest, earning him the highly coveted title of Pie-Mageddon. On the track, Lucas is a five-time collegiate All-American (indoor and outdoor track & field), holds two high school state championships in the 800 meter, a top 3 finish at the Outdoor NAIA national championships, two USA Indoor Championship qualifications, multiple middle-distance records for the CMU Eagles, and a personal best of 1:48.43 in the 800 meter. Off the track, Lucas is an accomplished piano and trombone player, triathlete, adventure racer and accountant who enjoys spending his time reading about how to brew beer and stamping things with his newly acquired Notary Public stamp.
Art is an avid ultra runner, trail runner and adventure racer. He has completed and directed countless adventure races, trail races, ultra marathons and multi-day expedition races and considers his most challenging race to date to be Eco Primal Quest Lake Tahoe: a 500-mile, 10-day adventure race involving trail running, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking. Professionally, Art has managed multiple sports facilities and is currently the co-owner and race director of Too Cool Racing, LLC, which puts on local 2 to 36 hour adventure races. In his spare time, Art loves to camp with his wife Rhonda and trail run with his two daughters, Jillian and Olivia.
As 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 patients 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 two, 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.
John graduated from Texas State University Magna Cum Lade with a Bachelors in Exercise Sport Science and a minor in how to be awesome. In addition to extensive work in clinical biomechanics and sports rehab, John has worked as part of large physical therapy and sports training facilities, in-patient care (ICU and PCU), physical therapy research, and out-patient orthopedic teams for over 5 years. John loves working with the pediatric running population and has donated extensive time to research projects surrounding motor learning, social skills, and cognitive retention in children with Autism. He works closely with UT’s Texas 4000 cycling team, helping to develop training and injury prevention plans for University of Texas students each year who ride bikes from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska while raising money for cancer research. John has an extensive competitive background in Tennis, Golf, Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Track with two district championships in both tennis and golf, and a regional championship in baseball to his name. He currently spends every spare moment on his mountain bike and hopes that RunLab will change the color of the racing kits soon to something not quite so…hot pink.
LEAD SPORTS MASSAGE AND MOBILITY THERAPIST
Brent has been a licensed massage therapist for almost 10 years. He has extensive experience working with runners and is one of only 13 massage therapists in Austin to be licensed in musculoskeletal alignment techniques. He is passionate about helping runners develop balance between strength and mobility and works closely with the rest of the RunLab team to help patients understand their own strengths and limiters related to range-of-motion and movement. Brent has been playing soccer, running, and swimming since age 6 and has worked with elite soccer players, swimmers, and runners for most of his career. He has spent extensive time working in chiropractic offices and sports medicine facilities and has focused his career on structural bodywork, postural analysis, and biomechanics as it related to range-of-of motion, hip and lower extremity alignment, and running-specific treatment. Outside of work, Brent loves spending time with his daughter, killing orcs, playing soccer, trail running, and swiping right.
SPORTS MASSAGE AND MOBILITY THERAPIST
LaQuanda is a 10-time All-American in both indoor and outdoor track, SEC indoor track team champion, Olympic Trials qualifier in the hammer throw, three-time state champ in high school discus and current record holder for more than 15 years, Bull Gator Award recipient, two-time NJCAA champion in weight throw and discus, and four-time NJCAA team champion in both indoor and outdoor track. LaQuanda has practiced massage for over 10 years and specializes in deep tissue work, sports massage, and structural alignment techniques. She finally drank the Kool-Aid since beginning her work at RunLab, and in addition to all of her throwing accolades, will now secretly admit that she enjoys running and is training for her first race. LaQuanda is known for her strong hands, her hard-candy shell (she dislikes puppies, hugs, and the outside) and for her unique ability to make her patients both laugh AND cry when she works on them.
SPORTS MASSAGE AND MOBILITY THERAPIST
Natalie escaped a desk in the fall of 2010 to follow her calling toward massage and bodywork. She loves hiking, kayaking and prior to moving to Texas was the trainer and captain of her company team in the yearly American Lung Association’s Climb Detroit: a brutal race up 70 flights of stairs. She finally escaped the cubicle-life by moving to Austin and graduating from Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in 2012. Soon after graduating, she became a Certified Cupping Therapist, and has focused her practice on deep tissue work, along with therapeutic and structural bodywork techniques. She’s big on eating her vegetables, getting outside, traveling, and being that person singing your guilty-pleasure Disney song at karaoke. She has always been active but is a recent-onset runner and wonders when that elusive “runners-high” will start kicking in. Natalie has been called a ‘Cupping Ninja,’ and she sincerely cares about the health and progress of each of her clients.
CLINICAL REHAB TECHNICIAN
Janae graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and specialization in Athletic Training and is currently pursuing her CSCS certification. During her time at TLU, she was the head student Athletic Trainer for the cross country and volleyball teams, and also worked closely with the soccer, basketball, football and baseball teams. After graduation, she spent time at St. David’s hospital in both inpatient and outpatient therapy. Janae has played soccer competitively her entire life. At 14 she started refereeing, quickly rose to the top of her profession and currently sits as one of the highest ranked referees in the state of Texas. She has refereed games for the NWSL, Super-20 league, WPSL, USL, as well as high school, youth, and college leagues and was chosen to referee the national final for the ECNL U14s. She now enjoys giving back to the soccer community as a youth coach at FC Westlake.
CLINICAL GAIT SPECIALIST
Lucky enough to be a part of a great running program in high school, Lorin not only went on to win the 2007 Texas 4a State Championship in the mile, but followed it up with a track scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, earning his Exercise Science degree with a minor in business. As a distance running coach for St. Stephen’s Episcopal school, he coached his athletes to record-breaking times in the 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 5000m, 4×400, and 4×800. Prior to landing his position at RunLab, Lorin launched BlueSky Running LLC, which provides on-site running and yoga programs for employees of the Austin Independent School District. He also works extensively with Power For Parkinson’s, a local Austin non-profit which provides free fitness programs for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, Lorin has the following physical training certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), Senior (elderly individuals) Fitness Specialist (NASM), Fitness Nutrition Specialist (NASM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor certification earned while studying in Rishikesh, India. Lorin is a MBA Candidate at Texas State University with an emphasis in International Business. Despite the ridiculous basketball shorts that Lorin likes to run in (for which he gets endless hell from his RunLab team) he is frequently seen on the podium, with a marathon PR of2:37:05, and three top 10 finishes in the Capital 10,000. In addition to his work as a rehab and gait training specialist, he runs as part of the RunLab Elite team and as a mentor for Kayleigh’s Club, RunLab’s special needs running club.
Whitley graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis Health Promotion and Health Fitness Instructing. During her earlier college years, Whitley participated on the women’s basketball and track & field teams at Yuba College where she was awarded Most Inspirational athlete, All-Conference, and went to the state finals for javelin. In the 2016-2017 school year, Whitley coached after-school running for Austin Youth Fitness (formerly Young Guns). She also joined the Texas Triathlon Club at UT where she competed in the Texas Tough Duathlon, Bevoman Triathlon, and US Collegiate Nationals. She is currently training for U.S. Open Triathlon in October. In her travels, Whitley has had the opportunity to move from California to Florida, to Hawaii, and finally settling in Texas.
ROGUE RUNNING/JACKRABBIT SHOE-FIT LIAISON
Sam Knight is a Rajun Cajun hailing from Baton Rouge, LA. Upon arrival in Austin, he immersed himself in the running community with hopes of working in athletic footwear and quickly landed a position in specialty run retail. While simultaneously slinging shoes, Sam spent time working as a rehab technician for RunLab before moving into a full-time management position for Rogue Running/Jackrabbit inside the Speedshop. The RunLab team works closely with Sam on shoe choice following gait evaluations and are happy to have him working just a few feet away. Sam loves working with patients on biomechanics and the relationship to shoe choice, as well as educating people on the fallacies of the “over-pronation” model. He recently ran his first sub 5 minute mile, loves marathons, and is frequently found finishing in the top of the pack in local races. He also loves spending time with his extraordinary wife, their two adorable weenie dogs, playing disc golf and drums, watching movies, and reading Wikipedia.
After taking her sweet time learning to walk (just before her 2nd birthday), it wasn’t long until Valerie started running — and she never looked back. She entered her first track meet at age 6 and has been competing ever since. The former cheer captain found her stride in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump events, setting the record in both at her high school. She later went went on to win the 5A state meet for high jump and attend Texas State University on a full athletic scholarship. College proved to be successful for Valerie. She is the second most decorated female in the program’s history with the heptathlon record for the university, three back to back (indoor/outdoor) first team all-conference finishes, a national qualifier slot, and the Outdoor Performer of the Year award.
EVENT & MARKETING COORDINATOR
A previous XC runner for Texas and event coordinator for Camp Gladiator, Jodi loves all things adventurous and athletic and has been a perfect fit for the RunLab family. When not working to execute a perfectly planned event or build a community partnership for our team, she can be found running, hiking, and exploring the country with her two kids (three if you count her husband Dr Halasz, whom we require she supervise anytime he says “hey look at this cool new trick I am trying!”)
Kathy is a retired nurse who has had a lifelong affair with all things athletic. As a huge advocate for improving your fitness at any age, trying new things at least once, and checking off those Bucket List items, Kathy took up triathlon at age 67 and has competed in at least two triathlons per year since 2011. She spent most of her adult life in Alaska, trying out all sorts of activities including cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing and running. Running stuck and she ran her first 10k in Anchorage, Alaska, the inaugural Nike-Nordstrom Women’s Run, in 1978. Since then, she has raced every distance from 5K through marathon. Kathy recently qualified for and competed in the USAT Age Group Championships and posted the third fastest run in her age group. She loves it when young athletes come up to her and say, “I want to be you when I grow up.”
Lydia was born in Anchorage, Alaska but got to Texas as quickly as possible. She attended the University of Houston and Texas State University where she majored in music and minored in art and was the badminton and archery champion of the school. She was a professional musician, guitarist and singer/songwriter for 20 years, playing with some of Texas’ most well known musicians. She reigned as the 5-Star General Manager of Luckenbach, Texas from 1990 through 1993, and as Ms. Armadillo and Ms. Jalapeno in the 1980s. She currently lives on her 2-acre ranch outside of Fredericksburg, Texas where she takes care of her 36-year-old mentally challenged son, Wiley; her 20-year-old Harlequin Macaw, Abigail; her 7-year-old Great Pyrenees, Zoey; her 4-year-old Maltese, Gigi; her 12-week-old Akbash/Pyrenees, Fletcher; six hens, three roosters, three goldfish, and a vast real estate empire for a Texas millionaire. She enjoys golf and riding her Santa Cruz mountain bike in the hills of Santa Fe, N.M.
MEDICAL BIKE FIT SPECIALIST
David is the co-owner of two well-respected bike shops in the Austin area, Tsunami Cycles and Buda Bike Co. David’s love for cycling started as a young adult and led to a spot on the South West Texas Triathlon Team throughout college. After graduation he pursued a career in the tech industry, but ultimately decided that computers were a silly fad that probably wouldn’t take off. Driven by his passion for cycling, he purchased the bike shop where he honed his skills as a kid. He has worked on his fitting process and biomechanics knowledge for more than 15 years and has been honored to work as Tech Support for Team USA Duathlon Worlds, Team RWB and Shimano Cycling. He is a USAC Licensed Mechanic trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.