Ashlie Emert


Ashlie brings a broad knowledge base to her practice as a PT. Her childhood experience as a ballet dancer and young adult experience as a yogi inspired her global education. She lived abroad in Milan, Italy where she completed a Master’s program in Sports Nutrition and Fitness at l’Universita’ degli studi di Milano. She went on to receive both her 200 and 300 hour certifications as a yoga teacher in India. In the States, she continued her pursuit of movement science earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York City. Her patients thrive with her multifaceted approach to PT, which includes a mix of manual therapy and exercise, often integrating concepts and postures from Hatha, Astanaga, and Vinayasa yoga. 

Ashlie has recently been distinguished as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and is also recognized as a certified specialist in treatment of pregnant and postpartum women (CAPP-Ob). She is passionate about all orthopaedic treatments, but especially loves to treat SI joint disorders, hip pathologies, running related injuries, pregnancy related pain, postpartum conditions, diastasis recti, and urinary incontinence. 

In her spare time she can be found doing headstands, running, hiking or dancing. She has an insatiable love of travel and speaks both fluent Italian and basic Spanish.  

Board Certification

Physical Therapy: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (2017)

Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS): American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (2020)


Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT): Columbia University (2017)

Certificate of Achievement in Obstetric Physical Therapy (CAPP-Ob): APTA (2020)

300 Hour Yoga Teaching Certification: Rishikesh Yog Peeth, Rishikesh, India (2019)

200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certification: Shivanada Yoga, Kerala, India (2015)

Master of Sports Nutrition and Fitness: University of Milan, Italy (2013)

Bachelor of Science, Physiology & Italian: University of Arizona (2009)

Professional Affiliations

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Member: APTA Orthopaedic Section

Member: APTA Women’s Health Section

Member: Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)


The Effect of Yoga on Physical Function and Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis (2017)

Happy Patients

Avant PT has significantly improved my health multiple times over many years. I have always gotten five star treatment and great results from Laura and her very expert and caring staff of therapists and front desk personnel. I am currently seeing Ashlie for back and foot problems. Ashlie is an absolute pleasure to work with and I am making much better progress than I expected. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm is inspiring and makes working with her fun. Early in my treatment Ashlie’s hands-on manipulations were very helpful and accelerated my ability to perform the strengthening and flexibility exercises I need. Home access to detailed notes, pictures and videos about my exercises via the MedBridge app made learning and following the exercises much easier. When clinic visits became impossible due to the spread of the Coronavirus, Telehealth proved to be much more effective than I expected. I had not done video conferencing before, but with Ashlie’s help I was able to quickly get set up. Her thorough expertise is very evident in the way she is able to spot, clearly describe and demonstrate very subtle changes for me to make while performing my exercises to get the maximum benefit, even via Telehealth. She continues to evolve the exercises as my capabilities improve, keeping things fun, interesting and challenging. I am now able to comfortably do some things that have been uncomfortable or even painful to me for years and never thought I would be able to do again. I enthusiastically recommend Ashlie and Avant to anyone needing physical therapy. Thanks Ashlie! Also thanks to everyone at Avant, particularly given the challenges of providing care during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tim S.