Ashlie Emert


Ashlie earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York City. As a long time ballet dancer and yogi, she was drawn to physical therapy as movement has always been a central and integral component to her life. Since graduating, Ashlie has accumulated a wealth of knowledge treating a wide spectrum of orthopedic injuries. Her primary clinical interests include hip pathologies, running related injuries, pregnancy related pain, postpartum conditions, diastasis recti, and SI joint disorders.

She is committed to empowering her patients to achieve their goals and aims to create specialized treatment plans unique to each individual. Her patients thrive with her approach to PT, which includes manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and/or yoga to return patients to their optimal level of function.

Prior to PT school, Ashlie lived abroad in Milan, Italy teaching English as a second language and completed a Master’s program in Sports Nutrition and Fitness at l’Universita’ degli studi di Milano. After leaving Italy, Ashlie backpacked through India and became a certified yoga teacher in Kerala, India.

She is currently pursuing a certificate in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy and studying to become a board certified specialist in Orthopedics. In her spare time she can be found doing headstands, running, hiking or dancing. She has an insatiable love of travel. She speaks fluent Italian and basic Spanish and enjoys practicing both languages.

Board Certification

Physical Therapy


Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Columbia University (2017)

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

Bachelor of Science, University of Arizona (2009)

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

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

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Physical Therapy Association of Washington

APTA Orthopedic Section member

APTA Women’s Health Section Member


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

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.