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Brenna David

PT, DPT, OCS - Director of Education @ Avant PT

Brenna is a Pacific NW native, born and raised in Tacoma, who ventured to the Midwest and East Coast for her education, but returned to her roots to start her professional career in orthopaedic physical therapy. She is distinguished as a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and is the Director of Education for Avant. Brenna is passionate about expanding her own knowledge base and can often be found with her nose in a physical therapy journal or at a continuing education course. She enjoys treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions, but has a particular interest in treating running-related injuries, sports injuries in youth athletes, operative and non operative ACL injuries, shoulder dysfunction (acute and chronic), and foot and ankle pain. She has a passion for educating her patients on wellness, performance, and injury prevention.

In her free time Brenna enjoys traveling, weightlifting, high intensity interval training, reading, and game nights. As an avid baseball fan she can frequently be found at T-Mobile Park cheering on the Seattle Mariners.

Board Certification

Physical Therapy: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (2014)

Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS): American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (2016)

Education

Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT): Arcadia University (2014)

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science: Creighton University (2011)

Professional Affiliations

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Member: APTA Orthopaedic Section

Member: Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)

Research

Outcome Following Non-Operative Management of Rotator Cuff Tears (2014)

Happy Patients

I dislocated my shoulder May’18. My sports doc gave me a small list of PT’s to choose from. I originally chose Avant for convenience of location (close to work/downtown bus routes), but it was the luckiest choice I could have made. Laura has put together a superb team that excels at every level. Brenna and Bianca brought their extensive knowledge and fellow-athlete attitude to run my therapy twice a week while Casey kept my scheduling and insurance tidy. I did nearly all my sessions with Brenna. We began each session with a numerical progress check for range of motion and strength, then moved into multiple forms of manipulation and a variety of exercises. She was always personable, positive and encouraging, continually pushing me to the next level. Everything was tailored to what my shoulder was ready for and kept me moving towards my goal of running and swimming again. Avant’s exercise area is open and spacious with lots of natural light and well-equipped. When not engaged with other patients, all of Laura’s team chips in to keep you motivated. If I need PT again, Avant is where I’ll go.

Jason A.

I completed pre and post surgery physical therapy treatment for a torn ACL with Brenna at Avant - amounting to nearly six months of treatment, often several days a week. Brenna prepared me for surgery, both physically, and mentally - answering my questions and putting me at ease. She creatively found ways to motivate me to do my exercises, creating custom, personalized programs to match my goals and preferences. I was especially impressed with the amount of research she did between our sessions, she always made me feel like she was on top of the current ACL recovery trends. I came to look forward to our sessions, because I could feel I was making progress, but also because Brenna is pretty fun, too.

Brittany S

I worked with Brenna intermittently over almost 9 months, recovering from a complicated knee injury (tibial plateau fracture that required surgery). Through it all, she was very knowledgeable, inquisitive, and creative, pushing me just the right amount during our sessions and compiling a home exercise program that was easily ramped up or down depending on where I was at that week. I'd seen another PT at a different clinic before finding Avant and was impressed by Brenna's professionalism and responsiveness. She understood that I wanted to get back to running, climbing, biking, backpacking, and all my other favorite activities as soon as possible, and worked with me to get there. I also appreciated that she understood the patient's perspective--sometimes she'd recommend decreasing the frequency of my in-clinic appointments and focusing on the home program and email check-ins, or picking up the frequency when I was experiencing issues or making big progress. Though I worked mostly with Brenna, the rest of the staff are equally upbeat and easy to work with, and I'd recommend Avant in a heartbeat.

Claire M

Brenna Murray is amazing! I had been having lateral knee pain whenever I ran and needed to get better for an upcoming half-marathon. Brenna took the time to listen and understand my experience, pain, and needs. She was thorough, patient, and insightful during each stage of my evaluation and treatment. Her sunny personality and good humor set me at ease while her determination and resolve challenged me to try new exercises and get stronger. My knee is better and I’m an improved runner because of her expertise, diligence, and encouragement. If you are looking for a physical therapist, I strongly recommend Brenna.

Jenna H.