Giovanna Florencia Padilla


Giovanna’s interest in physical therapy was sparked when she was a patient in PT undergoing treatment for an injury she sustained in a summer dance intensive with Boston Ballet. She fostered her excitement about the profession both as an undergraduate in Exercise Science at the University of Pittsburgh and then in PT school at the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX. Through her clinical rotations, her passion for treating acute & chronic neck and back pain, as well as sports related injuries was cemented.

Giovanna’s approach to treatment is multifaceted, including McKenzie Method techniques, manual therapy, and movement analysis. She takes great pride in prescribing exercise specific to each individual to treat the root cause of their injury while tailoring their program specifically to return to the activities they enjoy. Education is also paramount throughout the treatment process, as it gives her patients the tools and confidence they need to avoid injury in the future.

Her hobbies outside of the clinic align closely with her treatment interests and include rock climbing, dancing, and running. Giovanna is fluent in Spanish, which has helped her to connect with and treat patients who may otherwise face a communication barrier that could hinder care. Being from Dallas, she fully embraces the shorter NW summers and all of the natural beauty Washington has to offer. She’s also learning to love the winters.

Board Certification

Physical Therapy (2020)


Bachelor of Science, University of Pittsburgh (2012)

Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Augustine (2020)

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)


The Second Layer of the Foot: Master Knot of Henry (2019)

Cadence Retraining for runners (2020)

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.