Laura Haley, PT, DPT
Partner, Desert Healing and Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
Pelvic health, including
As a certified Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, Laura is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, from urinary and fecal incontinence to sexual dysfunction to pain during intercourse and more. She believes that every solution involves mind, body, and spiritual remedies.
An accomplished athlete as well as a strong advocate for shame-free pelvic health, Laura is . . . kind of a badass! In college at the University of Arizona studying public health, she was on the triathlon team when she was seriously injured, jeopardizing her chances to compete. Her own physical therapist helped her get back to running, and she won 4th place at the National Championships her senior year. “If it wasn't for her, I don't think I could've done it,” she says. “I wanted to be that person who helped people reach their goals and accomplish their dreams.”
While at the U of A, her interests in feminism, women’s health, and pelvic issues in particular combined in a passion to destigmatize bowel, bladder, and sexual function. “A few people said my personality would fit well in that niche. I didn't really know what they meant until I did a clinical rotation in pelvic health and realized I was very good at making a very uncomfortable situation very comfortable.”
Passionate about mind-body holistic healing and energized by a genuine desire to help others, Laura is committed to doing everything in her power to help people live their most beautiful lives through movement-based therapy, mind-body practices, and manual healing. Her approach is holistic: stress, trauma, and harmful energy are all impediments to true and meaningful healing, so fixing pelvic-floor problems requires an all-hands-on-deck protocol.
On a first visit, Laura takes her patients through a thorough, subjective interview to understand their issues and needs. After explaining the basics of the pelvic floor and its functions, she conducts a physical examination (guided by the patient’s level of comfort). Follow-up sessions include stretching and strengthening exercises and the use of a biofeedback computer to monitor and understand the condition of the pelvic floor muscles. Laura takes a hands-on approach, working internally and externally to help tight muscles release. Because pelvic-floor issues are often caused by stress or previous trauma, Laura also helps her patients work on these issues through meditation, deep breathing, and self-love/self-compassion tools that help regulate the nervous system and help expedite healing.
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Laura has fallen deeply in love with Tucson, Sonoran sunsets, and the Southwest. “I have found a lot of comfort in the warm weather and the very kind souls I have had the honor to interact with here in the Southwest.” She spends as much of her free time as possible outdoors, mountain biking, trail running, skiing, rock climbing, and more. Indoors, she enjoys playing the guitar and writing songs and poetry.