Meet Dr. Ricci
Laura is a licensed physical therapist (PT) in the state of Texas. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She has been specializing in the field of pelvic floor and women's health physical therapy since 2011. Laura is a Certified Women's Health and Nutrition Coach (WHNC) through the Integrative Women's Health Institute, as well as a guest faculty member of the institute. She is also a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). Laura has also successfully completed the Insulin Resistance Solution Practitioner Training Program and is a Certified Insulin Resistance Coach through the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology. She is currently completing a two-year Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training Program. She is also a recurrent faculty member of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and lectures to Doctor of Physical Therapy students about functional nutrition.
Laura developed a passion for functional nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle through her own health challenges. She struggled with digestive issues as a child following a ruptured appendix at age two. She developed pelvic pain (vestibulodynia) as a teenager, which is what motivated her to later specialize in pelvic floor physical therapy. In college, she developed daily headaches, frequent migraines, and extremely painful and irregular periods.
In 2011, Laura was diagnosed with an extremely rare sarcoma in her left abdominal wall, known as a desmoid tumor. Only 2-4 out of a million people are diagnosed with this type of tumor. She underwent three surgeries related to the desmoid tumor. The first to remove the tumor, the second to repair a hernia due to the synthetic mesh, and the third surgery was to repair a second hernia which resulted in removing all of the synthetic mesh and completely reconstructing the abdominal wall.
In 2013, after years of being misdiagnosed, Laura was finally diagnosed with labral tears and impingement in each of her hips due to having adult hip dysplasia (which basically means her hip sockets did not form correctly since birth), which was contributing to her pelvic pain issues. She underwent two large hip preservation surgeries, periacetabular osteotomies (or PAOs), to build her a new hip socket with good coverage and hopefully prevent the need for hip replacement in the future. Laura attributes her miraculous surgical recoveries to the tools she teaches her clients: good nutrition, appropriate exercise, proper sleep, and mind-body techniques to manage and reduce stress.
Laura is still on her quest to health and wellness, and was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, which was a contributing factor to her daily headaches and migraines, as well as other symptoms including migrating joint pain and fatigue. She is currently receiving treatment for the Lyme, and is hopeful that by continuing to support her body through nutrition and lifestyle changes, she will make a full recovery.
Laura strives to be a light in the darkness, offering hope for others with her personal story of love and healing. She lives with her husband in Amarillo, Texas, where she loves healthy cooking, supporting her body with essential oils, practicing self-care, and spending time in nature.