Meet Michelle Laging
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, my path toward Physical Therapy was a circuitous one. I graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University in 1997 and landed my first job in Denver, Colorado late summer that same year. I worked as a Landscape Architecture for approximately 8-years and contributed to several projects around the city of Denver. Most notable, I was one of the designers who worked on the Columbine High School library re-design/outdoor space in 2001. This experience gave me perspective on how spaces, indoor and outdoor, can be therapeutic on a variety of different levels. This extremely meaningful experience illuminated my desire to “make a difference in people’s lives” and I continued to explore what this meant for me professionally.
An enthusiast for movement, I became a fitness instructor and worked part-time for both 24-Hour Fitness and Curves around 2003. After shadowing a few Physical Therapists, it became obvious that this was the path I needed to pursue to fulfill this professional need. I graduated from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2008 as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and began my career at Denver Health Medical Center late fall of 2008.
I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle Laging for almost a decade now, starting at our prior program the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health and continuing into her brilliant practice Movement is Medicine. Michelle is quite simply THE best physical therapist for those with eating disorders that I have ever met. Her outpatient and acute rehabilitation background as well as extensive expertise in caring for patients with eating disorders makes her an extraordinary resource for patients to add to their treatment team. Michelle truly led the way for a whole new way of considering physicality and strength for those who have been impacted by malnutrition, and her practice now is totally unique and brilliant. Any time I have a local patient who is working on recovery from an eating disorder--of any body shape or size--who wants to get stronger, work through an injury, and/or get help returning to movement or their sport of choice in a mindful and sound way, I always call on Michelle. My patients just love her. Her warmth, enthusiasm, expertise, and eating disorder informed approach are exactly right. Michelle will never engage in diet-culture talk, but rather aims to reunite patients with a love of what their bodies can do, a vital part of recovery. I recommend her with extreme enthusiasm!
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED,
Founder & Medical Director, Gaudiani Clinic
My 10-years of experience in inpatient care at Denver Health has been robust and extremely rewarding. Knit within the fabric of my experience on the orthopedic unit, medical-surgical units, and acute rehabilitation, was the development and delivery of Physical Therapy services to individuals with eating disorders. The past 3-years were solely dedicated to the unique needs of these individuals admitted for medical stabilization at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders by Denver Health. As I reflect back on my wonderful experience at Denver Health, I can truly say that my work both on the ACUTE unit and the acute rehabilitation unit allowed me to live my dream to “make a difference in people’s lives”.
But I have jumped from this safe nest and now find myself standing at a beautiful crossroads.
Why (you might ask)? Because I am ready… I am ready for change and a new challenge… I am ready to flex my creative muscles and build something entirely new. I want to partner with clients to build a bridge toward a more healthy relationship with movement. As a warrior against this disease, I desire to support clients, regardless of body size, in the journey toward long-term recovery from eating disorders or disordered eating.
I want to utilize my expert “PT vision” as a detective with clients to discover how best to integrate Physical Therapy services into a relatively new world and encourage them to reconnect with their bodies.
I am SO ready… are you ready to be a detective with me?
Frequently asked questions
Where is Movement is Medicine located?
As of October 2021, Movement is Medicine is located at:
Any recommendations on how to dress for my appointment(s)?
It is best to dress in layers, but having a tank top and shorts is helpful so that Michelle can more easily see movement and make recommendations as necessary.
Does Movement is Medicine accept insurance?
Movement is Medicine Physical Therapy & Wellness, LLC has decided to practice as an out-of-network provider, and this means that we do not directly accept insurance. This allows us to spend more direct time with you, the client, to achieve your goals in fewer visits than the traditional insurance-driven model.
Clients will provide a payment at the time of their visit. They will be provided a Physical Therapy superbill (upon request at time of session), which details the charges of their visit, and may submit for reimbursement consistent with their individual out-of-network benefits. Client visits may be covered in part by their out-of-network benefits and we recommend checking with the individual policy and benefits for more details.
**Wellness-based services DO NOT qualify for reimbursement**
**Provision of a superbill for Physical Therapy services DOES NOT guarantee reimbursement**
Payment & Cancellation Policy
- Payment is required at the time of service.
- Movement is Medicine Physical Therapy & Wellness, LLC require credit card payment via contactless payment method at completion of the first session. We require that a credit card be kept on file and do so in a HIPAA compliant platform.
- Please note that package purchases via credit card will require a 3% credit card fee. All other services, if purchased via credit card, are flat rate with no additional fee.
- Please provide 24-hour notice to change or cancel an appointment. No-shows and requests to change/cancel appointments within the 24-hour window will be charged (credit card on file) for the full cost of the appointment.