MEET OUR STAFF 2018-01-30T14:09:25+00:00

MEET OUR GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Laura Sanner, PT, DPT
Owner and Physical Therapist

I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science and played club sports at the University of Pittsburgh (2004). My Doctor of Physical Therapy degree was then earned from the number one program in the nation, the University of Delaware (2006).  I was born in Glen Burnie and I’ve lived in northern Anne Arundel County my entire life, except while earning my degrees. Upon graduation I returned to Maryland, got married, and accepted my first Physical Therapist position under a strong mentorship program. For the past 10 years I’ve worked in the outpatient setting helping people in our community feel better.

Recently I’ve learned the balancing act of having a young family and a thriving career. My days off are spent with my husband, 2 children and our Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I share my love for cooking, music, sports and Halloween with both my family and clients. I have been a mentor and clinical instructor for Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant students from several colleges. Hands-on classes keep my skills strong and diverse for varying conditions affecting every joint in the body.

Megan Davis, PT
Physical Therapist

I was born in Dayton, Ohio, moving to Severna Park when I was 15. After learning to love steamed crabs, sailing, and Orioles Baseball, I graduated from Severna Park High School. I followed in my father’s footsteps, attending Duke University, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology, in preparation for earning my Certificate in Physical Therapy from University of Pennsylvania in 1981. I started my career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, joining the rehab team to treat people with spinal cord injuries, head injuries and strokes. After a brief stop in rural Pennsylvania, doing orthopedics and home care, I married the love of my life and came back to this area. I worked as the Director of P.T. at a comprehensive outpatient rehab. facility in Baltimore for several years, until our first child was born.

Once we started having children, I enjoyed working for myself, in private practice.  When our sixth child was born, we found a house that fit all the kids & the Labrador Retriever, with an in-law apartment that could accommodate my P.T. practice. I  treat pain problems, orthopedic issues, and neurologic problems (e.g., cerebral palsy, Parkinsons & stroke), as well as 23 years providing P.T. to students with multiple learning differences at The Harbour School of Annapolis.

My husband, Steve and I have been blessed to see kids moving up and out to their own careers and lives, with the last of our seven children heading to Archbishop Spalding High School next year.  I have been active in my church, helped coach pee wee soccer, junior girls lacrosse, and kept busy with a variety of community activities. We like hiking and outdoor recreation; mountains will always draw me. I have recently gained a serious interest in healthy eating and herbal approaches to health. This has led to a “growing interest” in gardening. As our family and the healthcare environment evolves, it is time to phase out my home practice to allow more time for patient care and family, and less time with paperwork.

I am thrilled to be part of the Atlas team, sharing my experience and learning from the high level of professionalism of my colleagues. The environment of personal attention and individual care that I have offered my patients over the years is an integral part of the Atlas philosophy.

Lauren Arihood, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

I was born in Philadelphia and moved to Baltimore in Aug 2017. I received my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in 2004. I then went on to obtain my Master’s of Science Degree in Forensic Biology from the State University of New York-University at Albany.  Prior to becoming a physical therapist, I was a forensic scientist for almost ten years. I mainly worked on obtaining DNA evidence from remains and crime scene samples. Despite this glamorous lifestyle, as portrayed on numerous television shows, I decided it was time to make a change.

After several stents in physical therapy and due to my love of analyzing movement patterns and physical fitness, I decided to go back to school and obtained my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from George Washington University in 2016.  I began my career as an outpatient therapist in San Antonio, TX. Both there and at Atlas Physical Therapy I treat orthopedic conditions, gait abnormalities, balance issues, as well as provide vestibular rehabilitation. I have advanced training in manual, hands on techniques, that I utilize with all patients.

Outside of physical therapy I enjoy spending time with my husband Brent and our two dogs, Paddington and Nymeria. I am a military wife and have enjoyed meeting people of all different walks of life in the various places where we have lived. That being said, I am very proud to be from Philadelphia and am a huge Philadelphia sports fan! I love sports in general and can talk sports with the best of them. I am a cycle enthusiast and also spend time participating in mega-pilates.

It’s a pleasure being part of such a great team at Atlas Physical Therapy. I love the personal attention that is given to our patients and I am glad to be a part of it!

Jake Sanner
Office Manager

I live locally in Pasadena with my wife and dog Daisy, a lab chow-chow mix (chowbrador), in a little house on the Magothy River. I graduated from Chesapeake High School in 2011 and Towson University in 2015. I have aspirations to become a Physical Therapist and one-day work at Atlas as a Physical Therapist to offer my services as a health professional to our incredible patient body. Physical Therapy has intrigued me since I first shadowed Laura when I was in 8th grade and have been diligently working toward that goal ever since. I have such a fortunate privilege working with such amazing Therapists at Atlas that it keeps my love for the profession alive and is a constant reminder of why this field is my true calling.

In my spare time I enjoy working my vegetable and flower garden’s with my companion, Daisy, and cycling on the B&A Trail on the weekends with my wife, Rachel. I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy sharing new pieces of information I have learned in my studies and even the occasional fresh veggie from my garden with our patients and friends at Atlas. My family and friends are the foundation of my life and I spend as much time with them as possible. From holidays, to barbeques, or even the Sunday night Game of Throne premier, I am a proud husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin and nephew and cherish everyday with everyone.

Becky Dukan
Physical Therapist Technician

I was born in Baltimore county and lived in Harford County my whole life. Other than English, I can speak Russian and Ukrainian. I’m very passionate about fitness and nutrition; I love taking care of myself and helping others around me. If I’m not at work, I’m with my friends either working out, doing yoga, hiking, swimming or ice skating.

I went to Joppatowne High School for my freshman year. I realized that I learn better on my own, so I completed my remaining 3 years in about 6-8 months online with Penn Foster. After high school, I took a year off to work and make my career decisions. I decided to get my physical therapy aide certificate with Penn Foster and finished it in a little less than a year.

Sydney Taylor
Front Desk

I was born in Silver Spring, MD and have since lived all over Maryland! Since I was 5, I have always played sports. I started playing soccer and tee-ball as a kid, then started swimming, softball and did cheerleading for ten years. I graduated from Chesapeake High School in 2014. I love working with children, animals and people in general! I worked in the service industry for 4 years and am very excited to start my career in Physical Therapy with Atlas! I have been through PT for three different injuries and always found it fun and interesting.

I love everything about the outdoors; being by the water, the fresh air, the sunshine, I love it all! In July 2017 I completed my first hike, conquering Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. It is the end of the Appalachian Trail and the highest mountain in Maine with an elevation of 5,267 ft., about a 12 mile hike. Within the next five years, I plan on thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail starting at the Mexican border and ending at the Canadian border. I’m sure I will need some PT after that!