I recently had knee replacement surgery. I decided to do my physical therapy at Capitol Physical Therapy in Verona because it would be convenient. I am so glad I made that decision. Nash made me feel comfortable right away. He is very knowledgeable and has a calm, encouraging manner. I was thrilled with the success…
Julie and Jessica were invaluable in my breast cancer recovery. After a long recovery from a mastectomy, chemo, radiation, and reconstructive surgery with implants, I still suffered from pain in my ribs below my breast and pain in my breast area from radiation. The Breast Center at UW Hospital was incredible during the implant surgery…
From the first time I met Julie and Jessica, it was clear that concern for my total care was their priority. This included both the physical and mental challenges of breast cancer recovery. Upon learning of their focus on all aspects of this targeted program, I knew I was in the right place and on…
After a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction which required muscle to be removed from my back and brought to my chest, I didn’t want anyone touching me. My chest felt weird, I was in a lot of pain, and I was tired of doctor appointments. But I also felt very weak and knew I needed…
We rate Capitol Physical Therapy a 10; we are extremely happy! After having received excellent PT in the past, we had no doubt this was the only place we would trust with our son’s recovery. The warm, welcoming environment makes it a comfortable place to receive therapy. This puts him at ease allowing for the…
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Meet the Staff
I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Prior to this, I completed my degree in exercise science with a minor in human biology and psychology from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana where I also played Division I Basketball.
I take interest in family healthcare; providing physical therapy services to the diversity of conditions that the whole family may encounter, from young student athletes, to working parents, and older adults. I have also completed continuing education in manual or “hands on” therapy, dry needling, and vestibular disorders. While in PT school, I also took part in an internship at an outpatient neurological clinic that specialized in working with patients with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injuries, and impairments following a stroke.
In my spare time, you can find me kayaking, backpacking, traveling, or completing DIY projects around the house.
I am excited to be part of the Capitol team because of the dedication to providing excellent patient care, utilization of the latest evidence, and offering of homey, welcoming environments for families to get the care they need.
I am thrilled to have returned to the Midwest after 15 years of living in Portland, Oregon. Prior to earning my doctorate in physical therapy, I spent a decade serving clients as a licensed massage therapist. I loved my work, but longed for the skills to better assess my clients’ limitations, address them with manual therapy and exercise, and help to develop appropriate home programs to manage symptoms. When I realized I was describing the work of a physical therapist, I returned to school to pursue my physical therapy degree.
I serve patients with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, including those affecting the important muscles of the pelvic floor. I am passionate about providing physical therapy to patients affected by breast cancer. Forever expanding my skill set, I am serving a residency through Evidence in Motion in order to specialize in orthopedics.
I enjoy camping, bicycling, Pilates, and exploring the Madison area with my husband and son.
As an avid endurance athlete, I became fascinated by the complexity and adaptability of the human body. I was drawn to physical therapy to be an expert on human movement and to assist patients of all functional levels in reaching their goals and improving their quality of life.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. From there, I went on to attend the University of Minnesota and received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
I take pride in the opportunity to empower those I work with to take their health into their own hands and get back to doing what they love. I am passionate about treating the whole person and improving their quality of movement and function through an evidenced-based approach. I have a special interest in the treatment of pelvic disorders and spinal dysfunction. Additional clinical interests include chronic pain, geriatric conditions, and the management of athletes.
In my free time, I love to be out riding my bike or running. The Madison area provides endless country roads for me to ride on and I compete in running races ranging from one mile to marathon distance. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing.
Lauren Lechmaier, PT, DPT earned her Masters of Science in Exercise Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State University.
She believes in using a balanced and holistic approach when treating patients, performing a combination of manual techniques and exercises to promote functional movement.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys running, cross-country skiing, spending time with her family outdoors and on the farm, and using produce from the farm to make new recipes.