Dr. Taylor Lee, PT, DPT graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2021. Her clinical internships provided a wide range of experiences working with a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. In 2018, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma. As a recent graduate, she is excited to bring her knowledge and creativity to provide the best quality care to LifeMotion Physical Therapy. Dr. Lee has a special interest in vestibular and balance conditions, concussion management, and Functional Neurological Disorder. In her two years of practice, she has become a certified Functional Dry Needling practitioner and been awarded Clinical Instructor of the Year in 2022 from the University of Oklahoma for teaching physical therapy students during their internships.
As a Tulsa native, Taylor feels grateful to be working in the community she calls home. She enjoys all types of exercise including weight lifting, yoga, cycling, and hiking. On the weekends, she and her husband can be found watching a soccer match or spending time with their family on Lake Tenkiller.
A proper croissant demands hours of work; folding the dough, resting it, working it again and again for days. LifeMotion’s Taylor Lee knows this well because pursuing baking perfection is one of her passions. As you’ll learn, it’s a perfect fit for a career in physical therapy.
Taylor is Tulsa-born and a graduate of The University of Oklahoma. Norman is a Lee family tradition: both her parents are Sooners. Her Grandfather played basketball there. Sports is what led Taylor to physical therapy.
“I was always an athlete,” Taylor says. “Fitness and exercise fascinated me growing up. But, it was after my sister tore her ACL playing soccer at 16 that I saw the difference a physical therapist makes.”
At that moment, Taylor decided: this would be her life’s work. The balance of science and fitness is a perfect fit for her—as is the joy found in getting to know people and their pains. Through her Pain Science studies, Taylor learned pain is in the brain.
“When our body becomes hypersensitive to pain through an inflammatory response, pain can persist even when there’s nothing structurally wrong,” Taylor says. “There’s no such thing as a ‘pain receptor.’ The brain runs the body.’”
Recovery is a process of training the brain to understand, “Hey, we’re okay,” Taylor adds. That’s where she helps people who are outside the healing window but still feel pain even without mechanical damage. Just like creating the perfect croissant: it’s a process that takes time.
“Oh, the first time I made them, the dough was too wet,” Taylor admits. Her husband, Peter, a Chemistry teacher at Tulsa’s Booker T Washington High School, is Taylor’s baking taste tester. She must be doing well. He not only graded her most recent croissants A+ but helped enroll her into a cake decorating class.