About Us

SoPo Physical Therapy was created to provide our community with a healthcare experience that exceeds the normal expectations. We truly want to help people live their best lives in whatever capacity that may be. In a world where the quality of healthcare is dwindling and the time spent in an appointment is shortened to a few minutes, we decided enough was enough! We work directly with our patients, for our patients, to get them the results they want.

Our Mission

SoPo Physical Therapy was established to enable you to live life to the fullest by optimizing movement through prevention, rehabilitation, and performance.

Our Vision

Our goal is to provide highly skilled, personalized, one-on-one care that delivers results and exceeds expectations.

Our Team

Laura Peaslee PT, DPT

Laura Peaslee PT, DPT

Dr. Laura Peaslee co-established SoPo Physical Therapy to provide patients with the highest quality, comprehensive, compassionate care. Laura graduated from University of New England with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 and University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences with a minor in psychology.

She uses a combination of skilled manual therapy and corrective/functional exercises to help her patients reach their goals and stay pain-free. Laura has extensive advanced training in a wide variety of manual therapy skills (Mulligan, Maitland, McConnell), concussion rehabilitation, and is certified in ASTYM and myofascial decompression (dynamic cupping).

Laura is a lifelong endurance athlete with a passion for health and wellness. She is an avid road and mountain bike cyclist and a certified SICI bike fitter. Laura uses science and methodology of the Serrotta International Cycling Institute (SICI), combined with her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology (the study of human movement), to maximize performance and comfort and decrease risk of injury through customized bike fitting.

Laura is also an avid runner and obtained her Runner’s Rehab Certification to help runners recover and prevent injuries. She performs running gait analyses to help patients get to the root cause of their pain and accelerate injury recovery. When Laura is not biking or running, you can find her skiing, sailing, swimming, cooking, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family.

Advanced Training

  • Serotta International Cycling Institute (SICI) Professional Bike Fit Certification

  • Runner’s Rehab Certificate: Reduce Injury and Increase Performance for Runners of all Ages & Abilities 

  • Running Kinematics and Gait Analysis: An Evidence-Based Approach

  •  When the Feet hit the Ground Everything Changes

  • Mulligan Mobilization with Movement for the spine and extremities 

  • Maitland approach to evaluation and treatment of the spine, hip, shoulder, and knee

  • McConnell approach to evaluation and treatment of the spine, shoulder, and knee 

  • McConnell taping for the spine and extremities 

  • A Total Approach for Treating Neck and Scapular Disorders 

  • Kevin Wilk: Recent Advances in Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder and Knee

  • Treating the Shoulder Complex: Advances in Conservative and Post-Op Management

  • ASTYM Therapy Certification 

  • Concussion Summit: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Evaluation, Treatment and Return to Activity

  • Boston Children’s Concussion Symposium (2018 and 2019)

  • IMPACT Concussion Course

  • Treating the Lumbopelvic Complex

  • Building The Ultimate Back with Dr. Stewart McGill 

  • Muscle Energy for the Sacroiliac Joint 

  • Cupping Certification (ACE Institute)

  • Myofascial Decompression (Bay Area Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Seminar)

Melinda Hurt PT, DPT​

Melinda Hurt PT, DPT

Dr. Melinda Hurt is co-founder of SoPo Physical Therapy. She has a passion for life and inspiring others. Melinda achieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of New England and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology.

She has 11 years of experience helping people achieve their goals at all levels of movement and fitness. She practices advanced manual skills including Mulligan, Maitland and McKenzie techniques, McConnell taping, dry needling, and she is ASTYM certified.

She excels at strength training and analysis of lifting mechanics. She will teach you how to keep training while rehabbing an injury. She also performs running/gait analysis, vestibular rehabilitation, and balance training.

In her spare time, Melinda is an avid powerlifter and has competed in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic. When she isn’t hitting the weights in the gym you can find her paddle boarding, swimming, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. She prefers walks over hikes and loves animals, especially cats.

Advanced Training

  • Neurological Dry Needling for Pain Management & Sports Rehabilitation (Integrative Dry Needling Institute)

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Certification (American Institute of Balance)

  • Mulligan Mobilization with Movement for the spine and extremities

  • Maitland approach to evaluation and treatment of the spine, hip, shoulder, and knee

  • McConnell approach to evaluation and treatment of the spine, shoulder, and knee

  •  McConnell taping for the spine and extremities

  • When the Feet Hit the Ground, Everything Changes

  • ASTYM Therapy Certification

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)- Level 1

  • Muscle Energy for the Sacroiliac Joint

  • Boston Children’s Concussion Symposium

  • McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®(MDT) focusing on the Lumbar Spine

  • Butler Neural Mobilizations

Here's what our clients have to say

  • Great people to work with! Professional and super knowledgeable!! If you need PT in southern maine this is the place to go!

    Casey Avatar Casey
    June 24, 2021

    Just had my first appointment with Melinda today. I've been having back pain for a year and I just thought it was something I was going to have to live... read more

    Stacy Kim Avatar Stacy Kim
    March 24, 2022

    Laura has done an incredible job helping me with my bike fit as well as with isolating some pains that come up on longer rides.

    She's been incredibly patient and responsive... read more

    A Google User Avatar A Google User
    August 24, 2021

    I developed a case of "chuck-it" elbow through overuse playing with the dogs. My elbow hurt when it was moved and while I slept. Over just a few sessions Melinda... read more

    Scott Irving Avatar Scott Irving
    July 24, 2021
  • I scheduled a comprehensive bike fit with Laura at the recommendation of a neighbor. I have a new bike and am new to the sport of road cycling. I had... read more

    Gretchen Schoenfield Avatar Gretchen Schoenfield
    June 24, 2021

    Laura and Melinda are so incredibly knowledgeable yet down-to-earth. I can go in there and barely explain what's hurting in my body and they know how to help me. They... read more

    Nicole Nugent Avatar Nicole Nugent
    October 24, 2021

    Had a bike fitting done on my race bike. Laura was very knowledgeable and helped me be a lot more comfortable on the bike. She also noticed a couple... read more

    messengs Avatar messengs
    June 24, 2021

    I just had my evaluation at SoPo Physical Therapy, Laura and Melinda are so nice and knowledgeable. I had an intake the day after I reached out for information and... read more

    Kathleen Whelton Avatar Kathleen Whelton
    April 24, 2022