About Our Eugene Physical Therapists
Leah Rybolt Johnston, DPT
Leah grew up in Tennessee and lived in multiple states after earning her undergraduate degree. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Psychology from Goucher College in Maryland. After that, she spent time working as a raft guide, teaching Pilates and performing with several small dance companies in San Francisco. She moved to Oregon in 2011 to attend Pacific University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and became a physical therapist.
Leah chose physical therapy as a career because it combines her interests of exercise, medicine and engaging patients in the healing process. She enjoys using manual therapy and movement education to help patients achieve their highest level of function. She continues to pursue knowledge and new techniques to provide the highest standard of care for her patients in orthopedics and women’s health.
Leah loves to travel and has been to 6 continents. When not at work, you can find her hiking, trail running and relaxing with her husband, Tom, and dog, Rudy. She also enjoys kayaking, skiing, rock climbing and trying to garden.
Ryan Wiser, DPT
Ryan Wiser is a Eugene native, attended South Eugene High School, and participated in the track and field and football teams. He then studied at the University of Oregon, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2008. He took his chemistry skills to the wine industry and spent the next few years traveling and working in wineries as far away as New Zealand.
Ryan returned to Oregon in 2011 to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and was accepted into George Fox University’s first Doctor of Physical Therapy program after completing courses and running research in Human Physiology at the UO. While at George Fox, he was in a research group that traveled to Uganda to study barefoot running, and form partnerships with a university and orphanage for disabled children. He moved back to Eugene in 2015, and has been practicing here as a manual physical therapist ever since.
Ryan chose the profession of PT out of a love for medicine, helping others, and working with his hands. He avidly searches out and applies the latest research in his treatments, and is dedicated to continuing education. In his free time, Ryan enjoys running, hiking, rock climbing, cross-fit, snow-skiing, or simply cooking at home with his wife Veronica, and their two cats.
Megan Starr Hyland, DPT
Megan, a native Oregonian, received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University. She has worked in the Eugene/Springfield area since 2003 in outpatient orthopedic settings.
Megan’s areas of clinical interest include orthopedic manual therapy, utilizing a hands-on approach, with treatment of both the spine and extremities. Megan also has a passion for Women’s Health with an emphasis in pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain. She feels patient education, manual therapy, and a strong exercise program is the perfect balance to achieve successful outcomes for each individual patient, to help them heal and reach their goals.
Outside of her career as a physical therapist, Megan enjoys enjoys running the trails, hiking, reading, and knitting. Megan has two children, Kaden and Avary, who love to play equally as hard.
Trishia Yada, DPT
Trishia grew up in Hawaii and Japan, and developed an interest in the human body after several years of practicing yoga. She moved to Bellingham, Washington where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Western Washington University in 2015. She then moved to Elon, North Carolina where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Elon University in 2019.
Her specialty is in general orthopedics, with an interest in women’s health and pelvic floor conditions. Trishia has completed training in rehab-based Pilates, which she likes to incorporate into her sessions along with manual therapy and exercise. She has also taken additional coursework on pain neuroscience education to help demystify pain and promote healthy movement for those experiencing chronic pain. She is committed to guiding her patients to their maximum potential, and helping them regain their mobility, strength, and control to perform the activities they enjoy. Trishia also enjoys working with patients from diverse backgrounds, and has spent 2 months working with patients at a rehabilitation facility in Italy. She is also fluent in Japanese.
Trishia is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the many outdoor opportunities that Oregon has to offer. Outside of the clinic you will find her hiking, doing partner/group acro, backpacking, running, lifting weights, cooking, and exploring new places! One of her goals is to visit all 59 National Parks in the United States!
Amber grew up here in Eugene, Oregon. She first became interested in physical therapy while receiving care for sports injuries as a sprinter and pole vaulter in high school and college. Amber completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology at University of Oregon where she harmonized her passion for learning about the human body with her interest in physical therapy. After graduating from UofO, she attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado, earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors. Upon graduation, Amber moved to Santa Rosa, California where she worked in the urgent care setting treating people with both acute and chronic workplace injuries. She returned to her Eugenian roots in 2020 so she and her husband could be closer to family.
Amber specializes in orthopedic physical therapy with an emphasis on hands-on manual skills. She avidly seeks out and utilizes new knowledge and techniques in order to provide her patients with the most effective treatments. She is passionate about helping her patients improve their mobility, strength, motor control, and body mechanics so they can feel better and get back to the activities they love. She understands the importance of listening to her patients, involving them in the healing process, and providing necessary education to encourage wellness long-term.
Amber’s hobbies include hiking, indoor rock climbing, whitewater rafting, baking, sewing, and playing with her rambunctious labrador retriever. She is also an avid traveler; some of her favorite trips have been working as a Student Physical Therapist in Peru and backpacking through Southeast Asia.
“Two years ago, our 16 year old son was so weak from an infection that he had to use a walker. With Diane’s compassionate physical therapy sessions and her pushing him to do his exercises and stretches, he was able to join his teammates on the football field, and 6 months after relying on the walker, he won his first Wrestling State Championship. We can not express enough of our gratitude to Diane.”