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.
Diane McClusky, DPT, MTC
Diane grew up in Southern Oregon before moving to Eugene. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Exercise and Movement Science at the University of Oregon. After graduation, Diane and her husband, Brandon, relocated to Florida. She attended the University of Saint Augustine Health Sciences, where she earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and was presented with the class of 2007 Excellence in Manual Therapy award. Missing the familiarity of the Pacific Northwest, Diane and Brandon moved back to Eugene, and she spent the first 8 years of her career working in the Thurston area.
Diane’s passion for an evidence-based, hands-on approach to treatment has been pivotal in her career. She completed the Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 2008, and has been actively engaged in learning about new manual therapy techniques through quality continuing education programs. Diane’s primary objective as a physical therapist in her treatment is to help her patients understand their diagnosis, so as the dysfunction resolves, they can prevent it from occurring again.
Aside from Physical Therapy, Diane is an avid rock climber, and is a volunteer coordinator for Women’s Night at the Crux Rock Gym in Eugene. Otherwise, you might find her surfing off the Oregon Coast, running along the river path, hoofing it up Mt. Pisgah with her dog, Syrus, or lounging on the couch reading a book or knitting.
“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.”