Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Onsight Movement was created for outdoor athletes, because that is who we know best. We provide not only customized physical therapy care, but injury prevention and movement education to help you have a better understanding of your body so that you can continuing pushing your limits. We are so stoked you’ve chosen to be a part of our journey, and want you to get to know the people behind the magic. We are Jennifer and Dylan, a soon-to-be husband and wife couple whose passion for the outdoor lifestyle and human movement has driven us to bring Onsight Movement to life!
Dr. Jennifer Sauers, PT, DPT, Cert. DN
I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. I was like most kids growing up and played organized sports in my community. I was in soccer leagues as a child and eventually found field hockey, which I played throughout high school and college. I always valued athleticism and made it a priority.
But once I graduated from college and my teammates naturally went their separate ways, I struggled to find that same sense of satisfaction. That’s when I discovered rock climbing. I began climbing at age 24 at the local Earth Treks gym in Towson, Maryland. Once I tried it, I was immediately hooked. The mental and physical challenges associated with rock climbing are so unique. In addition, I found a whole new society of people that were like-minded and welcoming. It was like I found my people and my place in this world.
During this time of rock climbing discovery, I was studying to become a doctor of physical therapy. I have always had a deep curiosity for human movement and wanted to soak up every bit of knowledge about the way our bodies work. I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2014. I began my professional career in a large trauma center hospital in Baltimore, treating patients with a myriad of diagnosis: brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, cancer, multi-ortho/neurotrauma- you name it. It was an eye-opening experience to see so many people fighting for their lives everyday, yet rewarding to know that I was helping them to recover even if only in some small way.
After that experience, I decided to follow my passion for the outdoors and moved to the small mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado, where I was one of only a few physical therapists in town. In Estes, I worked with outdoor athletes of all ability levels, helping them to recover from injury and return to activities they loved, whether it be hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, etc. I also had the opportunity to present guest lectures on Human Anatomy and Sports Medicine at Estes Park High School. In Denver, I obtained a certification in Dry Needling by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Moving to this town is really what steered me into the lifestyle I have today. Surrounded by high alpine peaks, fresh air, and clean water, Estes Park is a post-card of beautiful mountain living. I absolutely loved my work, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on every climbing experience possible.
Though my love for the Rockies runs deep, I was craving yet another grand adventure. In the fall of 2016 I embarked on a solo adventure to challenge myself both personally and professionally and accepted a travel physical therapy contract in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I stayed for a few months before moving to Talkeenta: a very small town in north-central Alaska at Denali's basecamp.
While living in Hawaii, I developed a love for free-diving, as it offers a similar mental and physical challenge to that of rock climbing. It requires plunging down, deep into the ocean on one breath, having to truly calm the mind and minimize distractions in order to be successful. I worked at the Queens Medical Center: the largest hospital in the pacific region, and would commonly treat patients that flew in from the small Polynesian and Micronesian islands of Chuuk and the Marshall Islands; it was amazing to learn about their culture and practices.
In Alaska, the wide expanse of land allowed me to explore the solitude of long distance running and cycling, as well as the spiritual journey of yoga and meditation. In Alaska, I commonly treated patients with neck, back, and shoulder injuries from long days of chopping wood and from hauling their own water to and from dry cabins.
After meeting my partner, Dylan, in Hawaii, we decided to move together to Las Vegas: one of the great rock climbing meccas of the country. After all my experiences as a physical therapist from the east coast to the west, I decided that I wanted to share my expertise on human movement and performance with those in my community, so that we all can get a little closer to our goals and keep moving forward.
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I was 17 the first time I went climbing outdoors. A friend of mine - a bohemian type guy named David - asked me if I wanted to drive up to T-wall with him that weekend to do some trad climbing together. Looking back now, I realize that David had only been climbing for a few months himself at the time, and we had no business leading trad climbs at that level. I am not sure how he managed to get his hands on some cams, but I distinctly remember him carrying a large array of hexes on his harness.
Luckily, I didn't know anything either, so in my blissful ignorance, I followed him from Atlanta up to Tennessee. It was an absolutely life changing experience for me, and I came back from that weekend trip completely obsessed. Over the next 10 years, I became fully invested in the sport and the community, climbing countless routes and boulders across a dozen different states.
In 2012, after graduating from Georgia Tech with a B.S in Computational Media, I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. I began working as a motion graphics designer for a small company in town, learning a lot about visual design, the marketing industry and how to build good brands. It was a wonderful time of growth for me where I progressed a lot as an artist and as a climber. During that time, I spent every weekend hiking up into the Poudre Canyon alone to search for unclimbed rock.
New route development has always appealed to me specifically. It adds an element of exploration, discovery and creativity to climbing that isn't there otherwise (at least not these days.) On one such outing, while hiking along a ridge, I dislodged a small cluster of boulders and went cartwheeling down a 40 foot granite cliff, impacting some even larger boulders at the bottom. I broke my back in seven places and deeply lacerated my head and my ankle. I was fortunate to not be killed or paralyzed by the fall, and I was able to crawl a mile back to the road and wave down a car for help. Three days in the hospital, sixteen staples in my head, and six months later, I was back to climbing hard. The whole experience gave me a deep humility and respect for nature. It also ingrained in me the reality of injury, and the necessity for smart recovery.
Since meeting Jennifer in 2017, I have learned so much about the science of rehab, and the anatomy of the human body. (Spoiler alert: it's very complicated.) We both believe that health is a prerequisite to a full life, especially for outdoor athletes, and we are thrilled to create a physical therapy practice that is built for people like us. People who push themselves to their limit, and want to get the very most out of their bodies. Onsight Movement is born out of our desire to do physical therapy the right way, from the ground up. We are using new technology and focused care to give people the treatment they deserve, from professionals who get it.
Dylan has over 12 years of climbing experience and has developed over 50 boulder problems and several crags in various states such as Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii, and Nevada. You can follow his personal adventures on Instagram @dylanontherocks