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Learn about the people behind Laurus Athletic Rehab & Performance and our mission to help you achieve your goals.

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Positive minds.

Driven by details.

Committed to growing.

We are Minnesota’s experts in all aspects of athletic development & lower extremity rehab with a special interest in ACL rehab of the competitive athlete.


Built on quality.
Powered by relationships.


Our People


Matt Rinehart MS, CSCS

Head of Strength & Conditioning / Athletic PERFORMANCE

MS Exercise and Sport Science – Merrimack College (Massachusetts)
BA Exercise Science – Northwestern College (Iowa)

Prior Experience:
Merrimack College
University of Denver
University of Minnesota


Mike Brasch MS, CSCS, USAW

Strength & Conditioning / Athletic PERFORMANCE Coach

MS Human Performance: Exercise Physiology – Minnesota State University – Mankato
BS Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Science: Exercise Science – Winona State

Prior Experience:
MASH Performance
Northern Illinois University
Colorado Rockies (MLB – AA Affiliate)
Minnesota State University – Mankato
University of Minnesota / University of Iowa / University of Wisconsin


Isak Gloege BA, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning / Athletic PERFORMANCE Coach

BA Health Sciences  – University of Northwestern (MN)

Prior Experience:
Previous Laurus Intern (Winter 2022)
University of Northwestern (Minnesota)


Greg Sheldon PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist / ATHLETIC TRAINER

Doctorate of Physical Therapy – University of Minnesota
BS Athletic Training – University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Special Interest: ACL rehab and return to competition, management of tendon injuries, shoulder instability, psychological readiness for return to sport following injury, and treating the adult barbell athlete.

Julie Eibensteiner owner of Laurus Athletic Rehab & Performance

Julie Eibensteiner PT, DPT, CSCS

Owner/Founder & Physical Therapist

Doctorate of Physical Therapy – University of Minnesota
MS Kinesiology emphasis Sport Psychology – University of Minnesota
BS Kinesiology – University of Minnesota

Special Interest: ACL rehab and return to competition, applied research investigating risk of primary and secondary ACL injury, psychology of coaching/instruction & coach development.

Coaching Background:
A License – United States Soccer Federation
Premier Diploma – National Soccer Coaches Association of America
National Goalkeeping License – United States Soccer Federation
National Youth License – United States Soccer Federation

Over 20 years of coaching experience on the NCAA D1 & D3 level (men & women), US National Youth Staff & Elite Youth Clubs.

Our Story

“There has to be a better way.”

These thoughts and the right amount of sheer stubbornness to want to do things well are what ultimately pushed Julie into launching Laurus into what it is today.

The formation of Laurus came upon the conclusion of a college soccer career with the University of Minnesota & after a decade accumulating elite youth and college coaching experience – truly understanding the front lines of competitive sport from multiple perspectives.

While employed as physical therapist at an insurance-based practice and continuing to coach, one of Julie’s own high-achieving college bound soccer players injured her ACL in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Julie took on the rehab of this player independently and quickly learned the value of being able to practice at the top of her PT license when not handcuffed by insurance companies and the corporate medical model.

In April 2010, Laurus was formed with the goal of finding a better way to specialize in the ACL rehab and prevention of competitive players. She supplemented her income by continuing to coach soccer as Laurus grew.

Hard work combined with the guidance of excellent mentors, millions of mistakes (most often not repeated), and good luck at the just the right times paved the way for Laurus as it’s known today – leading the way in blending the worlds of high-quality rehab and expert-led performance in a truly athlete-centered model.

The goal was simple back then & remains today:
Provide the most effective rehab experience available centered around the unique needs, motivations, and goals of the competitive athlete from post-injury to FULL return to play.

Commit to a practice supported by the best available scientific evidence, experienced planning, informed decision-making, and delivered with the athlete at the center of it all.

Surround oneself by a team of co-workers equally driven by high quality work, shared values, and the freedom to consider better ways.

Our Purpose


To empower the competitive athlete to succeed.


Laurus Athletic Rehab & Performance will be the sought after destination to both work and train in the field of athletic development and rehab of competitive athletes.



  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Competence


  • Critical thinking
  • Explore different perspectives
  • Accountability


  • Growth mindset
  • Overdeliver
  • Care
  • Life-giving

Grow with us.
Laurus Careers & Internships

Sports Physical Therapist


We will be seeking highly qualified candidates to grow our current staff in 2024.

Must be licensed to practice physical therapy in the State of Minnesota upon hiring.

We prefer candidates with CSCS or ATC credentials and 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in a highly competitive sport setting.

Must have:
1. A passion for delivering high-quality care at the top of your license.
2. A strong demonstrated interest in working in a cash-based model & overdeliver on athlete outcomes.
3. A strong demonstrated interest in utilizing the principles strength & conditioning to drive sport performance.

Contact: jeibensteiner@laurusrehab.com 


Strength & Conditioning / Athletic Development Internship


Open to recent or current college students (including graduate school) seeking an in-depth learning experience.  Application is required.

Highly recommended for aspiring sports performance professionals in addition to aspiring sports physical therapists.

12-16 weeks, depending on time of year.
Unpaid.  20 hour per week requirement including selected weekly assignments.

Contact: Matt@laurusperform.com


Job Shadowing / Observation


Open to current college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the sports performance, sports science, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, sports physical therapy or similar fields.

Limited to 10 hours.  Aspiring sports physical therapists, please consider our Strength & Conditioning / Athletic Development Internship for extended learning opportunities.

Contact: Matt@laurusperform.com

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We can’t wait to meet you.

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