Severna Park Doctor Hits Amazon Bestseller List


Severna Park native and resident Dr. Laura Sanner was one of Amazon’s newest bestsellers this fall. Sanner published her first book, “Pregnancy Pain: Fix Your Pain and Become the Boss of Your Body, Tips and Tricks from a Physical Therapist and Mother” in October. It quickly achieved “hot new release” status, logging 50 five-star reviews during its first month.

Sanner wrote this easy to understand, how-to maternity and new-mom guide to answer questions about topics like:

  • Exercises: strength, stretching, running, foam rolling, self-massage, and pool or water exercise

  • How to get more sleep (and sleep better)

  • Posture and shoes

  • Natural healing: including kinesiology taping and dry needling

  • Common issues like back pain, diastasis recti, and acid reflux

  • Must-have gear for motherhood including which household items double as tools to fix your aches

Sanner, a mom and physical therapist, has been answering these questions for years. She and her husband, T.J., co-founded Atlas Physical Therapy in Glen Burnie in 2016. Here, Sanner and her team help moms, dads, kids and grandparents stay active doing the things they love, every day.

Sanner started her book in January. This spring, she was home more than usual and poured herself into the book, writing the best, most up-to-date resource for young, active women. Writing came easy; Sanner has been chipping in her 2 cents to her mom’s weekly family letters since she went away to the University of Pittsburgh for college.

More recently, Sanner keeps the ink flowing in the monthly newsletters Atlas mails to their past patients, which are filled with personal stories and useful self-help tips.

The hardest part of writing a book for her was finding a book cover that was simple, beautiful, modern and timeless, all at the same time.

While she was editing, Sanner sent her draft to several friends who were expecting their first, second and third babies. The questions they asked helped push the book to the next level. In the end, the 177-page book has over 40 pictures and diagrams to highlight the exercises, posture tips, and day-to-day ideas she covers.

“I’m a helper by nature,” Sanner said. “I had a tough second pregnancy. I have something that will help other moms so theirs isn’t as tough. It’s been a fun ride to make some noise and spread this big news!”

In October, Sanner promoted her book at the Severna Park Farmers Market. Her girls helped give her table some pizzazz, and energetically greeted every child and their parents who stopped by, she said.

Want to check out “Pregnancy Pain,” or have questions for Dr. Laura? Visit Her book is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.


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