Laura Stewart is a no-nonsense therapist, a mother of two, a fan of the Lakers and president of Wellspring Therapy.
At 53, Stewart is not merely a basketball fan. She competes in three-on-three half-court games in an adult league that attracts women in their 80s and sideline paramedics who are quick on their feet.
It is her love for therapy and basketball that sync when Stewart explains what Wellspring Therapy is to a potential employee during an interview. These times call for Stewart to spin Laker metaphors — if the interviewee is a Lakers fan, she noted.
“I’m not looking for Kobe Bryant. We’re looking for Derek Fisher,” she said, mentioning a recent game in which Fisher had two critical steals. “He may not be the best or score 20 points every game, but he’s always there for the team.”
Teamwork is the philosophy of Stewart’s therapy business, which she built from the ground up and expanded to two Glendale locations. Operating her own business was never something Stewart, a hand and occupational therapist, had ambition for at the start, she said. Rather, her passion paved her way.