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Kathleen Chizewski, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

 “I believe collaborating with each patient to determine their individualized plan of care and to develop goals that are meaningful to them is essential in successful physical therapy treatment!”


Expertise

  • Fellowship trained manual therapist (Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists): specializing in thrust and non-thrust manipulation for spine and extremity injuries as well as the neurophysiological mechanisms and management of musculoskeletal pain
  • Residency trained, board certified, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS): specializing in a wide variety of both acute and chronic injuries
  • Assessment and treatment of acute and chronic spine issues
  • Assessment and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of upper extremity injures including elbow, wrist, and hand
  • Treatment and management of chronic pain
  • TRX Functional Training Level 1

Education

  • University of Illinois at Chicago: Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy 
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital, Clinics and Meriter Hospital: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency
  • University of Illinois at Chicago: Doctorate of Physical Therapy 
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Kathleen graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. Following graduation she began her orthopedic residency at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Meriter Hospital, which she completed in 2016. In 2017, Kathleen completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kathleen also served as an instructor in the Physical Therapy professional program throughout the fellowship. 

Kathleen believes in taking a comprehensive approach in her clinical practice. She uses a wide variety of hands-on manual techniques to aid in recovery, followed by neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercises to help prevent re-injury and optimize functional performance. Kathleen strives to make each patient an active participant in their plan of care and to work towards goals that are meaningful to the patient. 

Outside of work, Kathleen enjoys traveling, cooking, and staying active in a variety of ways. She enjoys running and has completed several half and full marathons, yoga, Pilates, cycling, and weight training.