Dr. Aaron Snyder, PT, DPT, ATC
Dr. Aaron Snyder is one of Dynamic Physical Therapy's FMT™ residents in training for his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy™ who recently relocated to Chicago specifically to work along side some of the highest trained Manual Therapists in the country. He received his doctorate of Physical Therapy in San Diego from the University of St. Augustine where he attained a strong manual therapy foundation. Aaron's experience working with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and many top level athletes at Bollettieri Sports Medicine Center has given him a unique skill set, including the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and performance enhancement of elite athletes. After additional postgraduate training in the Graston Technique used to treat soft tissue dysfunction and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), he uses the FMS (developed by Gray Cook) to identify individuals at risk of injury by screening for dysfunctional movement patterns.
Aaron's athletic background in football, soccer, tennis, and baseball has given him a great understanding of the stresses placed on the body during athletic competition. His dedication to Functional Manual Therapy™ and his passion to provide the highest quality patient care shines through with each and every patient he treats. Outside of Dynamic Physical Therapy Aaron enjoys playing sports, snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, and juggling.
Contact Aaron at: Aaron@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Rebecca Johnson, PT, OCS, CMPT, CLT
“Making a difference in my patients’ lives physically empowers them to reach their personal goals at home, playing with their children, concentration at the workplace, or success in their next athletic event.” Rebecca enjoys treating abdominal surgical incisions due to their impact on the body, running injuries, neck and back dysfunctions and women’s health. “Being a part of the Dynamic Physical Therapy Team, means giving patient’s hope. They typically have been unsuccessful in their care until now.”
She graduated from Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL with her Master’s in Physical Therapy, in 1998. She became a certified Lymphedema Therapist in 1999. Her undergraduate work was in Physical Education with emphasis in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. Rebecca began studying with the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2006 and became a Certified Manual Therapist in 2010. In that same year, Rebecca was awarded the distinction of a Board Certified Clinical Orthopedic Specialist, by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Currently, she is working towards her certification as a Chi Running Instructor and certification as a Functional Manual Therapist™ through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA).
Rebecca is very dedicated and passionate about the individualistic care each patient receives. She truly has an art for treating a wide variety of patients and diagnoses and continues to fine-tune her high level techniques to identify each patient’s source of pain and dysfunction more efficiently.
Rebecca enjoys the most important thing of all, family time with her husband and two children. Special interests include the outdoors, camping, skiing and running.
Contact Rebecca at: Rebecca@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Jonathan Knipping, PT, DPT
After earning his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College, Dr. Jonathan Knipping found his way into the physical therapy profession through his deep interest and background in martial arts and yoga. With a focus on personal and professional growth and learning, Jonathan’s greatest belief is that compassionate, caring service to others is the highest calling.
Jonathan received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a program with strong emphasis in Evidence-Based Practice and orthopedic manual therapy which is ranked in the top 20 graduate physical therapy programs in the country.
Jonathan holds instructor certifications in classical Hatha Yoga, Meridian Touch(TM), Effortless Five-Element Yoga, Tai Chi Fundamentals(TM) for Health Professionals, and is a 3rd degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He is extremely pleased to be on track to add a Certification in Functional Manual Therapy™ to his credentials. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, hiking, camping, as well as playing the guitar and hand drums.
Contact Jonathan at: Jonathan@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Chris Lindsey, PT, DPT
Dr. Chris Lindsey studied and received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he continued his education to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Chris has completed many continuing educational courses in manual therapy, including those from the Institute of Physical Art and is currently completing courses required to earn his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy™.
Chris completed his first half-marathon this year, and is currently training to complete another. He has a great understanding of human movement and has a passion for athletics and training with an eye on gait pattern problems. Being an avid runner, biker, and former swimmer, Chris loves to help individuals train for their specific athletics. Whether it is a marathon, or returning to normal walking, Chris has the understanding of movement and body mechanics necessary to help his patients accomplish their goals.
Contact Chris at: Chris@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Bradley Murison, MPT
Brad earned his Masters of Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University where he achieved a number of accolades: Dean’s List, Fall 2008 – Fall 2011, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. Brad was excited to join Dynamic Physical Therapy to work alongside some of the country’s top Certified Functional Manual Therapist™s in a collaborative atmosphere improving his own manual therapy skills.
Ken Olson, PT, DHSc, renowned teacher and mentor with the University of St. Augustine and Northern Illinois University, fostered a solid work ethic in Brad during school. Now, Brad says, “I love working with my hands and seeing immediate improvements in patients each visit. From taking postgraduate continuing education courses, my eyes are open to the fact that passive therapy treatments rarely work, but improving function through manual work is more effective.”
He enjoys spending his weekends with his friends and family, especially his two young nieces. Brad is a football fanatic who lives and dies with the Chicago Bears and Florida Gators. As a 3-sport high school athlete at West Chicago Community High School (captain for the football team, captain for the wrestling team, and track and field athlete), he knows the hardship that the body undergoes to stay healthy while playing sports.
Contact Brad at: Brad@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Stacey Knowles, MSPT, JSCC
Stacey is an accomplished athlete who graduated with a B.A. in Ergonomics from the University of Illinois-Champaign where she played college tennis. After college, she played women’s professional tennis through the Women’s Tennis Association until 1991. She also competed in national body building competitions through the National Physique Committee from 1992-2003. Currently, Stacey has been participating in century cycling races and has been practicing Forrest yoga since 2003.
In order to maximize her performance on the court and in the gym, Stacey sought the assistance of both physical therapists and personal coaches. Thus, it was her own rehabilitation process that ignited her desire to become a physical therapist and help others achieve optimal results in their lives. She went back to school and obtained her Post Baccalaureate in Biology from Roosevelt University followed by her Master’s in Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami-Coral Gables in 1995.
Stacey believes that knowledge is the key to perfecting any sport or skill. With this in mind, she has successfully worked in a variety of settings to round out her knowledge from neurological in-patient rehabilitation, to school based pediatrics, industrial and manufacturing ergonomics and outpatient orthopedics. Stacey has her Certification in Manual Therapy in Jones Strain and CounterStrain as well as Ergonomic Assessment. She is currently working towards her Certification in Functional Manual Therapy™.
Contact Stacey at: Stacey@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Josephine Ymana PT, DPT
Dr. Josephine Ymana received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She practiced in the area of outpatient neurologic rehabilitation for over 10 years in Houston before joining the elite manual therapists at Dynamic Physical Therapy. Coming to Illinois several months ago to complete a FMT™ Orthopedic Residency Program, Josephine jumped at the opportunity to work with Dynamic. “Following years of routinely assessing and treating patients with nervous system disorders using a neuro-biased system of treatment, I realized that most—if not all—of my patients also had existing “orthopedic” issues in their bodies that needed to be sufficiently addressed so that they could achieve a state of efficiency in their movement or function. Being a part of the Dynamic Physical Therapy team allows me to achieve the excellence in learning that I was aiming for, and it also ensures that I can provide some meaningful and enduring changes in my patient’s personal goals.”
Josephine has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of patients with catastrophic injuries, as well as those with complex neurological diagnoses requiring intervention for spasticity-related issues. In 2008, she became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS), and in 2010, Josephine completed a 3-month Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) residency program at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California. Josephine is also trained in the Bobath approach to the treatment of adult hemiplegia, having received her certification in Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) in 2003. A true professional in the field of PT, Dynamic is excited to have Josephine join the residency program to achieve her Certification in Functional Manual Therapy™.
Contact Josephine at: Josephine@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Sarah Lindquist, PT, MPT, CFMT
Sarah obtained a Bachelors of Athletic Training and a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is one of Dynamic’s most popular and talented therapists and in August 2012 attained her CFMT™ (Certification in Functional Manual Therapy™) with honors. Sarah is responsible for the student program at Dynamic Physical Therapy and truly enjoys training younger therapists to reach their potential. She is an exceptional therapist who possesses experiences in a variety of fields such as sports injuries, pre/post-surgical treatment, and Women’s Health.
During her career as a physical therapist, Sarah spent 6 months in Ghana, West Africa where she lived in an orphanage and established a physical therapy program at the local hospital. In her rare spare time, she works with her own non-profit organization (OneVillageGlobal.org) to benefit the kids and people she met while in Ghana, taking yearly trips to foster the progress there.
Sarah enjoys running, kayaking, biking, and being outdoors. “As a runner, I understand the need for physical therapy in order to maintain my health and keep me doing something that I love”. Sarah is always ready to help get anyone back to regular routines and activities!
Contact Sarah: Sarah@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Ray Degli, PT, DPT, CFMT, F.I.S.T. Cert
Since his start with Dynamic Physical Therapy, Dr. Ray Degli has had a true instinct when it comes to manual therapy treatment. Ray received his doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York’s highly acclaimed DYC Institute and is currently a studying for is his Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Ray’s strong interest and background in manual therapy led him to pursue and complete Dynamic’s APTA Certified Residency Program in Functional Manual Therapy™ (FMT™). Ray recently earned his CFMT™ where he graduated with honors from the Institute of Physical Art. Ray is one of Dynamic’s top manual therapists and his ability to get results where many others have failed has made Ray a favorite among Chicago’s elite athletic community.
His prior experiences in athletics and spinal issues led Ray to train with one of world’s top Bike Fit experts, Curtis Cramblett of Revolutions in Fitness. Wanting to further extend his fitting skills to include Tri-bikes, Ray became accredited by the Fit Institute Slowtwitch (F.I.S.T), through Dan Empfield in Ontario, CA. Ray is now partnering with 360BodyGears and Vision Quest Coaching offering unique Bike Fits and Tri-Fits to an elite group of cyclists. Whether you are a professional cyclist, bike to work enthusiast, or just enjoy the weekend journey through the Prairie Path, Ray offers an extensive evaluation of your health and fitness history, athletic goals, flexibility, strength, core stability, and cycling performance, including pedal stroke and power output analysis.
As a manual therapist and fitter, Ray has the PT background to understand muscle mechanics and is able to merge that with the mechanics of an efficient bike fit. He can assess if there are weaknesses in rider’s hip or core and use manual therapy to get the right muscles firing. He can then alter the bike fit to put the client in a more efficient position and eliminate the pain. After a fitting with Ray, triathletes and cyclists can spend hours in the saddle without pain and generate more power with less effort because the body and the bike then work together as a team.
Ray’s dedication to providing absolutely the best manual therapy techniques extends to all the patients he treats as well as his enthusiasm of outdoor life. His passion for hiking, hockey, sailing, and golfing gives him the appreciation and unique understanding of Physical Therapy in daily life. Ray is currently preparing for his certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Contact Ray: Ray@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Robert Le Beau, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Bob Le Beau recently achieved the status of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated with honors from UIC with a BSc. in Physical Therapy. In 2004 he was awarded the distinction of Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.
He began studying with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) in 1999, and achieved the status of a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) in 2008. In 2009, Bob began teaching with the Institute of Physical Art in the Functional Mobilization and Back Education and Training/Core First Strategies classes, and is an APTA certified Resident Instructor.
He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Science degree (ScD) in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.
Contact Bob: Bob@DynPT.com
April Oury, PT MS, IOC, CFMT, FAAOMPT
April graduated from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions in 1997 and moved back to the Chicago land area starting her career in acute care and inpatient rehab. She then took the challenge to work with orthopedic cases at a national rehabilitation company and became the Site Coordinator at her facility. A few years later after working for a physician group, she decided to open Dynamic Physical Therapy in 2004. This allowed her to focus and achieve the highest standards of excellent patient results through one-on-one care.
Throughout her career, Ms. Oury has sought to increase her manual therapy skills: she obtained her Integrated Orthopedic Certification in 2000 through the University of St. Augustine and the Institute of Physical Art. In 2003, she went on to complete her Functional Manual Therapy™ certification from the Institute of Physical Art. Then in 2009, after a year in Steamboat Springs, CO, she obtained her fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT).
Ms. Oury’s passion is to improve movement patterns through unorthodox posture retraining and mechanical alignment correction of the joint, soft tissue, nerve, and organs. Her vision is to continue training therapists in comprehensive manual therapy techniques so that their patients can experience results they never thought possible. “I get really excited when a patient who has been suffering for 30 years makes physical changes and keeps them. His or her personality changes, they achieve motion they didn’t think was possible, and they feel better about themselves.” These scenarios “drive me to further my own skills and then train the PT’s that work for Dynamic Physical Therapy.”
Personally, she has completed 4 Olympic distance triathlons, is a newfound “Cross Fit geek”, loves her Vibram 5 toe shoes, and frequently travels to Colorado to indulge in mountain biking and skiing.
Contact April: April@DynamicPhysTherapy.com
Leah Schmitt, PT, DPT
Having grown up in Pittsburgh, Leah was heavily involved in sports, dance and gymnastics giving her great appreciation of the body and it's capabilities. However, it was the enormous challenges in her personal life that ultimately led Leah to develop a passion for physical therapy. As a child, her father suffered a career ending fall while on the job as an iron worker and was faced with dealing with severe chronic pain and dysfunction. "I recognized very early on how pain and disability could affect a person physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. All I wanted to do was to take that pain away from him and I knew then that I wanted to somehow help others dealing with similar issues. When I found out about physical therapy, I knew it would give me the best opportunity to help."
Leah went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she was highly involved in the adapted physical activity programs. Here she advocated for helping to build sport and wellness programs for the mentally and physically handicapped. Before going on to graduate school Leah decided to study various types of Eastern medicine in Australia citing, "I wanted to keep an open mind about all healing philosophies to become a better holistic practitioner." When she returned from Australia Leah went to Duke University where she earn her doctorate in Physical Therapy then went on to explore different parts of the country switching between neurologic pediatric physical therapy and orthopedic settings.
During her exploration, Leah's love for manual therapy grew ultimately proving to be the direction where she wanted to focus her career in. She took courses at North American Institute for Manual Physical Therapy and became certified in ASTYM. Here Leah worked alongside Functional Dry Needling therapists and was astounded by it's benefits. In her studies efforts improve her Dry Needling skills Leah came to Chicago in May 2013 for the first time where she met with April and Sarah of Dynamic Physical and became certified in Functional Dry Needling. Leah became instantly drawn to Dynamic, The Institute of Physical Arts and the city of Chicago. “I just knew this would be my best opportunity to learn and grow as a manual therapist and where I would be able to best carry on my life's mission to help those dealing with pain and dysfunction.”
Leah is very much a hometown sports fan. In her free time, Leah satisfies her competitive and athletic nature through Crossfit and having fun exploring her new home with her boxer Crosby.
Contact Leah Leah@DynPT. com
Joanne Macza PT, OCS, MDT
Joanne obtained her Bachelors in Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Physical Education from the University of Saskatchewan. She began her physical therapy career in outpatient and sports medicine clinics in Vancouver and Montreal. In 2001 she relocated to the USA and began working in an outpatient and sports medicine center in NJ. Shortly thereafter she focused her career on treating Broadway show performers and dancers, which she has done for the last 12 years. During that time she also worked in a Manhattan clinic that introduced her to the IPA method of treating and she was hooked. Once she knew she was relocating to Chicago she knew exactly where to continue her career, at Dynamic Physical Therapy to continue to learn and expand her knowledge on the IPA approach. After practicing for the last 19 years she has attended an extensive number of continuing education courses and has also received her certification in McKenzie and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification.
April Oury, owner of Dynamic says, : Joanne’s extensive expertise on treating dancers, translates well to all populations. She is able to pick out minute dysfunctions that many therapist often miss, Joanne also has a strong ability to correlate Pilate’s movements into manual therapy”
Contact Joanne Joanne@DynPT. com
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Dr. Meghan Simonetti, PT, DPT
Dr. Meghan Simonetti received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in the greater Chicago-land area. While at Rosalind Franklin, Meghan also completed her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration allowing her to fully appreciate the impact physical therapy can have not only on an individual patient, but on society as a whole. Meghan joined the Body Gears team to truly embrace the American Physical Therapy Association’s vision statement in her practice, transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. During her time at Rosalind Franklin Meghan received many accolades most notably National Honors Society membership, College of Health Professions Leadership Award, and University Israel Light Leadership Award.
Throughout her career as a physical therapist, Meghan seizes the opportunity to engage in the community for health and wellness education, prevention activities, and Functional Movement System Screens. Meghan is also very active within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) currently holding 5 national leadership positions.
Meghan is a University of Illinois alumni with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a minor in Gerontology. As a Big 10 supporter, Meghan takes every opportunity to watch and attend sporting events of her Alma Matter. Meghan’s athletic background as a participant and coach for soccer, cheerleading, and dance allows her to provide specific and individualized treatment to athletes, whether they be novice or highly trained in sport. When Meghan isn’t running, hiking, boating, or being outdoors she enjoys creating and writing for the website Physical Therapy Haven, and serving the profession at the clinic level and nationally with the APTA.
Contact Meghan Meghan@DynPT.com