athletico physical therapy celebrates 30 year anniversary

Celebrating 30 Years at Athletico Physical Therapy

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On August 24th, 2021 we proudly celebrate a significant milestone – our 30th anniversary! We can’t help but look back and reflect on our humble beginnings. It all started in 1991 when Mark Kaufman founded Athletico as a one-clinic organization that offered athletic training services to a local Chicago high school and rugby club.

Today, Athletico has more than 550 clinics in 12 states and more than 5,000 employees, with clinicians specializing in an array of service lines – and we’re growing! To help us celebrate this accomplishment, we reached out to team members who have been with Athletico the longest and asked them to answer the question, “What does 30 years mean to you?” Read their answers below!

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy

Mark Kaufman

Founder & Executive Chairman, MS, PT, ATC
Years with Athletico: 30

“When I started Athletico, I remember the high percentage of businesses that did not make it to their one year anniversary, let alone five. Seeing this evolve to a 30-year anniversary has been a blessing and is a credit to all our team members’ contributions.”

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy

Lori, OTR/L, CHT, ASTYM Cert.

Occupational Therapist/Certified Hand Therapist
Years with Athletico: 20

“30 years means having the opportunity to develop long-standing relationships with the community, coworkers, patients and physicians. Due to this dedication, we have been able to build a solid reputation within the communities that we serve.”

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy


Area Market Development Manager
Years with Athletico: 22

“Proud to represent Athletico in a variety of roles over the last 22 years. The Athletico team is a leader in clinical excellence, continuous improvement and customer service in physical therapy. It has been a great experience for me and I look forward to what the future will bring.”

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy


Director of Billing Systems
Years with Athletico: 27

“30 years is amazing! For Athletico to grow to where it is today, it took a lot of hard work by employees past and present. Just imagine how many patients we have helped over all those years!”


Scott, PT

Regional Director – Michigan
Years with Athletico: 33*

“30 years means success in navigating the physical rehabilitation landscape for many years and resulting in a stronger and more vibrant representation of an organization built for many more years of positive growth and outcomes.”

*Years include acquisition


Mike, ATC

Athletic Trainer, Northridge College Prep
Years with Athletico: 25

“I feel very fortunate to have met Mark Kaufman and to have opened the fourth Athletico clinic in 1996. It has been a tremendous journey. I couldn’t be more proud of our company and how much we have grown. I am still associated with Athletico and I appreciate being able to go back to my roots working as an Athletic Trainer.”

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy

Jeff, M.PT

Staff Physical Therapist
Years with Athletico: 14

“30 years to me means that Athletico has a solid base built on excellent clinicians, a good business plan and providing great customer service. These traits and an ability to adapt to future needs in an ever-changing healthcare climate has positioned Athletico to continue to be an industry leader in providing excellent patient care and outcomes.”

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy

Kathy D., OTR/L, CHT

Butler Hill Clinic Manager
Missouri OT/Hand Therapy Coordinator
Years with Athletico: 24

“30 years means developing my career, by fostering growth and establishing lasting relationships that positively impact our patients in the St. Louis community.”

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy

Kathy P., PT, MPT, OCS, COMT, Cert MDT

Lincoln Park North Clinic Manager
Years with Athletico: 21

“30 years is a reason to celebrate! Congratulations on such amazing success! So grateful to be a part of this company and its journey!”

Celebrating 30 Years At Athletico Physical Therapy

Jim, MS, PT

Vice President of Clinical Operations
Years with Athletico: 29

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