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Patient Success Stories

Athletico Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing outstanding patient care and personalized service on a daily basis. Patients tell their story best and we wanted to share their successful experiences with everyone. For your chance to be featured on our Patient Stories page submit your comeback story!

This Month’s Featured Patient:

June POM 2022

I don’t know how to express how appreciative I am for Bryan Lind and the team at Athletico – Fenton, MO for bringing me back from total knee replacement surgery. My Athletico journey began in May ’21 when I was three months post-op. As an avid road cyclist, my mission was to get back on the bike and in shape for a 60+ mile fund raising ride scheduled for late September. Starting with limited flexibility and about 40% of the strength of the good leg, I could barely crank the pedals on the stationary bike without pain.

Fast forward to Sep 26 at the starting line for the ride and, while anxious and excited about the challenge I faced, I knew I was physically and mentally prepared! Five hours later, though physically exhausted, I crossed the finish line clocking 68.4 miles pain free and exhilarated at the accomplishment. One of my riding buddies said it all when he commented along the ride “…it’s great to have you back!” And my reply – “…it’s great to be back!”.

One thing I know for sure is that I would have never gotten there without Bryan’s expertise, skill, dedication, perseverance, and commitment to my rehab. He worked diligently for months pushing me to work harder and keep going despite the pain, soreness and set-backs. I learned a ton from Bryan about training – both physically and mentally – and about rebuilding muscle. Now life skills, I will continue to use these as my personal training and cycling continues.

I walk away from this PT with something that I’ve not had for over 25 years (dating back to my first knee surgery) that being equilibrium in size and strength of both my legs. And amongst all the sweat and tears over the past 9 months, a huge bonus is that I gained a friend and someone that I trust which is just as important as my recovery.

Bryan has a poster above one of his tables that states, “Don’t quit when you’re tired, quit when you’re done!”. As a central theme of my rehab, I take this forward in all future rides and fitness activities. In pedaling up those big inclines or pushing the flats with the wicked headwinds, keep going despite the pain and fatigue, until you cross the finish line.

I extend my sincere “Thank you” to Bryan and the team at Athletico for everything you did to bring me back. I will miss our visits, our conversations, and our joking around; but know that you have a client and friend for life.

2022 Patient Stories:

Tiffany Timmermann
ACL Injury
Vermillion, SD

Sami Callihan
Broken Ankle
Wright State, OH

May POM 2022

POM April 2022

Sheila Frost
Low Back Pain
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Nancy Wilson
Hip Replacement
Clear Lake, IA

Bianca Allor
Shelby Township, MI

March 2022 patient of the month

Feb POM 2022

2021 Patient Stories:

Laura Jarvis
General Pain
Hamburg, MI

Adam White
Dislocated Shoulder & Fractured Pelvis/Hand
Vernon Hills, IL

Alina Barnett
Total Knee Replacement & Kidney Transplant
McKinley Park (Chicago), IL

Madison Steskal
Torn Labrum & Fractured Tibia
Elgin, IL

Pawan Verma
Aches and Pains
Naperville, IL

Hailey Newill
Torn Labrum
Fremont, NE

Sukanta Majumdar
Shoulder & Knee Pain
Carmel, IN

Ariane May
Sciatic Nerve Pain
Westerville, OH

Richard Guzik
Nerve Injury – Arm
Norridge, IL

athletico patient of the month may 2021

James Bychowski
Torn Meniscus
Glenview, IL

Rick Kron
Ruptured flexor pronator tendon
South County, MO

Armando Trinidad
Multiple Sclerosis
Rolling Meadows, IL

2020 Patient Stories:

Jill LaFreniere
Torn Labrum
Collinsville, IL

Mitchell Hahn
Torn Meniscus
Fremont, NE

Carolyn Thomas
Fractured Humerus
Evanston, IL

Abby Schmidt
Western Springs, IL

Andrea Weber
Trimalleolar Fracture
Menomonee Falls, WI

Frank Tomaszewski
General Pain
Collinsville, ILS

athletico patient of month august 2020

Sara Aitken
Quad/Glute Pain
Prairie Village, KS

Grace Gau
Broken Foot
Colleyville, TX

Joe Gray
Elbow Surgery
Bucktown (Chicago), IL

patient of the month may 2020

Sandy Kindred
Shoulder Surgery
Ottawa, IL

August White
Fractured Ulna
Mesa East, AZ

Austin Antoni
AC Joint Sprain
Castleton (Indianapolis), IN

2019 Patient Stories:

Jennifer Dawson
Tibia and Fibula Break
West Des Moines, IA

Merron Hart
Ruptured Hamstring
Ankeny South, IA

Austin Farley
Niles/NW Chicago, IL

Tess Eckhoff
ACL Tear
New Albany, OH

Kathy Furteck
Lower Tibia Stress Fracture
New Lenox East, IL

Joseph Weber
Lower Back Pain
Rockford, IL

Jan Sinclair
Partial Knee Replacement
Brighton, MI

Karen Krohn
Knee Pain
Oak Brook, IL

Janine Renault
Knee Pain
Niles-Northwest Chicago

Mekenzie and Karrington Vandermolen
Chronic Pain
Grand Rapids, MI

Thiri Haubrich
Lower Back Pain
Paddock Lake, WI

Laura Stonitsch
Dizziness, Headache, Spine Pain
Channahon, IL

2018 Patient Stories:

Marianne Meeder
Muscle Imbalances
Fenton, MO

Ashley Barnett
Post Spinal Surgery
Bloomington, IN

Steven Huber
Post Rotator Cuff Surgery
Tinley Park, IL

Madison Slattery
Broken Finger
Orland Park, IL

Nora Bestor
Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Schaumburg, IL

Stephanie Rupp
Overland Park, KS

Carl Carlson
Post-Spinal Fusion
Kenosha (Aquatics), WI

Mary Smeltzer
Broken Shoulder
Gold Coast (Chicago)

Brian Kolz
Broken Wrist
Vernon Hills, IL

Michael Ferconio
Knee Replacement
Lisle, IL

Eden Fisher
Broken Elbow
Sioux Falls, SD

Michael Affeldt
Torn Achilles
Bucktown (Chicago)

2017 Patient Stories:

Nicole Harris
Hip Surgery
Novi, MI

Steve Burton
ACL Surgery
South Loop (Chicago)

Bob Samonski
Hip Surgery
Mt. Greenwood (Chicago)

Diana Ciepiela
Achilles Tear
Lincoln Park (Chicago)

Gregory Weinstein
Torn Rotator Cuff
Lincolnshire, IL

Kendall Schmidt
ACL Tear
Elgin, IL

Tim Noonan
Humeral Fracture
Lake Zurich, IL

Victor Montoya
Lower Back/Hip
South Loop (Chicago)

Donald Chalmers
Broken Arm/Elbow
Schererville, IN




Amy Bishop
Back Surgery
Elk Grove Village, IL

Billy Pirie
Back Pain
Third Lake, IL
Grace Langston
ACL Tear
Wentzville, MO

Billy Pirie


Past Patient Stories:

Greg Metzler
Bicycle Accident
North Loop (Chicago)

Laura Doherty
St. Charles, IL

Paul Koenig
Marathon Runner
Wheaton, IL

Randy Venahaus
Elbow Pain
Collinsville, IL

Deborah Feffer
Back Surgery
Buffalo Grove, IL

Donald Wilson
Knee Replacement
Tinley Park, IL

David Thomson Vertigo/BPPV Northbrook, IL

Demetrius Baker Knee Replacement Forest City, IA

Danielle Doucette Ankle Injury Milwaukee, WI

Glenn Kubek Baseball Injury Bridgeport (Chicago)

Maike Fink Shoulder Injury Munster, IN

Anna May Miller Atrial Fibrillation Iowa City, IA

Valerie Banister Work Injury Monument Circle (Indianapolis)

Carrie Matczynski Hip Injury South Elgin, IL

Gina Biernacki Knee Pain Mich. Ave. (Chicago)

Tom Maag Parkinsons Barrington, IL

James Strempel ACL Surgery Palatine, IL

Brooke Bloedorn Hip Pain Milwaukee, WI


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