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:

Let me start this by saying how grateful I am to Athletico Physical Therapy and my therapist, Shauna at their Bettendorf location. On June 18, 2021 I was running a cool down lap at the gym. I turned the corner and heard 3 pops in my knee and I collapsed. I was 3 days away from beginning a training program for my first marathon and I had just completed a half marathon a couple weeks prior. The next week I had an MRI and found out that I had torn my ACL, LCL, IT band, meniscus, and biceps femoris hamstring. I had surgery on July 21, 2021 and a couple days later I began a long and painful rehab journey.

Shauna, Zack, and Peg all helped me more than they’ll ever know. Nine months of grueling rehab both physically and mentally, but so much support came from this team! Shauna was the absolute best PT. She talked me through all of my rehab and reassured me through a lot of tears when I was scared. As runners, we don’t do well with injuries. I’ve been to rehab with Shauna for other injuries, but this was the one that changed my life. I was faced with the fear of never running again. I would show up to Athletico several times a week on my crutches and I was always met with encouraging smiles. Four months on crutches and then I was able to start putting some weight on that leg. Not going to lie, I was terrified! Shauna talked me through it and helped me take those first steps without crutches.

The day that I was able to “run” across the clinic was epic! So many smiles! Everyone in the clinic was cheering me on. Nine months of rehab with Shauna and her team. On May 30, 2022, 10 months post-surgery, I ran a 7-mile race in the Quad Cities Running Festival. The 2021 half marathon in this race was the last run I had before I was injured. It was perfect that it was the first race back. The special part of this is that Shauna agreed to run it with me! She was the reason I was running again. She helped me through that rehab and with my fear and confidence. Such a wonderful race to have her by my side. Then on June 18th, 2022, one year to the day from injury, I ran a half marathon in Duluth, MN with some amazing friends. I am continuing to strengthen my knee and I am slowly working towards that marathon goal! A huge thank you to Athletico Physical Therapy and to Shauna and her team.

2022 Patient Stories:

Jeff Surdej
Lower Back Pain
Wilmington, IL

Lindsey Cavlovic
Multiple Injury Rehab
Omaha, NE

Marsha Behrens
Psoas Muscle
Oregon, IL

POM Nov 2022

Brian Stevens
Arm/Leg Rehab
Cape Girardeau, MO

Darcy Welsh
Knee Rehab
Bourbonnais, IL

Bob Marino
Knee Rehab
Fenton, MO

August 2022 POM

athletico july patient of the month 2022

June 2022 Athletico patient of the month

Tiffany Timmermann
ACL Injury
Vermillion, SD

Sami Callihan
Broken Ankle
Wright State, OHI

Sheila Frost
Low Back Pain
Bloomfield Hills, MI

May POM 2022

POM April 2022

March 2022 patient of the month

Nancy Wilson
Hip Replacement
Clear Lake, IA

Bianca Allor
Shelby Township, MI

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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