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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:

Athletico patient of the month

I was a couch potato for years, but I began running in June 2023 and found that I loved it. I ran comfortably until November when I started to have excruciating pain in my right leg. I came into the clinic for an evaluation with Marissa, who diagnosed an injury in the posterior tibialis muscle of my right leg. She was thorough in her explanation of the injury and clear in the steps we would take to rehabilitate my leg.

My goal from the start was to get back to running without that pain. I felt pretty down when I started therapy. Marissa was hugely helpful through her humor and encouragement which kept me going. Her deep knowledge of sports injuries and how to treat them made me feel confident that I could get better, if I put in the work. Trust is important when working with someone to regain mobility and I trusted Marissa from the start.

We had two sessions every week. Therapy was challenging but rewarding. I always felt safe attempting new exercises with her guidance. I put in the effort in the clinic with additional prescribed exercises at home. The weeks passed and I began feeling stronger. The pain started to lessen until it was gone. It had seemed like an intimidating climb weeks earlier but I had made it.

A physical therapy clinic is not generally a place that runners want to end up. It usually means there’s a problem which is stopping them from participating in the sport that they love. But the dedicated clinicians, like Marissa, can get you going again. Now I’m back to running three days per week and Athletico Andersonville South is the reason why that’s possible. – Matt Powers

2024 Patient Stories:

Rowan Reyes
Ankle Sprain
Grand Rapids, MI

Mark Diamond
Upper Extremity
Battle Creek, MI

Philip Werner
Back Pain
Phoenix, AZ

Kristen Trukova
Knee Surgery
Gurnee, IL

Alex Baker
Brownsburg, IN

Athletico March 2024 patient of the month Athletico February 2024 Patient of the Month January 2024 patient of the month

2023 Patient Stories:

Mary Beth Stout
Shoulder Surgery
Monee, IL

Tony Simpkins
Pelvic Health Therapy
Pickerington, OH

Ron And Carolyn Schwarz
Rotator Cuff/Knee
Butler Hill, MO

Athletico December 2023 patient of the month

William Moore
Shoulder Dislocation
Commerce Township, MI

Alison Frandsen
Labral Tear
McFarland clinic

Steven Reynolds
Nerve Disorder (NMO)
Dayton, OH

September 2023 patient of the month

August 2023 POM

July Patient of the Month 2023

Ava English
Labral Tear
Mount Pleasant, IA

Annie Welch
Niles, IL

Felicia Walden
Zionsville, IN

June 2023 patient of the month

May 2023 POM

April 2023 POM

Timothy Voss
Shoulder Pain
Des Plaines, IL

Annette Shambaugh
Lumbar Stenosis
Stow, OH

Sara Foster
Occupational Therapy
Fenton, MO

Athletico POM March 2023

Athletico Patient of the Month 2023

Athletico patient of the month Jan 2023

2022 Patient Stories:

Julie Nelson
ACL/Knee Injury
Bettendorf, IA

Jeff Surdej
Lower Back Pain
Wilmington, IL

Lindsey Cavlovic
Multiple Injury Rehab
Omaha, NE

Athletico December 2022 patient of the month

POM Nov 2022

Marsha Behrens
Psoas Muscle
Oregon, IL

Brian Stevens
Arm/Leg Rehab
Cape Girardeau, MO

Darcy Welsh
Knee Rehab
Bourbonnais, IL

August 2022 POM

athletico july patient of the month 2022

Bob Marino
Knee Rehab
Fenton, MO

Tiffany Timmermann
ACL Injury
Vermillion, SD

Sami Callihan
Broken Ankle
Wright State, OH

June 2022 Athletico patient of the month

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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