Cyril Kanjookaran, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Cyril earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. Cyril enjoys treating patients of all ages and activities levels to help enhance their quality of life with his blended manual therapy and exercise-based treatment approach.

Certification and Training
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • American Physical Therapy Association Member
Education

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2019

University of Florida

  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology, 2014

What Cyril Has to Say

 What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

 I was introduced to physical therapy at 16 years old, after having injured my low back with a combination of playing baseball, golf and weight lifting. In order to get back to what I loved quickly, I went to physical therapy where I was educated on how to take better care of my body. My physical therapist went out of her way to show me proper form with weight lifting and gave me warm-ups in order return to baseball and golf safely.  After my treatment, I realized that I wanted to do what my physical therapist did; giving other people the chance to get back to the things they love.

Tell me about your Physical Therapy school experience?

Physical therapy school was an amazing experience, due to the fact that everything I was learning could positively contribute to someone’s care. Within the first week of school, I was able to find a study group where we talked about every topic we came across and practice every technique in preparation for exams and practicals, which transferred to how we treat our patients today. In school, I had three­­ clinical internships, and I was luckily my third internship was in Winnetka at Body Gears Physical Therapy with Jen. I feel like my skills were refined and I was better able to make a greater change in how my patients felt after having completed my internship.

How do you stay active?

I weight lift, play basketball and do some kind of cardio every day!

Why do you work for body gears?

My choice was easy after having spent three months at Body Gears during my last internship in physical therapy school under Jen’s mentorship. I was able to learn new techniques and how to educate my patients in order to facilitate the care of my patients.  Collaboration was also important in my choice in that I am able to talk with other physical therapists and learn new techniques/exercises or pick each other’s minds in order to give our patients the best care. Body Gears is a place that truly cares for their patients and I wanted to start my career with an organization that puts the patient first.

What certifications are you looking to achieve?

I am looking to complete CoreFirst Strategies for Optimum Function with the Institute of Physical Art as well as Functional Dry needling.