Dr. Esther Kim, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Esther earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Radford University in Roanoke, Virginia. She also has a Bachelor of Movement Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Esther is experienced with using manual therapy techniques to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. She is also Graston Technique® Certified and is a Women’s Health Therapist able to able to help women with a variety of pelvic health issues as well as pre- and postpartum needs.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Missouri
  • APTA/MPTA Member
  • Women’s Health Therapist
  • Graston Technique® I Certified

Institute of Physical Art:

  • CoreFirst® Strategies
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I
  • Functional Mobilization I
  • Manual Therapy Foundations  

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute:

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1  

Graston Technique®:

  • M1 Training

Radford University

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2016   

University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Bachelor of Movement Science, 2012 

What Esther Has to Say

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I completed a clinical rotation here as a student and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Our one-on-one treatment model and improving mobility and neuromuscular activation during functional movements to facilitate efficient motor control just makes sense.

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating?

The most fascinating aspect would definitely be how interconnected the body is during movement. Simply lifting your arm overhead gets your core involved as well has your hip and leg stabilizer muscles. As a result, sometimes treating a shoulder can have a positive impact on hip or back pain.

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

While taking an anatomy class, I was fascinated with how intricate the human body is and how everything needs to be in sync to create movement. This combined with my love for sports and exercise as well as my desire to help people led me to a career in physical therapy.

Tell me about your PT school experience.

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Radford University in Roanoke, Virginia. It was great, it was a relatively small class size, so we really connected and were able to help each other out academically and personally. The professors were proactive in engaging the students and sparked my interest in manual therapy.

Do you do any volunteer work?

I recently signed up at Casa De Salud which is a health and wellness clinic that provides care to underinsured or uninsured people, particularly the immigrant community in St. Louis. 

How do you stay active?

I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, weight lifting, yoga, volleyball, and golf. In general, anything outdoors is fun.

What Patients Have to Say About Esther

“Esther is an amazing manual physical therapist. After years of experiencing PT offices that run like a mill (ushering you in and out with little attention), Body Gears is a reprieve. Her approach to my recovery from a wonky hip was to look at my body as an entire unit and to not only work on my isolated issue. I had individualized attention for 100% of my sessions from a staff member, felt genuinely cared for, and to top it off my insurance copay was actually affordable! 


– Eliza S. (Body Gears Graduate)

What Patients Have to Say About Esther

I live in the Metro East, with no shortage of physical therapy practices, chiropractors and medical facilities literally minutes from my door. Yet I gladly travel across the Mighty Mississippi twice a week to have my wonky middle-aged shoulder rehabbed by the amazing therapists at Body Gears.

They are incredibly smart well-trained body detectives, doggedly determined to get at the root of the problem. I moved better after my first hour with Esther Kim than I did after six appointments at a hospital-affiliated pt clinic…and that trend continues with each subsequent visit. Look, you have no qualms about driving to Clayton for a great restaurant meal or to go to the Galleria, right? How much more important is it to live and move without pain?

Thank you, Body Gears! 


– Kathy S. (Body Gears Graduate)

What Patients Have to Say About Esther

Body Gears Physical Therapy offers a unique experience incomparable to any other health care provider I have come across. I am continually impressed with the dedication, passion, and knowledge the Body Gears staff gives in genuinely caring for patients. In every aspect of the job, the Body Gears staff goes above and beyond to treat their clientele. I am grateful for Body Gears and recommend their services to anyone searching for physical therapy.

Here is my story:

I was involved in a bike accident in September of 2016 that has severely impacted the use of my upper body, specifically my right shoulder and neck. I suffer radiating pain from the neck down to hand that I was not able to get rid of. Over the past year, I have worked extremely hard in different therapy techniques to decrease pain and regain strength.

While I found some techniques to alleviate pain, I could not figure out how to regain consistent mobility in the shoulder/neck area. Any basic arm movements I attempted, whether it was schoolwork, chores, or work-related, caused significant pain on the right side of my body impacting every aspect of my life.

I extensively searched treatment options while home from college in the summer when I came across Body Gears Physical Therapy. I was hesitant to start the third round of physical therapy due to not making the progress I had set out for in previous experiences. However, I can say it was one of the best decisions I have made in the past year.

As a dedicated triathlete and college student, I chose to schedule a FREE injury consultation with Body Gears because I felt the marketing and reviews spoke to my symptoms.

I met with Joanne who from the start possessed an abundance of positive energy, dedication, and calm confidence in working through my shoulder/neck problems. She explained my symptoms in a way I could understand making me feel comfortable. Because of my therapists, Joanne’s and Esther’s attention, I trained mentally and physically to give physical therapy another chance with the hope of getting better.

I am now over a month into physical therapy sessions meeting with Joanne and Esther 2-3 times per week in attacking my shoulder/neck related issues. I have seen much improvement in the right side of my body and in substantially less pain. It is the first time in 10 months I feel that I am on a path to recovery.

I am grateful for the care I have received and will do everything in my power to give back to Body Gears. Therefore, I recommend Body Gears Physical Therapy to anyone searching for physical therapy options. 


– Cal W. (Body Gears Graduate)

What Patients Have to Say About Esther

“Dr. Esther Kim is brilliant and your system is amazing in terms of staying with your clients until real healing has happened. 


– Body Gears Graduate

What Patients Have to Say About Esther

“Excellent physical therapy from Esther. By the time I was discharged, I was no longer taking daily pain medication! 


– Jo Anne T. (Body Gears Graduate)

What Patients Have to Say About Esther

“I am so thankful for Body Gears! I worked with Esther Kim after sustaining an ankle injury. Not only did she help me fully recover, I have so many skills and exercises to take with me that will allow me to continue to get stronger, work correctly within my own anatomy, and help prevent future injury. As a dancer, I couldn’t ask for more! I always felt very cared for at Body Gears and will miss the people as well! 


– Megan R. (Body Gears Graduate)