Dr. Ellen Pavlovic, PT, DPT, COMT, MHA, Physical Therapist

Ellen earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University of Chicago. Although born and raised in Oak Park, her zest for international culture led her to live and work in the Middle East for 7 years where she had many opportunities to travel the world. With over 10 years of experience, she enjoys treating a diverse patient population, from adolescents to adults, incorporating an integrative approach to her patient care.

Certifications and Training
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • APTA/IPTA Member
  • Dry Needling, Levels I and II
  • Certificate of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT)
Continuing Education Highlights

Manual Concepts:

  • Certificate of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT)
  • Certificate of Spine Manual Therapy (CSMT)

MyoPain Seminars:

  • Dry Needling, Level 1
  • Dry Needling, Level 2
Education

University of Illinois at Chicago

  • 2004-2007

Loyola University Chicago

  • 1996-2000

What Ellen Has to Say

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

Both my parents are physicians and this early exposure lead me to have an interest in medicine and healthcare. As I was exploring different fields with a variety of work and volunteer opportunities, rehabilitation always stood out to me. I love the process of having longer and more consistent interactions with patients over a period of time. I also love the hands-on approach to physical therapy and that we have the ability to make a truly positive impact on a patient’s life.

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating?

I enjoy problem-solving through different movement patterns to figure out what underlying issue may be causing or contributing to the bigger issue. The body is strong and resilient, it is fascinating how it will adapt to different loads and stressors. Our job is a lot like detective work to figure out how and why the body is adapting the way it is, and then re-training it to be more efficient. 

Why do you work for Body Gears?

When I returned from the Middle East, where individualized and personalized care is highly valued, Body Gears stood out as not only following this type of model, they are also highly focused on professional and personal growth. The whole team and company are invested in developing their clinicians by encouraging collaboration with each other, sharing skill sets, and always learning through continuing education courses, hence we are always bettering our patient care.

Which patients are your favorite to work with?

I’ve had the fortune through my years of experience to work with a great diversity of patients, from high school athletes and recreational sport enthusiasts to post-operative patients and persistent pain patients. I do have a particular interest in treating shoulders and knees, as well as the field of pain science. I also highly value patients who appreciate the wholistic approach that I follow; a biopsychosocial approach that considers lifestyle, sleep, nutrition, activity, and mind-body connections.

How do you stay active? 

I have a background as a swimmer turned marathon runner, turned triathlete, turned ultra-runner. In between, I love hiking (I have summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Everest Base Camp 1!) and have done some gorgeous hiking around the world. I also love downhill skiing and am regularly active in yoga (and meditation).

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