Dr. Katrina Carpenter, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Katrina earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. She also has a Bachelor of Pre-Physical Therapy degree with a minor in biology from Northern Illinois University. She completed internships in Glen Ellyn, Chicago, Rockford, and Seattle Washington during her graduate school experience and has developed an interest in pelvic health. She has experience in manual therapy and is now working on a certification in Functional Mobilization and Pelvic Floor.

Certifications and Training
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • APTA/IPTA Member
Continuing Education Highlights

Institute of Physical Art:

  • Functional Mobilization I
Education

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2018

Northern Illinois University

  • Bachelor of Pre-Physical Therapy, 2014
    • Minor in Biology

What Katrina Has to Say

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

When I was in high school, I broke my arm and needed to attend physical therapy. I loved all of the anatomical posters and models. I felt like I was in a doctor’s office but all of the therapists were wearing capes! It was Halloween but that’s how I saw PT’s from then on: highly educated but still in touch with their fun side.

Tell me about your PT school experience.

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. It was an amazing experience that included working with real patients in the community and delving into the world of research to promote personal growth as well as advancing the field of physical therapy.

Why do you work for Body Gears?

Nothing about Body Gears is “cookie cutter”. Every patient gets a unique treatment plan that is catered to their specific needs. Not only that, but the skilled, hands-on therapy that the clinicians at Body Gears provide adds a whole new dimension to patient care that you won’t find everywhere.

What aspect of physical therapy do you find the most fascinating?

I often forget that a lot of knowledge around the human body isn’t necessarily common knowledge. As physical therapists, we have the education and experience that allows us to share that knowledge and the thing that I get most excited about is teaching people how to use their bodies as efficiently as possible.

How do you stay active? 

I enjoy hiking, long boarding, and spinning my Poi and Helio staff.

What certifications are you working towards?

I am beginning to work towards a Functional Manual Therapy Certification through the Institute of Physical Art so that I can broaden my manual therapy skills. I also have an interest in pelvic health, an area few people know physical therapists treat but can be life-changing for many.

What catchphrase do most of your patients remember you by?

“If it were easy we wouldn’t be having you do it!”

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