Dr. Masa Chalupa, PT, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapist

Masa earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. She also has a Bachelor of Molecular Biology degree from the University of Waterloo. Masa is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a Certified Manual Therapist experienced in treating all types of musculoskeletal conditions. As a Women’s Health Therapist, Masa is able to help women with a variety of pelvic health concerns as well as post-partum needs. 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • APTA/IPTA Member
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
  • Certified Manual Therapist, OPTIM
  • Women’s Health Therapist

OPTIM Manual Therapy:

  • Foundations 1 and 2
  • Cervical spine
  • Upper quarter and thoracic
  • Lower quarter

Medbridge:

  • The eclectic approach to TMD part A and B
  • Teaching people about pain
  • Evidence-based examination of the shoulder
  • Evidence-based examination of the knee and thigh
  • Evidence-based examination of the lumbar spine
  • Evidence-based examination of the cervical spine
  • Orthopedic clinical examination, diagnosis, and treatment: becoming an expert

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute:

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1
  • Pelvic floor level 2 B
  • Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imagining – Women’s Health and orthopedic topics

Regis University

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2013

University of Waterloo

  • Bachelor of Molecular Biology, 2009

What Masa Has to Say

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

I have always enjoyed participating in sports (collegiate and recreational) and then I discovered that I love working with people. Naturally, I gravitated toward a field that incorporates helping people manage their pain and physical dysfunctions and helps athletes and weekend-warriors perform to their best ability.

Physical therapists have the privilege of being able to spend significant amounts of time with their patients, allowing us to truly get to know our patients’ concerns. Hearing patients’ full stories enables us to creatively design care plans that help our patients achieve their goals. There is no other field like it. 

Tell me about your PT school experience.

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. My experience in Denver was unparalleled! I learned how to snowboard while also learning from leading professionals in the PT field. The program was heavily focused on manual therapy, including joint manipulation and mobilization, as well as soft tissue mobilization.

Throughout my 3 years of school, I had the opportunity to get out in the community and volunteer my services. I gave free screens for young athletes and even took a day to learn about and hang out with children with special needs. Overall, my experience at Regis was extremely rewarding as it taught me an excellent set of skills and challenged me to be the best version of myself. 

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I came to work for Body Gears for many reasons, the biggest one is our commitment to providing quality service to our patients. For example, we each only see one patient at a time so that they can receive the therapist’s undivided attention. 

I also value our commitment to continued learning and professional growth. This has produced clinics with highly specialized and skilled clinicians that make it a more enjoyable work environment. 

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating?

Chronic pain as well as how the human mind affects our function and pain is fascinating to me. I also find it fascinating how the body is interconnected, meaning that dysfunction may not originate from the location that the pain presents in, making treatment so much more complex and intriguing.

What certifications do you have?

I am a Certified Manual Therapist and Certified Orthopedic Specialist. I am looking forward to becoming certified as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner as well as gaining certification in Functional Dry Needling to be able to even better serve my patients. I would also like to undergo fellowship training in order to further hone my tool-set in both differential diagnosis and manual therapy. 

Which patients are your favorite to work with?

My passion is two-fold, the first being pelvic health patients from all walks of life with all types of impairments, especially pelvic pain. I also thoroughly enjoy working with the spine and hips/pelvis to optimize functional mobility and decrease pain.

What catchphrase do most of your patients remember you by?

Most of my athletic patients call me the “drill sergeant”, but they love it. 😊

How do you stay active?

I love exercise in all forms! I run about 10 miles a week in addition to doing yoga and spin classes, and the weight room is another favorite of mine. I also enjoy playing league sports such as beach volleyball and softball.

Describe your perfect Saturday.

My perfect Saturday entails getting up early and getting some exercise. After that, it’s usually time to relax before meeting up with friends for some great food, conversation, and laughs.

What Patients Have to Say About Masa