Dr. Elizabeth Racioppi

Dr. Elizabeth Galdi, PT, DPT, Regional Manager

Elizabeth received her B.S. Kinesiology from USC in 2008 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from USC in 2012. Elizabeth is a Women’s Health Specialist able to help women with a variety of pelvic health issues as well as pre- and postpartum needs. She is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and a passionate CrossFitter herself.

Certifications and Training
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • APTA/IPTA Member
  • Women’s Health Therapist
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Regional Manager of Body Gears
Continuing Education Highlights

Institute of Physical Art:

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I
  • CoreFirst® Strategies
  • Functional Mobilization I   

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute:

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1 

CrossFit:

  • Level 1 Training 

KinetaCore:

  • Functional Dry Needling Level I
Education

University of Southern California

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, 2008 

What Elizabeth Has to Say

What is one specialty area that makes you stand out?

I have a passion for CrossFit and functional fitness and love to use these functional movements in my treatment with all patients. I believe that maximizing our own individual human performance is for everyone, not just elite athletes.

What are your values and how did they influence your career?

My personal core values are: Health/Fitness, Community, and Nature. In college, being into fitness and sports, I naturally gravitated towards my major in Kinesiology. I was lucky enough to have great mentors and teachers who led me to the field of Physical Therapy. Now, I integrate all these values in my work with Body Gears.

Why did you choose Body Gears?

I actually was a Body Gears patient in 2015 after I injured myself training for the Chicago Triathlon. I fell in love with the culture of collaboration, the dedication to the profession, and the will to always be better. I knew I had to join the team and I’ve been with Body Gears since 2016!

What do you like to do outside of work?

I spend a lot of time with my rescue mutt, Nova – she loves her walks. I am fairly religious about getting my daily CrossFit workout in. I love to travel, especially to places with ocean – I’ve been scuba diving since I was 15. And at home, I like to cook and play the guitar.

What Patients Have to Say About Elizabeth

“I never thought I would solve my problem until I finally hooked up with Body Gears in Lincoln Park.  I am a professional guitar player who developed acute and chronic, neck and shoulder pain where all other manners of in-home and other on-site professional treatments failed to do more than achieve moderate, temporary results.  At Body Gears, I was managed by a team of very knowledgeable and experienced staff who “got me” – they customized and modified my treatment regimen along with a path to achieving the best results in the shortest time.  Imagine: I had thought I’d never be able to pursue my passion again!  It has been 9 months since I completed my regimen with Body Gears and can honestly say I believe the results are dramatic and permanent – I had returned to practicing and playing hard for several hours every single day. In the process, I really enjoyed the relationships with all the location staff who worked with me specifically – thanks Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Ahmie!”

Charles F. (Body Gears Graduate)  

“Body Gears rocks! I have used other PT places in the past, and there is simply no comparison. The level of personal attention is remarkable. The therapists are Doctors in their field of Physical Therapy, and they know anatomy inside out. I initially went there for ankle pain, and Elizabeth was able to help me strengthen the surrounding muscles so I could walk pain-free. Shortly after completing this course of therapy, I was back, this time after being hit by a car that ran over my foot and knocked me down. Body Gears treated my foot, ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, and the surrounding tissues. While I am not fully recovered, the improvement is remarkable! I would recommend Body Gears to everyone who needs PT!”

Margaret D. (Body Gears Graduate)  

“Throughout the years, I have had various physical therapists. Body Gears is a whole new level. 
The physical therapists are extremely knowledgeable and why not? They all have doctorates!  Elizabeth is working with me to analyze how my body works and how I can improve daily movements to avoid pain in my lower back. 
The exercises she prescribed for me focus on strengthening certain muscles to address the issue of “lumbar stabilization.” After consulting with Elizabeth, I go to the exercise room, where I am guided by a technician.
The whole atmosphere is professional, friendly and supportive! I should mention the Body Gears app, which helps me remember the daily exercises, which take only 35 minutes!

I LOVE BODY GEARS!”

Elizabeth S. (Body Gears Graduate)  

“I have been recommending Body Gears to my family and friends. I am impressed by the competence of the Body Gears staff and their compassion. Thanks to you, I am better condition today than anyone could have expected. I am 73 years old, but physically, I stand in a high percentile in relation to my peers. I am grateful in particular to Elizabeth and to Dan, and to all the team on Clark Street.”

Body Gears Graduate

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