Janelle Howell, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Janelle earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She also has a Bachelor of Pre-Physical Therapy Degree from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. Janelle treats a variety of orthopedic conditions with a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and is also a Women’s Health Therapist. She has recently completed her residency in the field of Women’s Health and is able to help women with a variety of pelvic health issues including high-tone pelvic floor and bladder-related issues, as well as prenatal and postpartum needs. 

Certification and Training
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • APTA/WHPT Member
  • Women’s Health Therapist

Loyola University Medical Center

  • Physical Therapy Women’s Health Residency, 2019

University of the Pacific

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2015 

Oakwood University

  • Bachelor’s in Pre-Physical Therapy, 2013

What Janelle Has to Say

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

From the time I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a health professional. For a while, my plan bounced between medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy. When I spent two weeks observing a Physical Therapist at Loma Linda Medical Center, the deal was sealed. Seeing the faces of people who had learned how to move again and had recovered their independence of movement showed me how integral movement is to a person’s life and how much fulfillment these achievements bring. I knew from that point on that I wanted to be a part of giving that to people.  

Tell me about your PT school experience.

Physical therapy school was by far one of the most difficult experiences I’ve had. I chose to attend the only 2 year program in the country. Physical therapy school done in three years is challenging, so to complete it in 2 years was rough. However, the staff, faculty, and program I chose at the University of the Pacific was extremely supportive and I’m thankful that I had such a strong community to encourage me during that training process.  

Why do you work for Body Gears?

Body Gears is distinctly different from other physical therapy clinics I’ve come across. Our approach to clinical reasoning, outstanding standard of treatment, and support for continuing education is something that I want to be surrounded by and be known for. I’m thankful to have joined this team where I can impact those around me, both domestically and globally.

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

The human ability to evolve and grow. I love that I can provide patients with the opportunity to become stronger, more flexible, and more coordinated in their movement. What’s most fascinating is that this can be done without any medication. All we need is willingness and commitment. Those who understand that physical therapy is a team effort are usually the ones who achieve the most.

What certifications do you have/are looking to achieve?

I am in the process of studying for the Women’s Health Certified Specialist exam since completing my residency. After that, I will be looking to gain more certifications in the areas of pelvic health and orthopedic health in relation to the pelvic floor.

Describe your perfect Saturday. 

My perfect Saturday consists of teaching Sabbath school at my church, attending the main church service, having dinner with my friends and family, and going out to do something fun at night. God is a big part of my life and I’m dedicated to investing my time in church and community ministry. I also enjoy short distance running and weight lifting.

What catchphrase do most of your patients remember you by?

Last year, my patient’s started calling me “The Vagina Doctor”. At first, I didn’t know how I felt about it, but now I’ve come to accept it. The vagina is a muscle just like every other part of our bodies and everybody deserves to have a health professional that can help them, no matter how personal or intimate the problem is.