Marin Graham, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Marin earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York Institute of Technology and Bachelor of Physiology degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her special interests include women’s health and she has completed training with Herman and Wallace for treatment of pelvic floor conditions. Marin enjoys treating all types of patients but also has a special interest in treating rowers on their mechanics and currently works at multiple Body Gears locations in the Chicagoland area.

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:

  • CoreFirst® Strategies 

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute:

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1
Education

New York Institute of Technology

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2019

University of Washington

  • Bachelor’s in Physiology, 2014

What Marin Has to Say

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

Since I can remember, I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field. I learned about physical therapy and the “world of rehabilitation” when I was a coxswain for my high school rowing team. In this role, it was my responsibility to train the rowers in proper form and efficient mechanics to win each race, as well as to motivate the rowers and guide the boat down the water. Once I got to college I continued my career in rowing for about a year and this is when I started volunteering in physical therapy clinics to learn more about the profession. I first volunteered at a multidisciplinary facility for children with autism and learned more about the physical therapist’s role as well as the role of speech and occupational therapists. It was when I started volunteering in the neurological rehabilitation clinic (in-patient and outpatient) at the University of Washington that I knew being a Physical Therapist was my dream job. Fast forward from 2010, I graduated with my bachelor’s in physiology in 2014, worked as a rehab tech at Boeing for two years, and began my education in Physical Therapy a New York Institute of Physical Therapy in 2016.

Tell me about your PT school experience.

When I went to PT school, I knew I wanted the full experience. I decided to run for class president during my first semester and I was elected! I was asked by a professor to join a student-run interest group affiliated with the NYAPTA to help organize a regional student conclave that would be held the following fall. My participation in representing my program and being a liaison between professors and students didn’t stop there. I continued to volunteer any chance I had to represent my class and the physical therapy profession until I graduated. Beginning in spring of my first year, I was also chosen to be a research assistant (along with a fellow classmate and friend) for our professor who works as a principle investigator at the Bronx VA in New York. I spent the next two years contributing to research in thermoregulation associated with spinal cord injuries. The neurological population was always what drew me in and inspired me to pursue my career as a PT. In the winter of 2019, I had my second to last clinical rotation at Body Gears with Bailee and was immediately drawn towards working as a Women’s Health Therapist upon graduation.

Why do you work for Body Gear?

I work at Body Gears because I think it is crucial to take the global approach when treating a patient and really evaluate their full-body movements and abilities rather than simply honing in on one single body part. This is what makes our philosophy at Body Gears unique.

What certifications do you have/are looking to achieve?

I have completed the first pelvic floor course with Herman and Wallace as well as CoreFirst® Strategies with the institute of Physical Art. I am working towards my Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certification through Herman and Wallace and hope to eventually sit for the Women’s Health Specialist certification exam.

What patients are your favorite to work with?

My favorite patients to work with are those who challenge me and question the purpose of our treatment approaches so they can better understand how to care for themselves.

How do you stay active?

 I enjoy going to Yoga classes. Vinyasa, flow and sculpt classes are my favorite!

Describe your perfect Sunday.

 Going to brunch with my friends and watching football with my fiance (Go Seahawks!) 

What Patients Have to Say About Marin