April Oury, PT, MSPT, IOC, CFMT, FAAOMPT, Founder, Physical Therapist

April has been practicing and refining her skills for over 20 years. She graduated from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions in 1997 and moved back to the Chicagoland area to start her career as a physical therapist in acute care and inpatient rehab. She then took on the challenge of working with orthopedic cases at a national rehabilitation company and became the Site Coordinator at her facility. A few years later, in 2004, she decided to open Body Gears after working for a physician group. This allowed her to focus on achieving the highest standards of excellent patient results through one-on-one care. From a single practitioner, Body Gears has now grown to employ over 30 physical therapists across 8 clinics in 3 states.  

Throughout her career, April has sought to increase her manual therapy skills: she obtained her Integrated Orthopedic Certification (IOC) in 2000 through the University of St. Augustine and the Institute of Physical Art. In 2003, she went on to complete her Functional Manual Therapy™ Certification (CFMT) from the Institute of Physical Art. Then in 2009, after a year in Steamboat Springs, CO, she obtained status as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). 

April’s passion is to improve movement patterns through unorthodox posture retraining and mechanical alignment correction of the joints, soft tissues, nerves, and organs. Her vision is to continue training therapists in comprehensive manual therapy techniques so that their patients can experience results they never thought possible.

“I get really excited when a patient who has been suffering for 30 years makes physical changes and keeps them. His or her personality changes, they achieve motion they didn’t think was possible, and they feel better about themselves. These scenarios drive me to further my own skills and then train the PT’s that work for Body Gears.” 

Personally, April has completed 4 Olympic distance triathlons, has 3 amazing kids, and enjoys learning about leadership principles, making great business connections, and empowering women as well as the PT profession. She has been featured in several publications, including a revealing article titled “Boss vs Leader: 25 Major Differences” by Fit Small Business and has been quoted by Aaptiv in several of their blog posts. Body Gears was named a “Hidden Gem” by Voyage Chicago Magazine and San Diego Voyager Magazine and April was featured in an Associated Press article that gained so much attention it was picked up by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and ABC News.  

Through the Body Gears podcast “Gearing Up with Body Gears PT,” April is also able to share her knowledge, speaking on a diverse range of topics and interviewing noteworthy guests. Her passion for mentoring physical therapists, business owners, and her own patients have led many down the road to greater health care success. April was previously a featured speaker at The Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association in Chicago and continues to advance the PT world with her knowledge, courage, and passion.

April's Featured Articles

sheknows: How to Cope with Pregnancy Aches & Pains

The Associated Press: ‘If I could do it over’_businesses learn from experiences

Aaptiv: How to Modify Workouts for Common Injuries and Pains

SD Voyager: Meet April Oury of Body Gears Physical Therapy

FitSmallBusiness.com: Boss vs. Leaders

Voyage Chicago: Meet April Oury of Body Gears Physical Therapy

Aaptiv: How Sore Is Too Sore? – and Answers to All Your Other Muscle Soreness Q’s