Dr. Alex Anderson, PT, DPT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT, Physical Therapist

Alex earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Health Science degrees from Loma Linda University in Southern California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) having completed her fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alex is also certified in Functional Movement Screening and a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) with experience in dry needling, Active Release Technique (ART), TRX, and video running analysis. As a Women’s Health Specialist, Alex is able to help women with a variety of pelvic health issues as well as pre- and postpartum needs. 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • APTA/IPTA Member
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
  • Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist, Dry Needling 1, 2 & 3 (CMTPT)
  • Women’s Health Therapist
  • Functional Movement Systems Certified
  • Active Release Technique (ART)
  • TRX

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute:

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1

Active Release Technique

  • Spine
  • Upper Extremity

Functional Movement Systems:

  • Functional Movement Screen Level 1

Myopain Seminars

  • DN-1 Foundation I
  • DN-2 Foundations II
  • DN-3 Advanced

TRX

  • TRX Suspension Training Course

University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, 2018 

 Loma Linda University

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2015
  • Bachelor of Health Science, 2012 

Washington Adventist University

  • Associate of Science in Health Science, 2012

What Alex Has to Say

What aspects of movement do you find the most fascinating?

I think the variability of movement is the most fascinating. Using video analysis to watch movement is so fun because you find things that you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to pick up. Changing the way someone moves is both challenging and rewarding on so many levels!

How was your PT school experience?

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Loma Linda University in Southern California. As much as I studied, I also tried to make time to explore all that Cali has to offer (skiing, beaching, hiking, etc.). I have some great friends out there now and love to go visit!

Which patients are your favorite to work with?

I like runners, runners, and bikers. The endurance athletes. Actually any athlete and any age! I like helping people with lower limb injuries, but really I enjoy treating anyone who chooses physical therapy.

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I work for Body Gears because our philosophy is to work one on one with patients, which I feel strongly about. Continuing education is also strongly encouraged and supported which I value as a PT. 

What certifications do you have?

I completed an intensive program at the University of Illinois at Chicago to achieve fellowship status from the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). I am also dry needling certified and this is one manual technique that can offer some immediate pain relief. The other “tools” in my “toolbox” include ART, TRX suspension training, running analysis, and FMS. I’m seeking out certifications in women’s health next.

How do you stay active?

In the summer, I do any activity I can do outside, preferably sports like soccer, volleyball, running, and biking. My perfect Saturday is to wake up and do a group bike ride, enjoy a coffee with friends afterward, then spend the day outdoors, especially by the lake. In the winter, I’ll make HIIT workouts or circuits for myself and try different group classes (I found out boxing is pretty addicting and such a blast). I like to switch it up as much as possible to keep things exciting. I also do a decent amount of Zwift rides on my bike in the winter.

What Patients Have to Say About Alex

“Body Gears was recommended to me by my vascular surgeon shortly after having my first right rib removed. First of all, who knew the first rib is essentially just below the collarbone?!  From day one, Alex was truly phenomenal!  I was highly impressed with her approach to my unique condition.  Not only did Alex work to get me more functional (and with less discomfort) on a daily basis, she also educated me on how all the pieces of this tricky puzzle fit together.  Alex, and the entire West Loop Body Gears team were friendly and personable, reassuring, and ultimately got me to a much better place.”  

 

– Beth S. (Body Gears Graduate)  

What Patients Have to Say About Alex

“So many to list (and I already suggested someone go). Alex is professional and positive along with the rest of the staff. The facility is clean and welcoming. I feel like everything is aligned to get me back to feeling and working normally.”  

 

– Body Gears Graduate 

What Patients Have to Say About Alex

“Alex is an incredibly knowledgeable practitioner. I am totally satisfied with her and my program. ”  

 

– Body Gears Graduate