Dr. Hannah Sutter-Balke, PT, DPT, ATC, Physical Therapist

Hannah earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. As a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Physical Therapist, she has a special interest in sports rehab, especially working with young athletes doing all types of sports from novice to elite levels. Hannah also has experience with vestibular rehab and is trained in orthopedic manual therapy, including the Mulligan approach.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Missouri
  • APTA/MPTA Member
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)

The McKenzie Institute International:

  • Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Part A 

Mulligan Concept:

  • Lower Quarter – Peripheral Joints, Lumbar Spine, and Sacroiliac Joints 

University of Wisconsin at Madison

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2017
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, 2013

What Hannah Has to Say

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I was instantly drawn to the Body Gears mission and treatment style. Our hands-on approach allows patients to see results day to day, which is so beneficial. By learning motor control and movement patterns to reduce pain, our patients get a direct translation of therapy to their daily activities.

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating?

What I love most about movement is how many positive benefits it can bring to someone’s life, especially mentally and emotionally. Physical therapy continually fascinates me because, in just one session, I’m able to access strength in a patient that they didn’t even know they had.

Tell me about your PT school experience.

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin and it was an amazing experience. My favorite parts were my clinical rotations where I gained hands-on experience and learned more than I imagined I could as a student. To give an idea of my interests and background from PT school, my clinical experiences were Outpatient Orthopedic- EXOS in Phoenix, AZ (the home of the NFL combine); the VA Medical Center for Inpatient Rehab in Boise, ID; Outpatient Vestibular Rehab at 360 Balance and Hearing in Austin, TX; and High Level Sports Outpatient at UW-Health at the American Center in Madison, WI.

What areas of continuing education are you most interested in?

I would like to further advance my current training in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy towards a certification. I’m beginning to take courses with the Institute of Physical Art and gaining further training in running analysis and bike fitting is high on my list as well.

How do you stay active?

I’m an endurance athlete, particularly long-distance running, cycling, and I’m starting to get more into swimming to take up triathlons in the near future. I also love social recreational sports like rock climbing and ultimate frisbee, and getting outside with my boyfriend and dog to hike, camp, and canoe/kayak. 

Describe your perfect Saturday.

Sleeping in, going for a hike with my boyfriend and dog, eating pub food and checking out a new brewery, and beating my boyfriend at darts to end the evening!

What Patients Have to Say About Hannah

” After the first assessment, Hannah was fully aware of my condition and goals. Now after my sixth appointment I see that I will be able to attain my goals. 

 

– Body Gears Graduate

What Patients Have to Say About Hannah


I have had shoulder surgery and I had gotten Physical Therapy from someone else which helped a lot but I did not have full mobility. I wanted to get additional mobility without more surgery and my brother in law recommended BodyGears. I had an initial consultation in St Louis with Joanne. During the consult, Joanne performed some physical manipulation and I was able to extend my shoulder further than I had in the past. After that, I decided to continue PT with Joanne & Hannah in St Louis. I was making progress but I had to travel to Chicago for an extended time and Joanna was able to work with Sam (the manager) of BodyGears Oak Park to accommodate me to continue with my PT sessions. Kane and Katie were the PT’s that worked on me and I was very satisfied with the progress I made. I do want to say that each PT’s approach was different but they all led to the same goal. In conclusion Body Gear’s PT’s are very cooperative and are hands-on and their approach (that was completely different than my last PT’s approach) was such that they gave me the hope to continue with PT to get back the rest of the mobility. It is still a work in progress and I am keeping the hope and faith that I will get to where I want to.

 

– Nina S. (Body Gears Graduate)