Dr. Masa Chalupa, PT, DPT, OCS, Women's Health Specialist

Masa was born and raised in a Bosnian/Croatian household in Germany. In 1999, her family immigrated to Canada where she completed her undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology at the University of Waterloo. She played soccer, ran track, and played volleyball both in high school and in college and she absolutely loves to exercise and be physically active. Masa has been fortunate to learn multiple languages and currently speaks 4 fluently (English, German, Bosnian/Croatian, and Spanish).

After working as a Biologist for 2 years, Masa realized that she was meant to work with people more than cells and wanted to help people both feel better and perform better. She volunteered at several clinics and discovered her love for physical therapy. She graduated from Regis University in Denver Colorado in 2013 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and completed her orthopedic specialization (OCS) in 2016. Masa has also achieved certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy and has completed several Herman & Wallace pelvic health specialty training courses in order to treat women with pelvic floor dysfunction. She is looking forward to completing further training to also treat men with pelvic floor dysfunction and further hone her toolset.

Masa has been practicing as a physical therapist for the past 5 years in the Houston Texas Medical Center where she had the opportunity to work with patients with various orthopedic injuries. She also developed the center’s Women’s Health and Aquatic Therapy programs and presented to resident physicians the role of physical therapy in the OBGYN setting. Masa is excited to join Body Gears where she can combine her passions for manual therapy and teaching.

In her spare time, Masa likes to stay active doing yoga, HIIT training, running and intermural sports. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new areas in and out of town, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Masa fell in love with Chicago during a clinical rotation in the Hyde Park area as a student and is looking forward to exploring this amazing city in every way and calling it HOME.