Dr. Elizabeth Racioppi, PT, DPT, Women's Health Therapist, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth has always been a fan of sports and outdoor activities. As a competitive show-jumper in equestrian, Elizabeth was also always prone to injuries and ended up in physical therapy in high school, spurring her interest in the profession.

While earning her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Southern California, Elizabeth worked with the USC football and volleyball teams in the training room, and gained valuable experience as a volunteer at the USC Physical Therapy Faculty Practice. Elizabeth went on to attend Physical Therapy school at USC and developed her passion for sports medicine and orthopedic physical therapy. Although she has vast experience with recreational and collegiate athletes, Elizabeth’s favorite rotation in PT school was at the Los Angeles VA hospital where she performed vestibular and orthopedic rehabilitation with veterans who had returned from Afghanistan with blast injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Elizabeth believes that the pursuit of maximum human performance is for everyone, not just elite athletes.

Since moving to Chicago in 2012, Elizabeth has worked in a variety of outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine settings, and has gradually learned to appreciate the snow! Elizabeth started her Body Gears journey as a patient at the Downtown clinic. After a number of injuries after the Chicago Triathlon sidelined her, she recovered with the help of Body Gears and the IPA philosophy which inspired her to join the team!

In her free time, Elizabeth does CrossFit, travels the world, and volunteers for PAWS Chicago. When she is home, she likes to watch USC and Arizona Cardinals football, cook, and spend time with her rescue mutt Nova.