Dr. Kate McKechnie PT, DPT, CFMT

Kate earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and was honored to receive the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. Kate is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT), a Women’s Health Specialist, and clinic manager of the Winnetka clinic. She is experienced with visceral mobilization as well as Functional Dry Needling.

  • Clinic Manager
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Certified Functional Manual Therapist
  • Women’s Health Specialist
  • Functional Dry Needling
    • Level 1 and 2

Institue of Physical Art:

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I
  • Functional Gait: Component Assessment & Treatment
  • CoreFirst® Strategies
  • Functional Mobilization I
  • Functional Mobilization II
  • Functional Mobilization Upper Quadrant
  • Functional Mobilization Lower Quadrant
  • Functional Manual Therapy Foundations

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute:

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1
  • Pelvic Floor Level 2B

Barral Institute:

  • Visceral Mobilization 1


  • Functional Dry Needling Level 1
  • Functional Dry Needling Level 2

Long Island University 2011-2014

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence

Northwestern University 2006-2010

  • Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences

What Kate Has to Say

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I work for Body Gears because my development as a physical therapist highly valued and I always feel encouraged to take continuing education courses that I’m interested in. I also enjoy how collaborative we are within the clinic and with other healthcare practitioners to determine the best plan of care for each patient.

Which patients are your favorite to work with?

I love seeing a variety of patients and I feel that being open to seeing anyone who chooses physical therapy has enhanced my scope of practice. There is no one body part I like treating more than another and as a result, I am more able to identify connections between body parts and areas that might otherwise seem unrelated. 

What catchphrase do most of your patients remember you by?

“If you don’t use it, you lose it”

Tell me about your PT school experience.

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Long Island University. The biggest challenge for me was being away from my family.  I was very aware that I was going to have to work really hard in PT school, but doing that while living away from my support system was difficult. In the long run, living alone in Brooklyn really helped me become more confident and assertive!

What certifications do you have?

I am a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT), Women’s Health Specialist, and certified in Level 1 and 2 of Functional Dry Needling. I also have training in Barral Visceral Manipulation Level 1 which helps to restore the dynamics of motion and suspension to organs, membranes, fascia, and ligaments.  

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating?

I find the concept of “homunculous smudging” fascinating. It relates back to my catchphrase! If you don’t use a muscle, joint, or movement pattern, your brain won’t waste space on it. The area that used to control it will be replaced with something you use more often. This is why it can take a while for patients to retrain their bodies. They literally have to re-map their brains!

How do you stay active?

H.I.I.T. workouts, yoga, boxing, and carrying my 25-pound French Bulldog up and down the stairs!

Describe your perfect Saturday.

I‘m woken up by kisses from my French Bulldogs, Pippa and Goose, go to a fun exercise class, eat a yummy brunch, lounge out on our rooftop with friends, and end the day finishing up a knitting project.

What Patients Have to Say About Kate

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Julia M. (Body Gears Graduate)

What Patients Have to Say About Kate

“This is a test review to show how this would look. Kate is great and helped me get pain-free in just 8 visits. I will definitely be sending all my friends and family to Kate at Body Gears.”

Julia M. (Body Gears Graduate)

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