April graduated from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions in 1997 and moved back to the Chicagoland area to start her career in acute care and inpatient rehab. She then took on the challenge of working with orthopedic cases at a national rehabilitation company and became the Site Coordinator at her facility. A few years later, in 2004, she decided to open Body Gears after working for a physician group. This allowed her to focus and achieve the highest standards of excellent patient results through one-on-one care.
Throughout her career, Ms. Oury has sought to increase her manual therapy skills: she obtained her Integrated Orthopedic Certification in 2000 through the University of St. Augustine and the Institute of Physical Art. In 2003, she went on to complete her Functional Manual Therapy™ certification from the Institute of Physical Art. Then in 2009, after a year in Steamboat Springs, CO, she obtained her fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT).
Ms. Oury’s passion is to improve movement patterns through unorthodox posture retraining and mechanical alignment correction of the joint, soft tissue, nerve, and organs. Her vision is to continue training therapists in comprehensive manual therapy techniques so that their patients can experience results they never thought possible. “I get really excited when a patient who has been suffering for 30 years makes physical changes and keeps them. His or her personality changes, they achieve motion they didn’t think was possible, and they feel better about themselves.” These scenarios “drive me to further my own skills and then train the PT’s that work for Body Gears.”
Personally, she has completed 4 Olympic distance triathlons, has 3 amazing kids, and enjoys learning about leadership principles, making great business connections, and empowering women as well as the PT profession.