Meet the Chicago-West Loop Team

The secret to every successful healing story is individually tailored care.

 

Take the first step to being symptom-free by finding the right therapist for you. Physical therapy is most effective when you connect with the person who will help you create your healing story. Look through our physical therapists below and find the expert you’ve been missing.

Alex Anderson Meet the Chicago West Loop Team

Dr. Alex Anderson PT, DPT

Experienced in ART, TRX, and Dry Needling

“From day one, Alex was truly phenomenal! I was highly impressed with her approach to my unique condition. Not only did Alex work to get me more functional (and with less discomfort) on a daily basis, she also educated me on how all the pieces of this tricky puzzle fit together.”

Beth S. (Body Gears Graduate)

Learn more about Alex
Body Gears Physical Therapy is excited to welcome Alexandra Anderson, PT, DPT as of June 2017. As a former USCAA soccer and softball player and competitor in many other sports, Alex is passionate about the prevention and treatment of orthopedic and sports-related injuries. While in undergraduate school, she worked as a trainer for collegiate athletic teams, which provided a wide range of exposure and treatment opportunities of orthopedic and neurologic injuries and served as an excellent entry into sports medicine.

Additionally, Alex has worked in Washington, DC for the past 2 years, treating many endurance athletes, especially cyclists and runners. There, she developed a strong interest in analyzing movement as it relates to endurance sports and specializes in running assessments. She has used her training in Trigger Point Dry Needling, Active Release Technique, Functional Movement Screening and TRX suspension training to assist in correcting muscle imbalances and movement dysfunctions.

Alex graduated with her Bachelors’ Degree in Health Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in Southern California. She is excited to continue her education as a Fellow in Training at UIC, while working at our downtown clinic.

Masa Headshot e1531484941968 Meet the Chicago West Loop Team

Dr. Masa Chalupa PT, DPT

Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Women’s Health Therapist

“From day one, Alex was truly phenomenal! I was highly impressed with her approach to my unique condition. Not only did Alex work to get me more functional (and with less discomfort) on a daily basis, she also educated me on how all the pieces of this tricky puzzle fit together.”

Beth S. (Body Gears Graduate)

Learn more about Masa
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.

Robert Kit Durban Meet the Chicago West Loop Team

Dr. Kit Durban
PT, DPT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Experienced in Dry Needling

“My therapist Kit Durban was outstanding. He knew his anatomy inside and out, was calm and patient, and unusually resourceful in developing treatments and exercises tailored to my needs.” 

Lance F. (Body Gears Graduate)

Learn more about Kit
Even from a young age, Kit enjoyed watching and playing sports and he often found himself more intrigued by the injuries of the players he watched and played with. This lead him down the path of sports medicine and athletic training where he found he had a passion for helping people heal and reach their goals whether they are athletes or not.

Prior to joining the Body Gears team, Kit graduated from Boston University’s combined Athletic Training and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. While completing his DPT, Kit practiced as an athletic trainer and has experience ranging from middle school sports to Division I collegiate athletics.  This includes clinical affiliations with Northeastern and Harvard Universities’ Men’s Ice Hockey programs and Boston University ROTC. Kit returns to Body Gears after he was lucky enough to be placed at the downtown Chicago location for a clinical rotation during his DPT education – he liked the excellent, one-on-one, hands-on manual therapy care so much that he had to come back! He has also has taken manual therapy continuing education courses through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and he is looking forward to continuing his growth as a manual therapist at Body Gears.
Outside of Physical Therapy, Kit is an avid soccer player (goalkeeper) and fan, supporting Chelsea in the English Premier League. He is enjoying exploring his new city, and loves Chicago dogs (Weiner Circle is his favorite so far but, he is open to suggestions).

Garrett Petry Meet the Chicago West Loop Team

Dr. Garrett Petry
PT, DPT, CFMT

Certified Functional Manual Therapist

“Garret, my physical therapist, was professional, knowledgeable and great to work with. He really helped me understand what was going on with my wrist and showed me what I needed to do to get back to pain-free. I would recommend him to anyone who needs PT, and I will definitely seek him out again if I ever have any other issues. He was exceptional at his job.”

Penny S. (Body Gears Graduate)

Learn more about Garrett
From a young age, Garrett had a fascination with how the human body functioned that stemmed from having a family rooted in holistic healthcare, along with a passion for athletics. Seeing the personal connection that his father made with his patients and the impact he had on their lives, Garrett was inspired to pursue a career in helping people. These passions lead him to an athletic scholarship at California Polytechnic University at Pomona where he studied Sports Medicine and competed on the Men’s Soccer team.

After receiving his Bachelor’s in Science, Garrett moved back to his hometown and began his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine in San Diego. Garrett followed the manual therapy emphasis for which The University of St. Augustine is renowned. With that emphasis, Garrett honed skills in understanding and treating every region of the spine, including the lumbo-pelvic region and upper cervical spine.

During an internship with Body Gears, Garrett studied under Rebecca Johnson, April Oury, and other members of the Body Gears Team. Garrett chose to relocate to Chicago, so he could practice within the culture that is Body Gears and Functional Manual Therapy. Garrett believes, “Body Gears provides the opportunity to have a profoundly positive effect on my patients through the comprehensive approach of Functional Manual Therapy. This treatment approach, along with appropriate one-on-one patient time, helps me develop a deep understanding of my patients’ needs.”

Through Garrett’s athletic accomplishments, he understands what it takes to physically perform at a high level. Whether his patient is an elite athlete or a person just wanting to enjoy life, Garrett uses his experiences to help his patients reach their optimal function.

In his free time, Garrett leads an active lifestyle; he enjoys playing soccer, running half-marathons, lifting weights, hiking, or anything new that helps expand his understanding of movement. When he wants to relax, Garrett enjoys listening to music, watching sports, and collecting vinyl records.

Erica Burhop Meet the Chicago West Loop Team

Dr. Erica Burhop
PT, DPT, OCS

Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Women’s Health Therapist

Clinic Manager

Dr. Erica Burhop deserves more than 5 stars.  She has been my physical therapist for over a year as I have recovered from two major hip surgeries while in my early 20’s. I have been to several physical therapists, but after finding Erica, I will never go to anyone else.  She is smart, sweet, and genuinely wants to help her patients. Her extensive knowledge allowed for the most well-rounded treatment a person could ever dream for.”

Megan P. (Body Gears Graduate)

Learn more about Erica
Dr. Erica Burhop earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She continued on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marquette in 2012, with an extra focus on neurological rehabilitation. After graduation, Erica moved to the East Coast to work at a rehabilitation hospital specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. During that time, she spent time working alongside a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon maximizing pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Since joining the Body Gears team in 2015, Erica continues to pursue excellence in every facet of her the physical therapy profession. She completed the Functional Manual Therapy® Orthopedic Residency through the Institute of Physical Art, as well as being awarded the distinction of Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in early 2017.  She has also broadened her scope of practice to include Women’s Health and is an advocate for pre-natal and postpartum physical therapy services, specifically our Wiggle Room and Humpty Dumpty programs. She has also completed Functional Dry Needling certification to improve patient outcomes and a healthy return to activity.

Erica grew up swimming (more than she’d like to admit) in the competitive Chicagoland club swimming circuit, and she continues to support club swimming through her niece and nephew. In her free time, she can be found running, trying new and exhilarating activities like trapeze, and reacquainting herself with the city she can finally call “home” again.

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