Concierge Therapy

Every session is one-on-one with a physical therapist focused on helping you recover from your injury and manage your pain.

Prepare to Train

Understand that technique matters. Address the habits holding you back from running faster, farther, and without pain.

Prevent Injuries

Knowledge is power. Pain is not. Learn how proactive maintenance will ensure you don't get hurt.

Return to Play

After a concussion or injury, we'll make sure you or your child is fully ready to return to your sport.


Customize Your Care

You and your therapist determine your treatment progrm, without the restrictions of your insurance company. Sessions are one-on-one without the use of rehabilitation aides. Our unique approach to therapy breaks the mold to allow for a personalized approach resulting in faster recovery times.

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Progress Your Performance

Bringing education on the skill of running to McHenry, Cook, and Lake Counties. Smith Running Academy helps runners in and around Chicago to learn proper form and help your running technique. Through video analysis, drill instruction, and strengthening and flexibility training, our Certified Running Technique Specialists educate you on how to train safely—without pain or fear of injury.

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From the Blog

​This spring we were lucky to have an intern from Prairie Ridge High School, Jena Berkland. This rock star student spent 5 weeks learning about physical therapy with a special focus on running-related injuries and concussion prevention. Jena is headed to Concordia University in St. Paul, MN where she is playing soccer and hopes to attend physical therapy school after completing her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. Read below to learn what Jena experienced in her time with Dana and Denise:

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Friday, March 23, 2018

PT Moment with Dana and Denise

PT Moment - Episode 2: Understanding a Vestibular Exam

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Running Injury Prevention

Watch this Facebook Live video with Denise to learn her 3 tips for as you kick off this running season to prevent injuries and improve your performance. Make it your goal to run faster, run longer, and run without an injury this year!

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