Meet the Team
Focused on Your Recovery
Our team is committed to helping you heal smartly while helping you understand the factors that cause and prevent injuries that can keep you from being as active as you'd like to be.
Denise SmithPhysical Therapist, Running Technique Specialist, Owner
Denise Smith graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, is a consultant for the
Russian Olympic/National Triathlon Team, and instructs courses in Kinesiology at McHenry County College. Denise also travels the
country as part of the Pose Method education team with a lecture series on injury prevention and treatment along with the running
technique certification course.
She is a recreational runner and triathlete who loves spending time with her two active children and husband. As a busy mom, Denise understands the importance of using your time wisely and opened Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy to help her patients get better faster and to help athletes run smarter.
Denise has spent her years obtaining certifications that allow her to treat each patient as an individual with a focus on hands-on manual therapy techniques, functional movement patterns, return to sports testing, and advanced treatment of athletes of all levels. Read about Denise's reasons for starting Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy in this article by The Northwest Hearald.
Denise's advanced training includes: Certified Manual Physical Therapist, Pose Certified Running Specialist, Pose Certified Sports Technique Specialist, Functional Movement Screen Specialist, Gary Gray 3DMAPS Specialist, Certified Graston Technique Specialist, Y-Balance Test Specialist, ACL Injury Prevention and Return to Sport Specialist.
Dana TressPhysical Therapist
Dana Tress graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Bradley University in 1997 and joined
Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy in March of 2017. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, but has spent the
majority of her career working in outpatient orthopedics and neurology.
While she enjoys working with all orthopedic conditions and injuries, Dana has focused the last ten years of her career on extensive continuing education and training on dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders, concussion management and treatment, return to play/work progression, as well as headache treatment and management. Dana’s combination of manual skills, functional movement analysis, balance and vestibular techniques, and clinical instruction techniques allow her to personalize each treatment to every individual. Additionally, Dana is a Certified Clinical Instructor, Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, Gary Gray 3DMAPS Specialist, and Graston Technique provider.
In her spare time, Dana enjoys spending time with her two busy children and husband, photography, sports and being outdoors.
Heather MinardOffice Manager
Heather Minard has an Applied Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice and is a certified office manager. While she has a variety of work experience, Heather has spent more than five years in the rehabilitation industry. She joined Smith Physical Therapy and Running Academy in March of 2017 as the office manager.
Heather enjoys learning new skills, interacting with our wonderful patients, and keeping the therapists in line. She is your go-to person for billing and scheduling. Outside of the clinic, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, snowmobiling, and reading.