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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 Smith Physical Therapist
Denise Smith
Physical 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 Tress Physical Therapist
Dana Tress
Physical 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.




Sarah Hodge Marketing Director
Sarah Hodge
Marketing Director

Sarah Hodge joined Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy as the Director of Marketing in December 2015. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Sarah's Certificate of Interactive Marketing from NIU reflects her intensive study of topics such as social media strategy and monitoring, website usability and analytics, and search engine optimization. She also obtained a Certificate in Professional Selling and spent her early career in a business-to-buisness sales role, providing corporations and business owners with customized, efficient business solutions. Sarah is a casual athlete and is familiar with the stresses athletes put on their bodies from her time playing high school and club level volleyball. She is excited to help spread the word about the benefits of the variety of concierge services Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy has to offer!




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