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We firmly believe that the therapist and the patient should decide the plan of care – not the insurance company. You shouldn’t have to go back to your activities without feeling ready. Nor should you have to wait for pain in order to seek knowledge on how to prevent it. We give you back your control and provide you the care you deserve with treatment plans customized around YOU.

Denise Smith

Crystal Lake Clinic
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

Crystal Lake Clinic
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 in March of 2017. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, but has spent most her career working in outpatient orthopedics and neurology.

While she enjoys working with all orthopedic conditions and injuries, Dana has focused more than half 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 Concussion Specialist, Certified Clinical Instructor, Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, Gary Gray 3DMAPS Specialist, and Graston Technique® provider.

Abby Schenk

St. Charles Clinic
Physical Therapist, Running Technique Specialist

Abby Schenk is proud to be a part of Smith Physical Therapy and Running Academy. She was born and raised in Ohio and then studied Allied Health and Pre-med at Otterbein College. She was captain for the Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor track team during her undergraduate years. After graduation, Abby obtained her doctorate in physical therapy at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania in 2013. Initially she grew a passion in neuromuscular disorders when she covered clinicals at the Rehabilitation Institution of Ohio but soon felt pulled to work in orthopedics and sports medicine. 

Following graduation, Abby moved to Chicago with her husband where she began working for Advocate Medical Group, where she excelled working in the athletic and sport populations. She also enjoyed working registry at Marian Joy Rehabilitation and Delnor Hospital. Abby specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and sports-specific training for all athletic populations. Her specialties include utilization of Rock tape, Rock blades, ASTYM, myofascial release, and other manual techniques. In 2018, Abby became a Pose certified running technique specialist. 

During her personal time, Abby enjoys all physical activities including skiing, running, CrossFit, and Olympic lifting. Between 2015 and 2016 she completed the Cleveland, Boston marathon, and Fox Valley Marathon. Traveling the world with her husband and spending time with her Labrador retriever is Abby’s way to relax and enjoy life.

Ashley Dougvillo

Crystal Lake Clinic

Ashley Dougvillo joined Smith Physical Therapy and Running Academy in 2019. She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2008, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. She then went on to attend Northwestern University in Chicago, IL to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. She is a Certified Manual Therapist and has additionally obtained specialty certifications in the Pose Method of running, kinesiotaping, FMS/SFMA, and ASTYM.

Ashley has a true passion for working with all age levels and abilities, but as both a runner and mother, she has a special interest in treating running-related injuries and women’s health. She is a McHenry County native having grown up and spent most of her life in Spring Grove, IL. When she is away from the office, Ashley enjoys trail running, hiking, exploring history and spending time with her family.


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