Aquatic Therapy and Wellness is a complete physical therapy clinic that provides faster and less painful care through the use of our warm water therapy pool, kept consistently at 92 degrees. In water 3 feet to 10 feet deep, we treat patients of all ages, and medical problems.
We specialize in complicated cases such as; Fibromylagia, Spinal Stenosis, Neuropathy, Vertigo and more. We get results with those who have sought help before, and for whatever reason, were unable to get desired results. Our secret is we treat the whole body. We start at the feet and work our way up, not limiting ourselves to the one area causing problems.View FAQs
Shoulder surgery is an example of rehab known to require months of therapy and is usually very painful. In warm water, patients find movements easier, less painful and strength progresses in the “overhead“ range more quickly.
Water is also an ideal therapy environment for those suffering from low back pain. The water provides quick pain relief. When pain is reduced, patients are better equipped to strengthen their core and perform stretching exercises. This is necessary to stabilize and reduce pain when on land. If a bad knee or hip is the cause of low back pain, we treat the entire cause in the water during a single session.
Kelley is the owner and chief Physical Therapist. Kelley earned her degree at the University of New Mexico and immediately continued with her Master of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University in Illinois 35 years ago. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings eventually finding her niche in the water. Certified by Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI) and training through the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), Kelley adapted traditional therapy to water addressing the need of those patients with complicated cases such as; chronic pain, fibromyalgia and neuropathy. Kelley is a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the APTA’s Private Practice and Aquatic Sections.
John brings more than 10 years of combined physical therapy and clinical psychology experience to ATW. After earning his Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Houston, John worked as a member of a multidisciplinary team in the residential psychiatric treatment setting. John earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University and is passionate about the psychology of physical rehabilitation and positive outcomes. At ATW, John utilizes this skill set to provide patients a comprehensive treatment experience. John serves to further education of new therapists as our CCCE for professional PT and PTA programs. Dr. Novak is a proud member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the APTA’s Aquatic Physical Therapy Section.
Lori originally studied nursing prior to becoming a licensed PTA over 30 years ago. She has worked in various facilities throughout the Chicago market specifically in the areas of in and outpatient rehabilitation, acute care, home health, sports clinics and now at ATW.
Becky became a PTA as s second career over 15 years ago and we are so glad she did! In her nurturing way, Becky has worked with adults and children through inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics and home health. Her current focus is in orthopedics with an emphasis on manual and aquatic therapy.
Kelly graduated from Northern Illinois University with her degree in Kinesiology. She is also certified through the Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI) and is currently conducting our MEDICALLY MONITORED AQUATIC CLASSES.