PHYSICAL THERAPY | PERSONAL TRAINING

We are a physical therapy and personal training facility in Chicago.  As fitness certified trainers, we provide exceptional service that is paramount in assisting clients during their recovery and journey to optimal performance.  With this multidisciplinary approach, we offer a continuum of care for our patients/clients and bridge the gap between rehabilitation and sports performance training.

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Mary Kate Casey
Mary Kate CaseyDPT
Movement Specialist
CAFS­ Certified Applied Functional Science
Graston Technique Certified
Concussion Management Specialist
Four Time National Champion Lacrosse Player at Northwestern University

Mary Kate is a former collegiate lacrosse player with four National Championships as a member of the Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse team. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and currently specializes in sports medicine rehabilitation. After sustaining an ACL injury her freshman year of college, her interest in physical therapy began. Now, with three years of experience in the physical therapy profession, Mary Kate saw an opportunity to bridge the gap between sports performance and injury prevention. As a former collegiate athlete and experienced physical therapist, Mary Kate felt something was missing for those athletes who train extended hours to excel in their sport, yet continuously need to fend off injuries. Her methodology pre and post injury focus on the assessment of muscle imbalances, recruitment of specific muscles, stabilization of muscle groups and integration of proper mechanical loading during sport specific activities. Mary Kate addresses individual’s weakness with a hand on approach with manual therapy techniques, Graston Technique, myofascial release, neuromuscular control and dynamic flexibility. She believes everybody should have a thorough movement analysis annually to reduce injury and improve efficient during daily and recreation activities.

After a six-month recovery, Mary Kate was prepared to return to the field and play again. To sustain the demands of training 3 hours a day/6 days a week, Mary Kate had to follow a strict program that not only focused on strength, speed, agility, and quickness but also included flexibility, balance, mechanical and proprioceptive training during sport specific activities. This is where her holistic approach to injury prevention, sports performance, and mental preparation came to fruition. This unique combination of training helped her become a successful athlete throughout her collegiate career and into young adulthood. She now treats the general orthopedic population as well as sports-related injuries of all ages.

Luigi Degirolamo
Luigi DegirolamoCPT
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Youth Exercise Specialist
NASM Senior Exercise Specialist
NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist
Illinois Youth my Soccer Coaching License

Luigi is a certified personal trainer and former collegiate soccer player who specializes in strength and conditioning, individual personal training and soccer instruction. His diverse background includes six years of personal training, exposure to physical therapy as a rehab assistant, and a head soccer coach at the high school and club level. Luigi has a combination of skills to assist each individual in achieving their goals and becoming a strong and healthy individual. His eagerness to help others and keen attention to detail sets Luigi apart from other trainers in the industry.

Luigi is a certified Illinois Youth Soccer Coach and currently coaches the Wilmette Wings. His coaching strategies include team work, communication, perseverance, and determination. He works hard to instill those characteristics in each of his players and stresses the importance of those qualities during individual and group training sessions.

Luigi grew up In Morton Grove, IL, attended Notre Dame College Prep and continued his soccer career at Benedictine University. During his two-year tenure with the Eagles, Luigi spent many hours in the weight room and on the field mastering his skills and fitness. In his free time, Luigi enjoys running, coaching soccer, and spending his free time with his wife.

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“Working with Mary Kate was worthwhile. She did an excellent job resolving an overuse injury I received from rowing. In addition to resolving the injury, Mary Kate helped me strengthen weak muscles on my non­dominant rowing side and created an injury prevention training plan to help me steer clear of imbalances in the future. Something that I thought was invaluable about Mary Kate’s approach was that she educated me about the biomechanics of my injury. This helped me understand why my injury happened and what I can do to prevent it in the future. I think understanding injuries is very pertinent for elite athletics. I think this experience helped me grow as an athlete.”
– Kenneth Michalec, Junior World Champion Rower, Princeton Lightweight Rowing

“I had the privilege of working with Mary Kate about two years ago. My ankles were in bad shape as a pro basketball player, and I needed to focus on improving consistency and reliability of my body. Over the couple months I worked with Mary Kate, I saw improvements in ankle strength and mobility as well as the rest of my legs; including my hips and Achilles’ tendons, both also crucial to a basketball player’s abilities on the court. As a former college athlete (and multi­year national champion) herself, Mary Kate knows the importance of pushing through pain, difficulty, and fatigue in order to achieve a goal. In this case the goal was to stop my ankles from continually keeping me from the game I love. Mary Kate didn’t let me cut corners and ensured the various exercises were going to help improve my overall basketball game and performance. To this day I still have the detailed sheet of exercises she gave me and continue to use them to maintain the improved strength and stability of my ankles, especially before games. “
– Reggie Hearn, Professional Basketball Player, Reno Bighorns, Northwestern University 

“I was fortunate to meet Luigi two years ago when I was suffering from IT Band Syndrome as well as other aches and pains. Luigi helped me get rid of all my pain and improved my strength and balance at the same time. I referred my daughter and granddaughter to Luigi as well. Turns out I was moving more weight than my 18 yr. old granddaughter. I highly recommend Luigi for all your fitness needs.”
– Janet Hunter, Client recovering from knee pain, Glenview, IL

“I have worked out with multiple trainers before but I feel that since I have worked out with Luigi that he is in a league of his own. He knows how to work around an injury and how to still make you strong and able to deal with the everyday movements that you have to deal with in life. I thought I was not going to be able to enjoy certain activities after my back and foot injury but I now can do anything because of the strength training that I have received from Luigi. “
– Renee Burnes, Former Cheerleader focusing health and wellness, Glenview. IL

“ I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times ”
BRUCE LEE