katie the fit institute

Katie Budz , DPT

  • Sports Medicine & Pediatrics
  • Former Division III Basketball Player- Dominican University Chicago

Katie earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2018. She has experience treating a variety of patients ranging from adolescent athletes and weekend warriors to older adults with orthopedic injuries. She is a former collegiate athlete playing 4 years of Division III basketball at Dominican University in Chicago. A season-ending ACL tear during her basketball career opened her eyes to the movement/muscle imbalances in her own body and introduced her to the profession of physical therapy. This injury experience fueled her passion for injury prevention and teaching the importance of proper movement patterns in youth athletes.

Katie believes in a whole-body approach to physical therapy. Her treatment style is focused on hands-on manual therapy using a multitude of soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques that are especially applicable to the athletic population. She is dedicated to providing evidenced-based interventions and comprehensive patient education in order to empower clients to maximize their potential, whether that means being in top shape for athletic performance or simply living pain-free.

Katie grew up in Orland Park, IL and attended Providence Catholic High School. She continues to play in recreational women’s basketball leagues and enjoys running, skiing, and mentoring students interested in the physical therapy profession. She is also a participatory member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA).