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Daniel J. O'Connor, P.T., President

Upon graduating from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center in June of 1977 with a degree in Physical Therapy, I worked in various outpatient settings. The desire to provide the best possible individualized, one-on-one treatment for people with orthopedic conditions, motivated me to establish Sportho Physical Therapy, Ltd., in the spring of 1983.

My unwavering commitment to providing the best possible care to those in need of physical therapy, remains my number one priority. With this goal in mind, I have continued with post-professional education, in order to stay abreast of new techniques, which would expedite the rehabilitation process. Additionally, I have invested in the expansion of Sportho Physical Therapy, Ltd., in overall physical size to include the Aquatic and Work Conditioning Wings, as well as, state-of-the-art equipment. More importantly, I have added highly qualified staff to maintain one-on-one care of our patients.

"Though I have been practicing physical therapy since 1977, I am as passionate and devoted to those in need of physical therapy as I was when I entered the profession and treated my first patient. I remain very active in patient care and enthusiastic about the benefits of physical therapy in relation to the restoration of function in the spring of 1983. In 2014, I chose to join an excellent organization that would allow me to continue to practice Physical Therapy the way I think it was meant to be.  We became a franchisee with Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers.  We can now work on builiding our business without compromise.  Because we have been able to achieve, what I feel, are remarkable results through the use of Aquatics and because I want to be able to offer our form of  therapy to the members of our community, we are now Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers - Chicago."


Judith Polkow, PT, CFP

Judy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 with a Physical Therapy degree. She received a Master's in Health Science in 1989. Judy has worked in various outpatient orthopedic settings, including owning her own clinic. She became a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2000. Judy believes enormous functional improvements can be made through an exciting and progressive thought process that creates a higher level of thinking for the patient. In addition, she rehabilitated Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1985-86 NBA basketball season. Judy enjoys a variety of sports, which helps her perspective while treating patients.

Diane T., Administrative Assistant

Diane joined the staff of Sportho Physical Therapy, Ltd in December of 1985, prior to Managed Care, PPO's and the never-ending changes in Insurance restrictions and requirements. Having undergone extensive physical therapy at Sportho, Diane knows firsthand its importance in the restoration of one's function. She continues to navigate through Insurance contracts and policies, providing Sportho's patients with a better understanding of their benefits, requirements, coverage and costs. Diane remains dedicated to securing Physical Therapy treatment for all those in need despite insurance limitations. Striving to provide a high standard of customer service from beginning to end, she is always available to answer questions and assist in any way necessary.


Our "in house" mascot is a black Labrador Retriever. Whelped February 14, 2014. 

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