Kimberly Painter, PT, DPT
Education: BA in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL; Doctor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL
Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)
Focus/Emphasis: Orthopedics, manual therapy, low back, sacroiliac joint, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle rehabilitation
Interests: Running, yoga/hot yoga, crafting, and spending time with family and friends
Personal Quote: “Take a moment and contemplate the gift you were given and how you are using that gift, that calling, to make this world a better place.” This is a quote from one of my biology undergraduate professors. He always gave very insightful advice to us as future clinicians, that you can be whatever you want to be, but you must do something that you love and that makes you happy. This quote is something I hold close to my heart in the fact that I love helping my patients and I believe that I was brought into this profession to strengthen and educate others.
Resources from Kimberly Painter
Have you ever had a day or even a week where your stress controls how you go about your daily activities? Does it ever seem like you can’t complete all of your tasks or some movements just feel uncomfortable? The amount of stress you experience each day can lead to...
Do you ever feel like you are super busy, and your stress levels are through the roof? Did you know that exercise is actually a stress reliever? Any type of exercise can actually help reduce your stress levels! Let’s talk a bit about exercise and how important it can...
How Can You Fit Exercise Into Your Daily Routine and Make it Fun and Easy? They say when you love your work, it doesn't feel like work. The same concept is true for exercising. Exercising can be fun and easy! 1. Make it a Family Activity Practice a sport together...
Most of the time, we think of shoes as a fashion accessory... However, it is also important to remember that shoes are used to help support our body alignment, protect our feet, and make it so we can enjoy our favorite recreational activities. The proper shoes for our...
With proper footwear, we can make corrections for leg length discrepancies, pronation of the feet, and pelvic alignment. Also, it can reduce pain for those with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and sciatica, to name a few.
Sometimes patients come into my office stating that they can’t do a lunge or squat any more due to pain. They mention that if they just do more of them it should get better, right?! I find this to be false because there is something that is keeping them from doing it properly. This is where isolation exercises come in versus the compound exercise (lunge or squat). Let’s talk about the importance between compound versus isolation exercises and which could be of benefit to you!