Stephanie Paluka, Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Cert. MDT - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
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  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
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Stephanie Paluka, PT

  • Physical Therapist, RIC River Forest


Clinical Interests

McKenzie Method specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, spinal diagnoses, and musculoskeletal dysfunction. She also specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and neurological diagnoses including stroke, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injury and brain injury. She enjoys working with Crossfit clients to prevent injury and maximize performance.

Education, Residency and Internship


Florida Gulf Coast University, Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy

Additional Information

RIC River Forest

Certifications & Licenses

Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment 

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