Kelly Petrauskas, PT, DPT
Areas of Specialty
Sport-specific training: Roller Derby
Kelly helps roller derby athletes of all skill levels recover from skate related injuries and provides injury prevention via sport related education, rehab, and prehab.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Marquette University, 2012
Bachelor of Exercise Science
Marquette University, 2010
Originally from Naperville, IL, Kelly worked as a travel physical therapist after graduation, allowing her to see patients across the continuum of care and experience life in a variety of regions of the US, from Oregon, to Texas, to Massachusetts and many places in between. She has experience treating patients in hospitals, short and long term rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics, in home, and with telehealth services.
Attending Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI for both her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and her Doctorate of Physical therapy, Kelly was instilled with a commitment to lifelong learning and implementing evidence based treatments. Since graduating she consistently advances her professional education to better serve the roller derby community.
Kelly’s additional coursework includes:
High speed training
Strength and exercise prescription for older adults
Home care for orthopedic injuries
Balance and stabilization
Kelly focuses on functional movement in her approach to physical therapy, with an emphasis on patient-driven goal setting. Building strong rapport with her patients is foundational to her philosophy of caring for the whole person. Empowering her patients to participate in their care helps them develop habits that will keep them healthy and strong once therapy has ended. Kelly believes in the importance of pre-habilitation to prevent injuries before they happen.
Outside of physical therapy, Kelly plays roller derby for the Windy City Rollers and is a captain of her team. She helps train new skaters and volunteers at league events with a focus on fan engagement. She cross trains by lifting weights with her father and brother, hiking with her partner, and taking yoga classes. She loves camping, backpacking and exploring new cities.