I am a high energy instructor with great evidence based information and hands on skill. I love teaching courses and demonstrating new innovative ways to think outside the box.
I combine my eclectic background as a physical therapist, certified Pilates instructor, certified group fitness instructor, certified personal trainer, and private practice clinic owner into an overall comprehensive approach when treating my patients. My focus is on improving daily function through innovative yet effective, safe, and evidence-based treatments. I think it is important to challenge oneself and think outside the box to keep things interesting and fun in rehab. -Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT, NCS
Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT, NCS,is the founder and owner of Advanced Physical Therapy and Health Services in Park Ridge, Illinois. She enjoys treating people of various conditions and of all ages, including neurologic, orthopedic, and vestibular. However, Sara and her clinic specialize in the evaluation and treatment of various neurological diagnoses, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, gait, balance disorders, and peripheral and central vestibulopathies. Sara has developed successful treatment programs for the neurologically-involved patient that focus on using current concepts in the health and fitness world and findings from evidence-based research. She incorporates her philosophy of “total health and well- being” when developing her comprehensive rehabilitation programs. Dr. Koveleski Kraut established a successful clinic by effectively communicating with local neurologists and providing successful outcomes for her patients diagnosed with neurological diseases.
Sara earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. She completed her professional practicum at The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis, the largest and most comprehensive research center in the world dedicated to spinal cord injuryresearch. Upon graduation from PT school, she received an award for excellence in clinical education. Since graduation, Sara regularly returned to the university as a guest lecturer. Dr. Koveleski Kraut is a board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
Still running her private practice and seeing patients, Dr. Koveleski Kraut officially joined the Physical Therapy faculty at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2015. Teaching in the DPT curriculum, she focuses on clinical applications in the neurologic and vestibular settings. Sara also leads multiple student research groups studying the effectiveness of group exercise on balance and fall risk in community-dwelling older adults. She is also part of a interprofessional team of researchers at the university performing a Department of Defense-funded research study on improving balance confidence in trans-tibial prosthesis users.
She also provides local community education regarding health issues and rehabilitation. Sara is an active member of the APTA (Private Practice Section) and Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), as well as the IPTA’s Illinois Network of Independent Physical Therapists, in which she currently serves as Secretary.
Aside from her professional involvement in physical therapy, Sara stays active in the health and fitness world. She is a certified Pilates instructor, AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, an ACE certified personal trainer. Sara continues to teach community-based fitness classes at local health clubs and the park district. Sara has an extensive history of working with Bally Total Fitness in the media and has promoted health and fitness at multiple local Chicago events, including the Taste of Chicago, the NBC Health and Fitness Expo, and local news reports. She has also participated in several marathons. Sara incorporates her healthy, active lifestyle into the development of comprehensive rehabilitation programs.
Dr. Koveleski Kraut is passionate about education and is always excited to share her 15+ years of clinical experience with therapists around the country, as she has been a national educator for over a decade.