Riverside Medical Physical Therapy

Phone:  847-259-2000 | Fax: 847-259-2002


Thank you for choosing Riverside Medical Physical Therapy!

We are made up of two Doctors of Physical Therapy and a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant all with over 10 years of experience. We strive to create a strong therapeutic alliance with our patients through continuity of care and one-on-one scheduling of a patient for a 45-minute session. Here at Riverside Physical Therapy, we believe the best way to optimize your function and achieve your goals is by combining evidence-based practice, patient preference, and therapist experience to create an individualized plan of care. We have created a small, friendly environment to create a comfortable and compassionate setting for patients of all functional levels throughout all stages of healing.

Scott Wendell, DPT, SCS, ATC/L

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Board Certified Clinical Sports Specialist
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer

Scott is a graduate of Marquette University for both his undergraduate degree in athletic training and his doctoral degree in physical therapy. He joined Riverside in 2011 after working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic for two years. Scott has experience in orthopedics, sports medicine, and vestibular rehabilitation.Scott has specialized training in sports medicine. He is one of less than 50 board certified sports specialists in Illinois. He works with athletes of all ages and abilities to restore them to their optimal level of function and return to sport.Scott was born and raised in Buffalo Grove and now lives in Arlington Heights with his wife and two kids. Scott is a member of American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the orthopedics and sports sections of the APTA.

Alison Raker, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • CAPP- Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy

Ali is a graduate of Marquette University for both her undergraduate degree in psychology and her doctoral degree in physical therapy. She joined Riverside in 2016 after working in an outpatient clinic and in a hospital setting. She has experience in women’s health, orthopedics, chronic pain, balance dysfunction, and vestibular rehabilitation. Ali has additional specialized training in pelvic floor therapy and in myofascial release. She has her advanced achievement certification through the APTA in pelvic floor dysfunction. She works with women and men with pelvic pain, incontinence, and post-operatively. She also works with women during pregnancy and postpartum. She works with patient’s of all ages to restore them to normal life, and do all the things they need to do.Ali grew up in Downers Grove, and now lives in Chicago in the Lincoln Square neighborhood with her husband. Ali is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and of the pelvic health section of the APTA. She likes to be active biking, running, and swimming.

Jennifer Fick, PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Speciality Certification in Orthopedics from EIM

Jenny is a graduate of Elgin Community College for her physical therapist assistant degree. She also has an undergraduate degree in education from Northern Illinois University. She joined Riverside in 2011. She has experience in orthopedics, chronic pain conditions, balance and gait dysfunction, geriatrics, and neurological conditions.

Jenny earned her specialty certification in orthopedics from Evidence in Motion. She works with patients of all ages and abilities to help restore function, decrease pain, and return them to the activities they love. She works with patients post-operatively, chronic conditions, and non-surgical patients

Jenny grew up in Mount Prospect and enjoys hanging out at roller skating rinks. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing the piano.

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The Role of Physical Therapy PT saves time, money, and improves the function

PT Saves Time

Choosing physical therapy means you feel better faster. A study in 2004 found those who chose physical therapy within six weeks of the onset of pain or injury had better outcomes. Additionally, the quicker patients sought out therapy, the better they felt, and the quicker they returned to normal life. By seeking out physical therapy, patients experienced better function, general health, mood, and quality of life.

PT Saves Money

Physical therapy saves money in the long run. A study in 2015 indicated that health care costs were 50% lower when patients were referred to PT instead of receiving advanced imaging from their doctor. The savings were over 70% over the course of one year when patients utilized physical therapy first for the management of musculoskeletal injuries.

PT Improves Function

Participating in physical therapy for back pain is connected with a decrease in disability. A study in 2006 showed when patients had physical therapy for back pain, they had an improvement in function. Additionally, these improvements in function were most notable when physical therapy was sought out within one month of onset of pain.

Decreases use of Pain medication

Opioid use has been on the rise. However, physical therapy can reduce the number of opioids – both long and short term – a person uses. A study in 2018 showed that choosing physical therapy correlated with a statistically significant decrease in overall use and prescribed dosage of opioids.


Common Conditions We Treat

Chronic pain/Injury

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arthritis
  • Poor Posture
  • Joint Pain
  • Tendonitis/Tendonopathy
  • Joint Sprains
  • Muscle Strains


  • Joint Replacements
  • Rotator Cuff Repairs
  • Meniscus Repairs
  • ACL Repairs
  • Spine/Back Surgery
  • Cesarean Delivery
  • Hysterectomy/oophorectomy
  • Prostatectomy


  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Imbalance
  • Fall Prevention
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
  • Pre/Post Natal
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Constipation

Patient Expectations

  • To get in for an evaluation in a timely manner
  • To verify your insurance and benefits prior to your arrival
  • To be referred to another facility if your insurance or condition are not well suited for our practice
  • To deliver the most cost-effective and optimal care
  • To be seen promptly at your scheduled appointment time

Riverside Physical Therapy has been operating within the same building as its physicians for nearly 20 years.  Since 2011, the physical therapy practice has been owned and operated by the physicians in order to streamline communication, improve efficiency, and convenience for all of Riverside’s patients. In addition to treating patients that are within the Riverside family, Riverside Physical Therapy is open to all patients who are medically appropriate. Since October of 2019, the State of Illinois has permitted direct access to physical therapy treatment without a prior prescription from a physician. Riverside Physical Therapy is conveniently located within the same building as Riverside Medical. Come see us!

3411 N. Arlington Heights IL, 60004



Monday-Thursday 7:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday 7:00 am-1:00 pm

Saturday 7:00 am-1:00 pm


At Riverside Physical Therapy, we encourage you to contact us regarding your insurance benefits and coverage. We take most plans from Medicare, United Healthcare, BCBS, Aetna, Worker’s Comp, Motor Vehicle, and Humana. For information on if we take your specific insurance plan, please call us!

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