Physical Therapy & Vestibular Rehabilitation

Balance Chicago was founded in 2006 by Dr. Michele Kehrer, PT, DPT. Dr. Kehrer started Balance Chicago to help those that typically are not helped by other medical professionals. She wanted to change the way physical therapy was offered to be more patient focused rather than impairment focused. It is important that each patient is treated as a whole person not a body part. Getting the root cause is imperative to each person’s care. She likes to say that we practice the art of medicine here at Balance Chicago. She is an innovator in the field of vestibular rehabilitation whose work has been featured in such publications as Martha Stewart Living and Oprah Magazine.

Balance Chicago is dedicated to balancing and restoring the health of our patients to get them back to doing what they love. We offer elite physical therapy care to treat a multitude of ailments including dizziness and balance issues, post-surgical care, post-mastectomy care, neck and back pain, sports-related injuries, and more!

Our core values are Lifelong learning, Exceptional care, Always grateful, and Dream team. We uphold these values to provide top care for our patients. Our specialty is vestibular rehabilitation. We treat a variety of vestibular disorders including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis, concussions, and Meniere’s disease. More than 90 percent of our patients report complete alleviation of their symptoms. Our approach focuses on the most current and innovative research to ensure patients are returning to their daily activities and lives as quickly as possible.

See Our Patients Success Stories

Kim
Kim
Balance Chicago Patient
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I found Balance Chicago in November 2018 after three months of suffering a 76% loss of function in my left ear caused by Vestibular Neuritis. My days at that time were physically dizzy and unbalanced, and mentally frustrating and exhausting. At that point I had seen a number if medical professionals and already completed two months of physical therapy, and not received much relief. Most doctors had nothing for me and other than anxiety and depression medications, which in fact made me more dizzy and anxious than I was without them. Of course, this was not my final answer. The couple of doctors that were helpful encouraged me to keep moving and referred me to another specialist. In between those appointments, I went to a support group meeting at Balance Chicago. It was there that I first heard the words, "we can help you." I literally cried and within a few days had my first appointment and started VRT (Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy). It wasn't an easy journey and during my six months of VRT, the staff worked with me each step. Helping me through moments of frustration and tears, encouraging me, and celebrating the breakthrough moment with me. Iafter two years, I have not yet gained back all of the function in my left ear. But I last tested at 90%. I still have varied levels of feeling unbalanced and dizzy, but through my work at Balance Chicago, I gained confidence and in my ability to get around on my own and adapt to my new or current "normal." I am a strong independent person living and functioning to my fullest with and despite having a Vestibular Disorder known as PPPD. Don't give up. Hope is always there. Thank you, Balance Chicago for being a big part of my journey in hope.
Javiar
Javiar
Balance Chicago Patient
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I had an amazing time working with the team at Balance Chicago. I was treated with the utmost respect, and I always felt like the top priority with the physical therapist I was with that day. The team and I developed a good camaraderie, and I highly recommend that anyone in need of physical therapy go to Balance Chicago to have their work done. In my seven years of dealing with my back issues from football and going to physical therapy, chiropractors, and doctors, only Balance Chicago has managed to give me a more thorough understanding of what is causing me pain, how to relieve it, and actually helped me feel a lot more confident and a lot less pain in my back. The team truly is incredible, and even when facing issues with finances, I was able to receive help from the dutiful workers upfront. Truly, Balance Chicago is the best physical therapy clinic I have ever attended.
Christina
Christina
Balance Chicago Patient
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I had such a positive experience at Balance Chicago. I went in with lower back pain that has been on and off for several years. This was my first time doing PT so I didn't quite know what to expect. The atmosphere is super friendly and open to changing different exercises if they weren't working for me. After going for a couple of months I finally "graduated" and they gave me the tools I needed to continue my therapy at home. I worked with Clayton and Maria regularly and they are just the best! I honestly miss going just to hang out with those two. I would recommend Balance Chicago to anyone who is in need of physical therapy. Like Share
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