Dr. Isabella Badalament was born and raised in metro Detroit. She is a recent physical therapy graduate who brought her skill set from the Motor City to the Windy City. She is extremely eager and dedicated to making a difference in her patients’ lives. Her philosophy is not to just fix the impairment, but to optimize her patient’s overall physical well-being. Therefore, she includes her patients in every decision made and treats each patient as if they are a member of her own family.
Dr. Isabella says her interest in orthopedics stems from being a figure skater for over 20 years. She grew up understanding the importance of balance and precision, and during winter weekends, you will find her skating at Millennium Park or the Maggie Daley Ribbon.
Fascinated by integrating fitness and human anatomy, Dr. Isabella has wanted to be a physical therapist since high school. She finds great joy in helping people, whether the favor is big or small. She grew up in a family with many healthcare professionals, seeing the importance of how all different medical specialties collaborate and work with each other and the vital role physical therapy has on a patient’s care.
Dr. Isabella earned her Bachelor of Health Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She completed her clinical rotations in mostly outpatient settings. She says she has always loved the outpatient setting, because she can watch the patient go from their most vulnerable state back to a level of normalcy. Dr. Isabella has worked with an array of patient populations, ranging from 4-97 years old along with a plethora of conditions.
Dr. Isabella says she chose Balance Chicago because of the team-based approach the clinic follows. The warm staff immediately instills trust in their patients, which makes the patients feel at ease; the clinicians are knowledgeable and go the extra mile to help their patients; and the front desk is so efficient and ensures all patients are taken care of. She also believes Balance Chicago’s specialization in vestibular therapy helps many with an illness that can be very disabling.