Amy Pawlik, PT, DPT, CCS

Meet Amy...

Amy is the co-owner of Vitality and is a board-certified cardiopulmonary physical therapist. She specializes in rehabilitation of orthopedic, neurological, and cardiovascular conditions. For over a decade, Amy worked as a PT in the ICU at University of Chicago Medical Center. There, she worked in all aspects of PT as she helped patients overcome severe injuries and heal from complex surgeries. Despite the high stress of treating patients in the ICU, Amy’s calm and steady demeanor stands out to her patients, who appreciate her pragmatic and empathetic approach to physical therapy.

Amy has an extensive medical background and is an educator at heart. Her work has taken her from teaching and research opportunities in Chicago to lecture and mentoring opportunities nationally and internationally. She also helped build new programs at the University of Chicago from the ground up.

Today, Amy brings her experience and research background to Vitality, where she helps women overcome a wide range of orthopedic, neurological, and cardiovascular conditions. If you’ve experienced an injury or diagnosis that makes movement more difficult or just can't shake a nagging pain, Amy is your PT.

Amy Pawlik, PT, DPT 

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy

Co-owner & Physical Therapist (Elmhurst)

Why I practice PT...

I am a natural builder and love the idea of meeting women's needs they don't even realize they can receive care for.  At Vitality, this means understanding the needs of women and addressing those needs in an effective, comprehensive way. It’s been a really powerful experience to see firsthand how my work as a physical therapist impacts my patients’ lives for the better. Every step is one we take together and I love the experience of working alongside my patients as they accomplish their goals.

Vitality has given me an incredible opportunity to live a more flexible, focused, and healthy lifestyle, and the feeling of having more control over my life is something I want to give back to every woman who comes to Vitality.


● Hillegass E, Fick A, Pawlik AJ, et al. Supplemental oxygen utilization during physical therapy interventions. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2014;25(2):38-49.

  • ● Pawlik AJ, Kress JP. Issues affecting the delivery of physical therapy services for individuals with critical illness. Phys Ther. 2013 Feb;93(2):256-65.
  • ● Pawlik AJ. Early mobilization in the management of critical illness. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;24(3):481-90.
  • ● Pohlman MC, Schweickert WD, Pohlman AS, Nigos C, Pawlik AJ, et al. Feasibility of physical and occupational therapy beginning from initiation of mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2010; 38(11): 2089-94.
  • ● Schweickert WD, Pohlman MC, Pohlman AS, Nigos C, Pawlik AJ, et al. Physical and occupational therapy in mechanically intubated, critically ill patients: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2009 May 30;373(9678):1874-82.
  • To learn more about Amy check out her blog!


Doctor of Physical Therapy: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2003

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science: Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 1999

Board Certification

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy


American Physical Therapy Association

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary and Acute Care Sections, APTA

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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