The Be Fit Professional Staff

Mary Lou Savino

Mary Lou Savino, Owner, PTA, CPT, CPI

Education: B.S. in Health Administration – University of St. Francis, A.A.S. Physical Therapy – Morton College, Certified Personal Trainer – NSCA, Certified Pilates Instructor

Licensed: Physical Therapist Assistant
Practicing Since: 1992

Read featured article about Mary Lou and Be Fit in the January 2015 Suburban Life Magazine!

Mary Lou has been practicing physical therapy since 1992. She has extensive experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. Mary Lou specializes in the use of Pilates as therapeutic exercise in rehab. She successfully incorporates Pilates into therapy treatments emphasizing a practical & functional approach to rehabilitation. Mary Lou’s other experience includes vestibular rehabilitation & aquatic therapy. She also has a strong background in educational & clinical program development teaching Continuing Education seminars. Outside of physical therapy, Mary Lou enjoys running, downhill skiing, horseback riding, nutrition, and animal rescue.


Larissa

Larissa Dobrowolsky

Larissa Dobrowolsky, DPT, Physical Therapist

Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy – Midwestern University, B.S. Exercise Science – Illinois State University

Licensed: Physical Therapist
Practicing Since: 2014

Larissa has graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has completed her clinical at three different locations, focusing on outpatient work and lymphedema. She also has experience with acute and inpatient as well as skilled nursing. Larissa enjoys working in an orthopedic outpatient setting that focuses on one-on-one care and also specializes in vestibular disorders. She is recently married and now living to the area. When she is not at work, Larissa enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with her puppy, Gus, playing trivia and reading books.


Jennifer Lazarz, Physical Therapist

Education: Master of Physical Therapy – University of Miami                                                                           B.S. Psychology – University of Illinois

Licensed: Physical Therapist
Practicing Since: 1992

Jennifer is a licensed physical therapist with her MSPT from the University of Miami and has been practicing since 1998 in all settings with a specialty in vestibular disorders. Jennifer brings great experience to the team and is well versed in several different manual and taping techniques. She is married with 2 children and enjoys volunteering at school as a lunch mom and for other social activities.


Physical Therapist Susan Truchka

Susan Trchka

Susan Trchka, Physical Therapist

Education: B.S. Physical Therapy  – Washington University

Licensed: Physical Therapist
Practicing Since: 1980

Susan is the most experienced therapist at Be Fit. In her 36 years of practice, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, incorporating both practical and functional approaches to rehabilitation. She specializes in kinesiotaping and soft-tissue techniques and soon expects to add a specialization in canine rehabilitation therapy. Susan is married with two adult children—plus her dogs, her Maltese Poodle and Maltese Shih Tzu that she spoils. In her spare time she enjoys card making and reading.


Natalie

Natalie Nocek

Natalie Nocek, Administrative Assistant/Rehab Technician

Education: B.A. Kinesiology                                                                                        Western Illinois University

Natalie is one of our rehabilitation techs at Be Fit. She graduated from Western Illinois University in May of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Community Health. She assists the physical therapists by aiding patients with their exercises and helping them to better understand how the human body works. She not only does hands on work such as rolling and stretching, but is experienced in other modalities as well, such as ultrasounds and electric stimulation.  In her spare time, Natalie enjoys working out, walking her dog Rylee, and cooking.


Montel

Montel Viudez

Montel Viudez, Rehab Technician

Education: B.S. Health Science                                                                               University of Missouri

Montel is also a rehabilitation technician at Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates. He has recently graduated from the University of Missouri in May of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science and a minor in Psychology. He is currently at Fox College obtaining his Physical Therapist Assistant Degree and does an excellent job of working one-on-one with our patients to make sure they are prepared for treatment and that their exercises are getting done properly as well. In his spare time Montel enjoys watching his Chicago Bulls, Bears, and Missouri Tigers. He also enjoys playing basketball, golf, and hanging out with his family and friends.


Ashley Pac

Ashley Pac, Physical Therapist Assistant

Education: A.A.S. Physical Therapy
Fox College

Ashley graduated from Fox College in August 2016. Before coming to Be Fit, she was a front desk manager for a occupational medicine private practice, working with both physicians and physical therapists. There she got to see how patients progressed from medical treatment and through the physical therapy process. However, her high school athletic trainer played the crucial role in her desire to go into physical therapy because of the results she saw when he helped student athletes. When not at work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family.


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Connie Heniades

Connie Heniades, Patient Care Coordinator

Education: B.A. Political Science & Urban Studies,                                            Elmhurst College

She has over 15 years experience in various healthcare industries, including working as a medical provider relations administrator in the health insurance industry, as a physician group administrator for independent physician organizations, and as a dental office assistant manager. Connie also has extensive experience in working in the business side of healthcare practices. In her spare time she enjoys being involved in many volunteer organizations as well as spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.


Jesse Daniels

Jesse Daniels, Marketing Communications                                        Assistant

Education: M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications,                               Northwestern University

Jesse is responsible for the Be Fit publications and social media. He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in 2004 and a Master of Science in 2016. Jesse has previous health-related experience working as an intake assistant at Automated Health Systems. Most recently, he worked as a communications intern with The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys roller skating and, browsing Twitter, and attending opera. 


Mary French

Mary French, Pilates Instructor

Education: Certified Stott Level 1 & 2 Pilates Instructor                                   AFAA-Certified Personal Trainer                                                       MELT Method Instructor                                                                   TRX Trainer

Mary is an AFAA certified trainer and has been teaching fitness for 33 years. During this time she realized her love for Pilates, and became a STOTT level 1 & 2 instructor 15 years ago. Since TRX uses a Pilates base, Mary also became a TRX trainer 5 years ago and 3 years later became a MELT instructor to help others ease every day pain. She has a strong passion for educating others about the benefits of MELT & Pilates. Along with teaching fitness to adults, she currently teaches physical education here in Downers Grove.