Patricia L. Nootbaar, PT


  Pati Matras-Nootbaar received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1976 and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University School of Physical Therapy in 1980. She was employed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital from 1981 through April 2017. During that time, she was a staff physical therapist with interests in neurology and pediatrics. She was an integral part of developing pediatric physical therapy at that time.  She has been a pediatric supervisor, pediatric team leader and mentor to many professionals and student physical therapists throughout her career. She spent that time evaluating and treating in-patients and out-patients; infants, children and young adults with many varieties of diagnoses including prematurity, congenital anomalies, congenital syndromes, chromosomal abnormalities, cerebral palsy and a myriad of neuro-motor dysfunctions. She developed and trained many therapists at Lutheran General especially in the evaluation, treatment, and management of the child with cerebral palsy and their pre-and post-operative intensive physical therapy rehabilitation. Pati has been a primary coordinator of physical therapy of children seen at Advocate Lutheran General’s “Martha Washington Clinic” and “Spina Bifida Clinic.” She was integral in the development of competencies for NICU, PICU, in-and out-patients according to levels of acuity. She has also been an invaluable teacher, mentor and in-house lecturer to medical developmental pediatric resident physicians.

  Pati has 38 years of pediatric experience; is NDTA-trained in basic pediatrics and Baby since 1985. She has been a TES practitioner since 1998, is certified in early intervention and has been a pediatric certified specialist through the ABPTS of the APTA for 20 years.

  Pati’s primary interest is her intuitive knowledge of developmental biomechanics of gait in children and its direct implication in their overall long-term walking goals regardless of their age or level of disability/ability. Pati is adamant in her desire to integrate her physical therapy skills to help her clients achieve “wholeness” and their optimal level of physical, emotional, and neuro-motor function.

  Pati lives in Buffalo Grove with her daughter, Heather, a recent zoology graduate from The Ohio State University. When she is not working, Pati’s passion is dragon boating. She is a left-paddler and sterns man with the Greater Chicago Dragon Boat club.