Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute 
Sports Medicine
February 2015
In This Issue
Featured Article
Dr. Vekkos
Clinician Focus:
Dr. Leonard Vekkos, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist
Foot & Ankle Wellness Center
at Seven Bridges

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Community Corner

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Upcoming Community Events:
March 6: Join Gina Pongetti as she lectures at the Current concepts in Primary Care Sports Medicine Conference. Gina will be speaking about Gymnastics Medicine: Rehabilitation, prevention, and releasing the athlete. 
March 11: 7pm

Preventing Triathlon Injuries
-Join team TriRight in attending this interactive lecture provided by Gina Pongetti. 
Burr Ridge Achieve Sports Medicine Clinic
7055 High Grove Blvd
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630)371-1623 for more information. 
March 15: Achieve Open House 


Come join Training Bible Coaching for an Achieve Orthopedic open house! 

Gain insight, exposure, and a chance to try out RMR testing, VO2 testing, AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, gait evaluations, strength and flexibility evaluations, nutrition for the athlete and much more! 


Check out for more information about how they can help you to #achievemore



March 25: 7pm 


Weeknight Wellness Workshop

 Join us in our new monthly workshop! 


All are welcome to attend and bring a friend. 


Achieve Orthopedic

Burr Ridge

7055 High Grove Blvd

Burr Ridge, IL 60527



Debi Rogers, 

Health & Wellness coach 


Gina Pongetti,

Achieve Sports Medicine Director


will host an interactive and FREE workshop for the community. Come over to learn about how inflammation in food can effect your body, your health, and your injury!  


We are proud to be the official sports medicine sponsor for Chiefs Rugby!
Interested in playing Rugby? 
New players are always welcome.
No experience necessary.

Participation is open to high school and middle school students from all area schools including; Waubonsie Valley, Metea Valley, East Aurora, West Aurora, Oswego, Oswego East, and Yorkville. 

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             Pain in the ...back!

How shoulder flexibility can 
dictate your back pain
Ashley McLeish, PT,DPT
      Ashley McLeish, PT, DPT

         Whether you play volleyball, tennis, or have changed a light bulb before, odds are you have experienced low back pain at some point in your life. Low back pain can be a scary thing, especially when it pops out of nowhere like a villain in a haunted house. You don't know where it came from and you're afraid that it won't go away.
          The biomechanics of the human body dictate that the last few degrees of shoulder flexion (overhead reach) arise from extension of the thoracic spine (mid-back). If that extension range is not present or if the shoulder is not flexible enough to fully reach overhead many people compensate by arching their lower back. 
          The problem is amplified in young gymnasts. A study of high level gymnasts showed that 90 percent of the athletes, reported having moderate to severe back pain 10 years after retirement. This is not surprising with the incredible amount of...


Ashley McLeish is a Doctoral graduate of the University of Southern California with a special interest in pediatric sports medicine. Ashley has a 13 year background as a competitive gymnast as well as 4 years as a team head coach. Ashley treats numerous pediatrics patients and gymnasts on a daily basis. Read Ashely's entire bio, here.


Ashley is available for scheduling out of our Naperville, Sports Medicine Clinic

Achieve WebsiteAthlete Spotlight: 
                   Alex Otto                        
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Soccer Player

         As a freshman soccer player at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alex Otto has dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout her career but attributes strength training and physical therapy as the key to prevention. She is currently battling shin splints and chronic low back pain. The injuries slow her down in practice and training but with physical therapy at Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute and rehab at school, she manages to continue training at a high level of intensity.
         Chronic injuries, like Alex's low back pain, are hard to avoid in collegiate athletics. The high intensity practices mixed with the increased frequency of training can often lead to overuse injuries. Alex has been able to find a combination of treatment and training to allow her to continuously perform at her highest capacity. 
         This is important since Alex has had enough adversity to overcome while playing soccer. She has always had to prove herself to every coach, from club to college. In high school, she made JV her junior year but knew she could do better. She went to extra practices and did strength training on her own (even giving up her spring break) in order to improve and show the coaches she deserved to be a Varsity player. It paid off when in the same year, her team made it to the state finals and she scored in the super sectional game. 
         Her improved performance also paid off when it came time to choose a college. After ruling out Boston University and Colorado State, Alex considered University of Chicago. It was a contender but the time commitment, academically, would have left her little time outside of school and soccer... Read more

To continue reading about Alex's drive, dedication, and commitment to health and sport, go visit our blog

To read our entire article, click here
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         Dr. Leonard Vekkos, DPM
Dr. Vekkos
Board Certified Podiatrist 
Foot & Ankle Wellness Center
at Seven Bridges

Dr. Leonard Vekkos is a podiatrist out of Woodridge, Il. With the opening of Foot & Ankle Wellness Center in 2003, Dr. Vekkos and his staff have been able to work closely with the surrounding community to offer a welcoming and patient-based experience. With more than 30 years as a practicing podiatrist, Dr. Vekkos had a surplus of knowledge to share with us! Read our entire interview with Dr. Vekkos. 

Q: What sets your practice apart from other podiatry centers? 

"The standard answer may be that we have great facilities with the most up-to-date technology, excellent physicians, and a well-trained staff that cares...But the real difference in our practice is the ability to be able to offer our patients an environment that is welcoming, warm, and invites all her patient's to be comfortable and feel at home..." Read more

Q: How has physical therapy and the inclusion of the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill helped your patients to progress? Why do you suggest it for your patients? 

"Physical therapy is a critical part of my patients as it pertains to recovery from injuries and surgical reconstructions. It is only because of physical therapy that they are able to recover faster with greater strength and stability. My association with Gina Pongetti and Achieve Orthopedics brought to my practice a modality that I feel is revolutionizing the way we are able to rehabilitate our patients..." Read more

Q: How can flat feet (pes planus) affect a runner, or endurance athlete, long term? 

"The concept of the effective flat feet on running is often misunderstood. I have patients with significantly flat fleet who are able to run without any problems or difficulties. What must be understood is that our feet function as a shock absorber and allow the rotational motions of our upper body and legs to be translated into a forward motion. Someone with a flat foot..." Read more

Read more about how Dr. Vekkos is constantly learning and staying aware of new updates in his profression and to read our entire interview. 


If you have additional question for Dr. Vekkos you can visit his website, or call his office (630) 852- 8522
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Debi Rogers
Health & Wellness Coach
LivingJade Wellness

 You are injured. Most likely you have visited your doctor, who possibly prescribed some medications and physical therapy. What else can you do to speed up and aid in your recovery? Feeding your body anti-inflammatory and healing foods is a great next step!  Here are 5 quick guidelines to help your body recover:


1. Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. 


2. Eat leafy greens like spinach , kale, broccoli,and chard. Dark leafy greens are packed with anti-inflammatory chlorophyll. 


3. Eat 5-6 servings of colorful vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit a day.  


4. Consume foods rich in Vitamin D. 


 5. Eat more whole food sources that contain Zinc


Healing your body from the inside out will have life long benefits!




 Interested in learning more from Debi? Read her entire article here. And come to our Weeknight Wellness Workshop on March 25 at 7pm for more information on health and wellness.

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