Kathleen Darley, PT, DPT

Position Women's Health Physical Therapist

About Me

About Me

Kathleen Darley is originally from Austin, Texas where she studied under scholarship at Houston Ballet before dancing professionally for numerous companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ballet Memphis, and Chicago Festival Ballet. Her passion for dance inspired her to want to understand the science behind the art.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University. Kathleen has specialized in treating musculoskeletal disorders and Women’s Health. She has continued her education through the Institute of Physical Art, American Physical Therapy Association, Herman and Wallace, and the Barral Institute.

She currently practices at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab treating women with musculoskeletal and pelvic floor disorders. She melds a hands on approach to patient care with strong emphasis on neuromuscular reeducation. She also holds certifications in both yoga and Pilates. In her free time, she can be found enjoying time taking walks by the lake with her 2 year old son or dancing.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    2006 - 2010
    Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology University of Illinois at Chicago
    2011 - 2014
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy Northwestern University


  • American Physical Therapy Association