Rachel Tappan, PT, DPT, NCS

Position Physical Therapist, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

About Me

About Me

In addition to providing clinical care at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Outpatient Therapy department, Dr. Tappan is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. Her areas of clinical and education expertise are neurologic physical therapy and pulmonary physical therapy.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    2012 - 2014
    Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Arcadia University
    1994 - 1997
    Master of Physical Therapy (MPT), Northwestern University
    1990 - 1994
    Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honors and Awards

  • Clinical Excellence in Neurology Award
    awarded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
    , 2016
  • Alumnus of the Year
    Northwestern Physical Therapy Alumni Association
    , 2016
  • Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research
    awarded by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    , 2013