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Denise attended Western Illinois University, where she received her master’s degree in physical education – human performance in 1989. She simultaneously completed the curriculum for athletic training and became certified as an athletic trainer in 1989. For seventeen years, Denise worked with physical therapists in various outpatient physical therapy clinics and provided sports medicine services to regional high school and college athletes. She later attended Southwestern Community College and received her associate degree as a physical therapist assistant in 2006. Denise is a certified Astym specialist and regularly attends continuing education classes to improve her physical therapy skills. 

Denise is an avid tennis player, loves to travel, and is a chocolate aficionado. She is also fluent in sign language (SEE). 


  • Masters of Science Degree, Western Illinois University 
  • Associate of Science Degree, Southwestern Community College 

Licenses & Certifications

  • Certified Astym Specialist