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Nichole Harju



Nichole Harju joined Creative Rehab in 2012.

"...I thoroughly enjoy treating children and hypermobility as they bring their own challenges and rewards."

Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois
Doctorate of Physical Therapy: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


Certification of Applied Functional Science


What are your clinical interests and specializations?

Functional, efficient care is my main focus and goal. I use this philosophy for athletes, patients with orthopedic issues, and neurological diagnoses. Aside from adults, I thoroughly enjoy treating children of all ages as they bring their own challenges and rewards. Aside from pediatrics, I specialize in hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). This diagnosis requires a lot of problem solving to make therapy as effective as possible for each patient. I have also taught a few continuing education courses for other physical therapists on hypermobility/EDS.

What inspired you to become a physical therapist?
For many years growing up I was determined to be a marine biologist. After a few years on my high school swim team, I began fixing my friends’ aches and pains. Once I realized I enjoyed helping people and solving their physical problems I knew physical therapy was the right profession for me. Plus I am not a big fan of fish…

What do you appreciate most about working at Creative Rehab?
Creative Rehab offers a very supportive environment to play with therapy and try new treatments. One of the best parts of CR is that the therapists are very knowledgeable so there is always an opportunity to learn and develop your skills.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy going out with my husband and friends as well as training for triathlons.

Recent Continuing Education Classes
Decoding Dysfunction - CREAT

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