Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Physical Therapy

Carle Foundation Hospital Sports Medicine provides physical therapy services through Campus Recreation at the ARC for recent or chronic orthopedic/activity related conditions or injury. 

Located in on the left side of the main lobby, after the strength and conditioning space, and before the Member Services desk and turnstiles.

Physical therapy by a licensed physical therapist is available for students, staff, and faculty with a prescription from any medical doctor. Sessions are available Monday through Friday.


To schedule an appointment, contact Eric Simpson at or call (217) 383-9500. 

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Athletic Training


Athletic Training Free Injury Evaluations at Campus Recreation provided by Carle Foundation Hospital Sports Medicine are currently suspended for the Fall and Spring 2023-2024 semesters. However, the Carle Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center drop-in clinic is OPEN. Free Injury Evaluations are available through Carle Sports Medicine:


Carle Sports Medicine


Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center 
2300 S. First St., Champaign
(1/2 mile south of the State Farm Center)
(217) 383-9500

Free Injury Walk-In Clinic
Monday-Thursday: 6:30-8:30am and 4-6pm
Friday: 6:30-8:30am

Meet Casey

Lead Physical Therapist & Athletic Trainer

Casey is currently the lead Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer at the Carle ARC Physical Therapy Clinic. When she is not in the clinic, she is providing coverage for the U of I D1 club hockey team along with other special events taking place throughout schools in the community.

Prior to arriving in Champaign, Casey attended the University of Indianapolis where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2021) and Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training (2016).  Prior to attending grad school, she worked as an Athletic Trainer for St. Vincent Sports Performance from 2016-2023 and Johnson Memorial Hospital since 2016.

She has been given the opportunity to provide coverage for USA Football, NCAA Collegiate Swimming and Diving Championships, Circle of Stars Gymnastic Championships, and National Collegiate Fencing Championships.

Casey is a current member of APTA, NATA, and the AAOMPT. Her clinical interests include upper & lower body RTP functional testing. Casey currently lives in Champaign, IL with her 2 dogs Cali and Kobi.


Meet Aaron

Physical Therapist

Aaron currently works as a Physical Therapist at the Carle ARC Physical Therapy Clinic. When he is not at the ARC, he is providing rehab services for Fighting Illini athletics, collaborating with their sports medicine staff.

Prior to arriving in Champaign, Aaron attended Wheeling University earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2019). Afterwards he worked in a private practice facility in Pensacola, FL (iPerformance Center) as the lead DPT. While at iPerformance, Aaron spent time as team physical therapist for the Pensacola Lightning ABA Basketball team, as well as for the Golden Elite Track and Field Club. After spending 2 years in Florida, he went on to attend and recently completed a Sports Residency through Virginia Commonwealth University (2023). He will be sitting for his board specialization in sports this upcoming spring of 2024.

Aaron, a central Florida native, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Florida A&M University in 2016. 

Aaron is a member of the NSCA, APTA, and American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. He has specialized training in the application of dry needling, manual therapy including spinal manipulation, and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His clinical interests include functional movement assessments, strength and conditioning implementation, training load monitoring, and upper & lower extremity return to sport testing.

Aaron currently lives in Champaign, IL with his wife Nicole and daughter Nyla.