About Dr. Brian Bernal

Meet Brian Bernal, PT, DPT

Dr. Bernal is an IL state Licensed Physical Therapist who has a general passion for rehabilitation of all orthopedic injuries and neurologic based conditions.

Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Dr. Bernal is local to the surrounding west suburbs. He began his journey into the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation of all movement disorders while attending Loyola University at Chicago; graduating with a B.S. in Exercise Science from the Marcella Niehoff school of Nursing. He soon moved to Tampa, Florida to attend the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While in Florida, he performed advanced onsite clinical training in Miami, working with the geriatric, neurologic, and orthopedic population. After leaving Miami, Dr. Bernal revisited Tampa to focus on neurologic rehabilitation at the well-known Level 1 trauma center at Tampa General Hospital. There, he treated various patients, who sustained stroke, spinal cord injuries, complex traumatic injuries, Vestibular, ALS, Guillen-Barre, MS, Parkinsons and brian injuries.

Dr. Bernal is involved with the Neurologic Specialty by the American Physical Therapy Association. He and his colleagues performed research in the neurological area of retraining the ability to walk following a stroke and was invited to present an abstract at the APTA 2019 Combined Sections Meeting in Washington, DC titled: "Gait symmetry following rhythmic auditory stimulation in individuals with stroke: a systematic review" 

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