Sonnie (Ryba) Blocki, PT, DPT
Sonnie Blocki is the owner of United Physical Therapy, LLC, in Peru, IL. When she founded United Physical Therapy, LLC in January 2005, it was the first private practice physical therapy clinic in the Illinois Valley area. Sonnie started this practice out of a desire to provide quality one-on-one health care to her patients in a quiet, relaxing environment.
Prior to opening her private practice, she worked in an outpatient hospital setting for eleven years while working closely with area physicians and specializing in orthopedics, wound care, and aquatic therapy. She is credited with starting the first aquatic therapy program in the Illinois Valley.
Sonnie grew up in Peru, Illinois. She credits her junior high science teacher (James Louis Ponti) at the former Peru Washington Junior High for her love of science.
She attended Illinois Valley Community College where she received her Associate of Science. She continued on to Illinois State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in Des Moines, Iowa at Des Moines University (formerly the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences).
In December of 2012, she completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree as a result of her commitment to the physical therapy profession and to her patients. The focus of her doctoral degree was treating lymphedema and breast cancer patients.
Sonnie is strongly committed to staying focused on new and current treatments in physical therapy. Every year, she continues to train and stay abreast of current techniques and procedures. Some of her continuing education has included: McKenzie Therapy for the neck and spine, wound care with training in sharp debridement, aquatic therapy, lymphedema therapy, and rehab techniques to decrease pain and increase function following breast cancer.
She has been a LANA (Lymphology Association of North America) Certified Lymphedema Therapist since 2008. This is the highest level of lymphedema certification available in North America. She has completed almost 190 hours of training in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), as well as two years of hands-on experience treating paitents with swelling disorders. Sonnie was also required to pass an intensive qualifying exam sponsored by LANA. Less than 75 therapists were certified by LANA in Illinois in 2008.
What’s next for Sonnie? It will likely involve evidenced-based physical therapy and possibly even a trip to the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany, for advanced lymphedema training.
Vicki Fitzpatrick, Office Manager
Vicki has been a valuable part of the United Physical Therapy, LLC, team since we opened in 2005. Since she was born and raised in the Illinois Valley, she can help you find just about anything you need in our area.
When you call or visit our clinic, she will most likely be first person you meet and will make your appointments and answer any questions you may have. She also does an excellent job getting the information we need to make sure you can maximize your health insurance benefits.
Barb Longbons, Receptionist
Barb is a native of Tonica, IL, where she currently resides with her husband, Tom. When she’s not in the office here at United Physical Therapy, LLC, you may find her out and about motorcycle riding with her husband. Barb is here to use her years of experience working with insurance companies to help you work through your insurance questions and concerns. Just ask!
Barb Ryba, Receptionist
You’ll probably run into Barb when Vicki and Barb L. are enjoying some well-deserved time off. Barb is our expert at jumping in and helping out when we need it most. She started with us in the very beginning, and is the best pinch hitter in the line up! Oh, and did we mention that she’s Sonnie’s mom?