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Tara Becker, DPT

Physical Therapist

Tara Becker graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s in exercise science along with a minor in psychology and later earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since graduating, she has taken a number of manual courses and exercise courses to continue educating herself about the most advanced evidence-based treatment methods. Tara is a certified Graston Technique Specialist (GTS) and specializes in musculoskeletal injuries including post operation, car accidents, injuries, and chronic pain. She also models our idea of holistic wellness by focusing on treating the entire body of her clients rather than just the site of pain.

Unlike many PTs, Tara was never an athlete and did not consider entering the health field throughout high school. Tara originally wanted to be a hairstylist but her mom suggested Physical Therapy after noticing how much she enjoyed studying anatomy and her willingness to help others. Taking her mom’s suggestion, she volunteered at a local clinic in Chicago and was immediately drawn to the amount of time therapists spent interacting and helping their patients on a daily basis. More importantly, she was pleasantly amazed that the therapists were able to make a difference for their patients in just one day. Tara also wanted to educate people like herself, who are not athletes or rarely spend time at the gym, but eager to learn how to exercise properly and not be intimidated by exercise. Once she entered PT school, she naturally followed the outpatient route.

Originally from Chicago, Tara is a globetrotter who has lived in Seattle, Guam, Spain and Vietnam. She also enjoys cooking and testing new recipes. In addition to being a certified PT, Tara is also a certified scuba diver (received her certification in Guam) and loves all activities in the open water such as snorkeling, diving, swimming and more. She has a big heart for animals and is looking to adopt a furry friend of her own, but in the meantime she walks dogs with her boyfriend as a leisure activity.


Andres Ricardo Medellin Diaz
Tara is the most amazing physical therapist I've seen. I've been playing soccer my whole life and her input has greatly increased my performance and allowed me to recover from serious injuries to my ankles and groin. Thank you so much for all you have done for me Tara! Your work directly helps me and my team to fight human trafficking through soccer! 🔥⚽❌
Al Miller
Tara is a true professional as well as a very understanding, patient and kind PT. DEFY WAS AND IS A GAME CHANGER FOR ME. I HAVE REGAINED NOT JUST MY BALANCE BUT MY CONFIDENCE. I will recommend Defy to anyone, those who need help in balancing to prevent falls as well as those who have any Physical problems that can be treated with excellent Physical Therapy. Defy is five star all the way.
Nicola Martin
I was having major postural issues and after 2 months of seeing Tara, I have not only improved my strength, but I now measure half an inch taller!