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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Tara Alaichamy, PT, DPT, CLT

Manager, Rehabilitation Services

CTCA Chicago

"The one-on-one dynamic of physical therapy allows me to understand and serve our patients."

- Tara Alaichamy, PT, DPT, CLT

Degree(s)

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • Bachelor of Arts, Exercise & Sports Science - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Certification(s)

  • Clinical Instructor - American Physical Therapy Association
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Monarch Continuing Education

Practicing since: 2009

For Tara Alaichamy, physical therapy offered a way to combine two of her strongest traits: an inability to sit still and an interest in other people. Today, as Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, Alaichamy continues to find her practice the perfect fit for her—and deeply fulfilling.

“My goal is to assist our patients in returning to the level of function they had prior to cancer treatment,” she says.

Alaichamy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise & Sports Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, she founded the Chapel Hill Adaptive Sports Experience, her first foray into therapeutic movement. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Miami, receiving the Rubley/Roberts Endowed Service Scholarship for her dedication to volunteer work. 

During her training, Alaichamy worked as a personal medical assistant, providing one-on-one care for muscular dystrophy. She also completed a two-year graduate assistantship with three physical therapy faculty members.

After completing her degree, Alaichamy served as a full-time acute care physical therapist with several departments of a large trauma hospital. While there, she led the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge project and offered instruction on the treatment of falls in the elderly population. Later, she was a physical therapist with an acute care oncology department at a large health care center. This work earned her guest lecture and guest faculty positions with the University of North Carolina Division of Physical Therapy. 

Alaichamy joined CTCA® in November 2014. She provides physical therapy for patients rehabilitating from stem-cell transplantation procedures and mastectomies. “Everyone here is incredibly enthusiastic about doing all we can for our patients,” says Alaichamy.

In addition to her work, Alaichamy is also passionate about cooking, which she finds therapeutic. Indian and Thai cuisines are her favorites. She is fluent in Thai and an active member of her church.

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Star ratings and comments are only available for medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists. Gynecologic surgical offerings are not included at this time due to a different survey tool required to evaluate these services. CTCA uses a validated Press Ganey® survey, which captures patient experience feedback for the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys.

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