Outstanding Service
Is Our Ultimate Goal

We are the Riverbend area’s first independently owned therapy clinic since 1982

At Alton Physical Therapy, our staff is guided by the highest level of integrity in our daily work. Patients at Alton Physical Therapy have come to know their care is delivered in a compassionate, respectful, confidential, and responsive environment. Treatment plans are individualized to each patient’s needs with a focus on positive outcomes.

Alton Physical Therapy is a therapist-owned practice that has been setting the standard of excellence for rehabilitation since 1982. Our reputation is based on success with our patients as well as the commitment to unparalleled customer service.

Our individualized treatment plans follow evidence-based practice patterns that expedite recovery. You will experience the difference our personal touch makes, starting with your first encounters with our office staff. Under the direction of Stephanie Wheeler, our Business Manager, we will always take the time to answer questions and listen to your concerns.


We strive hard to exceed your expectations every step of the way because we know, the highest compliment our patients give us is the referral of their family and friends.

“We strive hard to exceed your expectations every step of the way because we know, the highest compliment our patients give us is the referral of their family and friends.”

Growth & History

Alton Physical Therapy is a privately owned free standing company that was founded by Bill Nash, P.T. in 1982.

We have provided Physical Therapy in the Alton area since that time. The current owner is Steve Schwegel, P.T. Steve was initially a patient at Alton Physical Therapy in 1983 and came to work for the company in 1986. Starting as a therapist in 1990, Steve became the owner in 2010. Alton Physical Therapy currently has 60+ employees and 7 different locations covering the north and north east metro St. Louis area in Illinois.

The main clinic is at 3350 College Ave in Alton, IL. The Clinic Director of the Alton facility is LeAnne Bonnell, D.P.T. There is a true aquatic program located at this facility. The pool has an underwater treadmill and is maintained at a temperature of 93 degrees.

The second clinic is in Jerseyville, IL at the Wellness Center, which is part of Jersey Community Hospital. The Clinic Director is Deb Wittman, P.T. There is also a heated therapeutic pool at this facility, in addition, the patients have the opportunity to use the equipment in the Wellness Center. Jerseyville is located 15 miles north of Alton. Surrounding communities include Brighton, Calhoun, and Carrollton.

The third facility is located in Staunton, IL. This facility is part of Community Hospital of Staunton and the Clinic Director is John File, D.P.T.

Surrounding communities include Bunker Hill, Gillespie, Mount Olive, Benld, and Litchfield.

The fourth facility is located in Litchfield, IL. This facility is part of HSHS St. Francis Hospital and the Clinic Director is Blake McAfee, D.P.T.

The fifth facility is located in Hardin, IL. This facility is freestanding and directed by Abby Baalman, D.P.T.

Our newest locations are in Columbia, IL under the direction of the Clinic Director Jennifer Flick, D.P.T., Hardin, IL under the direction of the Clinic Director Abby Baalman, D.P.T., and in Godfrey, IL at Asbury Village under the direction of Emily Thompson, D.P.T.

All of the facilities present with a highly dynamic and experienced staff. This includes specialization in Aquatics, Graston Techniques of mobilization, dry needling, vestibular pathologies, woman’s health and post surgical protocols. The clinic hours vary by location.

We emphasize personalized one on one treatment protocols with only licensed Physical Therapist and licensed Physical Therapy Assistants. New patients can schedule their first visit within 1-2 days of receiving their Physical Therapy order, sometimes even the same day. We also provide Direct Access at our Alton, Columbia, Asbury, and Hardin locations when allowed by the patient’s insurance.

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Steve Schwegel and LeAnne Bonnell from Alton Physical Therapy talk about the business and their new location at College Avenue near the Homer Adams Parkway.