Strength in the face of adversity.
Invictus Sports Medicine was created by Trey Ayala with the goal of providing patients with the highest quality of care in a manner that is tailored to each person’s individuality and goals. Combining his experiences as a former Division I athlete, his doctorate-level education, and years as a sports medicine physical therapist, Trey has developed a unique perspective and vision for optimal patient care. As a result, ISM takes the approach of assessing the body as a whole and utilizing current research and interventions to specifically address their findings; all the while taking the time to explain the process with each individual. We make it a point to work closely with your doctors, trainers, coaches, and family to provide the most comprehensive care for getting you back to your active lifestyle. Hippocrates (known as the father of modern medicine) said, “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than what sort of disease a person has”. From the moment you make contact with our clinic to last day of treatment, Invictus Sports Medicine will utilize this philosophy to help you reach your wellness destination.
Dr. Trey Ayala DPT, CSCS
Trey Ayala is the founder and owner of Invictus Sports Medicine.
His fascination with the human body began at a young age, while competing in the sport of wrestling. His passion on the mats yielded heightened curiosity about how to manipulate the body through specific exercise to improve performance. As he advanced through his high school years, it became abundantly clear that his calling was in the field of Sports Medicine.
While competing at West Virginia University, Trey earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. Although shoulder surgery prematurely ended his collegiate wrestling career, this misfortune provided a great depth of understanding to the process of rehabilitating a major orthopedic injury. Upon graduating from West Virginia, Trey enrolled at the University of Missouri where he completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017.
Since obtaining his DPT, Trey has worked as a physical therapist in sports medicine clinics around the Chicagoland area while continuing to progress his knowledge and “treatment toolbox” with ongoing courses and certifications. He also works as a personal trainer and sports and conditioning specialist. His dedication to his patients, and reputation for achieving excellent outcomes, led him to create his own practice, realizing a long-held goal – Invictus Sports Medicine (ISM).
Trey focuses on treating patients from all walks of life to get back to their desired level of activity. He is well versed in post-operative care and has the expertise to guide patients back to running, cutting, jumping, and throwing with safer mechanics that may be required for return to sport. Additionally, Trey has further training and education in post-concussion physical therapy. He utilizes this training to safely progress patients back to daily activities and sport when suffering prolonged symptoms after a concussion.
Trey’s philosophical approach blends the holistic with modern medicine and caters to the individual. He understands that there is no such thing as “one size fits all” and works tirelessly to meet the needs of his patients with a comprehensive plan of action. Ultimately, Trey’s goal is to improve the lives of his patients, allowing them to be free of pain and active once more, as he believes that being active is an essential component of a fulfilled life.
When not treating his patients, Trey finds himself most at home in the great outdoors (preferably where cell service is limited). He enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater kayaking, snowboarding and skiing, and mountain-biking. He also remains actively committed in the wrestling community.
Dr. Matt Ferlindes, DPT
Matt graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI with a B.S. in Exercise Science and then went on to graduate with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 at Carroll. Much of his motivation for becoming a physical therapist revolved around his love for running and personal history with past running injuries. He realized that PTs can make a large difference in helping individuals attain a desired level of physical activity, performance, and lifestyle. Being part of that process to motivate, drive, and revitalize individuals keeps him energized in the clinic each day.
After he graduated with his DPT, he had to accomplish one lifelong dream: completing an IRONMAN triathlon. After a year of training, at the 2018 IRONMAN Wisconsin, Matt crossed the finish line of the 140.6 mile race. Completing the race not only motivated him to continue to strive for his personal best in future races, but also inspired him to help others strive for their own personal aspirations in the clinic; whether it is to complete an endurance event, achieve a PR, gain a more active lifestyle, or be able to play with their children/grandchildren.
Striving to become a more effective clinician, Matt decided to undertake another challenge and graduated from Evidence in Motion’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency in 2020. The program allowed Matt to refine his skills as a clinician, establish evidence-based treatments, and learn how to more effectively and efficiently guide patients back to sports and their prior level of activity/fitness.
Matt believes that we should all aspire to better ourselves daily and takes on a treatment approach that focuses on the individual through personal goals, individualized treatments, and research-backed techniques. Matt believes the key to injury rehabilitation and injury prevention is to attain a level of resiliency through adjusting biomechanics and neuromuscular control, strengthening and loading tissues properly, and enhancing cardiorespiratory functions.
When he is not in the clinic, Matt is typically getting his daily training in with swimming, biking, running or lifting weights. He also enjoys hiking, XC skiing, camping, and spending time with his wife, Megan, and their dog, Conway.
WHERE TO FIND US..
Invictus Sports Medicine is located at 51 Sherwood Terrace, Suite V, in Lake Bluff. We are 0.5 miles South of the Route 176 and Route 43 intersection. Turn onto N shore Drive (you'll see Pasquesi Home and Gardens) and follow that road 0.5 miles where you will see our building beside the Jaguar car dealership. Park in the back of the building and walk down the center courtyard, where you will find us on the right hand side, about halfway down.