Dear Dr. Effie,
I don't have enough words to thank you. You are wonderful woman and I enjoyed talking to you during the treatment. You are the best therapist. The pain was eased like magic. I don't know how I would have managed in the U.S., if I hadn't come to you. With all the hospitals that I've been to, only you truly helped me. And no other therapist would have taken care, as you did, to make sure that I got the right treatment back home, in Israel. Again, words cannot express how much I appreciate you. Thank you for the perfect care and treatment. And when you come to Israel, you are always welcome in my home.


Dear Dr. Efrat,
It is my distinct pleasure to offer congratulations to you for being the 2009 recipient of the College of Health Professions Clinical Instructor of the Year award. In speaking with Dr. Kelly Hawthorne, our Director of Clinical Education, it is abundantly clear to me that you are most deserving of this honor.

We would like to thank you for serving as a clinical instructor for our students and it is our pleasure to acknowledge you as an exemplary member of our clinical faculty. We understand the situation in the current health care environment and what it takes for our clinical faculty to provide clerkship experiences for our students. We deeply appreciate your contribution to our program. Please accept this award with our respect and sincere gratitude. Congratulations!
Most Sincerely,

Roberta J. Henderson, PT, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy

Hi Dr. Effie,
Just wanted to let you know that I took the MRI and it showed a typical not back - nothing to be concerned about. I also wanted to tell you I'm feeling much better and I do believe I have you to thank for that you can be sure that you will hear from me when my pesky problems re-emerge but for now I am doing fine. I tell everyone who will listen how talented you are and how you have helped me. I hope you are doing well and that your daughters are well also.


I am writing as a returning physician and as a patient. Within these two contexts I can say unequivocally that Dr. Efrat Rebish is the most clinically talented and scholarly physical therapist I have yet encountered.

I am an internist and psychiatrist and member of the faculties of the medical schools of University of Chicago (1973-1990) & Northwestern (1990-present). As such, I have had the opportunity to observe the word and the outcomes of numerous physical therapists in academic and in private settings in the greater Chicago area. I have referred numerous patients with a full range of presenting complaints to these individuals, including "the best" at my own institutions.

Ms. Rebish is more grounded in structural and functional anatomy and pathology than many physicians of my acquaintance. Her academic background and intellectual interest in her field profoundly influence her understanding of each clinical problem and its solution. With the difficult patients I have referred to her, exclusively individuals who have seen many therapists with no or poor results, she has been masterful and elegantly simple in her assessments and technically innovative and effective. This sounds a bit excessive, but I've actually never encountered the breadth and integration of therapeutic approaches that Ms. Rebish routinely employs to solve clinical problems which have eluded other therapists. My referrals have included the full range of clinical problems: musculoskeletal, neurological (cerebrovascular accidents, Parkinson's, migraine, and other headaches), anxiety and depression presenting somatically, and more.

I can't say I fully understand the chasm between her approach and level of expertise and that of her local colleagues. Perhaps training abroad is superior to ours. I hope this is not the case, but I can say that Ms. Rebish utilizes strategies and techniques which I have not encountered heretofore.

Ms. Rebish is very bright with a voraciously curious and synthetic mind. Beyond her training this cognitive style obviously is a major contribution to her clinical success. It also qualifies her for admission to your degree program or any other she should find worthy. I would only regret that you will not have the opportunity to work with her in person, thanks to our brave new world of the virtual.

On a personal note, let me add that I have had two experiences with Ms. Rebish. Having been her patient, she "fixed" a debilitating and chronic problem for me which has eluded many therapists, again, our "best". And time I spent in conversation (on the table) with her about her view of her work and the cutting edge issues of her field has been intellectually stimulating, challenging and delightful.

I could not recommend her more highly for your program (for her benefit and yours!).