OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Athletico Physical Therapy ("Athletico"), one of the largest providers of orthopedic rehabilitation services in the U.S. with more than 350 locations throughout nine states, announced today that BDT Capital Partners will be making a significant long-term growth equity investment in the company. Athletico serves communities, employers and athletes in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin, employing more than 4,000 clinical and support staff and offering more than 40 orthopedic rehabilitation, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, sports medicine, outreach, and fitness services. Mark Kaufman, who founded Athletico in 1991, launched the company with a vision to revolutionize physical therapy by providing exceptional, progressive and cost-effective outpatient rehabilitation and fitness services through personalized care that emphasizes patient education and prevention of future injury. Athletico also has formed partnerships with a number of sports teams, including the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Red Wings, U.S. Soccer, and the Big Ten Conference, among others. "Our success is based on our patient-centric focus, genuine core values, positive work environment, high standards of care, attention to quality and a commitment to measuring outcomes and patient satisfaction," said Mark Kaufman, founder, president and CEO of Athletico. "We welcomed the new investment from BDT because they are committed to building on this strong foundation while accelerating growth so that we can reach more communities and patients throughout the country. BDT's experience partnering with entrepreneurs, founders and their network of successful business owners will help us bring our mission to new markets through strategic acquisitions and organic growth." " Mark Kaufman, his leadership team and the committed clinicians who work at Athletico are passionate about providing quality care and service to patients," said Chris Williams, Partner at BDT Capital Partners. "We look forward to working with the team at Athletico to build upon the strength of the business and expand their reach in a large and growing market. This investment is a perfect example of our merchant banking model - to partner and invest alongside best-in-class and enduring closely held businesses with strong management teams and loyal customers." Additional terms of the investment were not disclosed. Closing is subject to customary conditions and is expected to occur in December.