Our Physical Therapy Team
Beyond the degree and licensing required by law, we certify our physical therapist to meet the highest standards in the industry. Only then can they provide you with service. A core requirement for all our therapists is a loving, caring and helpful personality.
At FYZICAL® in Riverwoods you'll experience an individualized, supportive approach to physical therapy. One that uses hands on techniques and tailor made exercise programs delivered by expertly trained and licensed Physical Therapists who work one-on-one with you during your therapy sessions. We not only practice physical therapy but we live and breathe it and which results in high patient satisfaction.
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Physical Therapy: A true passion
“I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist since I was in the 7th grade. I grew up with very weak leg muscles and spent my first 10 years in and out of flexible leg casts. When you are different, kids can be mean, so I vowed to try to make life better for others so they would not have to suffer. I thoroughly enjoy treating all musculoskeletal conditions and have experienced the pleasure of seeing someone return to activities and functions they could not do because of pain or weakness”.
Listening to the Patient and the Body
“Our bodies tell us a lot about what is going on with them. My approach to therapy is to listen to the patient and read what their body is saying about them. I apply techniques to allow the body to resume a normal and biomechanically correct posture, which usually makes the body much happier.”
“I enjoy the interaction with patients and continue to keep learning new ways to treat patients to maximize their potential and improve my skills. I have a special interest in treating the shoulder. I completed extensive research on this complex joint for my Master’s thesis.”
Master of Science: Physical Therapy, Finch University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science: Physical Therapy, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Advanced Training: Mobilization of the Cervical, Thoracic and Ribs, Myofascial Manipulation, Knee and Spine taping techniques, Fall Prevention, Shoulder evaluation and treatment, Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Lumbar and Cervical Spine (McKenzie Method), Balance and Vestibular Retrainer -Level 1 certification.
Instructor: Continuing Education course for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists on “Rehabilitation of the Shoulder. Public speaking on the topic of “Weight Training”.
Member: American Physical Therapy Association
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An independent, creative approach to therapy
"What brought me to physical therapy is my lifelong interest in the human body and how it works. In addition to my physical therapy degree, I've completed advanced training in areas like weightlifting, vestibular deficits, and the spine to further my knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. The extra education pays off in the kind of therapy I'm able to give our patients. I customize every therapy program, often in creative ways that patients can enjoy.
"As a co-owner of Fyzical (formerly Creative Therapy Resource), I am also able to give the patients the kind of care I believe in. I feel it's important that our patients receive lots of one-on-one time with the therapist. It's the kind of care that gets results, and it's the kind of care I feel our patients deserve."
Physical therapy: for a lifetime of good health
"For me, one of the best aspects of physical therapy is its power to impact your quality of life for the long term. A big part of our mission is to educate you about your condition and provide you with the information and guidance you need in order to help yourself. The knowledge you gain during your therapy and the motivation we supply can help you adopt many positive habits that will keep you healthier for the rest of your life."
Doctor of Physical Therapy: A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona
Bachelor’s of Science: Physical Therapy, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Certified: Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine (cert, MDT) (McKenzie Method), Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach for Adult Hemiplegia (cert, NDT), Certified Weight Trainer, by the International Weightlifting Association, Vestibular Rehabilitation (Herdman Competency Course)
LSVT BIG for Parkinson's Patients- CertifiedEvaluation and Treatment of Balance and Vestibular Disorders, Treatment of the Spine, and Neurological Disorders.
Author: Ten article reviews on neurological topics for the American Physical Therapy Association's "Hooked on Evidence" project and seven home study courses for physical and occupational therapists.
Member: American Physical Therapy Association and Vestibular Disorders Association
Instructor: Continuing education courses for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists in “Evaluation and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders”, “Management of Foot Drop” and “Evaluation and Treatment Concepts for the Rehabilitation Patient”.
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Why physical therapy?
"I always knew that I wanted to be involved with healthcare, because all my life, I've always wanted to do something to help others. When I discovered physical therapy, I knew I had found the right field for me. I've come to appreciate physical therapy even more over the years because it's so positive. Helping people get out of pain, boosting their mobility, giving them support and understanding - these are the most rewarding aspects of what I do. I'm so committed to it because it's all about helping people feel better so that they can get back to living their lives."
“As a co-owner of Fyzical (formerly Creative Therapy Resource), I am also able to give the patients the kind of care I believe in. I feel it's important that our patients receive lots of one-on-one time with the therapist. It's the kind of care that gets results, and it's the kind of care I feel our patients deserve.”
Combining wellness with rehabilitation
"I’ve discovered that in order to give patients the best care, I need to incorporate fitness, weight loss, and recreational activities into a person’s rehabilitation program. This is important to me and I work closely with each of my patients to achieve the best outcome for them. I have incorporated parts of my own exercise regime and Pilates’ techniques to provide a well rounded strengthening program for my patients. My goal is to educate you so that you will have the tools to stay as healthy, mobile and pain free as possible.
Bachelor of Science: Physical Therapy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
Certified in LSVT BIG for Parkinson's Patients, Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine, (cert.MDT) (McKenzie Method), Certified Pilates Mat Instructor (Physical Mind Institute), Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach for Adult Hemiplegia, (cert.NDT) Certified Weight Trainer, by the International Weightlifting Association, Vestibular Rehabilitation (Herdman Competency Course)
Member: American Physical Therapy Association, McKenzie Institute, Vestibular Disorders Association, Advisory Board Member - Susan Eik Filstead Stroke and Epilepsy Foundation
Instructor: Continuing education courses for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists on “Systematic Evaluation and Treatment of the Rehabilitation Patient”; “Developing Treatment Programs for the General Rehab Client”, “Evaluation and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders”, “Pilates and Therapy”. Under-graduate instructor for University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; Northwestern University; and Midwestern University
Author: “Pilates for Therapy” home study course for physical and occupational therapists.
Physical Therapy: To improve quality of life
"I chose physical therapy as my career because of a personal connection I had with rehabilitation. I needed rehabilitation twice myself for sport-related injuries and I was involved in helping several family members recover from strokes. Physical Therapy is a field which uses scientific methods to help people in amazing ways, like learning to walk, being able to balance, or abolishing pain. I have found the most rewarding aspect of my work to be the ability to help people recover from injury or illness and help them return to their prior activities. I've seen people come in without the ability to balance or safely walk and using proven, reliable techniques I can improve their balance and get them walking again. It is a privilege knowing that I helped someone relieve their pain, get stronger, and become more functional."
Proven treatment techniques for improved care
"I enjoy treating all muscular conditions, with a special interest in geriatric strengthening and balance training. One of my strengths as a physical therapist assistant is my quest for knowledge. Post-graduate education is important in order to keep up to date in the latest techniques, especially since the field of Physical Therapy is constantly changing. Continuing education is a priority at Fyzical (formerly Creative Therapy Resource) and I am able to attend 3-4 courses a year, as well as learn from the experienced Physical Therapists that I work with daily.
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant: Fyzical (formerly Creative Therapy Resource, Ltd.)
Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant: Physical Therapist Assistant, Fox College, Tinley Park, IL Associates Degree in Science: Associates in Applied Sciences, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL.
Advanced Interests: Geriatric Balance and Fall Prevention; Balance and Vestibular Disorders; Neurological Conditions; Weight Lifting for Health and Wellness, Treatment of the Spine.
Member: American Physical Therapy Association