our therapists

Position:
Physical Therapy


Work Location:
Morton Professional Therapy Services


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Central Michigan University, 2018

Certifications:
Applied Functional Science Certification from the Gray Institute®, Orthopedic Clinical Specialty, 2022


Special Interests in the Field:
Lumbar spine, treatment of runner-specific injuries, pain science


Why did you become a PT?:
I wanted to become a PT after working with a PT in high school to recover from knee pain. I love this field because each day provides a challenge, new people, and activity/movement.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I have played in 5 bands (usually drums, I have played since I was 3)


Hobbies

  • Traveling– I’ve been to Central America, Europe (7 countries total), and soon South America
  • Playing soccer recreationally – I have played since I was 5!
  • Skiing in either Michigan, Ontario, Utah, or Colorado
  • Eating! I love all types of food and am always trying new stuff; favorites are Indian, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Position:
 Speech Language Pathologist


Work Location:
Unity Point Health Pekin 


Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, Elmhurst College; Master of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Certifications: LSVT Loud!


Special Interests in the Field:
Dysphagia, Expanding my pediatric practice.


Why did you become a PT/OT/SLP?:  
To help people communicate, no matter what age they are.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I am a huge Star Wars and Harry Potter fan.


Hobbies
Reading, martial arts, yoga, Pilates, enjoying the outdoors.

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium


Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Eureka College, 2014

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Bradley University, 2019


Special Interests in the Field:
Orthopaedic conditions, balance, shoulder / back pain


Why did you become a PT?:
I loved school and enjoyed challenging myself, but my husband required physical therapy when we were dating in high school, and after seeing him recover from an injury, physical therapy was what I wanted to do!


Something Unique About Yourself:
I LOVE Disney everything!


Hobbies

  • Visiting Disney-destinations for vacation
  • Watching professional and college sports
  • Staying active – biking, walking, and running!

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
Washington Professional Therapy Services


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Midwestern University, 2017

Certifications:
Functional Movement Screen Certified

Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified


Sports and pediatric interest:
Concussion rehabilitation, gymnastics, dance, performing arts, torticollis, cerebral palsy, toe-walking, orthopedic conditions


Why did you become a PT?:
A string of injuries ended my gymnastics career earlier than planned. Thus, I became a physical therapist to help injured athletes, kids, and adults get back to the sports and activities that they love!


Something Unique About Yourself:
I LOVE Star Wars. Yoda is my favorite character, my dog is named after Obi-Wan Kenobi, and last year my husband and I went to Star Wars Celebration (the world’s largest Star Wars convention).


Hobbies

  • Crocheting, mostly afghans
  • Tracing genealogies! I’ve traced my Scottish ancestry back 12 generations.

Position:
Speech-Language Pathologist/Feeding Therapist 


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium 


Education:
Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Illinois State University 


Special interests in the field:
Newborn feeding, pediatric feeding, birth to three 


Why did you become a PT/OT/SLP?:
A friend of mine when I was younger had an autoimmune disorder and developed difficulty swallowing/aversions to foods and was losing weight rapidly; she had to see a speech-language pathologist and over a few months was able to tolerate new foods and have a healthy relationship with eating. It completely improved her quality of life and inspired me to become a speech-language pathologist!  


Something Unique About Yourself:
I have two puppies, a 4-year-old aussiedoodle and a 1-and-a-half-year-old aussiedoodle. My 4-year-old aussiedoodle’s eyes didn’t fully change color from blue to brown, so half of his eye is brown and the other half is bright blue! My other aussiedoodle was born with juvenile diabetes, she is called a “vet rarity” and is measured out to be 1 in 10 million puppies who are born with juvenile diabetes! 


Hobbies
Playing with my puppies, traveling with my husband, coaching volleyball, reading, kickboxing, and hanging out with my family!

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Proctor Hospital


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Bradley University, 2008

Certifications:
Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP), 2014

Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), 2013

Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS), 2016

Oncology Training with a Specialization in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, 2019


Special Interests in the Field:
Pelvic health, lymphedema, pregnancy, postpartum, breast cancer rehabilitation


Why did you become a PT?:
Throughout my schooling I was always interested in healthcare and though I was pre-dental originally, I switched to physical therapy after being a part of my friend’s dad’s amazing recovery. At the time he was not able to move around very well, but the physical therapists at his nursing home were so encouraging!  He desired to work hard for them and this patient interaction is what inspired me to pursue the profession. Once in PT school I was drawn to women’s health particularly because, as a woman, I felt the uniqueness of our bodies from a man’s and this was special to me, I wanted to be able to help women with problems they were experiencing and make them feel empowered.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I tend to adapt super easily to changing situations and make plans last minute.


Hobbies

  • Spending time with my young children doing fun activities
  • Exercising – I have been trying to challenge my body physically with more intense workouts and also have taken up long distance running. 

Position:
Site Manager, Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Saint Ambrose University, 2011


Special Interests in the Field:
Pediatrics (motor delays, neurological diagnosis, and orthopedic conditions), generalized orthopedics, neurological diagnoses, manual movement techniques, Kinesio Taping


Why did you become a PT?:
After moving my freshman year of high school, my family learned that our next door neighbors’ youngest child, who was about 5 years old at the time, had Duchennne Muscular Dystrophy. Having become close family friends and developed a nanny/babysitter relationship with the family, I quickly saw how exercise, stretching and developmental play were instrumental in maintaining his strength, function and independence — this is why I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy with an emphasis in pediatric care.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I enjoy making personalized apparel and items including shirts, bows, mugs, etc for my friends and family!


Hobbies

  • Watching my children do what they love – from baseball to dance and everything in between
  • Spending time with family daily and on vacations! (Hilariously enough, even though my husband is a Disney Grinch, we’ve visited Disney one time with 2 of our children and will plan to go back within the next year to introduce our 3rd child to the magic of Disney!)

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
Washington Professional Therapy Services


Education:
Bachelor’s at Augustana College

Master’s in Physical Therapy, Washington University in Saint Louis, 1999

Certifications:
LSVT Certified


Special Interests in the Field:
Orthopedic conditions, athletes, runners, Parkinson’s


Why did you become a PT?:
As an athlete all the way into college, I was devastated when I got injured, but very interested in understanding why it happened, how to fix it, and then was readily able to help my teammates with their injuries. When in college, two family members needed physical therapy and a close friend was working on becoming a PT.  Through those 3 people, I learned about physical therapy in depth and was inspired to pursue that as my career.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I have run 3 half marathons and I help coach junior high cross country where I am usually the geeky one standing on the sidelines getting splits and occasionally getting misty eyed with happiness as runners set new personal records.


Hobbies

  • Reading books, listening to speakers, or watching shows about my Catholic faith.
  • Recently, learning how to sew re-useable gift bags because with 4 kids, it would be a nice way to generate less waste and who knows, maybe it will turn into a hobby.
  • Watching shows like House Hunter’s, Chopped and This is Us, especially with a bowl of popcorn.

Position:
Pediatric Physical Therapist 


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium 


Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy from Maryville University of St. Louis 


Special Interests in the Field:
Pediatrics, especially gross motor and developmental delay


Why did you become a PT?:
I knew that I always wanted to go into a healthcare profession. I found my interest in physical therapy after receiving physical therapy following a back injury in high school. I found great success with my rehabilitation experience and became excited to provide this experience to others.  


Something Unique About Yourself:
I love to explore new and local restaurants. If it was up to me, I would never eat at the same restaurant twice!  


Hobbies:

Going on long outdoor walks, exercising, hanging out with my dogs, Odie and Benson, and being creative with new Cricut projects.

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Maryville University of Saint Louis, 2017


Special Interests in the Field:
Manual therapy techniques, vestibular, Parkinson’s Disease, orthopedics, post-surgical, amputations


Why did you become a PT?:
As a high school senior, I was first introduced to the life-changing results of physical therapy while volunteering for St. Louis Children’s hospital. I was a part of a team who helped a girl learn how to walk for the first time; watching the joy and excitement in her eyes was something I will never forget. Ever since that day, it has been my goal to help others achieve their dreams.


Something Unique About Yourself:
My fiance and I are both insanely competitive in our daily board games and tennis matches; we log wins on an “official” Board of Competition tracker.


Hobbies:

  • Biking, all-weather hiking, skiing, rock climbing, running (ask me about my half marathon in Alaska!)
  • Learning new sports
  • Playing board games

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
North Clinic


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis

Certifications:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


Special Interests in the Field:
Overhead athletes, sports injuries, shoulder rehab, orthopedic conditions


Why did you become a PT?:
After having an ACL/ meniscus surgery in high school I was introduced to physical therapy. The therapy team helped me return to playing baseball and continue playing in college. I have always enjoyed playing sports and working with athletes, so physical therapy is a way for me to help patients continue participating in the activities they enjoy.


Hobbies:

Binge watching shows and movies, baseball, golf, video games, card games, and spending time with family and our dog.

Position:
Site Manager, Physical Therapist


Work Location:
Washington Professional Therapy Services


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, George Washington University, 2016

Certifications:
Functional Dry Needling Specialist, 2019

Titleist Performance Institute Certified, 2019

Functional Movement Screen Certified, 2019

Special Interests in the Field: athletes of all abilities and levels


Why did you become a PT?:
As a multisport athlete growing up and someone who loves helping people achieve their athletic goals, I pursued a physical therapy career and the rest is history!


Something Unique About Yourself:
I am fluent in sign language and my parents are deaf. I could Sign before I could even speak!


Hobbies

  • Traveling – I’ve visited 38 of the US states as well as Mexico, Canada, and England!
  • Any sports-related! (Interestingly enough, I have been to 17 MLB stadiums nationwide)
  • Playing in my church’s recreational basketball and softball leagues, and participating in volleyball, golf, running, and hiking all year around.

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Proctor Hospital


Education:
Bachelor’s, Central Michigan University, 2014

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, South College, 2018


Special Interests in the Field:
Vestibular therapy, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, athletes, and runners


Why did you become a PT?:
As I got older, I began volunteering at a nursing home in the activities department and on occasion we would play games in the therapy gym, all of the equipment really just fascinated me. I had the opportunity to shadow the physical therapist and watch as she engaged the patient in exercise and activities to improve their strength and function; seeing the progress patients made and how it helped to improve their attitude and confidence was what sold me on a career in physical therapy.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I am a very fast reader; I can finish a 300-400 page book in just a couple of hours.


Hobbies

  • Working out — you can find me throwing hooks and roundhouses at a 100 pound heavy bag, pushing sleds, and doing burpees.
  • Hiking the various trails in the area as well as kayaking down the Mackinaw River.
  • My boyfriend and I love playing fetch with our Australian Shepherd named Finn and grey kitty named Ashton
  • I try to read several books a month, especially in the winter months.(I enjoy autobiographies and non-fiction genres and especially enjoy reading books written by women and about the female experience)

Position:
Speech-Language Pathologist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium 


Education:
ISU undergrad and graduate masters


Special Interests in the Field:
Pediatric feeding and swallowing and tracheotomy/vent) (special interests)


Why did you become a PT/OT/SLP?:
Became an SLP because one of my high school teachers recommended it!


Hobbies

  • Vacationing

  • Shopping

  • Movies

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
North Peoria Professional Therapy Services 


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Bradley University, 2016

Certifications: 
Orthopaedic Clinical Specialty, 2018
Functional Movement Screen Certified, 2018
Dry Needling Specialist, 2018 


Special Interests in the Field: 
Sports Injuries, Orthopaedics, Dry Needling

Why did you become a PT?:
I became a PT because I love working with people and helping them learn how to become more active and to help them get themselves out of pain.  


Something Unique About Yourself:
I have played soccer my entire life and used to play trumpet and piano when I was younger!


Hobbies

  • Playing soccer 
  • Golfing
  • Disc Golfing

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
Chillicothe Professional Therapy Services 


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Bradley University, 2017


Special Interests in the Field:
Athletes, orthopaedics, knees, and shoulders


Why did you become a PT?:
I became interested in the field while in high school and after doing some observation hours, I felt this was the right field for me.  I enjoy helping people progress from being in pain and limited in function to being able to perform their daily activities and recreation with less pain and limitation. 


Something Unique About Yourself:
I have taken classes in American Sign Language.


Hobbies

  • Wood working
  • Hunting
  • Fishing

Position:
Physical Therapy


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium 


Education:
Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy, Bradley University 

Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Evidence in Motion, 2020

Certifications:
LSVT Certified, 2019


Special Interests in the Field:
Geriatrics, orthopedics, Parkinson’s


Why did you become a PT?:
I always liked the idea of teaching people how to take care of themselves to avoid medications and surgeries as much as possible.  I love it when people have that, “aha,” moment about exercise realizing it makes them feel better and empowers them to function in life.


Something Unique About Yourself:
In my personal life, I am interested in ancient healing practices and integrative medicine.  While I am committed to evidence-based practice, I honor diversity.


Hobbies

  • Hiking and being out in nature with my dogs (I also love training them!) and parenting my teenager.
  • Gardening
  • Cooking – I won the therapist chocolate chip cookie contest!

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Proctor Outpatient


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Bradley University, 2021

Special Interests in the Field: Orthopedic conditions, pelvic health


Why did you become a PT?:
Physical therapy helped my dad and others I know through him with Multiple Sclerosis. As I was preparing for college, I observed physical therapists. I liked that they got to help people get back to daily activities. I wanted to be that person to encourage people and see them improve. Once in PT school, I was drawn to pelvic health because of the impact that this area has on people’s lives. I saw how it can be overlooked and underserved but is so important.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I speak conversational Spanish and I’m learning sign language as well. I love to travel and learn about other cultures.


Hobbies

  • Hiking, Biking, and anything outdoors with my husband and my dog
  • Crafting, Designing projects with my Cricut, and Painting
  • Doing yoga and Working out

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, 2012


Why did you become a PT?:

I have always had a deep desire to help people and plus, in this job, I can meet a variety of people!


Something Unique About Yourself:
I would love to one day have a miniature farm with mini goats and sheep.


Hobbies

  • Taking seasonal/holiday photos of my two daughters

Position:
Speech-Language Pathologist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Proctor Outpatient 


Education:
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Special Interests:
VFSS (video fluoroscopic swallow study), Feeding, Cognitive-Communication Disorders


Why did you become a PT?:
To give everyone the voice that they deserve.


Something Unique About Yourself:
Internship in Sydney, Australia


Hobbies

  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Running

Position:
Site Manager, Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Pekin Outpatient Therapy


Education:
Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University, 1989

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Evidence in Motion Executive Program, 2020


Why did you become a PT?:
In high school, I took Human Anatomy and was intrigued by the complexity of the human body. I knew I wanted to do something within the medical field, which meant that Physical Therapy was a fit for me because I also enjoy sports and being active.


Something Unique About Yourself:
My husband and I have 3 children and we have traveled coast to coast in the last 6 years following their activities.  From Florida to Texas to Arizona to California, we traveled to see our sons at their military stations and then our daughter in her college softball tournaments.


Hobbies

  • Board Games! Our 25 member extended family enjoys playing games together. Dominos, Risk, any type of cards are always played at family gatherings and we always make a special effort to play our family’s favorite:   (Hahn rules.. so if you know how to play we will have to re-teach you “our” way).