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®


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:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Proctor Hospital


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University, 2018

Certifications:
Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) -will complete in 2021

Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP), 2020


Special Interests in the Field:
Pregnancy, and postpartum therapy, lymphedema


Why did you become a PT?:
When I was in 6th grade my father experienced a trimalleolar fracture along with multiple ligament tears of his left ankle while playing a competitive game of kickball. After having surgery, he went through intensive physical therapy that allowed him to progress from non-weight bearing on crutches to full weight bearing and playing kickball again. I was amazed at his transformation and I enjoyed assisting him with his home exercise program, so from then on that I knew it was a field that I wanted to pursue.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I had the opportunity to study abroad in Galway, Ireland and visit over 6 countries during my time overseas.


Hobbies

  • Going for walks outdoors with my Corgi, Penny.
  • Making birthday videos for friends and family members – cutting together music, home videos, and pictures.

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


Special Interests in the Field:
Concussion rehabilitation, gymnastics, dance, performing arts, torticollis, cerebral palsy, toe-walking, orthopedic conditions, sports


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:
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:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Saint Ambrose University, 2016


Special Interests in the Field:
Movement disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, strokes, vertigo, concussions, general orthopedics


Why did you become a PT?:
I became a PT to help people get better and do what they want to do in life.  No one has time to be hurt, injured or unable to do what they want to do.  My passion is to help restore people to higher levels of activity and function so they can enjoy life.


Something Unique About Yourself:
My sense of humor


Hobbies

  • Exercising
  • Hanging With Friends

Position:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
Morton Professional Therapy Services


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:
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 the healthcare professions, 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:
North Peoria Professional Therapy Services


Education:
Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy, Rosalind Franklin University, 1979

Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy Management of Developmental Disabilities, 1987

Certifications:
Pediatric Provider of Neurodevelopmental treatment

Advanced training in pediatric toe walking and taping


Special Interests in the Field:
Infants with torticollis, plagiocenphaly, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury.


Why did you become a PT?:
I originally wanted to become a pediatrician, but after spending time shadowing, I realized that I wouldn’t get to make as big of an impact like I wanted.  When I was a freshman at Millikin University, I spent a winter term observing a physical therapist and this experience caused me to decide to pursue physical therapy.


Something Unique About Yourself:
For over 38 years, I have focused on pediatric physical therapy and thus, helped teach pediatrics at Bradley University’s PT program as well as develop the local child passenger safety program from an instructor’s perspective


Hobbies

  • I co-chair the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild’s NICU Subcommittee to encourage members in making quilts for the beds in the NICU at OSF Children’s Hospital
  • Playing and cuddling with my cairn terrier mix I adopted from PAWS

Position:
Speech Language Pathologist 


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Proctor Hospital


Education:
Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Butler University, 2008

Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology, Illinois State University, 2010


Special Interests in the Field:
Infant feeding, aphasia, dysphagia


Why did you become a SLP?:
Speech pathology has allowed me to pursue these aspects of who I am — someone who loves science and wants to help others in an impactful way. Communication and eating are essential to maintaining quality of life.  Getting to be a part of this learning / relearning process is something so special to me.


Something Unique About Yourself:
I am a certified scuba diver! I love adventure, which serves me well because I am a mom of 3 very busy boys.


Hobbies

  • Making memories is something super important to me and my family. I love spending quality time with them in our normal daily life and when on vacation. One of our favorite activities is spending time at the pool or lake in the summer.

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:
Physical Therapist


Work Location:
UnityPoint Health Pekin Outpatient Therapy


Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2017

Certifications:
LSVT Certified, 2017


Special Interests in the Field:
Parkinson’s Disease


Why did you become a PT?:
I grew up playing sports and being active, but it wasn’t until I graduated college with a business degree that I discovered my passion for health and wellness. I decided to go back to school for Physical Therapy so that I could help others achieve their physical goals and improve their daily function.


Something Unique About Yourself:
Every year, I participate in a Fantasy Baseball Keeper League with some high school friends, which I won last year after another guy in our league had won the previous 4 years (in your face, Ty Peterson!).


Hobbies

  • Playing board games with my wife
  • Going to sporting events (especially when we get to watch a family member play!)
  • Playing bucketball with my wife’s family (they made this game up and it just might be the best game ever).
  • Playing racquetball about twice a month with a couple friends (I just learned how to play and love it. Let’s just say that getting hit by a racquetball will leave a mark!)

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 Pekin Outpatient Services 


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 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:
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).

Position:
Speech Language Pathologist


Work Location:

UnityPoint Health Methodist Atrium


Education:
Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University 2019

Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Illinois State University

Certifications:
Advanced training in Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Studies


Special Interests in the Field:
Pediatrics, hearing loss


Why did you become a PT?:
In high school, I was a part of a speech team that competed in public speaking events. While seated in my chair listening to other contestant’s speeches, I noticed articulation and language errors being produced. This experience encouraged me to support individuals by assisting them with acquiring strategies to communicate meaningful messages. Now, as a speech language pathologist, I am assisting patients in producing and regaining their communication to share meaningful messages with those they love.


Something Unique About Yourself:
When I was younger, I had the opportunity to explore the world with People to People, which sparked a love of traveling to various countries to learn about their cultures and their stories.


Hobbies

  • Playing board games and card games; therefore, I have a closet full of games just waiting for my next opponent.
  • In the fall, I LOVE drinking pumpkin flavored everything.