Our Team

 

Kevin Cronin
PT, ATC, JSCC
Founder

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Licensed Athletic Trainer, State of Illinois
Jones Strain Counterstrain Certified, The Jones Institute

Education:
Northwestern University Medical School, Programs in Physical Therapy

Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with my family, reading, jogging, supporting environmental and political causes, and working towards improving the quality of physical therapy provided by all physical therapists.

What I like most:
I am grateful for the opportunity to direct an organization that really makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve. It is a thrill for me to see our patients reclaim their abilities, to function pain-free, and to enjoy more active and productive lifestyles. I can’t imagine a more rewarding profession than physical therapy.

 

John Christiansen

John R. Christiansen
PT, MS, OCS, ATC,
Owner

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Licensed Athletic Trainer, State of Illinois
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists

Education:
Des Moines University

Hobbies/Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my wife and son hiking, biking and traveling. I enjoy staying active playing golf, running and working out.

What I Like most:
The best part of my job is being able to help others working at ARC allows me to spend a lot of time one-on-one with my patients. Because of this time, I can build a strong rapport with my patients, which helps significantly in their recovery. Patients often feel like family and will eagerly return if they have another problem or they will send their family and friends to me.

 

Martin O'Shea

Martin M. O’Shea
PT, OCS, JSCC
Owner

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Board Certified Clinical Specialist on Orthopedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
Jones Strain Counterstrain Certified, The Jones Institute

Education:
St. Louis University

Hobbies/Interests:
As a father of two children, I have tried to stay active in their many activities by coaching my daughter’s basketball team and my son’s baseball team. I have also served as president of the athletic association at my kid’s grade schools. I enjoy the outdoors, golfing, gardening and taking long walks with my wife.

What I like most:
As a physical therapist for the last twenty-five years, I never tire of the satisfaction that comes from helping a patient achieve their maximum level of health. I enjoy the one-on-one interaction with my patients and the challenge that comes from the ability to work as a team with each individual to first determine and then achieve their specific goals for rehabilitation.

 

Allison Ferguson

Alison Brown Ferguson
PT, ADP (OMT),
DIP MT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Advanced Diploma of Physiotherapy (Orthopedic Manual Therapy)

Education: Otago Polytechnic School of Physiotherapy

Hobbies/Interests:
I enjoy running, yoga, reading, playing, and chasing my two little boys. I often spend my time retrieving toys from furniture and awkward places.

What I like most:
The best part of my work is having the opportunity to provide one-on-one care to a diverse community. It is so rewarding to witness the positive changes, not only the physical changes, that occur as someone goes through the healing process. This is particularly true of people who have suffered from very chronic complaints, some as long as twenty years or more. It is really a privilege to do what I do, and I love it.

 

Brielle Ciucci

Brielle Ciucci
PT, DPT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois

Education: Midwestern University

Hobbies/Interests:
I love spending time with my Twin girls, traveling, water sports, and church activities.

What I like most:
Helping people return to their prior level of function and helping them feel that they have returned to “normal” and are back living life!

 

Linda Finn

Linda Finn
PT, WCS

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Women’s Health Clinical Specialist Certified, American Physical Therapy Association

Education: Northern Illinois University

Hobbies:
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have four beautiful children that keep me very busy. I also enjoy working out and participating in yoga and pilates classes. My family participates in a lot of outdoor activities, including hiking and camping with the Boy Scouts. My husband and I enjoy trying new restaurants, golfing and traveling when we can find the free time.

What I like most:
I love my job and the client base with whom I work. I feel great rewards when my patients get better and their functional level improves. I have spent the last seven years of my career focusing on treating female and male Pelvic pain conditions and urinary/fecal incontinence. Many patients are unaware that therapists could treat these diagnoses. I am pleased that there is finally more awareness about these conditions and that there is help available for them.

 

Kristen M

Kristen Markett
PT, OCS

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Physical Therapy Association
Specialty training in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Visceral training
Licensed Advanced Manual Therapy Certification: Folsom Institute of Manual Training

Education: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy  1992 University of Evansville

Hobbies: Any type of physical exercise. I train and compete in Triathlons and various running races.

What I like most: I love my job as a physical therapist. Working closely with patients gives me a level of job satisfaction many other career paths simply cannot match. When I am not working I like to spend time with my three sons who are also very active in sports. I like to cook, eat organic and live an overall healthy lifestyle.

 

 

Amy L. McDowell

Amy L. McDowell
PT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Certified Pilates Instructor, The Pilates Guild

Education: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Hobbies/Interests:
I was formerly a professional ballet dancer and still like to dance for exercise. I enjoy ballet, jazz, and ballroom classes. During the holidays, I perform in a local production of The Nutcracker. My other interests include reading and crafts, especially knitting and rubber stamping.

What I like most:
I am glad that as a physical therapist, I get to spend time with my patients. I can get to know them as people and not just as “knees,” “hips,” or “backs.” This helps me to develop a more effective treatment plan for their particular situation.

 

Kristen Kenny

Kristin Kenny
PT, DPT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois

Education: Marquette University

Hobbies/Interests:
Outside of work I am quite busy with my four little kiddos! I enjoy being active inside and out with them, my husband and our beagle. Free time is hard to come by but I love cooking/baking, playing tennis, doing crosswords, reading and spending time with friends and family.

What I like most:
I love helping others. I love my job as a therapist to be able to interact and work closely with individuals of varying backgrounds. I value my ability to educate patients on their orthopedic and pelvic floor conditions to help empower them and assist in their return to the activities they enjoy.

 

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PT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois

Education:
Bradley University, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Hobbies/Interests:
I love being with my family! My husband and I have two young kids who keep us laughing and take up most of our time. I also like to make time for running and working out, spending time with friends, helping others, and good food!

What I like most:
The techniques we use here at ARC Physical Therapy are simply amazing, and what I like most is witnessing people walk out better than they walked in – both physically and emotionally. It is so rewarding to help my patients get back to doing what makes them happy!

 

Greg Grzesiak
PT, MSPT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois

Education: Governors State University

Hobbies/Interests:
I enjoy staying active by participating in all sports. I also run and work out frequently. My philosophy on life is to live life to the fullest, so I am always up for an adventure!

What I like most:
I love knowing that I have impacted someone’s life in a positive way. It is satisfying to know that I have helped someone return to sports or to be able to get on the floor and play with their grandchildren without feeling pain.

 

Kathleen Kilburg
MPT, ATC, MCMT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Licensed Athletic Trainer, State of Illinois
Mastery Certification of Manual Therapy, the Hands-On Institute

Education:
BE Degree in Athletic Training, Southern Illinois University
Master of Physical Therapy, Midwestern University

Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with my family, helping at my kids’ school, photography, running, baking and crafts.

What I like most:
I feel privileged to work closely with patients so that they may regain normal function in their daily activities. It is so rewarding to help someone return to an activity that they love or to be able to go through their day with less pain. I am so thankful to be a part of a group that provides such high quality care every day.

Courtney Wagner
PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Certified Manual Physical Therapist, Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training

Education:
Carroll University

Hobbies/Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, staying active with various forms of exercises, cooking and baking.

What I like most:
I enjoy having the opportunity to assist individuals in achieving their functional goals. I am happy to be a part of ARC Physical Therapy offering one-on-one care by a team of skilled therapists who work together in the best interest of the patient.

Elizabeth Dyer
PT, DPT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Continuing Education work in Maitland and Fascial Counterstrain

Education:
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from George Washington University

Hobbies/Interests:
I love to read, travel and have adventures of all kinds with my kids. Back before I had children, I used to do a lot of skiing and scuba diving. Now I content myself with a lot of fort building.

What I like most:
I am a puzzle person. Whether that’s a jigsaw or a complicated patient case – those are the kinds of mysteries I enjoy working on. The body is an amazing yet complicated mesh of systems working in tandem with each other. I try hard to step back and see the overall picture. After all, what good is a lot of knee range of potion if you can’t go down stairs due to your ankle or back?

Lauren Aplington
PT, DPT

Special Credentials:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Medical Practitioner Level 2
Graston Technique
Fascial Counterstrain

Education:
Rosalind Franklin University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Illinois State University, Bachelor of Science-Biology

Hobbies/Interests:
What I enjoy most is raising my two little girls and spending time with my family. I love to travel and the outdoors. During my free time, you can usually find me out on the golf course, going for a run, or watching Chicago sports teams play ball.

What I like most:
I am very passionate about helping my patients achieve their personal goals. Whether it is to regain function and independence or getting them back running marathons, I am committed every step of the way. I truly enjoy the one-to-one relationships and teaming with my patient to ensure the best outcome possible.


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