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Tom J Kokocinski
DPT, CFCE, CEO
Education: Tom received his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from AWF in Warsaw Poland. He attained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University, Utah and a Bachelor of Art from Columbia College in Chicago.
Philosophy: " I strongly believe that there is always room for improvement in many of the conditions that people are diagnosed with - improvements whose results cannot be seen overnight, but the kind that will benefit a person for a lifetime. That is my mentality in regards to my practice- for the long term and for "Pro Vita Sana".
Director of Business Development & Operations, VP
Education: Rich received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and his Masters degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of several professional publications in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He also received his “Green Belt” certification in Six Sigma Applications in 2006, and subsequently won 1st place in the 2006 Quality Research competition for reducing outpatient cancellations and no-shows at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Philosophy: " I thoroughly enjoy the daily challenge of working on new and different business opportunities that serve the community and the staff at Vital. It is particularly important to partner with other entities for long term growth and development. These relationships have helped us to diversify our services considerably over the years. I am proud to be a part of a company that truly stands out among the hundreds, if not thousands, of other private, independent rehabilitation providers in the Chicago area."
Director of Home Health Services
Education: Izabela attended Truman College in Chicago with a focus on Psychology. She has a strong background in business administration and contract development with home health agencies and hospitals. Previously, Izabela owned and managed her own business for 10 years.
Philosophy: My philosophy on building relationships, whether it is with coworkers or business associates, is to live by the saying of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It is important to build a trusting relationship so that collaboration can flourish and be long lasting.
When people feel comfortable and appreciated I believe they work harder and always strive to do
PT, DPT, CCI, Director of Pediatrics
Darcy received a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Pittsburg State University and graduated from the Honors College with Summa Cum Laude honors. She then attended and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Darcy is a certified clinical instructor and has taken advanced course work in taping, manual facilitation techniques, and medically fragile children.
Philosophy: "I strongly believe in the theory of family centered care. I aim to address impairments and functional limitations that directly carry over to improved quality of life for the child and the family.
In addition, I also believe that children participate best in therapy when the sessions are play based and enjoyable for the child.
PT, CMT, CKTP, CVT, Portage Park Clinic Manager
Education: Artur received his undergraduate degree from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland in 2003. He has certifications in Vestibular Therapy, Manual Therapy, Kinesio Taping I, II, III and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.
Artur is currently in the process of acquiring his Doctorate from Saint Scholastica College in Minnesota.
Philosophy: "I find it imperative to continue my professional development to become an expert in my field. I believe that in order to achieve optimal outcomes there must be multiple approaches to a condition. Most importantly, I love to help my patients, and there is nothing more rewarding than a satisfied patient."
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PT, DPT, Lakeview Clinic Manager
Education: Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Chicago and her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University. Jennifer is certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Clinical Instructor for Doctorate level Physical Therapy Students and Physical Therapist Asssistants, and regularly fulfills internship responsibilities for 22 different colleges and universities. She is the clinic manager of the Vital Lakeview Clinic at Thorek Memorial Hospital.
Philosophy: "I specialize in exercise based treatment and have authored numerous research papers supporting its successful incorporation into treatment plans. I believe that pain and inflammation must first be eliminated with the use of modalities and manual therapy, and then appropriate exercises can be used to help my patient reach his or her full potential recovery. My patients life style must be carefully examined to find out how minor changes can be recommended to reduce the chance of re-injury or future injury.
DPT, PT, MTC, Park Ridge Clinic Manager
Education: Gustaw received his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and Physical Education from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland. Before receiving his Masters, Gustaw was a Physical Education teacher at a private high school in Zamosc, Poland for 4 years. Gustaw received his license to practice practice physical therapy in 2005. In 2012, Gustaw received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Florida.
Philosophy: "I am dedicated to helping relief pain , improve optimal levels of functioning and maximize one's physical well-being. My treatment practices originate from my strong foundation that each patient is a unique individual who who deserves personal attention, education, care and empowerment. I believe that building trustworthy relationships with my patients helps me better understand their lifestyles and how it affects their well being.
Education: Education: Caitlin received her Masters in Science and Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from University of Illinois in Chicago in 2009-10. Since graduating, Caitlin has had experience working with adults in a wide range of settings including neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, acute care, inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient settings. She has also worked with children including inpatient rehabilitation, hippotherapy, day rehabilitation, school and outpatient settings. She currently works primarily with adults and children in the outpatient setting, however she also sees children in the aquatic environment and at a medically intensive ventilation unit. She has attended a wide range of continuing education courses focusing on upper extremity, sensory regulation and oncology rehabilitation. The past year she has been volunteering at a local cancer survivor organization presenting on common rehabilitation topics faced by cancer survivors.
Philosophy: "I find it important to collaborate with my patients to provide individualized and holistic care. With my pediatric patients I believe in involving the whole family to maximize each child's progress toward goal areas. With adults, I believe in addressing the whole person and providing education to increase patient's progress toward goal areas and create healthy ergonomic habits to prevent injury. I believe in staying current with research and best practices to provide the best care possible to my patients.
Education: Danya received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Governors State University.
Philosophy: "I love how being a Physical Therapist allows me to interact one on one with patients in order to promote greater mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention. I enjoy working with pediatrics, adults and geriatrics in a variety of settings such as at home, in the aquatic setting and outpatient setting. I am passionate about learning about health and fitness and sharing ways on how to improve health and fitness.
Education: Information coming soon.
Philosophy: Information coming soon.
PT, MS, PCS, C/NDT
Education: Susie earned her BS in Physical Therapy from Marquette University and MS in Child Development and a Certificate in Infant Studies from Erikson Institute. She is a board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist and Clinical Instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In addition, Susie is trained and certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment through the NDTA. Susie is a Credentialed Physical Therapy provider through Illinois Early Intervention.
Philosophy: I am a pediatric physical therapist who also trained as a child development specialist. I strive to continually integrate evidence-based practice within a biopsychosocial model of care in order to provide the best care possible. I learn something new and exciting every day at Vital Rehabilitation as I work with children ages 0-21 and their families in a variety of settings including our outpatient clinic, our therapeutic pool and during visits to Maryville Children's Healthcare Center, a transitional nursing home for children.
Education: Information coming soon.
Philosophy: Information coming soon.
Education: Diane received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a concentration in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies in 2009. In 2014, Diane earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Philosophy: "The most important aspect of being a successful clinician in the field of physical therapy, is to be able to educate patients about their condition, and the clinical reasoning for chosen interventions. I believe it is important to spend the necessary time to listen to patients in order to understand what they need, and how to achieve their goals."
Education: Jennifer received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University. She has since taken many continuing education courses including NDT, school therapy, gait training and orthotics. Jennifer's additional certifications include infant massage instructor, clinical instructor and kinesiotape practitioner.
Philosophy: "As a pediatric therapist, I believe that kids progress fastest when they and their families are actively involved. I love finding creative ways to make challenging activities fun and believe it's necessary to work closely with the families so they can have carryover at home between sessions. I love working together to make and achieve goals and see each child reach their highest potential."
Education: Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2001 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with high honors. She has ten years of experience in kinesiotaping upper extremities, four years of fabricating static upper extremity splints and is certified in physical agents and modalities.
Philosophy: "I have over 15 years of experience and have spent 12 years of my career as a traveling therapist prior to joining the Vital team at Lakeview and Thorek Hospital. I believe that compassion and expertise are the keys to any effective practice, and I try my best to provide the two to my patients in order to maximize their progress".
Education: Tammie acquired her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, and acquired her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island in 2005. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and received training in PECS, PROMPT, FloorTime and the Hanen Program.
Philosophy: "I strive to provide a child and family-centered approach in my therapy. I believe that each child is unique and therefore requires an approach that is tailored toward their specific needs. I also believe that building a great rapport with each child and family is the key to success. I love children and try to provide fun, interesting activities to keep them motivated and engaged."
Education: Marietta received her Masters in Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1975. Her continued her training at Northwestern Medical School for the diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia at Northwestern Memorial Hospital under the direct of Dr. Jerilynn Logemann.
Philosophy: "By working the my patient's speech I am able to restore the individual to their quality of life. Feeding patients and training their family to facilitate safe eating is also something I try to promote in order to restore my patients to as much of their former self as possible.
Education: Erin received her undergraduate degree from Bradley University and her Master's in Communication Disorders from Saint Xavier University.
Philosophy: "My philosophy for effective speech language treatment is a holistic approach. I love getting to know patients and what is important to them, because those are often the most motivating factors. I try to make each session personal, meaningful and fun!"
Education: Terry received her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin, and her Master's Degree in Community and Family Counseling from Northern Illinois University. She is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator. Terry is a Clinical Instructor for Vital and regularly mentors internship students. She has provided direct therapy and supervised clinical staff in various settings such as: Mental health children's programs, SASS crisis programs, home-based individual psychotherapy, home and clinic-based Early Intervention services and family counseling. She continues to pursue her on-going education through regular continuing education.
Philosophy: "I provide individual and family counseling to children and families in outpatient treatment or who are enrolled in the State of Illinois Early Intervention Program. The children who are eligible for the EI program have developmental delays or are at risk of developmental delays. The work that I do with these families includes but is not limited to: assisting families to access community resources (WIC, SSI, etc), crisis counseling, family counseling, and assistance with the transition process into early childhood education programs. All of the families I work with have a child or children with a developmental delay and/or medical diagnosis. Compassion is my promise."
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