Rehabilitation Team

At Swedish Covenant Hospital, our therapists provide you with a personalized care plan to get you back to the life you love. Our therapists are knowledgeable about the latest techniques to help you relieve pain, build strength and gain mobility. They are also passionate about a range of special interests—from running to ballroom dance—allowing them to provide specialized expertise to fits your needs and lifestyle. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our outpatient physical therapists, please call 773-989-1681.

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Richard_Edited for WebRichard Cunningham, PT
Director
• Education: B.S. in Physical Therapy
• Year Graduated: 1988
• Languages Spoken: English
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Orthopedic practice, practice management and sport injuries
 Personal Interests: Rugby and the outdoors 



Nora Sullivan-8243_250x250Nora Sullivan PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT 
Manager, Outpatient Rehabilitation Department
• Board Certification: Orthopedic Certified Specialist; Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists 
• Education: Master’s in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University; Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago 
• Year Graduated: 1998 and 2013
• Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
• Professional Membership: American Physical Therapy Association and American Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Manual therapy of spine and extremities, running and gait analysis and sports rehab 
• Personal Interests: Running, kayaking and swimming  



Melissa AmmiretiMelissa Ammirati PT, DPT, OCS
Orthopedic Clinical Coordinator
• Education: Undergraduate at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; University of Illinois at Chicago
• Year Graduated: 2003 and 2006
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Gait analysis, lower extremity injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation
• Personal Interests: Traveling, cooking, running and spending time with my family



Heather BakerHeather Baker PT, DPT, COMT
Pelvic Pain and Incontinence Coordinator
• Board Certification: Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
• Education: B.A. in Biology at Colgate University; D.P.T. at Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2004 and 2008
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Memberships: APTA and CPFRC (Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium) 
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Pregnancy, pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, orthopedics, sports medicine and swimming analysis 
• Personal Interests: Triathlon, traveling and cooking 



Cathy MarkulCathy Capic-Markul, OTR/L
• Board Certification: NBCOT, Occupational Therapy
• Education: B.S. in Occupational Therapy 
• Year Graduated: 1997
• Languages Spoken: English, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian
• Professional Memberships:  American Occupational Therapy Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Neurorehabiltation, upper extremity motor recovery, SAEBO arm training program and cognitive rehabilitation
• Personal Interests: Hiking, running and traveling  


Bryan headshot w.white backgroundBryan Carlson, MS, OTR/L, CHT
• Board Certification: Occupational Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
• Education: Master's in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis
• Year Graduated: 2000
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Memberships: Hand Therapy Certification Commission, American Society of Hand Therapists, Illinois Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee, Elmhurt College's Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy  
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Therapeutic interventions for post-traumatic and degenerative conditions, preventive interventions for cumulative trauma conditions and fabrication of custom orthoses including functional rigidity casting
• Personal Interests: Running, cycling and spending time with family


Clair CobbClaire Jeanette Cobb PT, DPT
• Education: B.A. in Dance and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University; D.P.T. at Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2014
• Clinical Interest: Performing arts, dancing and neurology
• Personal Interests: Dance, yoga and travel





Lissette CortesLissette Cortes PT, DPT
• Education: B.S. at University of Puerto Rico; D.P.T. at University of St. Augustine
• Year Graduated: 1982
• Language Spoken: English, Spanish, Italian
• Key Areas of Clinical Interest: Vestibular rehabilitation and general orthopedics
 Personal Interests: Swing and ballet dancing, language and watercolor painting



Clark, GinaGina Clark PT, DPT
• Education: B.S. in Kinesiology at Indiana University; Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2010 and 2013 
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interest: Orthopedics and vestibular rehabilitation
• Personal Interest: Traveling and hiking 



Alison Gilmore
Alison Gilmore PT, DPT, OCS
• Board Certification: Orthopedic Certified Specialist
• Education: B.A. in French at Carleton College; D.P.T. at Washington University
• Year Graduated: 2009
• Languages Spoken: English, Conversational French
• Professional Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: General orthopedics, balance training and injury prevention in young athletes
• Personal Interests: Hiking, exercise and spending time with my dog



Michelle GoldsteinMichelle Goldstein (Price) PT, DPT
• Education: B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2009; D.P.T. at the University of Miami, 2012
• Years Graduated: 2009 and 2012
• Languages Spoken: English
• Key Areas of Clinical Interest: Orthopedics and sports medicine
• Personal Interest: Family, food, fitness and fun




Caitlyn KilcullenCaitlin Kilcullen PT, DPT
• Education: B.S. in Animal Sciences at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2012
 Language Spoken: English
• Key Areas of Clinical Interest: Orthopedics and sports medicine
• Personal Interests: Family, running, traveling, food and being outdoors 




Juliane MankowskiJuliane Mankowski PTA, MS
• Education: B.S. in psychology at Arizona State University; M.S. in Public Administration at DePaul University; A.A.S. in Physical Therapy Assistant program at Oakton Community College
• Language: English
• Key Areas of Clinical Interest:  Orthopedics
• Personal Interests: Gardening, hiking and horseback riding 




Katie MeibersKatie Meibers PT,DPT, OCS
Board Certification: Orthopedic Specialist
Education: B.S. in Health Sciences at Ohio State University; Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University
Years Graduated: 2008 and 2010
Languages Spoken: English
Professional Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association
Key Ares of Clinical Interest: Sports medicine, post-surgical rehabilitation and lower extremity injuries
Personal Interests: Running, travelling, exploring Chicago and  spending time with my family and dog 



Lisa PeriolatLisa Periolat PT, NCS
Program Coordinator, Neurological Rehabilitation
• Board Certification: Neurological Clinical Specialist
• Education: Washington University
• Year Graduated: 1997
• Languages Spoken: English
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Neurology (CVA, MS, Parkinson's), balance and fall prevention and wellness
• Personal Interests: Reading, playing with my daughter and exploring Chicago neighborhoods and restaurants



Marja RowberryMarja Rowberry MA, CCC-SLP
 Board and Professional Certification: Illinois Licensed Speech Language Pathologist; Certification of Clinical Competence, LSVT LOUD, VitalStim Therapy; CPR and AED Certified
• Education: B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at University of Utah; M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2006
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Memberships: American Speech-Language Hearing Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Cognitive-communication rehabilitation, dysphagia, voice, aphasia and motor speech disorders
 Personal Interests: Music, dancing, word puzzles and family



Taryn MontoyaTaryn Montoya PT, MSPT, C/NDT
• Education: B.S. in Kinesiology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.S. in Physical Therapy at Washington University, St. Louis
• Languages Spoken: English, Spanish (semi-fluent)
• Professional Memberships: American Stroke Association; Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Stroke, brain injury, cervical myelopathy, spasticity, gait and orthopedicconditions
 Personal Interests: Travel, family and photography



Varunne RungsriwongVarunee Rungsriwong PT, IMTC
• Education: B.S. in Physiotherapy
• Year Graduated: 1989
• Languages Spoken: English, Thai
• Professional Membership: Integrated Manual Therapy Association and Physical Therapist
• Key Areas of Clinical Interest: Soft tissue myofascial, muscle energy techniques, internal organs and cranial
• Personal Interests: Spirituality and studying the mind, body and spirit



Mark WilderboerMark Wildeboer, PT, DPT, OCS
• Board Certification: Orthopedic Certified Specialist
• Education: B.A. in Psychology from Calvin College; D.P.T. from Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2006
• Languages Spoke: English
• Professional Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section
• Key Areas of Clinical Interest:  Orthopedics
• Personal Interests: Fixing broken things, eating and spending time with my family



Arguelles, LeoLeonard D. Arguelles, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
• Education: Interdisciplinary Dual B.S. in Biology and Philosophy; Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Illinois in Chicago
• Year Graduated: 2008
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Physical Therapy Association; American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Acute Care, Critical Care, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Early Mobilization
• Personal Interests: MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, Marathon Running



Asad, SyedSyed A. Asad
Rehabilitation Technition
• Education: Bachelor's in Communication
• Year Graduated: 1985
• Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Urdu




Aziz, DorineDorine Aziz, PT, DPT
Inpatient Acute Care Physical Therapist
• Education: B.S. in Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University 
• Year Graduated: 2012, 2015
• Languages Spoken: English, Assyrian
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests:  Wound Care, Lymphedema, Neurology
• Personal Interests: Family, Travel, Camping, Hiking 



Barone, MichaelMichael Barone, PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist
• Board Certification: Physical Therapy for Illinois Licensure
• Education: B.S. in Kinesiology; Doctorate in Physical Therapy
• Year Graduated: 2011, 2014
• Languages Spoken: English, Polish
• Professional Membership: American Physical Therapy Association and Acute Care Section Member
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Neurology, Cardiopulmonary
• Personal Interests: Biking, Hiking, Volunteer Work, Sporting Events



Bagshawe, BrittanyBrittany Bagshawe
Physical Therapist; Inpatient Neuro Coordinator, PT, DPT, NCS
• Board Certification: Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS)
• Education: Bachelor's in Health Science at Bradley University; Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2005, 2007
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Physical Therapy Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Neurology, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Electrical Stimulation
• Personal Interests: Traveling, Music, Golf



Bye, SonjaSonja Bye, PT, DPT, CEEAA
Physical Therapist
• Education: Doctorate in Physical Therapy
• Year Graduated: 2009
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Neurology, Geriatrics




DeMeola, ChristinaChristina DeMeola, MA CCC/SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
• Education: M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University
• Year Graduated: 2001
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Speech Language Hearing Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Dysphagia (swallowing and swallowing disorders)



Foley, KelleyKelley Foley M.S. CCC-SLP
• Board Certification: CCC Clinical Competency from ASHA; Licensed State of Illinois, Vital Stim Certified; Competencies in FEES, VFSS, Trach-Vent Care
• Education: B.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences; M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
• Year Graduated: 1994, 1998
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: ASHA and SIG 13 
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Dysphagia, Neurogenic Speech-Language Disorders, Neurogenic Dysphagia, Oral Care, Trach-Vent, Stroke Recovery, Myo-Fascial Release for Swallowing, Impact of Respiratory Function on Speech-Language and Swallowing, Alternative and Complimentary Treatments for Speech-Language and Swallowing Disorders, Rehabilitation
• Personal Interests: Genetic Disorders, Apraxia of Speech, Teaching, Volunteer Work 



Hristodoulopoulos, JamesJames Hristodoulopoulos, OTR/L
Inpatient Occupational Therapist
• Education: Master's in Occupational Therapy
• Year Graduated: 2013
• Languages Spoken: English, Greek
• Professional Membership: American Occupational Therapy Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Amputations, Critical Care, Stroke Recovery, Low Vision
• Personal Interests: Skiing, Cycling, Spending Time With Family and Puppy Reuben



Imperial, GinaGina Imperial
PTA
• Education: B.A. in Psychology at the University of Iowa; Oakton Community College 
• Year Graduated: 2009, 2011
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Physical Therapy Association
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Acute Care



Jaffer, ShaukatShaukat Jaffer
Rehab Tech
• Education: Bachelor's
• Year Graduated: 1984
• Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Urdu




Klehr, JohannaJohanna Klehr MS, OTR/L
Inpatient Occupational Therapist
• Education: Governors State University
• Year Graduated: 2010
• Languages Spoken: English, 
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Acute Care, Critical Illness
• Professional Membership: American Occupational Therapy Association 



Kuhagen, LeslieLeslie Kuhagen, PT, DPT, CEEAA
Doctor of Physical Therapy
• Education: B.S. in Kinesiology the College of William and Mary; Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Arcadia University
• Year Graduated: 2010
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Physical Therapy Association and Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Geriatrics, Wound Care, Fall Prevention
• Personal Interests: Choral Music, Handcrafts, Cats



Malek, MarissaMarissa Malek, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist
• Education: Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy at Mount Mary University 
• Year Graduated: 2015
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Occupational Therapy Association 
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Neurology
• Personal Interests: Travel, Spending Time With Friends/Family, Playing Tennis



IMG_0268_WebAlexander O. Manuel,PT
Physical Therapist
• Education: B.S. in Physical Therapy
• Year Graduated: 1991
• Languages Spoken: English, Tagalog 
• Professional Membership: IPTA,  APTA
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Geriatric, Orthopedic, Wound Care



Lucas, AlysaAlysa Lucas, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
• Board Certification: NBCOT certified
• Education: Tuskegee University 
• Year Graduated: 2013
• Languages Spoken: English, French
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Neurology, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Hippotherapy/Therapeutic Horseback Riding
• Personal Interests: Horses and All Other Animals, Traveling



Nees, ChrisChris Nees, OTR/L, CPAM
Occupational Therapist
• Education: Bachelor of Science
• Year Graduated: 2001
• Languages Spoken: English, 
• Professional Membership: American Occupational Therapy Association 
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Stroke, Neurology
• Personal Interests: Golf, Hiking



Nihiser, ToddTodd Nihiser, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Inpatient CCCE 
• Education: Doctorate in Physical Therapy
• Year Graduated: 2004
• Languages Spoken: English
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Acute Rehabilitation, Student Development
• Personal Interests:Music, Sports, Urban Adventures



Santos, LeemarLeemar Santos, PTA, CPT
Physical Therapist Assistant
• Education: Oakton Community College
• Year Graduated: 2015
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Physical Therapy Association and American College of Sports Medicine
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Aging Population
• Personal Interests: Weightlifting, Swimming, Biking, Running



Smith, GeraldineGeraldine Smith
Rehab Technician
• Board Certification: C.N.A. Certified 
• Education: Harold Washington College
• Year Graduated: 2001
• Languages Spoken: English
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Speech, Physical and Occupation Therapies
• Personal Interests: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Skiing, Writing



Werenski, HeatherHeather A. Werenski, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist
• Board Certification: ORT
• Education: Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI
• Year Graduated: 2015
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Occupational Therapy Association 
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Acute Care, Pulmonary Conditions, Cardiac Conditions
• Personal Interests: Running, Secretary for Heroes, Reading



Wolf, KerithKerith Wolf, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
• Education: AAS, Wilbur Wright College
• Year Graduated: 2014
• Languages Spoken: English
• Professional Membership: American Occupational Therapy Association 
• Key Areas of Clinical Interests: Geriatrics
• Personal Interests: Dogs, Sewing, Reading Cooking






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