Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation

Utilizing the research-based strategies, the latest equipment and a compassionate hands-on approach to rehabilitation, we are dedicated to helping patients with neurological disabilities and other medical conditions regain control of their lives and improve quality of life. 

Have questions? Please leave a voicemail for the department at 773-878-8200, ext. 6876 and someone will contact you within 24 hours. 

Our Mission

It’s the goal of the outpatient neurological rehabilitation program to get your back to your daily activities at home and in the community through individualized care and a multi-disciplinary approach. You may receive speech therapy, physical therapy or occupational therapy, or any combination of these methods depending on your unique needs.

Our Medical Professionals

Your care team may include one or more of the following board-certified professionals:

  • Lisa Periolat, MSPT, NCS, Physical Therapist
  • Cathy Capic Markul, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
  • Marja Rowberry, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Taryn Montoya, MSPT, C/NDT, Physical Therapist

Some Conditions We Treat 

We excel in helping you recover from: 

  • Stroke (CVA) 
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • ALS—Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Head and brain injuries 

The Way We Work With You

Patients are seen one to three times per week based on physician and therapist recommendations. The length of these sessions is determined upon what services you need, including any combination of physical therapy, speech therapy and/or occupational therapy. 

Swedish Hospital’s program goes above and beyond by partnering with you through:

    One-on-One Sessions

    We believe that it’s of the utmost importance for you to receive the full attention of your therapist. When receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy, you receive the individualized treatment you deserve. Groups may be minimally utilized for activities such as community re-entry, stroke club, aphasic coaching, cognitive group and extra appointments or set-up exercise sessions. 

    Community Re-entry

    Unique weekly outings and activities build confidence in your ability to return to a normal quality of life. Whether going grocery shopping, or cooking a full meal in Swedish Hospital’s Activities of Daily Living apartment, you will practice skills essential to everyday living. 

    “Set-Up” Time

    A time designated specifically for you to work on safe exercise activities independently or with caregivers and interns to put your exercises to practical use. 

    At-Home Exercises

    Provided by the your therapists to continue your rehabilitation even on days when you do not have therapy. 

    Convenient Scheduling

    Sessions are scheduled at the same time each week to help you keep track of your appointments and bypass the hassle of scheduling their visits after each session. The various disciplinary sessions—physical, occupational and speech—are scheduled back to back to prevent you from having to make multiple trips. 

Your Therapy Environment

Swedish Hospital’s Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Program is located on the first floor of Galter LifeCenter, Chicago’s only certified medical fitness center. In addition to having some of the most cutting-edge equipment for neurological rehabilitation available, its location allows patients access to Galter LifeCenter’s facilities, including many health and wellness services that can be used in conjunction with your therapy to accelerate healing and continue rehabilitating following completion of the program.  

Specialized equipment is available, including:

  • Saebo equipment & certified therapist
  • Walkaide & certified therapist
  • Biodex Balance system
  • Litegait system
  • Wayne Saccidic fixator
  • Wii
  • Swallow electrical stimulation capability
  • Access to Galter Life Center facilities, including weights, track, pools and aerobic conditioning

Contact Us

Please leave a voicemail for the department at 773-878-8200, ext. 6876 and someone will contact you within 24 hours. 

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