Cindy Brown

Education

Completed my Bachelor’s degree at NIU in 2012 for exercise science and then went on to Fox College for my PTA degree and graduated in 2014.

Why PT
Growing up I had multiple sport-related knee surgeries that landed me in Physical Therapy for most of the time that I was in high school. That’s where it sparked my interest. I like to take my own experience and use it to help understand each patient and encourage them during their time in therapy. I love getting to work with new people and helping them get back on their feet after an injury or surgery.

Amie Inamdar Schuetz, PT, DPT, COMT

Education

Amie attended Saint Louis University, where she graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. In 2013, Amie began to pursue additional training in Maitland-based orthopedic manual therapy, a form of hands-on treatment techniques that respects the patient as the center of the treatment plan. She earned her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) in 2015. The Maitland manual therapy approach is respected worldwide as an effective and safe way to evaluate patients to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, restore movement, and maximize function. Amie works with a wide variety of patient diagnoses.

The Manual Therapy Difference . . .

Amie knows that you have your choice of where you can attend physical therapy. The nature of a manual therapy or “hands-on approach” is that it will provide a unique level of treatment tailored to each individual patient and their respective pain or functional limitation. Amie wants you to feel that physical therapy is worth your time and commitment, and she wants you to get results and treatment that you could not necessarily achieve independently. She is a firm believer in combining manual therapy with appropriate exercises to address specific weaknesses and movement impairments. Amie also recognizes that some patients require more of an exercise approach tailored to their specific skill sets, and she likes treating athletes and weekend warriors of all ages and skill levels.

On Motivating Patients . . .

Having been in and out of physical therapy numerous times in her life, Amie is well-acquainted with the frustrations that often accompany pain when it comes to every day activities and hobbies. As such, she is driven to ensure that her patients are able to resume those activities without pain in as little time as possible.

On Life Outside MOI …

Outside the clinic, Amie is an outdoors enthusiast and competitor in the lightweight division of Strongman. When not outdoors, you will usually catch her reading a book or relaxing with her husband.

Brittany Herrmann, P.T.

Education. . .
Brittany attended Northern Illinois University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences with an emphasis on pre-physical therapy in December 2015. She continued on at Northern Illinois University to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2019. Brittany then joined MOI in August of 2019 as a full time physical therapist in the Sandwich location where she treats a variety of diagnoses ranging from low back pain to post-surgical rehabilitation. 
 
Choosing Physical Therapy. . . 
Brittany chose to be a physical therapist because it is unique from the other healthcare careers due to the fact that physical therapists work closely with their patients to attain specific goals and improve every patient’s quality of life with each visit. She states there are so many reasons that she enjoys her career as a physical therapist, but the most valuable thing she has found is the opportunity to create friendships with each of her patients. 
 
Motivating Her Patients. . . 
Brittany believes that the best way to motivate her patients is by working towards goals that are important to the patients themselves. She dedicates time to help her patients develop their own personal goals and then designs specific exercises for each session to help the individual achieve each of those goals. 
 
Life Outside of MOI. . . 
Outside of work, Brittany spends most of her time with her boyfriend and animals on their farm in Hinckley. You can also find her working on her family farm come spring or fall or enjoying the winter months by hunting with her boyfriend. 

Olivia Caron, P.T., D.P.T.

Education

Olivia attended Northern Illinois University, where she earned a Bachelor of Health and Human Sciences in 2015. She earned her doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018, also from Norther Illinois University. In 2019 Olivia joined MOI after spending a year in Madison, WI treating in the pediatric setting. Olivia has an interest in manual therapy and sports rehab, as well as interests in Graston and active release.

On the “Hands-On” Difference . . .

Since day one, MOI and their staff have been extremely supportive and has shared their knowledge with new employees. It is very beneficial to be able to talk to another therapist or have them be able to tape or perform dry needling, cupping, etc. on a patient you are treating so they can achieve their best results. Hands-on manual therapy is so important to help mobilize tissue and gain range of motion required to perform daily tasks without compensation. Olivia has been working with a variety of patient diagnosis, with a special interest in conditions related to spine, knee, and foot/ankle.

On Motivating Patients . . .

I try to motivate patients by relating their goals to activities and tasks that they want to get back to. I always make my plan of care individualized and pertinent to what my patients would like to get back to. I want them to be able to leave therapy feeling 100% themselves again and able to perform daily and recreational activities with ease. I make exercises creative and functional to help get them there.

On Life Outside MOI . . .

When not in the clinic, Olivia enjoys playing slow pitch softball, yard games, movies, puzzles, and spending time with her puppy and loved ones.

Corban Ege, P.T.

Education…
Corban attended Northern Illinois University, where he earned a Bachelor of Health and Human Sciences degree in 2015. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018, also from Northern Illinois University. In 2019, Corban joined MOI. Corban got his passion for physical therapy from serving with the Marine Corps as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, particularly while working with Amputees in Afghanistan during his deployment in 2010.

On the “Hands-On” Difference…
A skilled, multi-modal approach to physical therapy using patient specific manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, and a combination of treatments is shown to enhance patient experience and outcomes. I work with a variety of diagnoses and use this mind-set while treating patients. I am interested in treating a variety of conditions and utilizing multi-modal treatment to restore functional mobility.

On Motivating Patients…
I motivate patients by getting to know them, being interested in who they are, and by directing intervestion to achieve their hoals. I also like making therapy fun and enjoyable and utilizing humor to put a smile on your face.

On Life Outside MOI…
When not in the clinic Corban enjoys jogging and participating in regional 5/10Ks, picking up different hobbies, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Jim Coulter, P.T.

Education
Jim Coulter graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science in 1976. He then went on to complete his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. Since starting his professional career he has continued his education with emphasis in manual techniques and exercise therapies. He is a certified Graston Technique practitioner, and certified in the use of Kinesio and Rock tapes. 

On the Rewards of Occupational Therapy…
My passion is the education of my patients to understand their condition and the role each of us play in returning them to the maximum level of functioning possible.

My specialty is in the biomechanical evaluation of my patients’ injuries and conditions, and applying the principles of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise training to improve function and reduce reinjury potential. I have been practicing my profession since 1978 and specifically outpatient orthopedic physical therapy since 1985.

I enjoy working at MOI because we have a diverse staff that comes together as a team for the betterment of the client. Professionally, I don’t see my role as my accomplishment, I work with my patients for their accomplishments. I am inspired by my patients and colleagues in the field, that each work so hard to be better than the day before, pushing me to remain relevant and current. I am driven by my motivated patients, pushing me to help them get better faster.

When I’m not working…
My wife, Mary and I are avid fans of national parks, with a goal of visiting each U.S. national park…and more than just a drive through. We try to step out beyond the parking lot spots and see the sites that take some effort. To that end we enjoy outdoor activities that prepare us for the challenges of travel and provide escape from the stress of everyday life.

Joy Powell, P.T.

Education
Joy Powell has worked as a physical therapist for 13 years. She completed her undergraduate education at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University’s College of Health Professions, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is also a Certified McKenzie MDT practitioner.

On the Rewards of Occupational Therapy…
I am passionate about empowering patients to regain their function and independence, as well as providing them strategies to be more in control of their own pain. It is exceptionally rewarding to observe the moment that a patient achieves a new goal or masters a once impossible skill. I am inspired by my patients’ journeys. Every day that I come to work is a learning experience for me, and pieces of their journeys become woven into my experience and practice. I have background and experience in work injury, rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries of the spine, and have had continuing education in manual therapy, chronic pain management, and movement dysfunction.  One of my specialties is identifying movement dysfunction and retraining strategies to restore more appropriate movement patterns and motor control. Being able to collaborate with colleagues means a lot to me. Everyone’s view of and approach to the patient is slightly different. We all have different backgrounds and training, which enhances patient care. The team at MOI is well-rounded and everyone is always willing to help out and share their knowledge and skillset.

When I’m not working…
I enjoy outdoor activities with my husband and two boys. We can be found hiking, biking, camping, checking out local car shows, or having a family movie night!

Lindsey Boekenhauer, P.T.A.

Education…
Lindsey attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she received her Associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She is licensed as a PTA in the state of Illinois.

On a Physical Therapist Assistant’s Job…
A PTA works under the supervision of a physical therapist and collaborates with the PT to come up with the best plan of care for the patient. Because PTAs complete an accredited program including education in anatomy, physiology, and manual techniques, we can progress a patient through his or her treatment plan while working directly with the supervising PT.

The Best Part of My Job…
What I love most about my job is the feeling I get when I have made a difference in a patient’s life. It is so rewarding when a patient tells you that you have taken away their pain and allowed them to return to a sport they love.

On Joining Team MOI in Rochelle…
MOI is a great company to work for and I am most excited for the continued growth of the organization in our Rochelle location. I am also excited to continue to do what I love to do.

Leena Karkhanis, P.T.

Education…
Leena Karkhanis grew up in Bombay, India and graduated in 1981 from the University of Bombay with her Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. She also holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Maryland. She is a licensed physical therapist and has been practicing for over 20 years.

On Practicing Physical Therapy…
“I wanted to go into a Health Care profession where I could have one-on-one contact with patients. As a physical therapist, we get to work directly with our patients two or three times a week and we get to form a relationship with them – a real bond.”

On Being Experienced…
“I have experience in many types of healthcare settings. I’ve worked in hospitals, long-term care clinics, and in-home health. I am able to pull together all of the aspects of those experiences to provide care to my patients. I know what they’re going through, whether they are a senior, a working adult, or a teenager. I’ll work with a patient who is 99 years old, and then I’ll work with a 16 year old. I consider that my strength – to be able to work with every age group.”

Bridget Johnson, P.T., O.C.S., C.K.T.P.

Education…
Bridget graduated from Northern Illinois University with her BS in physical therapy and a minor in gerontology. She is a Board Certied Specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, a certied Kinesio Taping Practitioner, and is trained in Augmented So Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM). She is has been a member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association for 12 years.

Special Area of Interest…
“Orthopedics is what I’ve done the most work in, and I’d say that shoulders and necks are my specialty area. I have taken one class in a series, Strain/Counterstrain, with the Jones Institute. It’s a muscle relaxation technique. I nd that technique really eective, and I use it a lot.”

Philosophy of Patient Care…
“I place a lot of importance on listening to the patients and using what they’re telling me to help them feel better. I also like to give them tools they can use to take care of themselves once they’re done with the physical therapy program. I’m always happy when my patients are feeling good.”