Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Speech Language Pathology
At West Suburban Medical Center: River Forest Campus, we offer a holistic approach to your healthcare and personal goals. Whether you’ve been experiencing pain for an unknown reason, have a goal to lose weight, or are trying to get more active, we are here to help!
You can keep your recovery moving along with outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy with West Suburban Medical Center. Your doctor and physical therapist will work together to create an individualized treatment plan for you.
What do we treat?
- Sports injury rehabilitation and prevention
- Back and neck rehabilitation and prevention
- Orthopedic injury rehabilitation and prevention
- Balance and fall prevention training
- Gait, mobility and transfer training
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation
- Arthritis and osteoporosis management and rehabilitation
- Stroke and neurological disease rehabilitation
- Temporomandibular (jaw) dysfunction rehabilitation
If you have pain, injury, illness, or a disability that makes is difficult for you to do every day activities such as completing household chores, doing your job or school work, or caring for yourself, our occupation therapist is here to help. Occupational therapy can help with:
- Hand injury rehabilitation
- Cumulative trauma disorder prevention
- Carpal tunnel and de Quervain’s syndrome
- Peripheral nerve injury rehabilitation
- Splint design & fabrication
- Scar management
- Therapy for neurological disorders
- Arthritis rehabilitation & education
- Activities of daily living training & provision of equipment
- Ergonomic consultation
- Cancer related cognitive deficits
- Lymphatic drainage
Speech Language Pathology
We provide outpatient speech language pathology services at the main hospital campus including:
- Cognitive performance evaluation/treatment
- Language/voice/comprehension evaluation/treatment
- Swallow evaluations, including video fluoroscopic swallowing exams
- Swallow/oral functional treatment
Meet Our Therapists
We have a large team of friendly, highly skilled physical therapists who are ready to help develop a personalized treatment plan to help you meet your rehabilitation goals.
Rachel Pearson, PT, DPT
Manager of Outpatient Therapy
I am a physical therapist and also manage the outpatient therapy clinic. The favorite part of my job is working with my patients to help them improve their pain and function and get back to activities they really enjoy, whether that is running a marathon or walking around the park. Rehabilitation is a team effort, and I’d love to have you on my team.
Outside of work, I am a professional triathlete so I spend a lot of my time swimming, biking, and running. I get to visit some interesting places and compete around the world. I also enjoy hiking and camping with my husband.
Sajel Alreja, PT, DPT
I’ve been practicing physical therapy for nine years. I treat various orthopedic conditions, TMJ dysfunction, vertigo and pelvic floor. Within the past year I had an interest to start treating pelvic floor because I felt myself, at times, that I was missing a piece of the puzzle when it came to helping a patient maximize their wellbeing. I knew getting trained in treating the pelvic floor would help that. I want to help women regain their ability to take part in their daily lives without feeling restricted because of pain or discomfort with what should be normal, daily routine. My goal for all patients is to empower them with knowledge to help support their wellbeing. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and yoga. I can speak English and Gujarati.
Lita Duffy, PT
I bring over four decades of physical therapy experience to our rehab team. There have been numerous changes in healthcare but the general goal of PT remains the same, and that is to improve each patient’s function. I work with baby-boomers and geriatrics, helping them to function better at home, at work, and in their communities. It has been my pleasure working for West Sub, serving the Oak Park/River Forest communities where my family and I live.
Tammi Gross-McCoy, PTA
I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 1992. I primarily work with outpatient orthopedic patients and really enjoy low back/pelvic pain and shoulder conditions as I find them most challenging. After delivering my first child in January of 2000 and having pain with sitting I became interested in more specific pelvic pain pathology. I attended my first pelvic pain course in December of 2000 and after one encounter of Manual Therapy I had instant relief of my pain and was able to sit properly for the first time in about 10 months. Having had some personal experience and success makes me very passionate to find the most minimally invasive resolution for my clients when possible. I have taken several other classes to enhance my pelvic health skills, most recently a visceral mobilization course. In addition, I teach fitness classes such as step aerobics, cardioboxing, weight lifting and core.
Mark Hroma, MPT
I have worked in outpatient therapy at West Suburban Hospital for over 20 years. I enjoy helping my patients get mobility back after illness or injury, whether this means learning to walk with a prosthetic leg or using a wheelchair, or learning to walk without a limp after an injury. I spend a lot of time educating my patients on their role in the recovery process. I have also taken many advanced clinical courses in pain management techniques. Outside of work I enjoy refereeing ice hockey competitions, camping with my son’s Boy Scout troop, cooking (I make an amazing eggplant parmesan), and watching my daughter dance.
Tammi Jefferson, OTR/L
I have worked at West Suburban Medical Center for 8 years but moved from the hospital to outpatient therapy 2 years ago. I enjoy helping my patients get back to normal daily activities after illness, injury, or surgery. I developed a cognitive therapy program in conjunction with our cancer care team to help patients being treated for cancer manage memory loss or difficulties planning daily tasks. I also enjoy working with patients who have hand or wrist pain preventing them from completing their normal daily or work activities. I love music and travelling, and I challenge you to find a bigger Prince fan! And I have an adorable dog Seven (can you guess the origin of that name?!).
Greg Krawczyk, DPT
I have 5 years of experience as a physical therapist and have also completed advanced clinical work in lymphedema management. I enjoy working with our cancer team and wound team to help educate patients on managing edema as well as setting them up with compression garments. I love helping anyone who walks through our doors to reduce their pain and get back to normal activities, and go above and beyond to make sure my patients feel welcome and valued as part of our therapy team. Outside of work I enjoy travelling with my wife and children, photography and filmmaking, and salsa dancing. I am fluent in Polish, Spanish and English, and also speak some Russian.
Mary Ellen Shanahan, PT, OCS, MDT
I have been practicing in outpatient orthopedics for 23 years. I have advanced practice certifications in orthopedics, treatment of spinal dysfunction and in Pilates for rehabilitation. I have been treating women’s health and pelvic floor patients for three years. We treat a wide array of patients from the pregnant client to seniors with incontinence. We strive to treat the full individual with the goal of returning the patient to normal, pain free function. I love spending time with my family, hiking, gardening and cooking.
What Our Patients Say
“I had the best therapist during my sessions, Rachel, Katie, Bekah, Teresa, and Tammy all rocked!!! It was not easy but “no pain no gain” My knee has never felt better. Thanks ladies!!!!”
“I needed to lose 50 pounds before my gastric bypass surgery, Rachel & crew gave me exercises to do at home that addressed my problem areas while losing weight”
River Forest Medical Campus
Sports Rehab & Therapy
7411 Lake St, Building A
River Forest, IL 60305
Monday – Thursday 7 am – 7 pm
Friday 7 am – 5:30 pm