Our staff and facility offer an environment and culture in which clients and therapists strive together for achievement of functional goals and improved health. Functional goals may include: improved walking and standing, transfer ability, trunk stability, posture, balance, and strength, and sport participation.
Health and wellness goals include: significant gains in cardiovascular and pulmonary function, increased bone density, decreased spasticity, reduction in the risk of skin lesions, and enhanced glucose tolerance.
James Borre, PTA has been a part of the NextSteps family since 2006. Jim started his career with NextSteps as a Neuro Adaptive and Fitness Trainer, and after graduating with a PTA degree from Fox College in 2017 he rejoined our clinical physical therapy team. Jim was inspired by Jon O’Connor and is proud to honor his memory through the genuine care he has for NextStep’s patients. He strives to provide a safe environment where patients can challenge themselves to achieve their highest potential.
Jim is also an Assembly Representative to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA),and a credentialed clinical instructor. He lives in Chicago, where he enjoys long walks with his girlfriend Tara and their two rescue dogs, Larry and Frank.
Jenny Suggitt is an occupational therapist from Chicago, Illinois who is joining NextSteps as Director of Operations. Jenny received her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Columbia University in New York City. Prior to joining our team, she lived and worked in the United Kingdom as Center Manager for Neurokinex, a fellow NeuroRecovery Network community fitness and wellness center. Jenny has worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Shriners Hospital for Children where she treated a variety of neurological, developmental and orthopedic conditions with a professional interest in spinal cord injury. Jenny is also a trained aquatic therapist as well as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist with specialization in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.
Jenny has spent the majority of her career working with children from birth through full development across all levels of complexity. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and pediatric sensory integration gyms.
Maryleen (Mary) K. Jones, PT, MPT, DHSc, CLT, NCS is an Assistant Professor at Governors State University, currently teaching courses in patient management, neurotherapeutics, clinical education, and integrative research. Mary, received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Governors State University, and Doctor of Health Science degree from The University of Indianapolis with a concentration in Neuroscience and Adult Education. Mary is a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Mary’s research interests involve chronic neurological conditions as related to function, health, wellness, and quality of life. Mary is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, with active involvement in the Neurologic, Orthopedic, Oncology, and Acute Care Academies. Mary also serves in leadership of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association.
Mickey Shah, PT, D.Sc. OCS, FAAOMPT, Cert.MDT; Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist.
Kate Benson, PTA. After graduating from Illinois State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Art concentrating in metalworking and glass, Kate worked as a Dental Laboratory Technician fabricating oral prosthetics. Motivated by previous professional level Cecchetti ballet training and Pilates matwork at the Conservatory of Dance in Chicago, Kate became certified in 2009 as a Group Exercise Instructor through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America. By 2013, Kate accomplished over 450 hours of study completing her Pilates apprenticeship at Core Fitness and Physical Therapy in Evergreen Park.
Kate has multiple certifications related to the Pilates Method including Pilates for Neurologic Conditions. Kate attended the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Fox College in Tinley Park and graduated with her PTA degree in 2017. Shortly after, Kate began working in a Pilates based orthopedic rehab setting and had accomplished over 5,000 hours of teaching experience. She had a son in 2018, and shortly after joined the NextSteps team. She hopes to continue to expand her knowledge in physical therapy as well as alternative disciplines for the benefit of patients and clients. Kate regularly attends continuing education courses to uphold evidence based practice and is a member of the American and Illinois Physical Therapy Association.
Madeline Jendra, PT, DPT
Madeline graduated from St. Louis University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. She is passionate about treating patients with neurological conditions and helping patients regain function and independence. She is a current member of the American of Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is enthusiastic about becoming more involved.
Madeline is always staying up-to-date on the latest research and technology available in the neuro rehab community. She is currently participating in some of the most cutting edge research at NextSteps Chicago and looks forward to seeing what the future holds in regards to rehabilitation for patients.