Kristin Ballenger, PT, DPT

Kristin has been practicing physical therapy since 2009, and is the current Director of Physical Therapy at CHPT. Kristin has a true passion for helping her patients abolish their pain symptoms and achieve a better quality of life. During your appointments, Kristin takes time to listen to you and develop a plan of care that works specifically to heal your body. She enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnosis including orthopedic injuries, post-surgical cases, neurological disorders, and women’s/men’s health conditions. Since having children of her own, she has loved working with pregnant and postpartum women experiencing pelvic pain, bladder/bowel incontinence, c-section scarring or back/SI joint pain. Kristin has a holistic approach to treatment – using the body to heal itself – but understands further medical treatment may be indicated at times. “Working at CHPT has been a true joy. I am able to give my patients the one-on-one care they deserve – resulting in great outcomes with physical therapy.”

Kristin has taken extensive coursework to become a pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise specialist (PCES). She continues to further her education in pelvic health with Herman and Wallace continuing education courses to provide the best treatment for various pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. When she is not working, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family and friends; traveling; and exploring our wonderful city of Chicago.

Beth Kalush, PT, DPT

Beth received her undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 2006 and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in 2009. Following graduation Beth completed an Orthopedic Residency Program at University of Chicago Medicine and became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2013. Her clinical interests include the knee, post-operative rehab, and sport injuries. Beth has experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries: rotator cuff injuries, low back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, etc. She played sports in high school, intramurals in college and grad school, and recently has enjoyed participating in Chicago Sport and Social clubs. As an athlete herself she understands how important it is to get patients back to their previous level of activity, whether that’s a patient returning to sport, a weekend warrior, or just enabling a patient to complete their daily activities without difficulty. Her new mode of exercise has been chasing her two children around!

Ann Socha

Ann Socha has been a certified Iyengar yoga teacher for over twenty years. She began teaching while living in Crested Butte, Colorado and enjoyed using yoga poses to help her students recover from sports injuries. Ann moved to Chicago in 2005 and her curiosity for learning about ways to help her students led her to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in 2022. Her own experiences from becoming a mother inspired her to continue her education through Herman and Wallace to become certified in pelvic rehabilitation. Ann is passionate about helping others overcome health setbacks and continue healthy and active lives. She has learned from her own health care practitioners the importance of listening to patients and taking time to be present for them. When she isn’t treating patients or teaching yoga, Ann enjoys spending time with her family in nature, painting, traveling, and reading with her cat at her side.

Olivia Jarosz

Olivia joined the CHPT team in 2023. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology Movement Science. She went on to further her education, and graduated from Fox College in 2021 with an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Olivia has always had great interest in Women’s Health throughout her schooling, which is primarily due to being the oldest daughter of eight siblings and watching her parents overcome many obstacles, especially her mom. In addition to her orthopedic background, Olivia is currently undergoing pelvic rehab coursework through the Herman and Wallace Institute. She is excited to grow her women’s health skill set to further treat pregnant/postpartum women, and those patients with various pelvic floor dysfunctions. She also specializes in LSVT-Big, which is a therapy program proven to improve balance, muscle strength, posture, and overall quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys doing DIY housework, biking outdoors, yoga, and snowboarding in the wintertime. She also speaks fluently in Polish.