Kristin Ballenger, P.T., D.P.T.
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. She enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnosis including orthopedic injuries, post-surgical cases, neurological disorders, and women’s health conditions. Since having children of her own, she has loved working with prenatal and postpartum women experiencing pelvic pain, incontinence, 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 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.
Jennifer Cundiff, P.T.A., Office Coordinator
Jennifer has been a practicing Physical Therapy Assistant for over 12 years. She earned her PTA degree at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina. Jennifer has a strong background in orthopedic, postural and stroke rehabilitation, but is willing to take on any musculoskeletal challenge. Her philosophy is to educate each patient of their condition and their potential; as this is absolutely necessary for the success of rehabilitation. Jennifer also wears the hat of Office Coordinator at CHPT and enjoys the challenge of organizing, integrating care and creating the most positive experience for both patient and provider!
Heather Koder, Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Newest member of the CHPT team, Heather graduated from the University of Iowa in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Physiology. She worked at a medical fitness facility associated with Swedish Covenant Hospital where she was a fitness specialist with a specialty in training and teaching swimming to children, adults, and special needs. In 2018, Heather enrolled at Oakton Community College to pursue an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Heather is a firm believer that creating interpersonal relationships with her clients to promote each individual’s own path to health and wellness is the key to success.
Beth Kalush, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 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!
AJ, Licensed Massage Therapist, LMT
AJ has been practicing massage therapy professionally since 2006. She left a high-stress corporate job in 2005 to seek a work-life balance, a healthier career, and a healthier lifestyle. After completing massage school and licensure requirements, AJ pursued more training in Thai massage, Sports Massage, Prenatal, Myofascial Release, Facelift, Deep Tissue, and Oncology Massage. By combining these and other modalities, AJ believes in customizing each treatment to fit the patient’s current and future treatment goals. AJ truly appreciates the privilege to be of service to others by helping patients achieve their health goals.
Barb Murakami, Licensed Massage Therapist, LMT
Barb is passionate about wellness and loves to help others which she has done most of her adult life. Needing a flexible career and wanting to stay in the wellness field, she enrolled in The Soma Institute in Chicago where she obtained her license in Clinical Massage Therapy and graduated with honors in 2009. Barb is a consummate professional and prides herself on her communication skills. She is extremely detailed in her work and does not believe in passing an issue or doing incomplete work. She specializes in neck and low back pain but will aid you in improving your overall health. Ailments from everyday wear-and-tear as well as medical concerns are addressed and are melted away by the power of massage.