Meet Our PT - Ken Olson

Introducing Ken Olson, Physical Therapist and President of Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists. Ken works in our DeKalb Sycamore Road Facility, and shares his thoughts on how being a musician ties into Northern Rehab's philosophy of physical therapy treatment.

Meet Our PT - Melissa Beck

Introducing Physical Therapist, Melissa Beck, with Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists at our DeKalb Sycamore Road clinic. Melissa discusses her ties to the DeKalb community, the quality of care at Northern Rehab, and information about our Strength & Stability Class.

Meet Our PT - Brandon Clement

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Introducing Physical Therapist, Brandon Clement! Brandon patients in our DeKalb Sycamore Road location. Brandon shares his ties to the DeKalb area community, his family, and why he loves working as a PT with Northern Rehab.

Meet Our PT - Kristin Christian

Introducing Physical Therapist, Kristin Christian, with Northern Rehab! Kristin treats patients at our DeKalb Lincoln Highway facility, and discusses her love for singing, her background, and why she loves working with patients to help improve their path to wellness.

Meet Our PT - Todd Vanatta

Introducing Physical Therapist, Todd Vanatta, with Northern Rehab in our Genoa clinic. Did you know Todd plays piano? Check out Todd “tickling the ivories” and learn about his family, his specialties and treatment style, and his favorite part about being a physical therapist.

Meet Our PT - Melissa Payne Wagner

Introducing Melissa Payne Wagner, lead physical therapist in our Genoa clinic. Learn why Melissa became a PT, the most rewarding part of being a physical therapist, more about her family, and what she enjoys doing in her spare time.

Meet Our PT - Rob Larkins

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Introducing Rob Larkins, lead physical therapist at our DeKalb Lincoln Highway location. Rob’s military service lead his interest to a physical therapy career. Rob holds several certifications and completed a transitional Doctoral program several years ago. Rob continues to serve our country in the Army National Guard when he is not treating patients in our community, and enjoys helping people of all ages improve their wellness so they can get back to doing the activities they enjoy.

Meet Our PT - Liza Piper

Introducing Liza Piper, physical therapist in our Genoa clinic. Learn why Liza became a PT, more about her growing family, and how she loves working in the community in which she grew up and currently lives.


Morning Exercise Tips by Melissa Beck

Physical Therapist Melissa Beck provides some excellent morning exercises to do before you get out of bed or getting ready for the day.

Knee Protection Strategies by Todd Vanatta

Northern Rehab Physical Therapist Todd Vanatta discusses some simple strategies and tips to decrease the strain to your knees when doing chores, repetitive bending, and activities.

How to Minimize Discomfort at the Computer Desk

Physical Therapist Andrea Carter discusses the proper way to sit at your computer workstation and offers valuable tips to minimize discomfort and risk of injury at home or in the workplace.

On The Go Exercises by Melissa Payne Wagner

Do you ever find yourself sitting or waiting around, scrolling on your phone while waiting for someone? Whether you are a parent running kids to and from their activities, a caregiver taking loved ones to appointments, or standing in line while shopping, PT Melissa Wagner offers 6 simple, low impact exercises you can do anywhere to help you remain active.

Maintaining Mobility & Flexibility by Rob Larkins

Northern Rehab's Physical Therapist Rob Larkins discusses the importance of stretching, injury prevention, and how it should fit into your workout or activity. Rob includes examples of common stretches along with basic guidelines for your flexibility.

Opioid Crisis by Liza Piper

The current Opioid epidemic in the U.S. has been consistently in the news. While Opioids have a role in addressing pain, there are several risks with opioid use. Physical Therapist Liza Piper, discusses the opioid crisis as well as the best non-opioid alternative options for treating pain, including how physical therapy can effectively manage pain.
Choose the safer way to manage pain – Choose Physical Therapy First

Balance Improvement by Kristin Christian

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Northern Rehab’s Physical Therapist, Kristin Christian, explains how our balance system works, three things balance does for you to help you remain upright and not fall, and the good news…when working on balance improvements you can see improvement much faster than if you’re just strengthening muscles.

Kinesio Taping by Melissa Payne Wagner

Melissa Payne Wagner, Northern Rehab’s Lead Physical Therapist in Genoa, explains the purpose and uses of Kinesio Tape, the importance and benefits of taping, and shows us a few of her favorite taping techniques.

Proper Sleep Positions by Ken Olson

Northern Rehab Physical Therapist, Ken Olson, discusses the importance of sleep and shows examples of proper sleeping positions for the best night sleep. Don't let sleep affect your day to day life - try these simple tips for better sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day!

Exercise Recommendations by Brandon Clement

Northern Rehab's Brandon Clement, discusses cardiovascular exercise recommendations and resistance/strength training. Brandon explains and demonstrates various exercises you can do to help you with your exercise program.

Blood Flow Restriction Training with Brandon Clement

PT Brandon Clement explains how Blood Flow Restriction Training works and how it is beneficial for someone who needs an extra edge for strength improvement. This therapy technique is used for those with poor joint mobility or strength, or those with a recent surgery or injury that wish to gains strength using lighter weights.

Try PT First for Neck & Back Pain with Ken Olson

Spine specialist Ken Olson discusses the benefits of trying physical therapy first for back and neck pain. Research shows the earlier you see a Physical Therapist for your issue, the quicker you will recover.  Avoid expensive and time-consuming imaging, surgery, or pain killers, and try physical therapy first!

Genoa Clinic Safety Precautions

Todd, Liza, and Cassie in our Genoa clinic show us the latest precautions we’re taking at all of our clinics to keep you safe and healthy.

DeKalb Main Office Safety Precautions

Ken, Hannah, Brandon and Lauren from our DeKalb Main Office (Sycamore Road) explains our specific safety precautions at our Main office ensuring your health and safety is our top priority.

Tour Our Genoa Clinic

Welcome to Northern Rehab's Genoa Clinic! Take a tour of this facility and learn what physical therapy treatment and specialties we offer here in Genoa.



Try Physical Therapy First

Now you can schedule physical therapy without a doctor's prescription. Schedule an appointment with Northern Rehab today and get back to a pain-free life. #choosenorthernrehabfirst