Advanced Physical Therapy and Health Services
Mon / Wed / Fri 7am - 4pm         Tues / Thurs 10am - 8pm


Patient Testimonials


"I have received treatment for knee problems, also for severe shoulder tendinitis. The staff at Advanced Physical Therapy does an excellent job at treating their patients. They are all very good at their job and treat all patients with great concern. I would highly recommend them."

  • R.L.H., knee osteoarthritis & meniscal tears, shoulder tendinitis


"Have only been here twice. Experience has been very helpful. Diane is very knowledgeable, caring, and patient. Office, phone, etc. are very accommodating."

  • A.C.M., vertigo

"Advanced Physical Therapy is what every PT organization should be – the perfect combination of knowledge and compassion. I actually enjoyed all of my sessions and would highly recommend Advanced Physical Therapy. Sara is absolutely awesome – as is her staff.."

  • N.M., post ACL reconstruction

Meet Our Staff



Sara Kove leski Kraut, PT, DPT, nCS

Owner, Physical Therapist
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Sara received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Iowa and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science/The Chicago Medical School. She is the owner, founder, and director of Advanced Physical Therapy & Health Services (APTHS). She is a board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  She joined the faculty of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in 2015 with an emphasis on clinical neuroscience. She currently specializes in the evaluation and treatment of neurological, orthopedic, and vestibular conditions, and has attended multiple continuing education courses in these areas.  Sara successfully completed the APTA Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course chaired by Susan Herdman. She is also a certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA. Sara travels nationally for North American Seminars providing continuing education courses to other physical and occupational therapists, specifically for Pilates in Rehabilitation and the Evaluation and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease. She is a certified Pilates Instructor and received her Pilates training through From The Center Pilates Studio in Chicago with Patrick O'Brien. Sara is also an AFAA-certified Group Exercise Instructor and an ACE-certified Personal Trainer. She is a sports enthusiast and an avid runner, having run several marathons. Sara is also fluent in Spanish.  In her spare time, she enjoys having fun with her husband and 3 children.





Cassandra Nelson, pt, DPT

Physical Therapist
Cassie graduated from Augustana College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and minors in Sociology and Spanish. She went on to attend Rosalind Franklin University where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016. In her academic career, Cassie has discovered interests in manual therapy techniques, sports medicine, aquatic physical therapy, and promoting health and fitness to members of the community. She endeavors to individualize her intervention strategies to best fit the unique goals of her patients by remaining up to date on evolving therapy methods and constructing effective and energetic treatment sessions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fantasy/science fiction novels and improving her skills as a runner.





James BaBana, pt, DPT

Physical Therapist
Jennifer graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts and Letters degree in Economics.  After working in the investment industry, she made a career change to physical therapy and graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with a Master of Physical Therapy degres in 1999.  Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient, acute care, physician's office, and home health care treating mainly adults and adolescents with oprthopedic, neurologic, and general medical diagnoses.  She has also taken additional continuing education courses focusing on Women's Health issues and has worked with individuals with incontinence, pelvic pain, post-breast cancer rehabilitation, and pre- and post-partum dysfunction.  Jennifer and her husband have 4 active children.  Her interests include spending time with her family, running, cooking, and reading.





Laura rodrigo, lmt

Massage Therapist
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist
Our massage therapist, Laura, has been practicing massage therapy since 2005. She graduated as class salutatorian and then obtained both her Illinois State and National license. Since that time, she has also maintained active membership with the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association). She joined our team in 2011 and splits her time between here and the Five Seasons Sports Club in Northbrook where she has worked since 2007. Her specialty is in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, where she has advanced training and experience. She has completed more than 87 hours of continuing education in that area alone, as well as 2 plus years working alongside the leading Trigger Point therapists and educators in Chicago. Laura also has experience working in a variety of settings - a fully integrated chiropractic & functional medicine rehabilitation clinic, salon & spa, health club, corporations, and educational workshops - all of which combined allow her to accommodate a diverse people and conditions. Her passion is in rehabilitative massage and believes that massage is a powerful tool in helping people not only to relax, but also eliminate pain and restore function. She also enjoys taking classes in a variety of areas to keep her up to date on the latest research and techniques in the massage therapy field.







Front Office / Physical Therapy Aide

Heidi has a business management background where she worked in the field for over 25 years. She enjoys volunteering and helping the community where she has worked on many projects at her children’s schools and local organizations. Prior to moving to Park Ridge, she lived in San Diego. She also had the opportunity with her husband’s job to live in Hong Kong for a few years. Heidi and her husband have two children and a lab named Molly.














Vanita Chambers

Front Office / Physical Therapy Aide


444 N. Northwest Highway Suite 202 Park Ridge, IL    60068
Phone 847-268-0280 Fax 847-268-0283
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