Diane Fidler, Studio Owner, MPT
Diane has a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and a BS in Exercise Physiology from Purdue University. She has been treating patients with orthopedic conditions, pre/post natal and chronic pain since 1993, and teaching group fitness classes since 1986. She is a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) Certified Teacher and has certifications in Mat and Reformer Pilates, which she uses extensively in patient rehabilitation and personal training. Diane teaches continuing education seminars and lectures nationally to other therapists on the principles of Pilates and its effectiveness in rehabilitation. As a marathon runner, tri-athlete and mother of five, she is able to offer an integrated approach to rehabilitation, performance enhancement and wellness. Diane is also trained in Level I and II Be Activated techniques.
Courtney Broderick, DPT
Courtney graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. She’s been a licensed Physical Therapist since 2007, working in a variety of settings including; inpatient acute care, inpatient acute rehab, inpatient acute orthopedics, outpatient neuro, and outpatient orthopedics. Courtney’s primary areas of interest are outpatient orthopedics and Women’s Health. She is Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1-certified, and a specialist in women’s health rehabilitation. In addition to working at CORE, Courtney works full time as an outpatient therapist at Advocate Christ Medical Center where she works with all ages/diagnoses. She also teaches group fitness classes at St Xavier University. She has completed the extensive Core Pilates Teacher Training program on the individual pieces of Pilates apparatus under the direction of Terri McCabe. In addition to Pilates, Courtney enjoys running, stair climbing, biking and spending time with her son.
Kathy Colander, DPT
Kathy completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in 2007. She received her Bachelor’s from University of Illinois, and was initially a Licensed Athletic Trainer. She is a Certified Manual Therapist, and has experience in inpatient rehab, acute care, athletics, and orthopedic settings. Kathy also works as a PT at Christ Hospital since 2007, and does Home Health. She enjoys arts and crafts, running, spinning, and spending time with her children.
Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois-Health Sciences Center in 1986. Since then her career has taken her to a variety of Physical Therapy settings including; hospital acute care, acute and sub-acute in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient orthopedics and home health care. After taking course work through Rehab Connections with Diane Fidler, Karen went on to complete a 200 plus hour certification course in Pilates mat and apparatus with Diane through the Core Pilates Teacher Training Program. Karen is also a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher, as well as trained in the Be Activated technique. She has been teaching at Core since the fall of 2006. Karen has always had an interest in wellness and she has a special affection for working with the geriatric population. Karen believes it is never too late to get fit and she enjoys helping people of all ages achieve their wellness goals. Besides doing Pilates, she enjoys running and she finished her first marathon at the age of 41.
Lisa Daigler, PT, MPT
Lisa has a Master of Physical Therapy Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Marquette University. She has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 1999 and has worked in a variety of settings such as inpatient acute and rehab. The last 10 years she has spent mostly in outpatient orthopedics. Lisa has received a certificate of completion for Pilates Mat Training from Rehab Connections taught by Diane Fidler, as well as the Core in Training program on the individual pieces of Pilates apparatus taught by Terri McCabe. Lisa is trained in the Be Activated technique and has extensive experience in outpatient orthopedics and treats patients of all ages. She enjoys running and spending time with her three young children.
Jill Lenzen, DPT
Jill graduated from Western Illinois University and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in 2004. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics and home health care. She has been trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation by the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She has been treating pelvic floor conditions for over 8 years. She has participated in a variety of community events over the years in order to raise awareness to about Physical Therapy for various women’s health conditions.
Carole Grant, LMT
Carole, a long-time Beverly resident, has been practicing massage therapy for 18 years. Carole has been with Core Fitness and Physical Therapy for six years and specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and pregnancy massage. Carole believes that massage enhances other modalities of health, especially Pilates and Physical Therapy offered at CORE, and she enjoys sharing the benefits of massage therapy with the many clients she serves on a daily basis. Additionally, Carole is trained in the Pilates method, as well as the Be Activated technique.
Sharon Grant, PT
Sharon has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a BA from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies. She has been a licensed Physical Therapist for over ten years and has worked at several major medical centers including Christ Community Hospital and The Paulson Rehabilitation Center. Sharon has received certificates of completion for Pilates Mat training through Rehab Connection courses taught by Diane Fidler. She also completed the extensive Core in Training program on the individual pieces of Pilates apparatus, as well as Level I & Level II training in the Be Activated technique. Sharon offers a well-rounded approach to her clients due to her extensive clinical experience as a physical therapist in rehab for adults and geriatrics as well as her practical experience as a mother of three.
Margie Kuchan, PTA, LMT
Margie has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 25 years. She recently returned to school to receive a Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She has extensive continuing education experiences including; training in Pelvic Floor Disorder, the Core In Training Pilates program, and the Be Activated technique. Margie has followed her passion for women’s health issues as both massage therapist and PTA.
Mary Pat Reilly, PTA
Mary Pat graduated from Morton College in Cicero, Illinois in 1990 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree and has been working as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for over 20 years. During her career she has worked in trauma, acute, subacute, and long-term care settings, inpatient comprehensive rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedic clinics, home health and geriatric rehabilitation settings, and has served as adjunct faculty in the Physical Therapy program at Northern Illinois University. Mary Pat received her certificate of completion in Principles of Pilates for Rehab Professionals taught by Diane Fidler at Rehab Connections, as well as the comprehensive Core in Training program, and Douglas Heel’s Be Activated technique.
Colleen Suglich, PT
Colleen has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Illinois Benedictine College. She has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 1984. Colleen has enjoyed working in multiple settings including the NICU and other pediatric settings. She has been with CORE for the past 6 years and has her certificate of completion for Pilates Mat Training from Rehab Connections, taught by Diane Fidler. Colleen also completed the CORE in Training program to achieve proficiency in the individual pieces of Pilates apparatus. Colleen has been trained in Level I and II Be Activated techniques and enjoys integrating this knowledge with other Physical Therapy techniques. Colleen also brings the experience of working with young athletes as a volunteer coach. Colleen is continually expanding her knowledge base for Pilates through experiencing Pilates. She thoroughly enjoys her family and friends.
Carolyn Taylor, PT
Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont. With over 20 years of experience, she has enjoyed working with patients of all ages in various settings including rehab, acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and skilled nursing. She has gained extensive experience in geriatric rehab and more recently has worked in home health and school practice with kindergarten-3rd grade children. Carolyn was introduced to the Pilates method through the Rehab Connections course, Principles of Pilates, taught by Diane Fidler. She also completed the intensive Core in Training program for mat and apparatus taught by Terri McCabe. She has a special interest in nutrition and the role of proper nutrition, exercise and other natural approaches in achieving optimal health in aging adults.
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