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Physicians & Staff

Physical Therapy


Cassie Alderks, PT, DPT

Cassie Alderks, PT, DPT Cassie Alderks, PT, DPT, earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a doctorate in physical therapy from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She conducted research during her graduate training and presented at the 2015 national conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, of which she is a member.

Cassie believes in “throwing kindness around like confetti” and that her patients deserve to live a life that they love. Her priority is helping people understand how they move and function. She is a people person who strives to make a difference in her patient’s lives and was driven by that passion to become a physical therapist.

She’s a sports fanatic who loves the Chicago Cubs and college basketball. She also enjoys crafts, home projects, working out and being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Kim Alexander, ATC, PT, MPT

Kim Alexander, ATC, PT, MPT Kim joined Rockford Spine Center in 2014 with 16 years of physical therapy experience. He is responsible for assessing patient needs, building treatment plans, guiding patients through recovery and ensuring continuity of care.

Kim earned a master’s degree in physical therapy and bachelor’s degree in athletic training, both from Northern Illinois University. In addition, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drake University. He completed the Athletes Performance Rehabilitation Mentorship Program, is ASTYM certified and Functional Movement Screen certified. Kim is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Prior to joining Rockford Spine Center, Kim held physical therapy positions with Accelerated Physical Therapy, Orthopedic and Sport Therapy Institute, Rebound Therapy Center and OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, Sports Medicine & Fitness.

Kim chose this profession because he believes the human body is amazing. “Human movement and performance is dynamic and physical therapy is a great opportunity to further understand, correct and help people to restore their movement and function.”

In his spare time, Kim enjoys working out, biking, supporting Real Madrid, watching soccer and spending time with his wife.


Phil Oliveri, PT

Phil Phil is a native of the Rockford area. He joined Rockford Spine Center in 2009 after working for more than 10 years in both private practice and hospital settings here in Rockford. Prior to that, Phil had worked in Michigan and Hawaii. Phil earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Michigan. He is a certified orthopedic manual therapist and member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Phil strives to treat each patient with honesty and compassion. “Coming from a family of educators, helping my patients understand their injuries is as important as any other treatment or service I can provide. My goal is to give patients the knowledge and understanding for continued improvement and work with them to reach their greatest physical potential.”

Away from work, Phil enjoys mountain bike racing and running, and is active in the Rockford Road Runners club. He has a wife and two children.


Dana Smitley, PT Assistant

Dana Dana joined Rockford Spine Center in November 2015 as a physical therapist assistant. She earned an associate’s degree in applied science for physical therapist assistants from Blackhawk Technical College and graduated with honors.

Her experience has been centered in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. In previous positions at Accelerated Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Sports and Therapy Institute, she treated a wide variety of orthopedic conditions in children and adults.

She earned “Low Back and Hip Specialty Certification” from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute in 2014 and certification in ASTYM in 2015.

In her free time, she enjoys camping and hiking with her husband, son, daughter, and Cockapoo.

 


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