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Our Staff

Brandi Kirk, PT, BCB-PMD, PRPC - Founder / Owner
Brandi Kirk Brandi began her undergraduate work at Ohio State University and she completed her studies at Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, graduating from their acclaimed Physical Therapy program in 1996.

She started practicing women's health in 1997 and became a women's health coordinator in 2003. It was at this time that she created the Women’s Health program at Northwest Community Hospital's Wellness Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois. During 2004 and 2005 she was the Women's Health Specialist at Women's Physical Therapy Institute in Lake Zurich, Illinois. In 2006 Brandi founded Kirk Center for Healthy Living. The center is a specialty center focusing on the treatment of pelvic and visceral conditions.

Brandi is currently conducting multiple research projects with Dr Denise Elser, of Women's Health Institute of Illinois, for future publication. She is also a faculty member for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and was a 2008-2011 board member for the Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium. In 2012 she was chosen to be a Subject Matter Expert by the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute to assist in the development of the Pelvic Therapy Practitioner Certification. She has also created 2 on-line courses through MedBridge Education. Brandi is the creator of the Pelvic Health Table, which can be found through Current Medical Technologies. Brandi is also the creator of The Kirk Pelvic Eval. The CD of the Eval form can be found through Current Medical Technologies and a full EMR product containing the pelvic evaluation can be found through Hands On Technology's EMR TheraOffice.

Brandi earned certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America in 2009. She is a member of the APTA Section on Women’s Health, the APTA Private Practice Section, the International Pelvic Pain Society and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners. Her skill-set is rooted in manual therapy with an emphasis on visceral manipulation, myofascial release, internal vaginal/rectal releases, connective tissue manipulation and nerve mobilizations. As of 2012 she is one of only 3 practitioners in the state of Illinois to complete the Barral Institute’s Visceral Manipulation core series of levels 1-6 and their Listening Course. She is currently preparing to become a Certified Visceral Techniques Practitioner and a Certified Visceral Manipulation Practitioner through the Barral Institute. In 2014 she was accepted into The Barral Institute's Teacher Apprenticeship Program. She trains her existing physical therapists for at least 4 hours a week in these manual techniques.

Brandi recently earned her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Outside of work, she enjoys working in her yard, kayaking, hiking, traveling, photography and spending time with her family.

Jasmine Sia, DPT, PRPC - Staff Physical Therapist
Jasmine Sia Jasmine received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Health and Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 2004. In her last year of physical therapy school, she interned as the first women’s health physical therapy student at Loyola Hospital in Maywood. There she learned extensively to evaluate and treat women who experience pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Prior to graduation, she has submitted and presented her professional practicum, "Balance Quest Normative Research Study with Head Shake Protocol".

Since the beginning of her clinical practice, Jasmine has been committed in specializing in women's health. She has started and expanded a women's health program at Accelerated Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Prospect and soon became the site supervisor. In the early 2010, Jasmine added men's health to her practice for post-treatment of prostate cancer and pelvic pain.

Jasmine actively takes continuing education through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute. She has lectured in the Northwest suburb and the Chicagoland area to physicians, nurses, worker's compensation groups and park districts on women's and men's health.

Jasmine recently earned her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

When not at work, Jasmine enjoys traveling, karate, listening to 80's and 90's music/movies, and spending time with her husband and family.

Darinda Dugas, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Darinda Dugas Darinda graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago’s esteemed Physical Therapy program in 2011. Prior to entering the field of physical therapy she worked as a biomedical and materials engineer. Her interest in women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction was present as she began the program. She completed additional continuing education with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Institute prior to graduation and had extensive training during clinical internships. She has continued coursework to include visceral manipulation techniques.

Following graduation Darinda worked in a primarily orthopedic setting where she eventually because director of her site. Throughout this position she did continue to see patients with women’s health and other pelvic floor diagnoses.

When not at work, Darinda enjoys travelling, going to the movies, yoga, watching BBC shows, and spending time with her husband.
   
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