Kirk Center for Healthy Living
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Incontinence
C-section
Post-prostatectomy
Urinary Urgency and Frequency
Nocturia
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Post-pelvic Surgery
Post-abdominal Surgery
Chronic Constipation
Dyspareunia
Patient Education
Additional Services
Reflexology
Massage Therapy
Yoga
Pilates
Employment
Pelvic Health Table

Our Staff

Brandi Kirk, PT, BCB-PMD - 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.

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

Jasmine Sia, DPT - 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.

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.

Marika Zandstra, PT, MBA - Staff Physical Therapist
Marika Zandstra Mari received her undergraduate physical therapy degree from Bradley University’s esteemed physical therapy program in 2000. From 2001 to 2010 she practiced in an outpatient orthopedic setting and honed her skills in general orthopedics with an emphasis in manual therapy, pelvic floor and vestibular rehabilitation.

Mari began treating patient’s with incontinence and pelvic floor muscle weakness in 2004. Since then, she has focused much of her training on expanding her skill set to include a wide variety of urogynecological and colorectal disorders, including both male and female pelvic conditions. She also initiated and formalized the pelvic floor physical therapy program for Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana and has given numerous community presentations on various therapeutic topics.

In 2011, she received her MBA from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana.

Mari began working for the Kirk Center for Healthy Living in 2012 and has been working to further advance her skills to include mysofascial release and visceral mobilization techniques.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, theater, biking and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Karin Bertulis, MPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Karin Bertulis Karin graduated from Northern Illinois University with Bachelors in Biology and Minor in Psychology in 1995. In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Karin worked as a physical therapy technician discovering the personal satisfaction of guiding patient’s through their rehabilitation. She attended Governor’s State University and graduated in 1998 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Karin has over 14 years experience in Orthopedics, Women’s Health, and Sports Medicine. Karin joined Kirk Center for Healthy Living to further specialize in Pelvic Physical Therapy for men and women. Karin has attended many courses through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and is a continual student. Her course work includes Female and Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment. She has also completed coursework in the Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for the Gynecological Patient, Obstetric Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy, and Sacroiliac dysfunction. On a personal note, Karin is married and has two children, plus a rescue dog. She enjoys Yoga, Pilates, walking her dog outdoors, attending her children’s sporting events, and reading her Kindle.

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.

Ashley Brown - Billing Coordinator / Office Manager
Melissa Conrad Ashley has over 5 ½ years of working experience within the medical field. She graduated with top honors earning her Associates of Applied Science in HIT from DeVry University in 2012. She also finished 3rd in her class while attending Med Tech College in Indianapolis for Medical Coding and Billing in 2006. Some of Ashley’s coursework includes Data Quality Analysis, Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues, Basic & Advanced Coding, Physician Office Billing, Health Insurance, Healthcare Services, & Medical Office Management.

Ashley gained hands on knowledge of medical front office, reimbursement, and regulatory guidelines while working for a private pediatric practice in Indianapolis before moving on to Community Health Network in Fishers Indiana where she became a mentor, trainer, and assisted with day to day billing.

After relocating to Illinois, Ashley joined the team at Kirk Center for Healthy Living with the goals of positive and effective reimbursement, team work, and exceptional customer satisfaction.

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa Conrad - Front Office Manager
Melissa Conrad Melissa has a strong background in customer service. Starting off her career as a teller supervisor for a large bank she both set and achieved many goals. She took some time off to be a stay at home mom of 3, and now has decided to join our great team. Here at Kirk Center for Healthy Living she will be answering your calls and the person that greets you when you arrive.

In her spare time Melissa loves to spend time with her husband, Tom, and 3 children, Jordan, Mackenzie and Tyler. Her other passions include traveling, working in her garden and painting.

Beth Triezenberg - Office Assistant
Beth Triezenberg Beth has twenty-five years’ experience working in the office environment. She joined our staff here at Kirk Center for Healthy Living in 2012. She will be the person that you will interact with in the evening hours when Melissa is not here.

She is currently enrolled in classes at Moraine Valley Community College and plans to obtain degrees in Office and Information Systems and Psychology.

She is the very proud mother of two children, Sandy and Jeffrey, and also has three amazing grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, and Elizabeth. She enjoys spending all her free time with her family. She also enjoys live music, travelling and reading.
   
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