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Brandi Kirk, PT, PRPC, CVTP - Founder / Owner
Brandi Kirk, PT, PRPC, CVTP 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 teacher for The Barral Institute and Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Brandi 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 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. 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.

Stefanie McMillin, DPT, CD - Staff Physical Therapist
Stefanie McMillin, DPT Stefanie received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in 2014. Her passion for women's health began at an early age, in the form of studying about pregnancy and childbirth. In her last year of physical therapy school, she completed a clinical rotation in a women's health setting at Franciscan Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center, where she learned to evaluate and treat women who experience pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Following graduation, she began taking pelvic floor courses through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute and began her clinical practice specializing in women's health. She joined the Kirk Center for Healthy Living in June 2015 to continue to develop her clinical expertise in pelvic and visceral dysfunction in an environment that fosters her growth as a professional.

She loves to learn and actively attends courses through the APTA, Barral Institute, and Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute. She has also recently discovered her passion for teaching and has had the honor of assistant teaching for the Herman and Wallace pelvic floor course series and for the Barral Institute's visceral manipulation courses 1 & 2. In the summer of 2017, after assisting with the birth of her nephew, Stefanie's passion for pregnancy and child birth led her to become a certified birth doula. She is thrilled to be able to work more closely with expecting mothers during the most amazing time of their lives.

When she is not at work, Stefanie enjoys traveling, reading, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends.

Renee Miller, PT, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Renee Miller, PT, DPT Renee After many valuable career changes and life experiences, Renee received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2014. After practicing physical therapy in the home healthcare, acute care, skilled nursing, and outpatient settings, Renee relocated to Chicagoland to join the Kirk Center for Healthy Living in July 2016 to focus her studies and practice on pelvic and abdominal conditions and visceral manual therapy techniques. Professionally, Renee is interested in complementary health approaches as well as conventional physical therapy treatment approaches and she is constantly pursing continuing education through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, The Barral Institute, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), STOTT Pilates, and Healing Beyond Borders. She is a member of the APTA Section on Women's Health and Private Practice Section.

Renee is a member of the APTA Oncology section because she is also interested in working with those going through and recovering from cancer and cancer treatment.

She is also an Advanced Student Practitioner of Healing Touch, a biofield therapy that is a collection of standardized, noninvasive techniques that clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields to support one's inherent ability to heal.

Outside of work, Renee enjoys learning about anything from metaphysics to golf and she enjoys teaching and taking group fitness classes, especially Pilates reformer, Yoga, and Zumba.

Karen Weaver, OT/L - Staff Occupational Therapist
Karen Weaver, OT/L Karen earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the College of Saint Scholastica in 2014. She started her career as an occupational therapist at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota in diverse acute and subacute settings for consultation and treatment of patient health and safety issues impacting activities of daily living, including visual and cognitive processing. Karen has worked in treatment areas including oncology and hospice, mental health, neuro, ortho, cardiac, inpatient rehabilitation, Level 2 neonate nursery, and general hospital care.

Karen shifted the focus of her work to pelvic health therapy in 2016 with continuing education course work through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and the Barral Institute. She initiated public health education and advocacy in the Duluth, Minnesota area offering information and resources about pelvic health therapy within St. Luke's Hospital, the birth and women's health community, and in tribal and First Nations communities in the Duluth area.

In May of 2019, Karen relocated to Kirk Center for Healthy Living to deepen her knowledge and specialization in visceral manipulation skills to better serve patients with abdominal and pelvic health issues. Continual pursuit of education through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, the Barral Institute, and mentoring under Brandi Kirk are a part of her ambition to serve individuals of all ages and genders and to support community health and wellbeing.

Outside of work Karen loves reading, getting outside with family and friends, and cooking and eating great food.

Lauren Shepley, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Lauren Shepley, DPT Lauren received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2016 from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Lauren's interest in physical therapy stemmed from 5 years of working in the movement and mindfulness field as a yoga instructor with special interest in therapeutic yoga, pain management, breathwork, and meditation. Over the years, Lauren's curiosity about the body and it's innate healing potential led her through various trainings including therapeutic and prenatal yoga teacher training, Iyengar yoga workshops, meditation retreats, pelvic floor continuing education coursework, professional care training in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, and most recently training in visceral manipulation. Lauren is interested in facilitating and supporting a deeper connection with the body in order to increase access to the information within and to build trust and respect for our body's wisdom and ability to move and live with ease.

Lauren is an avid traveler, cat lover, and yogi. She spends as much time outdoors as possible. She misses the bayous, Oak trees, music, and people of Southern Louisiana but is delighted to be here working with such a strong group of practitioners. She also just took her first swim in Lake Michigan and looks forward to continuing to explore this part of the country.

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