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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 - 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 women’s health 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 American Physical Therapy Association, Barral Institute, and Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute. She is working towards obtaining her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute. She has also recently discovered her passion for teaching and has had the honor of assisting for the Herman and Wallace pelvic floor course series and for the VM1 course through the Barral Institute.

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

Carey Byrne, MS, MPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Carey Byrne, MS, MPT Carey graduated in 1997 with her Master of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Prior to this she earned a Master of Science in Neurobiology and Anatomy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She was employed as a Biologist in the Molecular Neurobiology Unit of the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, Md. She changed career direction to pursue patient care as a Physical Therapist, utilizing her expanded background in Anatomy. She has since worked across the spectrum of Physical Therapy practice including acute care, acute and subacute inpatient rehabilitation, and adult outpatient orthopedics. She initiated an Incontinence Treatment Program for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in 2000. She joined the Kirk Center for Healthy Living in November of 2015.

To further her specialization in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Visceral Manipulation, and Functional Manual Therapy Carey actively attends courses through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, the Barral Institute, and the Institute for Physical Art. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Outside of work, she avidly pursues yoga and enjoys hiking, cycling, working in her yard, playing piano, and spending time with her family.

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.

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.

Srivani Swaminathan, PT, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Srivani Swaminathan, PT, DPT

Kimberly Fernandez-Evans - Office Manager
Kimberly Fernandez-Evans Kimberly has several years of Front desk experience in many different settings including Medical offices and Insurance. She loves to help people be in their best health, and enjoys working with all types of patients.

Kimberly is going to school for Medical Office Administration.

When not at work, Kimberly enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing with her husband, Zumba, great food and spending time with her family.

Mary Ellen D'Ambrosio - Office Assistant
Mary Ellen D'Ambrosio
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