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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.

Renee Miller, PT, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Renee Miller, PT, DPT 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 constantly pursing advanced continuing education in complementary and conventional physical therapy techniques. For example, she is an Advanced Student Practitioner of Healing Touch, which is 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. She is also currently participating in Qigong Teacher Training program with world-renowned Qigong Grandmaster, Kenneth Cohen. Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate life energy or qi. She holds a certification in Hypopressive Technique from Hypopressives Canada. Hypopressives are breathing exercises to create low pressure in the thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic cavities to improve core and pelvic floor muscle function and improve pelvic organ position. She has also completed advanced training in treating patients who are transgender or gender diverse through HWHMEducation (Dr. Hollis Herman). Her pelvic floor continuing education is through Herman & Wallace. Her visceral manipulation training is through the Barral Institute.

Outside of work, Renee enjoys learning about anything from metaphysics to golf and she enjoys teaching and taking group fitness classes, especially qigong, Zumba, and PomSquad Fitness.

Ann Alton, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Ann Alton, DPT Ann began her second career as a physical therapist after a Bachelor's in psychology from Western Illinois University and 10 years working with individuals with developmental, emotional, and physical differences. She graduated from Bradley University in May of 2011 with a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. Her interests include treatment of chronic pain, manual therapy, visceral manipulation, Ehler's Danlos Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and complex/unsolved conditions. She is in the process of being certified as a visceral manual therapist.

Ann became a physical therapist due to feeling a calling in two ways: working with a physical therapist in college with folks with developmental differences, and her own self-rehabilitation from chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia.

Ann earned her second-degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. She feels her spirit home is in the Grand Tetons, and she can find four leaf clovers very easily.

In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and her pets. Hiking mountains, martial arts, and reading are Ann's main hobbies. Her book tastes are eclectic. She loves history and sci-fi/fantasy, mystery, and memoirs, to name a few. If you ever need a book recommendation, she will be happy to accommodate you!

Gauri Pawar, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Gauri Pawar, DPT Gauri hails from Ann Arbor, MI, a university town home to the University of Michigan. She graduated with her BS from U of M in 2013 with a concentration in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. With an interest in the connection between the mind and body, and as a chronic pelvic pain survivor herself, she pursued her clinical doctorate in physical therapy at Andrews University, graduating in 2018. Her interests include craniosacral, visceral and osteopathic manual therapies, ayurvedic practices as well as treatment of chronic abdominopelvic pain, bowel/bladder dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and postpartum rehabilitation.

Gauri is passionate about education and has attended courses through the APTA, Barral and Upledger Institutes, Herman & Wallace, and Great Lakes Seminars. She is training to be a craniosacral and visceral manual therapist, and is working towards a pregnancy and postpartum exercise specialist certification as well. She is devoted to patient education and empowering patients on their health journeys.

When she's not working, Gauri can be found in the kitchen! She is an avid foodie who enjoys studying the ayurvedic diet, and modifying it for the modern lifestyle. She and her boyfriend love to cook foods from global cuisines and especially enjoy touring cities with their bellies.

Things that bring Gauri the most happiness in her day to day life include but are not limited to: listening to NPR, reading Brene Brown and following her on social media, Nina Simone's voice, watching bollywood dancing, the smell of sandalwood (very calming), walking/hiking, farmer's markets, Ethiopian coffee beans, making a successful meal (efficient and tasty!), and sharing.

Ingrid Taylor, DPT - Staff Physical Therapist
Ingrid Taylor, DPT Ingrid is a life-long learner, coming to physical therapy after receiving her BA in Physiology from the University of Minnesota and working as a birth and postpartum doula in Seattle. As a doula she assisted over 100 families during their transition into parenthood or adding children to their families. She continued her education taking classes including: Transforming Trauma: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others, Race: The Power of an Illusion, and Gottman Bringing Baby Home. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Doctor of Physical Therapy program during which she completed an independent study in pelvic anatomy, and a clinical rotation in pelvic health. Ingrid continues her education with pelvic floor training from Herman and Wallace and visceral manipulation training from the Barral Institute.

Ingrid strives to find a common language of healing with each of her patients. She prides herself on meeting patients where they are, allowing them to be both comfortable and confident. She enjoys working with patients with a variety of health statuses and life journeys.

When not in the clinic, Ingrid enjoys spending time with her family, which includes one husband, one child, one dog and one cat. She balances this with spending time outdoors, whether camping, hiking, and biking with the family or playing ultimate frisbee.

Robert Volck - Front Office Staff
Robert Volck Rob joined us in June of 2018. He is an outgoing and caring individual who brings to us his vast Customer Service background. Rob runs the front desk along with his counter part, Beth and together they make a great team to greet our patients and assist them with the scheduling of their appointments as well as assisting with any questions they may have.

Rob resides in the Uptown/Buena Park area in Chicago with his amazing cat Leo. On his off time, Rob likes to spend time with friends and family and, whenever possible, getting a nice bike ride in along the lakefront or on the Prarie Trail.

Beth Majerszky - Front Office Staff
Beth Majerszky Beth has enjoyed being in the Customer Service arena for the majority of her career. After leaving her corporate position, Beth graduated from Coach U with an Advanced Coaching designation. Shortly after she became a Certified Fearless Living Coach, a Master Retreat Coach, and an Art of Feminine Presence® Mentor. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Spiritual Sexual Educator® and Facilitator.

Beth is a lifelong learner and is passionate about guiding women on a journey to discover their true essence and to rise to their full potential. She leads women's circles, workshops and retreats that focus on helping women break free from socialized beliefs that no longer serve them so they can embody authentic confidence, speak their truth and go after their heart's desires without apology.

A true animal lover, Beth enjoys spending time with her sweet cats. She also enjoys long walks in nature, exploring labyrinths across the country, and leading laughter yoga classes.
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