Our Philosophy and Process
The GoodLife and FTR family is an independent PT owned business dedicated to our patient’s and profession. We provide the highest quality patient care based on the most current research and methodology. Our therapists participate in ongoing certification programs to help our patients on their journey to better. We believe your rehabilitation deserves our full attention which is why we take the time to perform routine re-assessments and provide patients with educational materials to further progress their recovery.
Our Core Values
1.Putting patients first: we are in existence to serve their needs
2.Work Together:/Team oriented approach – You can get what you want by helping others get what they want. Its all about service. How can we service our patients and fellow employees?
3.Integrity, Be honest, ethical and legal in practice: We say what we mean, and mean what we say. We stick to our commitments, treat everyone equitably, and communicate openly and honestly.
4.Be Excellent & continuously improve Strive for excellence and knowledge – be better than yesterday. Lead our profession. Continuous self improvement
5.Be nice to people: Give respect – Earn Respect with your actions: We treat coworkers and patients the way they want to be treated – with genuine care, kindness and respect. Candor, avoid talking down to others. We don’t just treat patients we build relationships
6.Be of Service: We give more than what is expected of us
7.Be Accountable: Accountability involves a process of seeing it, owning it, solving it, and doing it. It requires a level of ownership that includes making, keeping, and answering for all commitments.
8.Have FUN!: We also feel it’s important to have a sense of humor. We like to laugh—it makes our work that much more enjoyable. We also invest in community and company events that help our employees and their families feel a connection to Goodlife PT beyond business as usual.
Meet The Therapists
PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Jim has been practicing physical therapy for nearly 18 years. He received his Masters of Physical Therapy from Governors State University in 1999. He later attended Rosalind Franklin University earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006.
His primary area of interest is orthopedics; however, he completed his Doctorate training studying the current concepts for the treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases. He has begun furthering his understanding of vestibular problems and the dysfunctions that arise from balance difficulties.
Jim enjoys spending time with his family. He attends regular TRX and modified CrossFit training classes with his wife. He spends his summers as a spectator watching his son play baseball and his daughter delight in her love for dance. He has developed and been involved in several off-season training programs for local travel baseball teams, and has lectured on overuse injuries in the overhead athlete. He has attended countless courses on shoulder and elbow injuries. He also finds time to attend and review articles pertaining to Chicago’s Dance Medicine Journal Club.
Jim has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Masters of Management Health Care Administration at Robert Morris University Graduate School of Management and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1997
PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dana has been practicing Physical Therapy with Functional Therapy and Rehabilitation since 2009. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology where she was also a member of the university’s swim team. She further continued her education at Midwestern University in Downers Grove where she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009.
Dana currently lives in Chicago but grew up in the Tinley Park area. She loves spending time with her husband, son Brayden and her Siberian Husky Dakota. She is passionate about travelling and leading an active lifestyle in which she participates in regular crossfit, running, and triathlons. In the winter months she enjoys venturing out to the ski slopes and during the remainder of the seasons she likes hiking with her family.
Dana is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a credentialed clinical instructor, and is pursuing her certification in MDT, FMS, and vestibular rehabilitation.
PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Kate graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services, a minor in Communicative Disorders, and a minor in Nutrition Dietetics and Hospitality. She further continued her education at Governors State University (GSU) where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015.
While attending GSU she was an active member of the Physical Therapy Student Association and played for the GSU volleyball team. Kate is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
She is currently pursuing a certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation. in her spare time, she enjoys attending Pure Barre and SPENGA classes, hanging out with her friends and experimenting with family recipes.
Dr. Mickey Shah, PT, D.Sc. OCS, FAAOMPT, Cert.MDT; Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist.
It was his strong desire to help others and a simple treatment philosophy of treating patients like family that motivated Dr. Shah to open his practice over 10 years ago. As a university professor and clinical researcher, Dr. Shah brings innovative and evidence-based practices to examining and treating his patients. Dr. Shah also maintains a specialization in Vestibular Rehabilitation, including Concussion Management, as well as a specialization in Spinal Disorders including: Headaches, Neck Pain, Low back Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.
Dr. Shah lives in Frankfort with his wife and two daughters and enjoys putting his ‘handyman’ skills to work on small projects around the house. However, he is quickly realizing that small projects unexpectedly turn into big projects. And when off the clock, he enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, playing hockey and skiing.
Post-graduate clinical certifications in the following:
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert.MDT/McKenzie Method)
- Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
- Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
- Fellow in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT)
PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Steven Tijerina is a Physical Therapist at Goodlife Physical Therapy in Orland Park, IL. He was born and raised in the south suburbs of IL. He has a passion working with patients suffering from orthopedic, neurologic, and vestibular impairments. Dr. Tijerina believes that every patient should receive the highest level of care possible, and believes that every patient should be treated like close family with personalized one-on-one care.
Steven graduated from Governors State University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduating from school, Dr. Tijerina has pursued specialized training for rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and vestibular disorders. He completed a competency based program for vestibular rehabilitation endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association and is certified to use the LSVT-BIG program, a method designed to help treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Currently, Dr. Tijerina is pursing certification in the MDT approach (McKenzie Method) to treat spinal pain and dysfunction. Dr. Tijerina also enjoys helping patients with chronic foot pain, jaw pain and knee pain.
Apart from treating patients, Steven loves to spend his free time outdoor hiking and serving his community. Dr. Tijerina enjoys hosting patient support groups and community workshops to help educate the South Suburban Community. Dr. Tijerina also uses his free time to help educate other physical therapists on Vestibular rehab, acting as a Lab instructor and Course Liaison for a Physical Therapist Education Company.
PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Martin Rada is a Physical Therapist at Goodlife Physical Therapy at the Orland Park location. He grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. Participated in many sports including football, wrestling, and gymnastics fueling his interest in physical therapy. Martin earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Governors State University. He is passionate about treating patients with chronic pain. As a person with chronic back pain he looks to educate and help patients get back to doing the things that they love.
In his spare time he travels, is involved in music, staying active, and spending time with his family and friends. He looks to continue his education in vestibular training and McKenzie Method based practice.
PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Emeritus
Phyllis founded Functional Therapy and Rehabilitation, with her late husband, Barry, in 2001. After 47 years of practicing, she has recently started the next phase of her life. She is no longer seeing patients at FTR but is still an integral part of our team as a consultant. She currently spends her time participating in pro bono physical therapy, teaching, painting and traveling.
She continues to serve her community as an elected trustee on the Board of Trustees of the local library and is a clinical consultant to the Advisory Board of Governors State University. She is the mother of 3 grown children and actively enjoys many of the cultural aspects of life in Chicago.
Phyllis graduated with a BS in PT in 1970 from St. Louis University. She returned to Rosalind Franklin University to complete her DPT in 2007. During her career, she was a visiting instructor in the PT programs at Governors State University, Northwestern University, and Rosalind Franklin University. She has presented many topics at state and national meetings and published refereed articles and book chapters. Most of her publications and presentations are on the topic of scoliosis, spine problems and rehabilitation, gait analysis, sport rehab and pulmonary medicine.
PT, PHD, MS
Dale has been a practicing physical therapist for 41 years. He received a BS degree in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University in 1976. In the following years, he has received a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy Education from Ohio State University (1979), and a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1988). He has held full time academic PT faculty appointments at local universities; he currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Governors State University.
Dale is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and has attended and provided professional presentations at national and international physical therapy conferences. He has produced a number of professional research publications.
Dale is an avid golfer and a certified Titleist Performance Instructor (TPI) who performs Golf Screens at our Homer Glen location. He is a proud grandfather who enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and photography.
Meet The Team
Robin is one of the friendly voices and faces that our patients hear and see when coming into our physical therapy clinics. She has been with the company for a little over 3 years and is excited to grow with the company. As the office manager, she travels between our 3 clinics and handles billing, accounting, and patient records. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves to bake with her niece and nephew. She is very passionate about ministry work and loves her cats.
Front Office Coordinator
Jennifer is a newer addition to our group, and as Front Office Coordinator, you will find her traveling between our Joliet and Homer Glen offices. With a background in all facets of marketing and writing, she will soon be taking on more of a marketing role for the company. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications with a minor in Journalism Print Production from Columbia College Chicago. Her responsibilities will include digital marketing, PR, events and advertising efforts for Goodlife and FTR.
She has a son and a parrot who both keep her on her toes, and entertain her daily! She loves animals, volunteering, reading, hiking, and Netflix binge-watching.
Front Desk Coordinator
Laura is the Front Desk Coordinator at our Orland Park location. She handles all front desk operations including patient scheduling, patient registration, insurance verification, and patient authorization. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis University in Human Resources and Psychology, and loves working with people.
Laura is married and has two daughters. She loves going to concerts and going shopping with her girls. Laura and her family are also involved with Special Olympics Illinois.
Functional Therapy & Rehabilitation
14301 South Golden Oak Drive, Homer Glen, IL 60491
Telephone: (708) 645-7700
Fax: (708) 645-7702
|Monday||7:30 AM — 7:30 PM|
|Tuesday||7:30 AM — 7:30 PM|
|Wednesday||7:30 AM — 7:30 PM|
|Thursday||7:30 AM — 7:30 PM|
|Friday||7:30 AM — 1:30 PM|
|Saturday||8:00 AM — 12:30 PM|
*Hours are subject to change
We want to express our gratitude to the Joliet community for your business over the past 9 years. As of June 30th 2018 we will no longer be seeing patients in our Joliet location. However, you can still schedule appointments in our Homer Glen and Orland Park Locations.
Thank you again for your support over the years.