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© 2017 Therapy Care, Ltd. All rights reserved

About Us

 

Our Story

Educating Patients, Empowering Families, Enriching Lives.  Words which are the foundation of our mission at Therapy Care.  We were opened in 1990 in the suburbs of Chicago by Bobbie Chester (J.D., M.Ed., CCC/SLP). Bobbie spent years working in schools, skilled care and medical settings all while raising her two boys with her husband Nelson (20+ years at Fermilab).

Bobbie's experience lead her to two fundamental realizations of why Therapy Care was opened.  First, the Chicago area was in need of a truly remarkable clinical therapy group focused on helping both the patient and their family.  At Therapy Care we feel that a patient's support system and home therapy program are vital to unleashing their true potential!  Further, we deeply believe in cross discipline collaboration to ensure we are treating our patients holistically from multiple discipline's perspective as appropriate.

Second, Bobbie felt that many therapists lacked the guidance and the resources to pursue their career goals. She wanted to provide a setting focused on continuous learning and collaboration.  She wanted all our talented therapists to be able to provide the latest clinical techniques founded on proven clinical outcomes. At Therapy Care we provide our clinicians world class training from thought leaders from various clinical communities to help our drive towards continuously improving the therapy we provide for each of our patients.

As a life long learner, Bobbie returned to law school after opening Therapy Care.  She understood that the healthcare industry was rapidly changing as were the laws protecting the rights of our children with special needs and seniors in our community.  Bobbie applied her clinical knowledge and background in law to guide Therapy Care into a world class clinical therapy group.  We have the professional knowledge to help you understand your families rights to services and the clinical expertise to help your loved ones unleash their true potential.

 

Since 1990, Therapy Care has grown to become a trusted leader in pediatric therapy and adult therapy.  We provide services across multiple disciplines in our outpatient clinic, in the home, schools, medical settings and early intervention programs.  We now provide services in Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Florida.

 

Our Outpatient Clinic

Our Outpatient Clinic

Our outpatient clinic is conveniently located in Batavia, IL (3 miles off Interstate 88).

Office Hours

Our regular office hours are listed below, however, we will happily accommodate your scheduling needs.

Please contact the office to schedule your appointments.

Meet Our Staff

 

Director of Clinical Services & Speech-Language Pathologist

Ed’s passion to work with toddlers, infants, and children with special needs and adults started when his son lost his hearing at an early age.  His son is now older, has bilateral cochlear implants, and is an outstanding baseball player thriving in every aspect of life.  Ed explains that “growing up in the western suburbs of Illinois instilled in me a strong sense of community and values around helping your neighbor because that is what we have always done."  Those values are what Therapy Care is all about and helps us continue to support the Batavia, Geneva, St Charles, Aurora and Elgin areas over the last 30 years.  “I deeply appreciate the confidence of all of our families and past patients, and we stand ready to help all those who may need our help.”

 

Ed has completed research on traumatic brain injury, pediatric feeding and swallowing (dysphagia), and stuttering.  Ed is a published author in the book "Stuttering Meets Stereotype, Stigma, and Discrimination: An Overview of Attitude Research."

Ed has extensive experience in pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high schools (bilingual programs (English-Spanish), life-skills, deaf and hard of hearing), Early Interventions (birth - 3 years old), home health, hospitals, and with private patients.  He has worked with pediatric patients with Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, Deaf and hard of hearing, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and complex neurological disorders.  Ed works with adults in the areas of post-stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and trach/vent.  Other areas that Ed specializes in include: 

 

·         Articulation/speech sound disorders

·         Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

·         Developmental delay

·         Stuttering

·         Feeding and swallowing

·         Expressive and receptive language disorders

·         Aphasia

·         Apraxia

·         Social Language

 

​Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and previously worked as a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC) for a long-term, inpatient adolescent treatment program.  Ed then returned to school to earn his Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders, High Honors, and a Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders from Governors State University.

 

Ed is married with three children, lives in Geneva and coaches all of his kids baseball, softball, and basketball teams.  In his free time, Ed and his family enjoy frequent trips to Puerto Rico where they love spending time in the Old San Juan area.

Physical Therapist & Home Health Coordinator

My drive to help people ignited my interest in physical therapy many years ago.  Growing up in the western suburbs of Illinois instilled a strong sense of community and values around "helping your neighbor because that is what we do".  Those values are what Therapy Care is all about and helps us continue to support the Batavia, Geneva, St Charles, Aurora and Elgin areas for nearly 30 years.

 

I enjoy treating pediatric and adult patients with various types of ailments and injuries from sports injuries to general orthopedics and joint replacements.  My clinical specialties allow me to treat you effectively and help you quickly return to work, sports or your favorite hobbies.  In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, camping, hiking and spending time with my husband and labradoodle.

Patient Success Coordinator & Lead Strength and Conditioning Facilitator

Jessica is our lead strength and conditioning facilitator.  Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.  Jessica is compassionate and energetic.  She is excited to be able to share her knowledge of strength training with all of our patients during their rehabilitation, and with young athletes to help them go from “great” to “elite” with the proper strength and conditioning techniques. 

In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling, playing slow-pitch softball, teaching softball lessons and spending time with her friends and family.Go Cubs Go! 

 

Emily Binder, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily has experience working with school age children in the areas of articulation and speech sound disorders, language deficits, and social language concerns.  She also has experience assessing and treating speech, language and hearing disorders in a medical setting.

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Psychology and Spanish, Summa Cum Laude, from Elmhurst College.  She was an undergraduate assistant clinician as well as an Elmhurst Learning Success Academy Student Intern.  Emily received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College.

Emily's master thesis was on service delivery experiences of military families with children with special healthcare needs.  Emily presented a poster at ASHA in November 2017.

Rachel Cuculich Jablonski, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel has extensive experience in the areas of schools and Early Interventions working with many different complex communication disorders.  She also does disability evaluations for the State of Illinois.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  At the University of Illinois, Rachel was a research assistant testing younger children on language and word learning. She completed her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Illinois University.

Emma Fox

Speech-Language Pathologist

Madeline Gannon - CF-MSLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Madeline currently works at a school with children with very complex communication disorders. She has experience treating patients with aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, voice disorders, and dysphagia at an outpatient rehabilitation center.  She also has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation deficits, phonological disorders, language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Salla disease, Prader-Willi Syndrome, deaf and hard of hearing and developmental delays.

Madeline studied abroad and provided speech-language services to children who speak Spanish with a variety of communication disorders in Ecuador, South America.

Madeline completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Art and Graphic Design at Augustana College.  She completed her Master of Speech-Language Pathology  at St. Ambrose University.  

Madeline did research on the effects of nontraditional instruction on vocabulary acquisition and concept comprehension, such as art, music, dance and drama with children who are at risk for and/or children with language disorders. She is certified in Visual Phonics/See the Sound.

Nancy Hall, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nancy grew up in North Carolina and is beginning her 38th year as a speech-language pathologist.  Nancy retired from a local school district in 2017 and joined Therapy Care right afterward because she loves working with children.  Nancy knew she wanted be a speech-language pathologist since she was 7 years old after she helped her younger sister with her lisp.

She has extensive experience working with children with communication disorders from preschool through 5th grade in the areas of receptive and expressive language, phonological processes, articulation, and voice disorders.  Nancy was the Co-Clinical Leader for the speech and language department in East Aurora School District from 2012-2017, and was recognized with the Outstanding Performance Award for Student Support Personnel in 2016.

 

Nancy has experience working with adults living in nursing homes and with home health patients.  She has worked in the areas aphasia, dementia, Parkinson's disease, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and diseases of the larnyx/trachea.   Nancy has been a hospice worker since 2015.

Nancy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from Augustana College and a Master of Arts from Truman State University, summa cum laude.

Amanda Kramer, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Amanda has experience working in a school where a majority of students have a bilingual (English-Spanish) background..  She has experience in a clinic setting, assisted living, and home health. Amanda specializes in articulation and speech sound disorders, social language, expressive and receptive language, fluency, Deaf and hard of hearing, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), dementia, cognitive deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorder, aphasia, and feeding and swallowing disorders.

Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from Augustana College.  She was on the College Dean's List for 10 trimesters.  She graduated with a Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders from Western Illinois University where she was a Teaching Support Assistant.  While at Western, she conducted statistical analyses on language samples of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and language impairment compared to typically developing children and presented at the ASHA National Convention.

Anne Layendeck-Barclay

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kim Lind, PT

Physical Therapist

Kim is a compassionate physical therapist who provides excellent hands-on therapy to patients at their home. She has an extensive understanding of physical disabilities and program design focused on pain reduction restoration of movement and increased function.  Twenty (20) years of professional experience, with over eight years of these years exclusively in the home health setting.

Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in 1996.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Finch University/Chicago Medical School in 1999.

Laurene McHatton

Speech-Language Pathologist

Chrissy O'Connor

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lorena Orizaba, M.S., CF-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Lorena has experience working in the areas of aural rehabilitation for adults and children with hearing aids and cochlear implants, English-Spanish bilingual children in a school setting, articulation disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, feeding and swallowing disorders, and speech and language disorders.

 

Lorena graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and a minor in Deafness Rehabilitation.  She was a research assistant  studying the effects of art programs in the quality of life of patients with Alzheimer's disease.  Lorena completed a Honors Capstone Project related to the vocabulary development of English-Spanish bilingual children with autism spectrum disorder and language delays.

She graduated with a Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College.  Lorena had a multicultural/multilingual emphasis while attending Elmhurst.  She completed a master's thesis on the utility of narrative assessments with English-Spanish bilingual preschoolers.  Lorena has presented at both the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA) and American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Lorena is fluent in Spanish and conversant in American Sign Language (ASL) and French.

Mary Saffold

Speech-Language Pathologist

Virginia Shawron

Speech-Language Pathologist

Brittany Stepanek, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Brittany works with birth to three-year-old children in Early Intervention. Her clinical experience has been in the areas of developmental delays, receptive and expressive language delays, speech sound disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, hard of hearing, and augmentative and alternative communication.

 

Brittany received her Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in Communication Disorders and Sciences. She went on to earn her Master of Science degree from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN.

 

During Brittany's education and clinical experiences, she has worked in a hospital outpatient setting, volunteered with the Best Buddies program (throughout college), and had clinical placements in a nursing home, a traditional school setting, and in a school for children with special needs..

Grace Wessel, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Grace is working in the area of Early Intervention with children ages birth to three years old who have a speech-language and/or feeding disorder.  She treats, assesses, and counsels families.

Grace has experience working with patients in a skilled nursing facility.  She has worked with patients with aphasia, apraxia, cognitive-communication deficits, voice disorders, dysarthria, and dysphagia.  She has also worked in the areas of stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, head and neck cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, psychological disorders, tracheostomy tubes, and polysubstance abuse.  

Grace graduated from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She graduate Cum Laude, awarded the Holy Cross Merit Scholarship, and on the Dean's List.

 

Grace graduated from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology.  She is a Harold M. Scholl Scholarship recipient.   

President, CEO

Bobbie founded Therapy Care in 1990 after beginning her career in 1971 as a speech-language pathologist.  She and returned to school to earn her her Juris Doctor (law degree) 1995.  Bobbie’s strategic leadership has made Therapy Care a world class organization as a thought leader in clinical therapy for our patients and an employer of choice for exceptional clinicians.  Bobbie and her husband have two adult children and five grandchildren.  Bobbie enjoys Florida winters and splitting her time between Illinois, Florida and North Carolina visiting family and friends.

Managing Director

Eric is responsible for the day to day operations of Therapy Care and our outpatient physical therapy clinic AccuCare Physical Therapy.  Eric graduated from Rutgers University College of Engineering where he played on the D1 Rutgers Men's Soccer Team as a goal keeper.  Eric began his career in consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton in the government and healthcare industries and before coming to Therapy Care lead a team in the procurement group for United Airlines.  Eric loves to travel with his family (wife and three children) to see family and explore new places.  Eric is an avid SCUBA diver, golfer and soccer player/fan.

Finance, Payroll and HR Manager

Judy has three adult children and lives in Batavia with her husband.  Judy enjoys spending time with her family in Northern Wisconsin fishing, boating, swimming and relaxing.  In her spare time Judy enjoys cooking and yoga.

Early Intervention Coordinator

Denise likes to cook and is always looking for new recipes to try out.  The Cubs and Blackhawks are her favorite teams.  She likes to travel - mainly to anywhere sunny, hot and has a beach!

Office Administrator

Debbie is married and has three daughters who she is very close with. She loves to cook and bake.  She loves to travel with her family and they have fun wherever they go. Her favorite thing to do is be with her family. Debbie also likes to root for the Cubbies!  

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Our Values

​Our values and the culture we openly share with everyone.  With our patients, their families, our community and each other at our core, we pursue these values everyday:

  • A culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome.

  • Committed to meeting each of our patients unique needs with the highest quality of care possible.

  • Client satisfaction and clinical outcomes are the hallmark by which we measure our success.

  • Committed to continuously improving our client care through research and evidence based methodologies.

  • Connect with our patients, clients and each other transparently, with dignity, respect and professionalism.

  • We are performance driven, through the lens of humanity, compassion, equality and respect.

  • Find new ways to grow our company and each other.

Find Your Path to Success

Therapy Care invites you to join our team and understand how we can ignite your career through our “PATH to Success” program.