Melissa PT, Clinic Manager
Melissa holds the duo role of Outpatient Clinic Manager and Inpatient Rehab Manager at the Galesburg location. She has been employed by Cottage Rehab and Sports Medicine since 2012. Melissa graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago in 1992. Her experience includes acute care, outpatient orthopedics, Women’s Health, home health, long term care and healthcare management. She recently became Level 2 certified in Reiki, a Japanese energy work technique. Melissa and her husband, Tim, live in Knoxville with their three children, Elise, Erik and Cal. Melissa is very enthusiastic about the future of Rehab in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She feels honored to lead such a fun and experienced staff, with the goal of helping each patient become the best versions of themselves.
Parker received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2020. He wanted to become a PT because he grew up in a medical household as his dad was a doctor and his mom was a nurse. He enjoys exercise and thought the rehab process was a great way for him to fit in the medical system! Parker loves being able to meet people in the community and help them return to the activities they love. He really enjoys treating a variety of conditions but likes working with people who are experiencing low back, hip, and knee issues. Parker works at our Cottage Rehab clinic in Galesburg. Outside of work, Parker likes going golfing, enjoys watching baseball and taking his dog on walks!
Originally from Aledo, Illinois, Tanner received his bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 2015 and attended Indiana State University in 2020 where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. We’re happy to have him at our Galesburg Cottage Rehab clinic!
Tanner wanted to become at Physical Therapist because…
“There is always a new skillset, modality, technique, etc. to be learned for optimal evidence-based practice,” said Tanner. “It’s a title that promotes professional and personal growth through constant education and learning; all to improve any individual’s quality of life. The genuine effort of providing help for those in need is what initially drew me in, but of course getting to know some awesome people is a huge bonus!”
Tanner enjoys treating any orthopedic injures from head to toe, but ultimately, he appreciates treating anything that helps someone get back to what they love doing.
“When there is an injury that stands as a barrier between a person and their passion, I thoroughly enjoy teaming up with them to take it head-on and progress past it.”
Outside of work, you can find Tanner enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or lounging in his hammock. He enjoys traveling and staying active through running, working out, or being walked by his golden retriever, Fletcher. He also loves reading and listening to audiobooks about any topic under the sun!
Hello, my name is Jacki. I have been a PTA at Cottage Rehab and Sports Medicine in Galesburg since June of 2017. I attended North Central College where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. I took a year off and became licensed by the American College of Sports Medicine to provide Personal Training services in home and at the gym. I then went on to receive my Associate’s Degree in Applied Science where I completed the hours required to sit for the board’s exam. I enjoy helping people reach their personal goals and returning to hobbies and pain-free daily activities. In my spare time, I enjoy running, spending time with family, reading, creating wood projects, and training my dogs Winnie and Wylee.
I’m Erin and I have been working for Cottage Rehab in the Galesburg clinic for 10 years. I was also a rehab tech for 1 year prior in the Hospital during college. I graduated in 2010 from ICC with my PTA degree. In 2018 I completed the OPTA program where I specialized in orthopedics. I have a beautiful family, a daughter that is 1 year old and 2 dogs. My little family loves to travel and experience new cities, countries, and scenery.
Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, Anne graduated from the Illinois Central College Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2019 and works at our Galesburg Cottage Rehab clinic.
Anne wanted to originally become a Physical Therapist because…
“When I was 13, I had surgery for scoliosis and had to go through PT and OT,” said Anne. “It was then that I decided that I wanted to become a PT but somehow along the way ended up changing my major and went into social work. I was a foster care caseworker for a couple of years then retired to become a stay-at-home-mom. Later, I worked as a substitute teacher for pre-k-8th grade while my children were all in school. I then, decided that it was not a PT that I originally wanted to become but I did want to become a PTA, I wanted more of the hands-on direct care without the responsibilities that go along with being a PT.”
“I feel my strength is more of a great support team member than a lead. I love to problem solve in order to give my patients the most individualized and appropriate care that I can, for them to achieve their goals. I love to care for others, and this has been such a great vehicle for me to help guide others with their recovery.”
She loves being a PTA because she has a passion for helping patients problem solve their physical issues while letting them know they are cared for and loved.
When Anne isn’t treating patients, she loves to spend time with her husband and children.
“Even after 30+ years of marriage I never get tired of being around him,” said Anne. “I love to support his love of running and coaching high school cross country and track. I also love spending time with my four now adult children ages 18-28."
Anne also enjoys cooking Middle Eastern food, trying new recipes, and loves learning new PT techniques and approaches on how to help her patients!
Hi, my name is Brandon. I have been an athletic trainer since 2006, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. I have worked in various settings as an ATC, including clinics, high schools, colleges, and strength and conditioning environments. I have worked at Cottage Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine since 2016, and I work with Galesburg High School and other area high schools to fulfill athletic training needs, and work with athletic directors and coaches to reduce injury risk through proper lifting mechanics and speed/agility activities. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, playing volleyball, and helping her as I am able with her volleyball coaching.
Melissa PT, Clinic Manager
My name is Amanda and I have been an OT for 8 years. I attended St. Ambrose University where I got my Masters in Occupational Therapy. I have worked in acute care, outpatient, home health, and skilled care facilities. I have been employed by Advanced Rehab for 1 year and love working in the hospital with the Cottage staff.
I graduated from Black Hawk College - PTA program in 2018. I have worked for CRSM as an Inpatient/Outpatient PTA since October of 2018. I enjoy working in the acute care setting with the geriatric population and those who are recovering from orthopedic surgery. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
I have been employed by ARSM for 7 years. I earned a MSPT from Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy. I've worked in MT, ND and IL primarily in acute care, SNF and home health settings. I love acute care, orthopedics and geriatrics.
My name is Hannah Rickard. I grew up in Knoxville and now live there with my husband, Chance, son, Camden, and daughter, Emery. I have been a speech therapist for about 6 years, graduating from Western Illinois University in 2015. I have worked in various settings including schools, skilled nursing, outpatient and home health. I enjoy working with all ages but especially enjoy working with adults with dysphagia and cognitive impairments. I love that this job allows me to work with such a wide range of patients, including children and adults. I am very excited to be a part of the Cottage Rehab team, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Doug PTA, Clinic Manager
Hello, my name is Doug, and I am the clinic manager for Cottage Rehab and Sports Medicine in Monmouth, and Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine in Aledo. I attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1992. I then went on to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from SIU-C in 1993. I have been practicing physical therapy for 28 years, and have worked for Advanced Rehab for 17 of those years. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics; from the competitive athlete to the weekend warrior, and everything in between. I have a strong manual therapy and strength/conditioning background that I utilize in my treatment approach for all my patients. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, and cycling/mountain biking.
Greetings, my name is Brian, I am the Physical Therapist at Cottage Rehab and Sports Medicine in Monmouth. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. I then completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. I began my career with Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine in Kewanee, and I have been the physical therapist in Monmouth since 2014. I became a Mulligan concept certified clinician in 2018, which uses the mobilizations with movement techniques for patient enhancement. I enjoy working with patients from all age groups and background in my practice. My wife Erin and I welcomed our first child, Alexandria, in August 2019. In my spare time, I enjoy playing ice hockey and am an avid college basketball fan!
My name is Bob. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003 with a degree in Athletic Training. I have worked for Cottage Rehab and Sports Medicine since January 2005 and have been in the Monmouth clinic since March 2008. I also have been covering sports medicine at Monmouth College since the fall of 2007. I enjoy lifting weights and being active outdoors through fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.