Clinical Staff

Our clinical staff boasts a broad range of skills and expertise. Each Mettler therapist has intensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, gait training, and functional mobility and is constantly improving his or her skills and knowledge through continuing education and weekly in-service training with other therapy staff members. Our emphasis on hands-on therapy—via Dermal-Fascial Restoration℠—routinely provides immediate and long-term results.

Paul R. Mettler, PT, DPT

Paul Mettler, PT, DPT

Education: BS in Physical Therapy (summa cum laude), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND; Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Member: American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP), American Academy of Oralfacial Pain (AAOP), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Private Practice Section of the APTA, Research Section of the APTA, Champaign-Urbana Chamber of Commerce.

Pioneer: Developed DFR℠ manual physical therapy technique for physical dysfunction. Patented Doctor M Pillows® orthopedic pillows. In process of developing Mettler Institute in downtown Chicago to focus on cutting-edge adhesion research and clinical training and education.

Focus/Emphasis: Whiplash, headaches, TMJ/TMD, orthopedic manual therapy, sports injuries, and tendonitis.

Personal quote: “To obtain optimal whole life fitness, we need to have a healthy cardio-pulmonary, neuro-vascular, musculo-skeletal and connective tissue system. Success in this field means taking an individual and transforming them through our talents and skills and giving them the knowledge, enthusiasm, and ability to be fit for life. The most important thing we can do as health and wellness professionals are to always strive for the best with long-lasting results.”

Jeff Schroder, PT, MPT, DPT

Jeff Schroder, PT, DPT

Education: BA in Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA; MPT Master of Physical Therapy (summa cum laude), St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA; DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy (summa cum laude), Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopedic Section of the APTA, Private Practice Section of the APTA, Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)

Focus/Emphasis: Manual therapy, orthopedics, movement mechanics, ACL rehab, clinical research, sports medicine, patient and staff education, interest in cultural diversity within the field, ability to see Spanish-speaking clients

Interests: I love to spend time with my wife and kids, often revolving around physical activity. I enjoy all sports, both as a spectator and participant, especially basketball, golf and football. To wind down at night, I like to read books on personal improvement or topics related to the health care profession.

Personal quote: “While I’m driven to improve my skill set and base of knowledge as a therapist, I find no greater pleasure than interacting with people from all walks of life. It’s wonderful to be able to bring the two together to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

J.T. Park, PT, DPT, MTC

J. T. Park, PT, DPT, MTC

Education: BS in Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL; MS in Physical Therapy, Governors State University, University Park, IL; DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL

Certification: Manual Therapy Certified (MTC) University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopedic section of the APTA, Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)

Focus/Emphasis: Orthopedics, spine, and manual therapy

Personal quote: “As a physical therapist I take great pride in assisting people return to the capabilities that they once had. At Mettler, I am a part of a dedicated team of therapists that have the compassion, care, and knowledge to work towards the same goal.”

Benjamin Kim, PT, DPT

Benjamin Kim, PT, DPT

Education: BS in Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL; DPT at University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopedic section of the APTA, Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)

Focus/Emphasis: Orthopedics, manual therapy, spine, sports injuries, shoulder rehab, knee and ankle rehab

Personal quote: “A healthy body is a gift that many people take for granted until they lose the ability to function properly. I am blessed to have the opportunity to assist people in restoring their function and helping them return to what they love doing in everyday life. I’m privileged to work with people at Mettler who share the same passion for helping others.”

Peggy Hau, PT, MSc PT

Peggy Hau, PT, MSc PT

Education: Professional diploma in Physiotherapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong; Bachelor of Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), orthopedic section of the APTA, Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)

Focus/Emphasis: Orthopedics, manual therapy, spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle rehabilitation, geriatrics

Personal quote: “It is my passion to use my skills and knowledge to help patients achieve the highest potential of their rehabilitation. There is no greater joy to see patients regain control of their lives and body. This is the driving force sustaining me throughout my career. It is an honor to join such a dedicated team working with the same vision.”

Matthew Gordon, PT, DPT

Matthew Gordon, PT, DPT

Education: BS in Kinesiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL; DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT)

Interests: Any sport, run, biking, hiking and anything else outdoors. I am very involved at my church.

Personal Quote: “‘Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.’ —John F. Kennedy. This statement has always stood out to me as a therapist, because therapy is not simply about restoring a patient to a better quality of movement. It is about restoring the basis for which a better quality of life is built.”

Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT

Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT

Education: BS in Health and Human Sciences, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL; DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Woman’s Health Section of the APTA, Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)

Focus/Emphasis: Pelvic health for women and men

Interests: In my spare time, I love to dance. Hence, Zumba is my favorite workout. I also enjoy spending time with my loved ones.

Personal Quote: “I am passionate about physical therapy. I enjoy building relationships with my patients, while improving their quality of life. At Mettler, I believe you will find professionals who value excellence, integrity, and compassion both in and out of the workplace. I am proud to be amongst them.”

Kimberly Painter, PT, DPT

Kimberly Painter, PT, DPT

Education: BA in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL; Doctor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)

Interests: Running, yoga/hot yoga, crafting, and spending time with family and friends

Personal Quote: “Take a moment and contemplate the gift you were given and how you are using that gift, that calling, to make this world a better place.” This is a quote from one of my biology undergraduate professors. He always gave very insightful advice to us as future clinicians, that you can be whatever you want to be, but you must do something that you love and that makes you happy. This quote is something I hold close to my heart in the fact that I love helping my patients and I believe that I was brought into this profession to strengthen and educate others.

Deanna Moccia, PT, DPT

Education: BS in Exercise Physiology, Life University, Marietta, GA; MS Sport Injury Management, Life University, Marietta, GA: Doctory of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL

Member: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)

Interests: Figure skating, ballet, running, cycling, hiking, kayaking, yoga, barre, dancing, Zumba, and anything active

Personal Quote: Two quotes that have really resonated with me are:

“I’ve learned that people will forget the things you said, people will forget the things you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel” —Maya Angelou

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover” —Mark Twain

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