Physical therapists (sometimes abbreviated to PTs) are health care professionals primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. Core Physical Therapy hires only the most skilled and dedicated professionals that will work with their patients to ensure the highest level of quality care.
The Loop – 79 W Monroe St #919 | Chicago, IL 60603
Jason Kart, PT, DPT, CMPT, CMTPT – Owner/Physical Therapist
Practicing since January 2008
Physical Therapy is the collaborative problem-solving process and Jason enjoys guiding his patients back to their physical best. Outstanding patient outcomes are a product of thorough examination with accurate diagnosis, patient education, and a combination of manual therapy and focused rehabilitative exercise. He believes that restoring the optimal biomechanics through manual therapy expedites the healing process and thoughtful exercise prescription maintains the patient’s improvement. Working together, his patients and him identify, plan, and solve pain and physical limitations.
Jason provides cervical, thoracic and lumbar manipulation, advanced joint mobilizations of the extremities, advanced spinal and core stabilization, dry needling, vestibular ehabilitation, nerve pain, chronic pain solutions, foot & ankle pain relief, headache & neck pain, sorts rehabilitation, and runners injuries
Jason is a Certified Manual Physical Therapist through the North American Institute for Orthopedic Manual Therapy and a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Physical Therapist through Myopain Seminars.
Continuing Education: When the Foot Hits the Ground – Advanced, Shacklock Neurodynamic Tensioning, Management of the Cervical Spine following Motor Vehicle Accident, Dry Needling of the Extremities, Swodeam Manual Therapy series, Physical Therapy Management of the Lumbar Spine, Advanced Manipulation of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine, Maitland Level I – The Extremities
Karli Smith, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
Practicing since August 2017
Born and raised in Chicago, Karli earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University in 2013 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 from Midwestern University. Her interest for physical therapy began in college shadowing physical therapists at a privately-owned clinic. As her interest grew, she became a rehabilitation aide, assisting with the care of patients, inspiring her pursuit of a career as a physical therapist.
Karli treats a wide variety of orthopedic conditions with significant experience in joint replacements, post-operative rehab, spine rehab, and chronic pain. She earned certifications in the Graston Technique and the treatment of vestibular conditions. Currently, Karli is pursuing a McKenzie Certification for treatment of the lumbar spine. Spending adequate time with her patients to find the primary cause of their pain, Karli co-develops a comprehensive treatment plan with her patients to improve their quality of life. She understands that everyone’s lifestyle is different and individualizes every care plan based on their functional limitations.
In her spare time Karli loves traveling, skiing, participating in intramural sports teams, gardening, and hanging out with her friends and family!
Continuing Education: A Comprehensive Clinical Approach to Vestibular Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation: Identification and Management of BPPV, Exercise Prescription for Hip and Pelvis Movement, McKenzie part 1 (pending).
Nick Barin, PT, DPT, OCS – Physical Therapist
Practicing since May 2014
Nick’s interest in physical therapy started after dealing with shoulder and lower extremity injuries playing club volleyball in high school and during his years playing club volleyball at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While in Madison he earned his bachelor’s degree in Dietetics through the Department of Nutritional Sciences and obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Clarke University.
Nick is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. He has his Level 1 and Level 2 dry needling certifications through Myopain Seminars. He has also obtained his Selective Functional Movement Analysis Level 1 and Level 2 certifications through Functional Movement Systems. He is a Graston Technique provider and is trained to perform Video Gait Analyses for runners. Nick is trained to provide manual therapy techniques including joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, and has the ability to prescribe therapeutic exercises required to assist his patients in returning to their premorbid functional level activities. Nick is currently undergoing continuing education to obtain his Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete certification through the Institute of Clinical Excellence.
Nick’s treatment philosophy derives from his clinical experiences within the sports medicine and orthopedic fields. He draws from evidence-based practice guidelines to ease his patients’ return to independent and functional activities without pain and discomfort. He focuses on dysfunctional movement patterns and how different anatomical regions of the body can play a role in finding the sources and the causes of pain. His problem-solving approach to treatment allows Nick to look past the medical diagnosis and figure out how to get individuals moving and performing better.
Nick enjoys working with a wide variety of patients, but Nick particularly enjoys working within the field of sports medicine. His interests include working with individuals that participate in CrossFit, weightlifting, powerlifting, recreational runners and overhead athletes.
When he is not treating patients, Nick enjoys traveling, spending time with his nieces and nephews, as well as finding new places in Chicago (and returning to his hometown of Skokie) to grab a good meal. He also likes to stay active by participating in CrossFit, playing volleyball, and hiking.
West Loop – 954 W. Washington, Suite 505 | Chicago, IL 60607
Anthony Young, PT, DPT, CMPT – Physical Therapist/Clinic Manager
Practicing since January 2011
Anthony’s interest in physical therapy was sparked by a debilitating lower back injury during high school track and field training and competition. He had a very positive experience with his physical therapist and was able to return to competing at a high level, pain free. Anthony went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also was a member of the Men’s Track and Field Team. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University, and as a doctoral research project, he co-authored a study investigating effects of human error on the outcome of patients following computer assisted total hip arthroplasty as it relates to function and rehabilitation.
Anthony has worked in the outpatient orthopedic realm since graduating from Northwestern in 2010. He has been a member of the Core Physical Therapy team since March 2015. As a means to continue developing exceptional clinical skills, he has received advanced training, and is certified in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He is also certified in dry needling for treatment of myofascial pain through Myopain Seminars.
Anthony is skilled in the effective treatment of a variety of spinal and peripheral neuro-orthopedic dysfunctions. He strives to provide comprehensive care including manual therapy techniques, neuro-muscular re-education, and functional strengthening specific to each patient’s diagnosis. As a former high level student-athlete, he has a passion for working with the injured athlete at every level and age group. He understands the importance of a speedy and safe return to optimal level of performance, and provides for each patient the positive rehabilitation experience necessary to achieve this ultimate goal.
Outside of work, Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, staying active through weight training, playing flag football in the spring/summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Continuing Education: Orthopedic and neuro-orthopedic domain aimed at the etiology, examination, and management of movement dysfunction
Nick Katsiris, PT, DPT, OCS – Physical Therapist
Practicing since May 2014
Nick graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. It was at this time that Nick developed an interest in the human body and how differing anatomic systems and exercise play a role in shaping our health and recovery. Nick went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Creighton in 2014. After graduation he moved to Chicago and has worked in the outpatient orthopedic field. Nick has experience treating a wide range of different orthopedic conditions and has also spent time as a clinic director.
Nick is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He has also received additional continuing education in manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilization and soft tissue treatment. Nick believes in an eclectic approach to treating his patients with an emphasis on open communication between the therapist, doctor, and patient to achieve the patient’s goals. Nick enjoys working with a wide variety of patients including those hoping to return to sports, return to work after injury, as well as post-operative rehabilitation.
Outside of work Nick enjoys traveling and exploring Chicago with his wife and dog including finding new food spots. He enjoys staying active by weight training, hiking, and playing basketball. He is also fond of college football Saturdays.
Continuing Education: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, The McKenzie Method of Lumbar Spine, and Cervicothoracic and Lumbo Pelvic Examination and Treatment.
Lincoln Park – 561 W Diversey Pkwy #213 | Chicago, IL 60614
Amy Fetch, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist/Clinic Manager
Practicing since August 2014
Amy earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree in May of 2014 from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Prior to attending physical therapy school Amy graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with a liberal arts degree in both biology and psychology. While at Augustana Amy competed in track and field as a sprinter and hurdler. It was during this time she grew her interest in physical therapy, with personal experiences in physical rehabilitation, and developed a passion for health and wellness.
Amy prides herself on her advanced manual therapy skills and highly specialized and individualized evidence based treatments to safely return her patients back to an active and athletic lifestyle. She treats her patients holistically with the goal to address the primary cause of pain rather than simply treating the painful structures. She takes into consideration her patient’s lifestyle, work and home environment, and level of physical activity in her plan of care, tailoring each patient’s treatment to efficiently and effectively reach their specific goals. As an athlete she understands the importance of return to sport. Amy provides an individualized rehabilitation program to help each patient achieve their goals and stay on track for their next event- whether it be a marathon, paddle match, yoga, or playing catch in the backyard with their children. Amy also emphasizes a focus on educating her patients so that each patient feels confident and independent when graduating from physical therapy; that they understand their condition, and how to prevent or manage their pain/condition.
Amy enjoys working with a wide variety of patients: from the recreational athlete, to the professional athlete, to the retiree. She has specialized training in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Therapy (learn more here!), running Video Gait Analysis, joint mobilization and manipulation, and dry needling.
Outside of work Amy enjoys living an active lifestyle running, hiking, and playing recreational sports. She enjoys traveling to new places with her husband, and exploring the great city of Chicago.
Continuing Education: Background in functional movements, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor, When the feet hit the ground, and Examination of the Runner
Anna Hope, PT, DPT, – Physical Therapist
Practicing since June 2017
Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Anna earned her B.S. in Kinesiology & Movement Science and Minor in Psychology from Iowa State University. Following undergraduate, Anna attended Des Moines University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017.
One of Anna’s favorite aspects of physical therapy is the ability to work with and treat a wide variety of diagnoses and patient populations. Throughout her school years, Anna participated in an assortment of sports which led to her interest in outpatient orthopedics and injury recovery. Aside from outpatient orthopedics, Anna has developed skills in the neuroscience behind chronic pain, treatment of neurological conditions (including balance/fall risk, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, MS, etc.) and specialized training in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Therapy (learn more here!).
As a therapist, Anna challenges her patients to play an active role throughout their course of rehabilitation in order to reach their full potential and to provide the best patient outcomes. Anna has always been an avid learner and enjoys educating her patients to have a better understanding of their rehabilitation process, and enjoys attending several continued education courses to keep current on different treatment styles and techniques.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, time at Lake Okoboji, Iowa, keeping active with intramural sports, and attending concerts and sporting events (Go Iowa State Cyclones!).
Continuing Education: Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor, Background in manual techniques for lumbar spine, hip, and pelvis.