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


Schedule With Jason

Jason Kart, PT, DPT, CMPT – Owner/Physical Therapist

Practicing since January 2008

Treatment Philosophy: 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.

Services provided: Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Manipulation, Advanced Joint Mobilizations of the Extremities, Advanced Spinal and Core Stabilization, Dry Needling, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Nerve Pain, Chronic Pain Solutions, Foot & Ankle Pain Relief, Headache & Neck Pain, Sports Rehabilitation, Runner’s Injuries

Certification: Certified Manual Physical Therapist through the North American Institute for Orthopedic Manual Therapy

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

Schedule With Jeff

Jeff Bitter, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist

Practicing since January 2012

Treatment Philosophy: The measure of a quality Physical Therapist is their ability “to efficiently and effectively use their skill set to formulate a treatment plan unique to their patient that helps them reach their goal as quickly as possible.” He enjoys treating with a hands-on manual therapy approach supplemented with a progressive exercise program based on a comprehensive evaluation.

Services provided: Manual therapy, joint mobilization/manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, PNF, progressive exercise prescription

Certification: Level One Titleist Performance Institute Certified, Level 2 TPI Medical Professional Certification (In Progress)

Continuing Education: Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Schedule With Nick

Nick Barin, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist

Practicing since May 2014

Treatment Philosophy: 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. By finding patterns of movement dysfunction through interrelated anatomical regions of the whole kinetic chain, Nick focuses on the motor control system in its entirety. His problem-solving approach to treatment allows Nick to look past the medical diagnosis and figure out why the diagnosis was made.

Services provided: Manual Therapy, Joint Mobilization, Progressive Exercise Prescription, SFMA Provider, Graston Provider, Video Gait Analysis

Certification: Selective Functional Movement Analysis Certified Level 1 and Level 2, Graston Provider

Continuing Education: Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Schedule With Sarah

Sarah Shivley, OTR/L, MOT, WCC – Occupational Therapist

Practicing since February 2014

Treatment Philosophy: As an experienced Hand and Upper Extremity Occupational Therapist, Sarah works directly with Orthopedic Surgeons in the Chicagoland Area to customize treatment for both conservative and post surgical Occupational Therapy needs. Understanding your individual diagnosis and/or surgery as well as the resulting treatment—her philosophy is to treat each patient with the best individual care available. The goal of both Core and Sarah is to reinstate your quality of life as quickly as possible by restoring your ability to execute daily tasks.

Services provided: Sarah is skilled in treatment of the elbow, hand, thumb/fingers, which may include custom orthosis fabrication and adjustments, wound care, kinesiotaping, joint mobilization, tendon and nerve injuries, fractures, static and dynamic orthotics and bracing, ergonomic education, modalities, suture removal, assessing the physical capability and accordingly altering the medical therapy plans and utilizing various therapy tools as needed. Additionally, Sarah will work closely with your physician to effectively and safely carry out the rehabilitation procedures of her patients.

Certification: Licensed and Nationally Certified Occupational Therapist, Board Certified in Wound Care

Continuing Education: A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) obtains advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Linda Hanan – Practice Manager

Linda has been working in office administration in the outpatient physical therapy field for 10 years, and has been a member of the Core Physical Therapy family since November 2016. She holds a background in gymnastics and dance, which first developed her interest in sports rehabilitation; though she enjoys having the good fortune to work with and advocate for a diverse patient population. She first began her work in the rehabilitation arena as a therapy technician before developing her role in office management and practice administration.

Linda loves the field of physical therapy, specifically  to allow its practitioners to accompany patients on their journey toward better health and to empower them through ongoing education.


West Loop – 212 N Carpenter St | Chicago, IL 60607


Schedule With Anthony

Anthony Young, PT, DPT, CMPT – Physical Therapist/Clinic Manager

Practicing since January 2011

Treatment Philosophy: As a former collegiate track and field athlete, Anthony 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. He strives to provide for each patient the positive rehabilitation experience necessary to achieve this ultimate goal with the use of specific manual therapy techniques and guided exercise targeting each patient’s unique dysfunction.

Services Provided: Management of neck and back pain, running related injuries, overuse injuries, other sport related injuries and headaches

Certification: Certified Manual Physical Therapist, APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (Dry Needling)

Continuing Education: Orthopedic and neuro-orthopedic domain aimed at the etiology, examination, and management of movement dysfunction


Lincoln Park – 561 W Diversey Pkwy #213 | Chicago, IL 60614


Schedule With Steve

Steve Goostree, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Practicing since September 2008

Treatment Philosophy: Steve’s treatment philosophy incorporates actively listening to his patients and performing a thorough examination. With an in-depth understanding of pain, Steve then tailors his treatment to the patient’s specific needs based on their mutually agreed-upon goals. Steve believes the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself with proper guidance.

Services provided: Sports injuries, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, TMJ, and headaches

Certification: APTA board certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, McKenzie Method, Dry Needling III

Continuing Education: Orthopedic and neuro-orthopedic domain aimed at the etiology, examination and management of movement dysfunction