Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctor of Physical Therapy
“In my career, I have helped many professional athletes, and it’s been exciting to have the opportunity to help them get back on the field. But my greatest satisfaction comes from helping young athletes and anyone who has suffered and has not been helped elsewhere. Knowing I’ve helped someone improve their health and return to their favorite activities is what brings me to the office every day.
“As a third-generation chiropractic physician and now a doctor of physical therapy, I’ve been surrounded by the power of hands-on care for most of my life. My uncle’s enthusiasm really encouraged me to help people recover from injuries and optimize their health in an atmosphere of encouragement and manual therapy. Building on my extensive knowledge is an ongoing passion… one that inspired me to realize the healing possibilities of integrating whole-body rehabilitative care years before others began to understand this powerful approach.”
Doctor of Chiropractic: Logan College of Chiropractic, magna cum laude 1987
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Rosalind Franklin University 2010
Diplomate: American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists 1994
Fellow: American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists 2001
Orthopedic Certified Specialist: American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists 2016
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician: American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries & Physical Fitness 1989
Master of Science: Advanced Clinical Practice, NationalUniversity of Health Sciences 2014
Bachelor of Science: Human Biology, Logan College of Chiropractic 1985
Advanced Certification: Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology, Spine Research Institute of San Diego 2012 Certified: Low-Speed Rear-Impact Automobile Crash Reconstruction, Spine Research Institute of San Diego 1999
“Teaching chiropractic physicians and physical therapists continues to fuel my passion for chiropractic care. As a teacher, I’m able to make a positive impact on patients I’ll never even meet. By sharing the benefits of my years of experience with fellow professionals – and the doctors of tomorrow – I’m able to use my knowledge and insight to shape the future of musculoskeletal care.”
Former Postgraduate Instructor: Logan College of Chiropractic, Northwestern College of Chiropractic
Selected: NFL Players Association approved chiropractors
Past President: Illinois Chiropractic Society, Northern Illinois District, 1999–2001
Honors & Awards: Certificate of Appreciation for Commitment to the Profession, Illinois Chiropractic Society; Certificate for Teaching Excellence, Chicago Medical School; Keynote Speaker, Montana Chiropractic Physiotherapy Council
Guest Lecturer: Chicago Medical School, National College of Chiropractic, Logan College of Chiropractic, Abbott Labs, a variety of municipalities and community groups
Clinical Instructor: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Oakton Community College
Physical Therapist Assistant
“I have always been interested in teaching other people how to exercise and helping those who are hurt get back to health. I am originally from Poland and when I got to the United States, I went to school and became a massage therapist. As a massage therapist, I helped a lot of people get better, but I knew I had more to offer patients than just massage. I therefore went back to school and earned my degree as a physical therapist assistant. The integration of the two professions has allowed me to help people more effectively.”
Physical Therapist Assistant: Oakton Community College
Licensed Massage Therapist: European Massage Therapy School
Master of Science: Physical Education with a minor in Physical Therapy, Academy of Physical Education, Poland
Certified: Adult, Infant & Child CPR
physical therapy assistant
I began my career as a rehabilitation aid at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. I worked for nine years growing my knowledge of physical therapy. I worked with patient cases ranging from total knee replacements to lumbar disc injuries. I was responsible for most of the patient care during session and was able to help people on the path to recovery. I decided i wanted to be a more integral part of the patient care process, so I pursued my degree as a physical therapy assistant.
I met Dr. Johnson during my final clinical rotation at North Shore Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation. I immediately realized that this clinic was different from the therapy setting I was exposed to. At North Shore Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation the care is typically one on one focused on the individual patient’s condition with each session lasting an hour. This was not the factory like setting I had become accustomed to.
When offered a position at North Shore Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation I jumped at the opportunity. I knew this was the type of patient-focused care that I wanted to deliver and everyone deserves.
Physical Therapist Assistant:Oakton Community College
Certified: Adult, Infant & Child CPR
The reason I got into physical therapy was due to my parents both experiencing strokes. My father was unable to walk and I saw him go from being sedentary to be able to walk on his own as the result of the work he did with a physical therapy team.
This experience lead me to want to be part of the physical therapy profession. I left my position as a successful bank supervisor and went back to school attending Fox College and getting my degree as a physical therapist assistant.
I was intrigued when I met Dr. Johnson – as my family has been under the care of a chiropractor, Dr. Zoboski. I asked Dr. Zoboski if he had ever heard of Dr. Johnson and he said I couldn’t have found a better chiropractor. It turns out that he and Dr. Johnson trained together to become orthopedic specialists.
My work at North Shore Spinal and Sports has allowed me to pursue my life long pursuit of knowledge and to give back to the community by helping others. I receive great satisfaction knowing that I have helped a patient get back to their daily lives or their favorite hobbies. I have now had the opportunity to help a number of individuals return to golf and a few people avoid surgery. These are the patients that make my work worth while and continue to progress as a physical therapist assistant.
To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (847) 295-0920 (Lake Forest, Lake Bluff) or (847) 432-4077 (Highland Park) or use our Request an Appointment form. We also welcome patients from Fort Sheridan, Deerfield and surrounding communities.
North Shore, Dr. J and the staff were great. I started out with a pinched cervical nerve which was causing extreme pain and numbness in my arm. Surgery had been ruled out by the neurosurgeon after an MRI. My physical recommended a regimen of physical therapy which I undertook with NorthShore in November. At that time I had consistent pain in the range of 8-9 out of 10. I had trouble sleeping, driving and performing most normal daily activities due to the constant pain. I have now been through two series of physical therapy sessions with North Shore over a couple of months and the pain and numbness are completely gone. Based on my experience I would highly recommend North Shore for physical therapy treatment and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful as a bonus! Jon HeintzelmanJonathan Heintzelman
All aspects of the rehab program were done with professionalism. Intake evaluation, exercise program, massage therapy and exit evaluation were all excellent and yielded excellent results for me. All of the staff are friendly and efficient. Dr. Johnson, Jeannette, Cyprian and Mary are friendly and make an otherwise difficult experience much more tolerable. I have gone to them on two occasions over the last several years for different injuries and, in both instances, my problems were resolved. I highly recommend them.Lee Eddy
I was a patient 6 years ago, with lower back pain and herniation. My PT was excellent and I was back to exercise and resolution of pain and herniation. Recently I have had hip pain and and tingling down my leg. My evaluation with DR Johnson was very thorough and spot on. The PT with Dre was incredible. I am now pain free with a resolution of the tingling as well. I will definitely return for any future problems that may arise!Barbara Bank