Chicago Physical Therapists - New Mother / New Baby Care

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Know you are not alone in your journey! We have therapists who specialize in women’s health physical therapy, including perinatal PT.

After delivery, physical therapy can help in a range of ways. We will help you reconnect with muscles that aren’t firing correctly, ensure proper healing from tears and incisions and strengthen your pelvic floor, gluteals, and abdominals.

Our founder, Meredy Parker, is a pioneer in the treatment and research of diastasis recuts abdominis (DRA). We implement the most clinically advanced treatment available for DRA as well as for all return-to-sport interventions.

We see amazing results when clients start treatment within the first few weeks of giving birth. This early intervention allows you to address any pain or dysfunctional movement pattern before it becomes much more difficult to change.

Some of the postpartum conditions we treat include:

  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)
  • Post C-Section
  • Post Episiotomy/Perineal Scar
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • “Pelvic Pressure”
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness
  • Dyspareunia (pain with sex) or fear of attempting intercourse post-birth
  • Return to fitness/ run
  • Urinary Incontinence (Stress or Urge)
  • Fecal Incontinence: Bowel Urgency
  • Urinary Frequency/Urgency
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Back and SI Joint pain
  • Pubic Symphysis Separation
  • Levator Ani Syndrome
  • Deconditioning after prolonged bedrest

We also treat clogged ducts with ultrasound therapy. Please call to schedule this appointment as we know it’s important to be seen asap.

In addition to therapy for specific conditions, we can help you stay active and keep you doing what you love during pregnancy and guide you back into exercise postpartum. With a growing baby shifting your center of gravity during pregnancy, requiring more strength and bringing about possible posture changes, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself. We are here to support you in your endeavors, making sure your muscles are firing correctly and your joints stay healthy so you can fully enjoy your daily life and exercise. After baby comes, we support you as you adjust to the demands of your new routine (hello, carrying carseats and a diaper bag) and eventually return to exercise.

There is no one-size-fits-all postpartum routine we prescribe. In fact, what works well for one woman can make issues worse for another! This is why it is so important for you to work one-on-one during this stage of your life.

Our Team

Meredy Parker, PT, DPT

Meredy Parker has been practicing physical therapy for 26 years and specializes in pelvic girdle dysfunction, perinatal musculoskeletal issues, as well as spine and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Dr. Parker founded Chicago Physical Therapists in 2009 and has grown the practice to include nine physical therapists with exceptional skills and a shared vision of providing the highest quality integrative care in a comfortable setting. Meredy has received post-graduate training through countless resources including the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine, mentoring programs at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, and Loyola University Medical Center’s Urogynecology Department. She continued her training through The Herman & Wallace Institute of Pelvic Rehabilitation (including lab assisting for courses), The American Physical Therapy Association, Pelvic Sanity, International Pelvic Pain Society, Evidence in Motion, Reframe Rehab, and The Institute for Birth Healing amongst others. Dr. Parker is a Pregnancy and Post-Partum Corrective Exercise Specialist (S Duval CES) and is certified in Dry Needling for orthopedics (Kinetacore,2012), and for the pelvic floor (EIM, 2021).

Education: B.S. in Physical Therapy from The Chicago Medical School in 1996; Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in 2008; Doctoral thesis on Diastasis Rectus Abdominis published in the APTA Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Laura Gleason, PT, DPT, OCS

Laura has been a Physical Therapist since 2005 after completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University and has extensive training and experience in pelvic health and orthopedics. She is passionate about treating the whole person, not just a diagnosis, and providing individualized treatment based on each person’s goals.

Laura was drawn to the world of pelvic health and perinatal care after her own experiences as a patient after the birth of her first daughter in 2013. Since then, she has completed many courses through Hermann and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute to specialize in treating people with bladder and bowel dysfunction and pelvic pain. She is trained in visceral mobilization and also has a special interest in diastasis recti. Laura is certified as a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (PCES) and is a member of the Global Pelvic Health Alliance.

Treating people with running-related injuries and general orthopedic conditions are also passions of Laura’s. She completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and was board certified in orthopedics (OCS) in 2011. She is skilled with Video Gait Analysis, is a Certified Running Technique Specialist (Pose Method), has taken and taught numerous courses regarding running technique and injuries.

In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, staying active and being outdoors, instructing fitness classes for moms, and providing outreach and education to postpartum people through her company, Beyond the Bump Wellness.

Sarah Casperson, PT, DPT, WCS

Sarah Casperson has been working as a licensed physical therapist since 2019, specializing in women’s health and orthopedic patient populations. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Sarah worked in digital media and advertising, but felt drawn to another career with a foundation in helping others. After returning to undergraduate studies, she earned a doctorate in physical therapy at Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, IL. It was on her second clinical rotation that she learned of the women’s health specialty and felt compelled to dedicate her PT career to helping women overcome pelvic dysfunction.

Following PT school, Sarah participated in an advanced training through the women’s health residency program at Loyola University. She became a board-certified women’s health specialist in the spring of 2022. Sarah is passionate about treating pelvic diagnoses including bowel and bladder dysfunction, pelvic pain and perinatal care. As a new mom herself, Sarah is especially motivated to empower other women throughout the pregnancy and postpartum experience with education and treatment of dysfunction. She prides herself in providing patient-centered, evidence-based care to ensure her patients reach their treatment goals.

After delivering her baby girl in July 2022, she is excited to continue an active lifestyle including doing yoga, playing tennis and crushing PRs on the Peloton. When not caring for her patients, Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband, daughter and pup, Birdie.

Lauren Goldammer, PT, DPT

Lauren earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN in 2020. There she served as the class president and a teaching assistant. Since graduation, Lauren has taken the initiative to deepen her knowledge and skills by receiving a certification in LSVT BIG and is currently pursuing further certifications in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Fall Prevention.

Lauren is passionate about working with individuals on the hypermobility spectrum, with dysautonomia conditions, and with chronic pain and helping them find avenues to progress with their goals. She has also had the privilege to work with patients with a wide range of conditions across multiple age groups, including outpatient pediatrics, outpatient orthopedics, inpatient neurology, and geriatrics. She enjoys treating patients with a wide variety of diagnoses and seeks to provide her patients both individualized treatment and education.

She is also fluent in Spanish.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, and exploring Chicago.

Alesha Riley, PT, DPT

Alesha has been a physical therapist since 2007, specializing in orthopedic conditions and women’s health. She is especially passionate about working with people who suffer from chronic pain and perinatal women. Her work encompasses women with other pelvic conditions including pelvic joint pain, pain with intercourse, in addition to urinary and fecal urgency, frequency, and incontinence.

Alesha completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology at Saint Louis University in 2005. She continued her education to procure a Masters and ultimately a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.

During graduate school, she worked post-operatively with total joint replacement patients as a physical therapy aide. Her post graduate education has included Mechanical Diagnosis & Treatment of the spine and extremities through the McKenzie Institute, and Perinatal & Pelvic Floor Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Alesha further honed her skills in orthopedics and pelvic health over the course of 10 years at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She had the unique opportunity to work in the Chronic Pain Center, where she collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to treat people with debilitating chronic pain. This experience significantly enhanced her understanding of pain and the importance of treating the whole person.

Alesha believes that one of the most powerful tools in rehabilitation is understanding one’s condition. She integrates education, and prioritizes the concerns and goals of each person, to create an individualized plan to fit into his or her life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, running, and attending the theater and ballet.

Sarah Macias, PT, MPT, COMT

Sarah has been practicing in Orthopedics since earning her Physical Therapy degree from Northern Illinois University in 2004. She earned an Orthopedic Specialty through the APTA in 2008 and a Manual Therapy Certification in 2018 through the Manual Therapy Institute. After taking introductory coursework in pelvic floor rehabilitation in 2020, Sarah found a new passion in treating pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as pregnant and postpartum women. She also has a special interest in cancer rehabilitation, especially following breast surgery or mastectomy.

Sarah’s career has offered her extensive experience in treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, having worked closely with orthopedic surgeons for more than 15 years. She values patient education and a comprehensive treatment approach, assessing the whole patient to find the root cause of their symptoms.

Sarah utilizes manual therapy, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, taping techniques, postural education and functional movement analysis to assist her patients in meeting their rehab goals. She performs Video Gait Analysis to assess and treat the injured runner.

Sarah has a background in dance and enjoys staying active. She spends her free time taking road trips with her family, biking around the city, and spending warm summer days at the dog beach with her family and her dog, Pop Tart.

Natalia Avelar, DPT, Cert MDT

Natalia’s passion for treating patients stems from her drive to understand the patient as a whole: understanding not only the physical manifestations of their symptoms but understanding the Biopsychosocial aspects of what brings her patients into the clinic. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2013, and prior to this received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Natalia is an orthopedic and spine specialist, having earned her certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) from the Mckenzie Institute in 2017. Her MDT training has served her patients immensely to assist with quicker recoveries and empower them through extensive education regarding their diagnosis and self-treatment. Throughout her career, Natalia has developed a special interest and passion for treatment of pelvic floor disorders in men and women including urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, and perinatal and postpartum recovery. She has received training from the Herman and Wallace Institute and is currently working towards a certification in this specialty as well. She has extensive experience treating in orthopedic and neurologic settings, including treatment of patients who suffer from various musculoskeletal conditions and vertigo/BPPV, dizziness, gait and balance impairments.

Natalia is trilingual; she is a native English and Polish speaker/reader/writer. Additionally, she is fluent in Spanish speaking, reading and writing.When Natalia is not working, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her family, gardening, paddle boarding, and enjoying live music.



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