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Physical Therapy

Amy, PT Aide

Amy, PT Aide

Amy joined the Rockford Spine Center team in October 2016 as a physical therapy aide. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a minor in nutrition from Western Illinois University, and she is working toward applying to physical therapy school. 

She enjoys the family atmosphere of working at Rockford Spine Center. Amy said physical therapy was an appealing field because of her interest in knowing about the body and how it moves. “I like being able to see the progression that people have from injury or diagnosis to doing everyday activities without or with minimal pain,” she noted. 

In her free time, Amy enjoys working out and crafting. She also does personal training on the side.

Cassie Alderks, PT, DPT

Cassie Alderks, PT, DPT

Cassie Alderks, PT, DPT, earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a doctorate in physical therapy from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She conducted research during her graduate training and presented at the 2015 national conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, of which she is a member. Cassie believes in “throwing kindness around like confetti” and that her patients deserve to live a life that they love. Her priority is helping people understand how they move and function. She is a people person who strives to make a difference in her patient’s lives and was driven by that passion to become a physical therapist. She’s a sports fanatic who loves the Chicago Cubs and college basketball. She also enjoys crafts, home projects, working out and being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Dana Smitley, PT Assistant

Dana Smitley, PT Assistant

Dana joined Rockford Spine Center in November 2015 as a physical therapist assistant. She earned an associate’s degree in applied science for physical therapist assistants from Blackhawk Technical College and graduated with honors.

Her experience has been centered in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. In previous positions at Accelerated Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Sports and Therapy Institute, she treated a wide variety of orthopedic conditions in children and adults.

She earned “Low Back and Hip Specialty Certification” from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute in 2014 and certification in ASTYM in 2015.

In her free time, she enjoys camping and hiking with her husband, son, daughter, and Cockapoo.

Kim Alexander, ATC, PT, MPT

Kim Alexander, ATC, PT, MPT

Kim joined Rockford Spine Center in 2014 with 16 years of physical therapy experience. He is responsible for assessing patient needs, building treatment plans, guiding patients through recovery and ensuring continuity of care.

Kim earned a master’s degree in physical therapy and bachelor’s degree in athletic training, both from Northern Illinois University. In addition, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drake University. He completed the Athletes Performance Rehabilitation Mentorship Program, is ASTYM certified and Functional Movement Screen certified. Kim is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Prior to joining Rockford Spine Center, Kim held physical therapy positions with Accelerated Physical Therapy, Orthopedic and Sport Therapy Institute, Rebound Therapy Center and OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, Sports Medicine & Fitness.

Kim chose this profession because he believes the human body is amazing. “Human movement and performance is dynamic and physical therapy is a great opportunity to further understand, correct and help people to restore their movement and function.”

In his spare time, Kim enjoys working out, biking, supporting Real Madrid, watching soccer and spending time with his wife.

Tracy, PT Assistant

Tracy, PT Assistant

Tracy is a physical therapist assistant who joined the Rockford Spine Center team in September 2017. She has an associate’s degree in physical therapy, a bachelor’s degree in child studies and an elementary school teaching certification. 

She previously worked as an elementary school teacher and tutor, and embarked on a second career in physical therapy after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years. Her father suffered a stroke, and she witnessed firsthand his progress with physical therapy, which was a big motivator. “I love seeing people benefit from therapy, decreasing their pain and improving the way they move and function in the world,” she said. 

Outside of work, Tracy enjoys “anything that gets me closer to the water,” including traveling, boating, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving and surfing.