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Team Bios

Bernadette Kamin, PT, MSPT, WCS       
Kamin Physical Therapy, President & Owner

Bernadette is the President and owner of Kamin Physical Therapy for the past 18 years. She has been on the forefront of physical therapy treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal dysfunctions in women, men and children for over 25 years.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1990 and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1993. She received her Board Certification in Women's Health Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in 2011. Bernadette is an expert in pelvic floor physical therapy for obstetric, gynecologic, urologic, urogynecologic and gastroenterologic related conditions. She also shares her extensive knowledge and expertise lecturing nationally to other clinicians and students from various disciplines. Bernadette regularly attends national and international continuing education seminars and professional conferences.

Bernadette has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for 27 years. She is also a member of the Section on Women's Health of the APTA where she is currently the Nominating Committee Chairperson and was on the Board of Directors from 1999 - 2011 as the Director of Programming and Director of Financial Development. She is also a member of the  American Urogynecologic Society, National Vulvodynia Association, International Continence Association, Society of Urological Nursing and Associates, the Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium and Private Practice Section of the APTA. She is currently President of the Illinois Network of Independent Physical Therapists (INIPT). Bernadette enjoys spending time with her husband and two children traveling, running, skiing and gardening and volunteers at her children's neighborhood school. 

Eleanor Potter, PT

Eleanor, born in Ireland, received her Physical Therapy Degree from University College Dublin in 1984 and has 34 years of physical therapy experience. She came to the U.S. in 1986 and has been working in the Chicagoland area ever since in a variety of healthcare settings. A mother of two, she became interested in Women's Health Physical Therapy in 1996 after the birth of her second child. She has regularly attended continuing education seminars in the area of pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic pain, incontinence, musculoskeletal dysfunction during pregnancy. She has worked at Kamin Physical Therapy since 2004. Eleanor is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Section on Women's Health of the APTA. She is also a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society, National Vulvodynia Association, Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium and International Association of Healthcare Practitioners.

Melissa Kolecke, PT, DPT, CSCS

Melissa graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology, with honors. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2005. She has extensive experience with orthopedic, sports medicine injuries, and helping patients return to the recreational activities and sports they love. Her true specialty and passion is pelvic floor dysfunction in both women and men, an area of treatment she feels is under served. She is committed to practicing evidence based medicine and continues to learn new and effective treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction. In furtherance of her education and skills, Melissa has attended numerous seminars and conferences in the areas of bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction as well as pre/postnatal care. Melissa is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women's Health, International Pelvic Pain Society, and Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. 

Cara Murphy, PT, DPT

Cara has been practicing as a Physical Therapist for 15 years, 13 of which have been in an outpatient orthopedic setting. She has been practicing pelvic floor physical therapy for 10 years. Cara graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors of Kinesiology and Minor in Psychology. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School (currently Rosalind Franklin University). She utilizes multiple treatment options but mostly enjoys treating patients with manual therapy. Cara became interested in treating pelvic floor disorders from her own personal experience. Cara has a special interest in treating back pain, GI disorders, pregnancy related pain and pelvic pain in both men and women.

Amanda Rafferty, PT, MSPT, DPT

Amanda received a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University in 1998. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2001 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis. Amanda has over 20 years of experience working in outpatient pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapy. She has a passion for addressing musculoskeletal movement disorders with relation to pelvic floor dysfunction. Amanda has taught continuing education courses to physical therapists on movement disorders. She also lectured to runners at Chicago Area Runners Association or "CARA" meetings regarding injury prevention. Amanda is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Section on Women's Health of the APTA, Section on Orthopedics of the APTA, International Pelvic Pain Society and Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium. Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, volunteering with Girls on the Run and Girl Scouts of America.  

Caroline Lang, PT, DPT

Caroline graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Alabama Birmingham in 2016. With her career initially focused in a sports medicine and orthopedic based setting, she has extensive experience with orthopedic based injuries which has helped shape the cornerstone of her outlook on pelvic floor dysfunction. Over the years, she has enjoyed guiding patients to improved function and reaching their long-term goals with a strong emphasis on patient education. Caroline is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Section on Women's Health. She has utilized the APTA as she progresses through extensive continuing education regarding bowel, bladder, obstetrics and sexual dysfunction. Caroline is committed to providing the most comprehensive, evidence based treatments and individualized care for her patients. In her spare time, she loves doing anything outdoors, traveling and being with family.

Mary Patricia "Trish" Mesch, PT, MHS, DPT, OCS, PRPC

Trish has been a practicing Physical Therapist for over 30 years, mostly in the outpatient setting. She has been treating pelvic floor patients for over 14 years but still enjoys treating the orthopedic population as well. Trish graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelors in Physical Therapy. She then graduated from the University of Indianapolis with her Masters in Health Science. Trish received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. She has her Orthopedic Clinical Specialization as well as her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioners Certification. Trish has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association for over 30 years and is also a member of the Section of Women's Health. She has an interest in functional dry needling, visceral mobilization and manual therapy for male, female, transgender, and pediatric populations with pelvic floor dysfunctions. In her spare time, she is busy with her 2 daughters and husband. She enjoys travelling, exercising, boxing, and yoga.

Kamin Physical Therapy Park Ridge
828 Busse Highway • Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
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