Orthopedic Physical Therapy

The AOSC Physical Therapy Department treats a variety of surgical and nonsurgical musculoskeletal conditions. Our therapists have years of clinical experience and advanced training to ensure that each patient receives an effective treatment plan personalized to meet their specific needs. AOSC clinicians will not only assist with patient recovery but will also provide home-based exercise programs to minimize the risk of future injury. For more information on the benefits of physical therapy and how it may help you, please contact our healthcare providers.

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Fridays 7:00am - 5:30pm
Saturdays - By special appointment request only




Michael Stakenas PT


DPT Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Mike has been practicing physical therapy since receiving his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Clarke University in 1999. He went on to earn his doctorate in PT in 2004. Mike brings 20+ years of outpatient orthopedic experience to AOSC, where he treats a wide variety of orthopedic conditions.f


Ricardo A. Fernandez PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS


Ricardo has been a physical therapist since 1989. He completed his PhD research on knee injury and alignment while a professor at Northwestern University and is a three-time certified specialist in orthopedics.


Jill Stulga, MPT


Jill has been practicing outpatient orthopedic PT since receiving her master’s degree in physical therapy in 2000. She has an extensive background in manual therapy and has a passion for the functional strengthening programs. She has a strong interest in working with the athletic population. She also enjoys working with many types of patients, welcoming any orthopedic diagnosis.


Nick Picot, PT


Nick brings over 25 years of clinical experience to Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Care. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, he stays current with evidence-based approaches in the treatment of orthopedic conditions. He utilizes his strong manual background in addressing spinal disorders, complex shoulder imbalances and sports-related injuries of all ages. Nick is also fluent in Spanish which offers a comforting experience for his diverse patients. In addition, he has a very strong personal interest in all things health and fitness.


Ezequiel Amador, PTA


Zeke is a 2015 graduate of Fox Colleges’ Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Prior to Fox, he attended Kankakee Community in 2008-10 earning his associate’s degree. He also attended Graceland University 2010-12 where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Wellness Program Management while playing collegiate baseball. He enjoys running races, including half marathons and marathons. Zeke has a strong interest in running injuries and rehab, as well as overhead athletes. He is certified under Rock Tape for kinesiotaping.

Se Habla Español.


Jessica Fraga, PTA


Jessica graduated from Fox College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a strong interest in the rehab process for knee and shoulder injuries. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.