John Comerouski, P.T.

John Comerouski, P.T. – Director of Physical Therapy

John Comerouski, P.T., graduated from Northwestern University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. Throughout the many years he has practiced physical therapy, nearly all have been devoted to orthopedic care. Although John has held continuous administrative and supervisory roles throughout this time, he has always chosen to maintain a full-time patient caseload.

In 1984, after 4 years as a Senior Staff Therapist at Loyola Medical Center and a short stay as Assistant Director at Mount Sinai Medical Center, John accepted the position of Director of Mona Kea Physical Therapy. He was responsible for acute outpatient physical therapy until 1988. The caseload was entirely orthopedic with a large percentage of spine patients and work-related injuries.

Due to substantial growth, John assisted in the reorganization of Mona Kea Physical Therapy into Central DuPage Rehabilitation Center. He accepted the position of Director of Work Hardening, an emerging industrial rehab service. For 11 years, John performed Functional Capacity Evaluations, conducted injury prevention services, supervised work hardening patients, and managed one of the Midwest’s largest industrial rehab programs.

After the acquisition of Central DuPage Rehabilitation Center by HealthSouth in 1994, John accepted the position of Regional Clinical Industrial Rehab Specialist. In addition to his day to day patient care and administrative responsibilities, John provided clinical guidance to 12 local industrial rehab providers.

In 1999, John became one of the organizers and partners in Industrial Rehab Allies. Since that time, John has provided outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and oversees that division of IRA. John has been a frequent speaker at seminars for therapists, claims examiners, and case managers.

Steve Adamkiewicz, M.S., A.T.C.

Steve Adamkiewicz, M.S., A.T.C. – Director of Work Hardening/Industrial Services

Steve received his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from George Williams College. He obtained his certification requirements for athletic training from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A bachelors degree in physics received from DePaul University has proven beneficial when performing onsite, ergonomic injury prevention assessments. Postgraduate education in occupational ergonomics has been obtained from providers such as the University of Michigan, Work Injury Management as well as Isernhagen and Associates. Past industrial clients include Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, Caterpillar, Chicago Public Schools, General Mills, International Engine, M&M Mars, Metra, Nabisco-Kraft, Pella Windows, Roto-Rooter, UPS and the United States Post Office.

Steve’s professional career began in 1988 following successful completion of the National Athletic Trainers Associations’ Board of Certification requirements. Initial employment with Rush University’s sports medicine program consisted of half days performing clinical orthopaedic rehab followed by onsite athletic training services at local colleges and high schools.

Steve began working in the industrial rehab field when he was hired by John as a case manager for the work hardening program at Central DuPage Rehabilitation in 1990. He ascended to Assistant Director of Work Hardening and Director of Industrial Services following annual postgraduate study courses in the fields of ergonomics and work injury management.

Steve was hired as Director of Newsome Work Performance Center in Joliet in 1994. Steve was able to implement new F.C.E. and work hardening protocols at the clinic. An industrial injury prevention program was initiated with services provided throughout the Chicagoland area. Steve was also instrumental in establishing the Occupational Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Society (OIPRS) designed to give health care professionals working in the field of industrial medicine a valuable networking source. Steve was chosen as an inaugural member of the Board of Directors for OIPRS and acted as editor for the national newsletter PACESETTER. Steve’s views on industrial rehabilitation were published in the Work Injury Management Digest.

Steve was one of the partners who started Industrial Rehab Allies in 1999 while being elected chairperson for the OIPRS communication committee. OIPRS was instrumental in establishing credentialing as a Certified Ergonomics Associate (C.E.A.) through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). Steve was asked to sit for the pilot exam.

Elaine Gabrek, P.T.

Elaine Gabrek, P.T.

Elaine received her physical therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She began her career at Hines VA Hospital working in acute care as well as spinal cord rehab. Since then her work experience has included outpatient orthopedics, home health, work hardening, hospital acute care and nursing home consulting.

In 2000 she began working at Industrial Rehab Allies and since then has used her experience to become a mainstay in providing effective acute physical therapy. Her primary role at IRA is treating orthopedic and sports medicine patients, however, she also contributes to our clinic’s marketing and referral development efforts. As often as once or twice a week Elaine and Laura Baier, our office manager, make visits to doctor’s offices, hospitals, and P.T. clinics to increase awareness of IRA and our services.

Laura Baier, Office Manger/P.T. Aide

Laura Baier, Office Manager/
P.T. Aide

Laura’s ability to do “whatever it takes” was necessary as the only office staff member when opening IRA with Steve and John in 1999. Her previous experience overseeing a number of P.T. clinics’ offices for a national company made her transition to a single, privately owned practice an enjoyable challenge. Laura still gets involved with all aspects of the clinic operation including answering phones, billing, and assistance with patient’s visits. Laura is a favorite of patients and staff due to her friendly, caring nature and memorable laugh.

SWue Kirkpatrick, General Office/P.T. Aide

Sue, General Office/P.T. Aide

Sue brings over 20 years of office experience to IRA. There to greet you when you enter, Sue is also available to help you tame the introductory paperwork monster, answer questions about your insurance and assist in scheduling future appointments. She directs you to your private treatment room and prepares you for your therapy session.