Physical therapists (sometimes abbreviated to PTs) are health care professionals primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. Core Physical Therapy hires only the most skilled and dedicated professionals that will work with their patients to ensure the highest level of quality care.
Jason Kart, PT, DPT, CMPT – Owner/Physical Therapist
Dr. Jason Kart received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. Following board certification, Jason completed his internship at Harvard University’s Sports Medicine Department working primarily with the football, baseball, cross country, track, and swimming and diving teams. At the conclusion of the spring season, Jason moved into general outpatient orthopedics at Rehabilitation Specialist, PC in Quincy, MA. Relocating to the Chicago in 2008, Jason has worked as Clinical Education and staff physical therapist for AthletiCo (Skokie, IL) until 2009.
Jason then created and ran the physical therapy department for Physician’s of the North Shore (Skokie, IL) until May 2011. Jason managed Accelerated Rehabilitation’s Mount Prospect clinic and industrial rehabilitation center, as well as a new clinic with the American Center for Spine and Neurosurgery in Libertyville, IL. During this time, Jason started his pursuit of the Certified Manual Physical Therapist designation from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
Jason is excited to start Core Physical Therapy in the Chicago and take rehabilitation to the next level. Jason credits his start in physical therapy to the great therapists he worked under during college. As he puts it, “I was fascinated by connection the PT made between a patient’s pathology and the underlying mechanisms that exacerbated their symptoms. When combined with a scientific approach, I saw how effective a physical agent of change could be in providing relief and maximizing function.”
Jeff Bitter, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
Dr. Jeff Bitter received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Psychology from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where he was a member of the Men’s Basketball and Golf Teams. While attending Cornell, he also worked as an Athletic Training Assistant for the track, tennis, and volleyball teams and completed an internship with a Prosthetist/Orthotist assisting with building and fitting prosthetic limbs. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Iowa. As part of his clinical rotations he had the opportunity to work with recreational and professional golfers in Phoenix Arizona with Swing Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy.
Following board certification, Jeff relocated to the Chicago suburbs and accepted a position with ATI Physical Therapy at Hinsdale Orthopedics in Westmont, IL. After 2 years of practice, he was promoted to Clinic Director at ATI Physical Therapy in Broadview, IL before coming on with Core PT in 2015.
Jeff has 3+ years of experience treating patients with a wide variety of Orthopedic and Neurological conditions. He believes that the measure of a quality Physical Therapist is their ability “to efficiently and effectively use their skill set to formulate a treatment plan unique to their patient that helps them reach their goal as quickly as possible.” He enjoys treating with a hands-on manual therapy approach supplemented with a progressive exercise program based on a comprehensive evaluation.
Jeff has completed advanced education in Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art and is currently working towards a certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments. He has also completed continuing education in golf performance through the Titliest Performance Institute and is Level 1 TPI Certified.
Jeff now resides in downtown Chicago, he is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys living an active lifestyle running, working out, golfing, playing basketball, and cooking.
Nick Barin, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
Dr. Nick Barin received his Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While attending, Nick participated in numerous sports including being a member of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Men’s Club volleyball team, worked with the University of Wisconsin – Madison Women’s Varsity volleyball team, and coached numerous volleyball teams within the Madison and Chicagoland area. He obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and since has devoted his time specializing and treating sport and orthopedic related injuries.
Dr. Barin brings various experiences as a clinician for 3+ years based upon his broad range of evidence-based treatments, clinical experiences, and certifications within the physical therapy realm in order to treat his patients. He is a Graston provider, has his Level 1 and Level 2 certifications in the Selective Functional Movement Analysis, and is also trained to perform Video Gait Analyses to examine and determine the cause as well as the treatment for the injured athlete. He also has experiences working with individuals within the CrossFit community and has participated in CrossFit for 5+ years.
Anthony Young, PT, DPT, CMPT – Physical Therapist/Clinic Manager
Dr. Anthony Young received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was also a member of the Men’s Track and Field Team. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University. As a doctoral research project, he co-authored a study investigating effects of human error on the outcome of patients following computer assisted total hip arthroplasty as it relates to function and rehabilitation. Anthony has received advanced training in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy as a means to continue developing exceptional clinical skills.
Anthony is skilled in effective treatment of a variety of spinal and peripheral neuro-orthopedic dysfunctions. He strives to provide comprehensive care including manual therapy techniques, neuro-muscular re-education, and functional strengthening specific to each patient’s diagnosis. As a former high level student-athlete, he has a passion for working with the injured athlete at every level and age group. He understands the importance of a speedy and safe return to optimal level of performance, and provides for each patient the positive rehabilitation experience necessary to achieve this ultimate goal.
Steve Goostree, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Goostree received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and an AAS from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He worked as a licensed physical therapist assistant in outpatient orthopedics before returning to Franklin Pierce University in New England and graduating with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Dr. Goostree is an APTA board certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is also certified in the McKenzie Method and dry needling through the Dry Needling Institute. His clinical interest lies is in treating spinal and extremity pain syndromes with evidence based hands-on therapy, pain science education and self-management exercises.
Steve also serves as a mentor in the University of Illinois-Chicago’s manual therapy fellowship program. In his free time, he enjoys Chicago sports and competing in triathlons.
Jaime Van Buskirk, PT, DPT, COMT, ATC
Dr. Jaime Van Buskirk received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Marquette University of December 2006 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, also from Marquette University, in May of 2008, while working towards her Doctorate degree, she worked with Marquette’s Division I track and cross country teams as an athletic trainer. She was able to accompany them to the Big East Championships in 2007.
After receiving her Doctorate, she worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic as a physical therapist and served as the athletic trainer for the South Side Irish Rugby Club. After completing a 3+ year program, Jaime received her certification in orthopedic and manipulative therapy through IMPACT.
Jaime has worked in the outpatient physical therapy realm for 6+ years. Jaime takes a comprehensive approach to treating her patients. She uses combined techniques of manipulative therapy, therapeutic exercises and modalities to help patients return to their prior level of function.