Center for Physical Rehab

St. Margaret’s Rehabilitative Services include Aquatic Therapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Speech Therapy.

St. Margaret’s Center for Physical Rehab is a 10,000 square foot facility located at the Midtown Plaza in North Peru. Rehab services by the most comprehensive and experienced staff in the area is offered at this convenient location, including work reconditioning and fitness.

A referral is necessary for all Rehabilitation services.

Aquatic Therapy

St. Margaret’s has specially trained and licensed Physical Therapy Staff to provide Aquatic Physical Therapy to treat patients with a variety of illnesses and neuromuscular conditions.

What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Aquatic Physical Therapy is a form of rehabilitation that is provided in chest deep water. The buoyancy of water allows patients to participate in exercise with less stress on the body.

What are the benefits of Aquatic Therapy?

  • Increases flexibility
  • Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
  • Reduces joint pain
  • Enhancing aerobic capacity
  • Increases muscle strength and endurance
  • Improve balance and coordination

Common reasons people will be referred to St. Margaret’s Aquatic Therapy:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Joint disease
  • Arthritis
  • Generalized weakness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Difficulty walking

For more information on this program, call (815) 223-8600.

Industrial Rehabilitation

St. Margaret’s Industrial Rehabilitation is conveniently located inside our Center for Physical Rehab. Our Industrial Rehabilitation Department develops comprehensive and individualized treatment plans with the goal of returning injured workers to the workplace as quickly and as safely as possible. We also provide employer education focused on employee safety and injury prevention.

Services offered by St. Margaret’s Industrial Rehabilitation:

  • Work Conditioning and Work Hardening Programs
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Pre Employment Testing
  • Return to Work Testing
  • Job Site Analysis
  • Ergonomic Evaluations
  • General Strength and Conditioning Programs
  • Return to Work Job-Simulation

For more information, call (815) 223-8600.

Massage Therapy

St. Margaret’s Center for Physical Rehab has a licensed massage therapist that offers therapeutic massage and reflexology. Massage therapy can be a powerful treatment option, benefiting both physically and psychologically. Massage therapy can decrease pain, improve motion, and promote relaxation and rejuvenation.

Research as shown massage therapy can be beneficial for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Muscle strains and tightness

For further information, call (815) 223-8600.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy services are offered at both St. Margaret’s hospital during inpatient stays and at St. Margaret’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation.

What are Occupations?

Occupations are the daily activities and tasks that bring value to our lives by fulfilling our needs and desires.   Some common occupations include: cooking, caring for children, getting dressed, carrying items, golfing, working, hunting, etc.

What to expect from Occupational Therapy?

  • A holistic and evidence based profession that helps people who have experienced injury, disability or disease both short term and lifelong do what they need to do, want to do, or are expected to do.
  • A rehabilitation approach that is aimed to improve a person’s quality of life by enhancing his/her unique abilities and promoting independence.
  • Education and recommendations for environmental modifications, adaptive equipment, adaptive techniques/strategies to increase one’s independence and safety.
  • Personalized exercise programs, pain management, and/or splints to help one recover as quickly as possible.

Common reasons people have been referred for St. Margaret’s Occupational Therapy services:

  • Wrist and finger fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis and Golfers Elbow
  • Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Generalized weakness
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint replacements

For further information, call (815) 223-8600.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy services are offered at both St. Margaret’s hospital during inpatient stays and at St. Margaret’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation.  Physical therapy is crucial to increasing mobility and strength that may be limited from illness, injury, or neuromuscular condition.  Our physical therapy staff design personalized treatment plans based on each patient’s individual needs and goals.

Common Physical Therapy Treatments include:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Joint mobilization
  • Soft tissue mobilization (including ASTYM)
  • Gait training
  • Balance training
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Common reasons that people need Physical Therapy:

  • Back pain
  • Accidents
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Joint replacements
  • Generalized weakness
  • Dizziness and Balance Deficits
  • Tendonitis
  • Sport injuries

For more information, call (815) 223-8600.

Speech Therapy

St. Margaret’s speech therapists treat patients for inpatient and outpatient services.  Speech therapists will prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Benefits of Speech Therapy include:

  • Improving speech
  • Improving language
  • Increase swallowing function
  • Increase cognition

Common reasons people are referred to St. Margaret’s Speech Therapy:

  • Stroke
  • Speech delay
  • Developmental delay
  • Autism
  • Voice disorders
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stuttering

For more information, call (815) 223-8600.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of medical care designed to restore the person with cardiovascular disease to a full and productive life. Cardiac Rehab offers education about heart disease and how to return to an active life through supervised, individualized programs for patients who have experienced a heart attack, open heart surgery or other cardiac condition. A physician referral is needed before entering this program. Exercise classes meet three times a week for eight weeks and are closely supervised. Education classes are held once a week, in conjunction with the exercise class.

For more information, contact your physician, or call (815) 664-1532.

Sports Medicine

St. Margaret’s Center for Rehabilitation Sports Medicine team provides healthcare to athletes of all ages.  Our athletic trainers provide services to the athletes at Illinois Valley Community College, Hall High School, and St. Bede Academy.

Athletic Training services include:

  • On-field/court acute care
  • Sport injury evaluations and referrals
  • Concussion management
  • Strength and conditioning training
  • Injury prevention
  • Health promotion


Our sports medicine staff also offers an ACL injury prevention and performance training program called Sportsmetrics.  This research based program is designed to reduce risk of injury and enhance competitive athletic performance.  Sportsmetrics is a neuromuscular retraining program that has a solid foundation in strength, coordination, and overall physical conditioning.

Women's Health & Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic floor therapy addresses women’s health issues throughout all phases of life with a comprehensive program that created specifically to address a patient’s individual needs.

Pelvic floor therapy addresses the following issues:

  • Female urinary incontinence and urinary frequency
  • Mild uterine, bladder and rectal prolapse
  • Female pelvic/gynecologic pain
  • Postpartum recovery of incontinence or pain

Treatment options include a combination of the following:

  • Patient education and lifestyle changes
  • Bladder training
  • Pelvic floor and core strengthening exercises
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Biofeedback
  • Gentle soft tissue mobilization

Our Team

Photo of Juli Baker

Juli Baker

PTA Physical Therapy
Photo of Emily Balestri

Emily Balestri

DPT Physical Therapy
Photo of Phil Banks

Phil Banks

Physical Therapy Aide Rehab Support
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Trish Casford

PTA Physical Therapy
Photo of Craig Castanda

Craig Castanda

Physical Therapy Aide Rehab Support
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Tim Collins

DScPT, CMPT Physical Therapy
Photo of Andrea Erickson

Andrea Erickson

PTA Physical Therapy
Photo of Sandy Ingram

Sandy Ingram

PTA Physical Therapy
Photo of Gary Kistenfeger

Gary Kistenfeger

PT Physical Therapy
Photo of Jane Losielle

Jane Losielle

MS, OTR Occupational Therapy
Photo of Monafe Menerey Scriba

Monafe Menerey Scriba

PT Physical Therapy
Photo of Amanda Neurohr

Amanda Neurohr

OTR, ATC Occupational Therapist, Athletic Trainer
Photo of Kristin Riva

Kristin Riva

DPT Physical Therapy
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Lanny Slevin

PT Industrial Rehab Coordinator
Photo of Shane Smith

Shane Smith

MPT Physical Therapy
Photo of Jennifer Stickel

Jennifer Stickel

PT Physical Therapy
Photo of Jason Vance

Jason Vance

DPT, COMT Physical Therapy
Photo of Drew Wallace

Drew Wallace

ATC, LAT Athletic Trainer
Photo of Michelle Zens

Michelle Zens

DPT Physical Therapy

Center for Physical Rehab
1430 Midtown Road
Route 251
Peru, 61354

Facility Hours:

Rehabilitation Contact Numbers

  • Aquatic Therapy
    (815) 223-8600
  • Cardiac Rehab
    (815) 664-1532
  • Center for Industrial Rehab
    (815) 223-8600
  • Occupational Therapy
    (815) 223-8600
  • Physical Therapy
    (815) 223-8600
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    (815) 664-1649
  • Speech Therapy
    (815) 223-8600
  • Sports Medicine
    (815) 223-8600

SMH Peru And Spring Valley Will Be Closing All Current Operations As Of Friday, June 16, 2023 At 11:59 P.M.

This includes the Hospital, Clinics and other facilities at both locations.

All portals will be inaccessible after this time.

Patients needing emergency care should call 911.

To obtain a copy of your Medical Records please visit our Medical Records Request webpage and download and submit a request in writing.

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