Meet Our Staff
Melissa Carman, Physical Therapist
Melissa Carman is a licensed physical therapist. She received a Bachelors Degree of Science in 2007 and earned a Master's in Physical Therapy in 2009 from Northern Illinois University. Her clinical experience includes work in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute care, and school pediatric physical therapy settings. She currently practices in the area of outpatient physical therapy at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital with a special interest in rehabilitation of shoulder and ankle injuries.
Maria Corson, Physical Therapist
A practicing physical therapist since 1978, Maria is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in the Phillipines. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and has worked in rehabilitation settings that include orthopedic, neurologic, cardiovascular, wound and pediatric/neonatal care.
Karla Laverty, Physical Therapist
Karla received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Saint Louis University in 1989 and graduated with a master’s in health science from the University of Indianapolis in 2004. She has clinical experience in acute care, outpatient, pediatrics/NICU and acute inpatient rehabilitation settings. Her special interest is in neurological care, and she is Neurodevelopmental Treatment certified.
Howie Manuel, Physical Therapist/Clinical Coordinator
As Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s first Senior Physical Therapist, Howie is the Clinical Coordinator for outpatient rehabilitation. He received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Midwestern University in 2006 and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. His clinical experience includes neurological conditions, inpatient acute care and vestibular rehabilitation, with a special interest in sports-related injuries and outpatient orthopedics.
Beth Osborne, Physical Therapist
Beth received her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Governors State University in 2011 and has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois. Her clinical experience includes neurological, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, with a special interest in cardiopulmonary, knee and lower extremity injuries and amputations.
Barbara Polowinczak, Occupational Therapist
Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in 1989 and has more than 20 years of experience in outpatient, rehab, skilled and acute care. She became certified in lymphedema in 2007 and works in both outpatient and inpatient therapy.
Josi Nino, Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Coordinator
Josi graduated with a master’s degree in communication disorders and sciences from Eastern Illinois University in 2001. She is the Inpatient Rehab Clinical Coordinator at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Josi has clinical experience in evaluating and treating speech, language, voice, cognitive and swallowing disorders in adult populations. Her special interest is in evaluating and treating aphasia and dysphagia. She is certified to provide VitalStim treatment of dysphagia.
Shailja Rice, Occupational Therapist
With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Rush University, Shailja has worked as an occupational therapist since 2003. Her clinical experience includes orthopedic, neurological, respiratory and mental health conditions. She has a special interest in low vision and traumatic brain injuries and has certification in group fitness training.