Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 19, 2018

: Northern Rehab Celebrates 40 Years of Service

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Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists is pleased to announce they are celebrating a milestone with their 40th year of serving DeKalb County!

In 1978, the company known as Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Associates began as the original owner and physical therapist Tim Dunlop opened his first clinic located at the corner of Franklin and South 2nd Street in DeKalb.As the DeKalb community and impact of the physical therapy profession in health care grew, so did Northern Rehab. In 1983, Northern Rehab expanded to a larger facility on Health Services Drive in DeKalb, then in 1995 moved to Resource Parkway in DeKalb, and in 2017, relocated to their current location on Sycamore Road in DeKalb. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, additional therapists joined the practice, keeping Northern Rehab a local business owned and operated by physical therapists. Ken Olson, a physical therapist originally from Maple Park, joined Northern Rehab in 1996 and in 2006 became President of the organization. Olson states, “Northern Rehab has always been focused on providing high quality one-on-one physical therapy in a fun, friendly atmosphere and we strive to continue that tradition.”

A second clinic opened in Rochelle in September 2001 and is managed by Aaron Nevdal.  Realizing the needs of patients within the local surrounding communities, in 2005 a third clinic opened in Genoa managed by physical therapist and Genoa native, Melissa Payne Wagner. In 2010, a fourth clinic opened on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, which is managed by Northern Rehab’s industrial physical therapy specialist, Rob Larkins. And in 2017, Northern Rehab expanded to the southern part of DeKalb County opening their newest clinic in Sandwich, managed by physical therapist Andrea Carter of Kaneville. The company now includes 11 physical therapists and numerous support staff.

Several years ago, a rebranding process resulted in changing the name to Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists to reflect the clinical specializations the Northern Rehab physical therapists have developed including orthopedics, sports and conditioning, manual therapy, and industrial physical therapy.

Over the last 40 years, Northern Rehab has grown to be a leader in the physical therapy community reaching a milestone that many businesses never achieve. When asked what contributes to the long term success of Northern Rehab, Melissa Payne Wagner explains, “The communities we serve have been very generous and loyal in supporting Northern Rehab all these years, and we attempt to give back to the community to say thank you whenever we can.”

Chosen as DeKalb County’s Finest Best Physical Therapists six years in a row since 2012, Northern Rehab has a strong commitment to the community. Northern Rehab strongly believes in giving back to the community that has supported them over the past 40 years. Most of Northern Rehab’s physical therapists and staff volunteer at a variety of organizations in their spare time, and as an organization, Northern Rehab enjoys supporting numerous local non-profit institutions and businesses.

In celebration of this milestone, and in appreciation to those who have contributed to their success, Northern Rehab is hosting a 40th Anniversary Open House open to the public. It will be held at the Northern Rehab Clinic at 3266 Sycamore Road in DeKalb on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  Refreshments will be served, complimentary chair massages, door prizes and a raffle will be included. Northern Rehab hopes you will stop in and join us in the celebration!

For more information about Northern Rehab, please visit, call 815.756.8524, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 17, 2018


Rebecah Lodge 4-20-18

DeKalb, IL – April 13, 2018 – Florence Nay was looking forward to her 100th birthday party on March 24 at her residence, Grand Victorian of Sycamore, but when she was admitted to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, her family realized their plans to throw her the big party would have to change. They canceled the party, letting more than 75 well-wishers know that Nay would not be in attendance at the celebration. Her friends came by to visit her in the hospital and sent gifts, but her family from Arkansas did not cancel their plans and still made the trip up to Illinois to see her

When Nay’s caregivers at the hospital heard about the canceled celebration, they stepped in to provide a conference room and coordinate a party at the hospital for the Nay family. Thanks to Christina Brown, discharge planner from Kishwaukee Hospital Social Services; Ilaxi Patel, DO, internal medicine physician at Northwestern Medicine KishHealth Physician Group; and Sara Bernhard, RN, Kishwaukee Hospital Y2 nurse, for making the in-hospital celebration arrangements, and to Mobility Technicians Kathryn Pelton and Whitney Denny for transporting Nay to the party.

At the celebration, Nay opened gifts and attendees enjoyed cupcakes and punch and took family photos. To make the event even more special, Reilly Farrell, 14-year-old son of Tamara Farrell from the Northwestern Medicine Internal Communications team, was glad to play “Happy Birthday” and a few other songs on his violin. When he found out what a huge Chicago Cubs fan she is, he knew exactly what song to dedicate to her: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”




Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 12, 2018

40th Anniversary Open House

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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 12, 2018

Stage Coach Players

“Sugar,” the Stage Adaptation of the 1960 Golden Globe Winner, “Some Like It Hot,” Opens this Thursday at Stage Coach Players in DeKalb.

“It’s not how long you wait, it’s who you’re waiting for,” at least that’s what Junior tells Sugar in the 1960 Golden Globe-winning comedy, “Some Like It Hot.”

Wait no more!

Stage Coach Players’ production, “Sugar,” the stage adaptation of “Some Like it Hot,”

opens this Thurs., April 12, 2018. Featuring the same memorable characters as the movie, “Sugar” runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 22, 2018.

Come enjoy the hilarity as two unemployed musicians, bass player Jerry (Patrick Deering) and saxophone player Joe (Stephen Becker), witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago and make a break for it by disguising themselves as women, joining up with the all-female band, Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopaters, and heading off for Miami. Complications arise with when Joe, now known as Josephine, falls in love with the beautiful band singer, Sugar Kane (Kelly Bolander), who has a slight drinking problem that tends to interfere with her ability to choose a romantic partner wisely. More than anything, Sugar wants to marry a millionaire, which prompts Joe to disguise himself as the man of her dreams. Meanwhile, wealthy and elderly Osgood Fielding, Jr. (Jeffrey Little) is pursuing Daphne, unaware she really is Jerry in drag. As much as he knows he needs to reveal his true gender to his over-amorous paramour, Jerry is beginning to enjoy all the expensive gifts bestowed upon him on a regular basis. Total chaos erupts when Spats and his gang descend upon the hotel and realize who Josephine and Daphne really are.

Tickets are available on-line now at or by calling the box office and leaving a message at 815-758-1940. Tickets are $20 each or $18 for seniors (65+) and children (12 and younger). The box office is open Sundays from 12-2 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The box office is located at the Stage Coach Players’ theatre, 126 S. 5th St in DeKalb.

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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 6, 2018



Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 27, 2018

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center is Comprehensive Stroke Center

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center further establishes its position as the number one hospital for stroke care in Rockford with the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.  It is the first and only hospital with this distinction in the Rockford region.

The certification is the result of a recent extensive survey by DNV GL, a leading, independent assessment and management certification company.  The two-day survey reviewed all aspects of OSF Saint Anthony’s stroke program, surgical procedures and related treatments.

“This is important to the region and the people of Rockford, ” says Dr. Harneet Bath, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center.  “We provide the latest and best technological advances in health care.  So, if you have a loved one or family member suffering a stroke, you want them to be brought to OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center.”

Comprehensive Stroke Center means OSF Saint Anthony cares for all types of stroke patients – blood vessel blockage, including bleeding strokes, such as those caused by brain aneurysms.

It also means patients have 24/7 access to minimally invasive catheter procedures to treat strokes.  A year ago OSF Saint Anthony invested $4 million in a state-of-the-art neuro intervention suite, team and stroke treatment protocols.  “It’s a dedicated neuro critical care unit where everyone is trained to deal with neurological disorders,” says Dr. Ayman Gheith, a neuro intervention surgeon at OSF Saint Anthony.

The surgical suite provides surgeons a 3-D image of the brain so they can accurately see the blood clot(s) causing the stroke.  They then enter the brain with a catheter and remove the clot(s).  If performed soon after the symptoms occur, the procedure can often prevent the more serious effects of stroke and greatly improve recovery.

Additionally, the Comprehensive Stroke Center designations indicates OSF Saint Anthony has a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit for stroke patients, has on-site neurosurgical availability 24/7 with the ability to perform complex neurovascular procedures and receives patients from primary stroke centers.

“OSF HealthCare is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care from the most experienced and qualified professionals and staff in the region,” says OSF Saint Anthony President Paula Carynski.  “This designation shows our commitment to that Mission for those we serve.”







Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 22, 2018

Ken Olson Presents at Inaugural Middle East Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Congress

DEKALB-Ken Olson, physical therapist and President at Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, recently traveled to Cairo, Egypt to present his approach for treating patients with neck and back pain as a keynote speaker for the First Middle East Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Congress.  He also led a workshop on cervical manipulation as a post-conference course speaker where he instructed key elements included in his textbook, Manual Physical Therapy of the Spine. Olson currently serves as the President of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) and was invited to represent IFOMPT at this groundbreaking inaugural event that included speakers and participants from 10 countries across Europe and the Middle East.

With nearly 30 years of clinical experience combined with fellowship training in manual physical therapy, Olson has developed a national and international reputation as an expert clinician, educator, and author in the examination and management of spinal and TMJ disorders.  Olson is Board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and highly respected in the field of manual therapy of the spine. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the NIU doctor of physical therapy program. Olson maintains a full time clinical physical therapy practice in the Northern Rehab Sycamore Road location in DeKalb and is available to accept new patients with joint and muscle conditions of the spine and extremities.

Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, voted DeKalb County’s Best Physical Therapists six years in a row, is a physical therapist owned and operated physical therapy practice dedicated to providing clients with the very best customized care, and has built a solid reputation and strong relationships within the communities it serves. For more information about Northern Rehab or to schedule an appointment with Ken, please visit Additionally, you may find Northern Rehab on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.



Deb Loitz

Director of Community Relations

Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists


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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 22, 2018

Spring Fling Information

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 22, 2018

Merchants of Downtown Sycamore-9th Annual Spring Fling

Welcome Spring by joining the Merchants of Downtown Sycamore for the 9th annual Spring Fling.  Activities will take place March 23– 31 at participating businesses.  There’s something for everyone in the family. Sign up daily at all the participating businesses to be entered for a chance to win the Golden Egg door prize. The Golden Egg contains gifts from each of the 11 participating businesses. No purchase necessary to win the Golden Egg. Limit one entry per person per day per business, 18 or older.

The Sycamore Theatre will be showing Peter Rabbit for $2 cash, $2.50 credit card Mar 24 – Mar 29 at 11:30 AM .  Proceeds will be donated to the Barn on Baseline Animal Shelter (formerly the DeKalb County Animal Shelter).

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