Seeing a physical therapist for pelvic issues can certainly be unsettling. Opening up about such personal matters is difficult and, allowing someone to physically treat you for those concerns requires a great deal of trust. At Northwest Wellness Group, we understand these concerns. Our experienced doctors of physical therapy specialize in pelvic health and respect the very personal nature of pelvic physical therapy. They also understand the significant impact that pelvic conditions have on quality of life.

Northwest Wellness Group is a private physical therapy practice and is the first specialty physical therapy clinic in Arlington Heights to focus specifically on urological and gynecological conditions. Our goal is to help patients gain function and improve their quality of life using a combination of advanced manual skills and traditional physical therapy approaches. We offer a wide variety of treatments including biofeedback, cold laser, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercise equipment, customized to each patient’s specific needs.

Meet Our Team of Specialists

Rosie Radford, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD

Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Northwest Wellness Group

Rosie Radford, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD

Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Northwest Wellness Group

Rosie Radford, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD, received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois, Chicago and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her clinical interests are in treating bowel and bladder issues, pelvic and abdominal pain in both men and women, and sexual dysfunction.
She has received advanced training in specialized programs focused on pelvic health and specific manual skills.

After many years working at Northwest Community Hospital and expanding the hospital’s pelvic floor program, in 2014, Rosie founded Northwest Wellness Group. She realized a growing need for a speciality clinic to address this specific area of the body and the sensitive issues that are involved.

Rosie has been a lab assistant for the Herman and Wallace Institute and has a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the APTA Section on Women’s Health. She continues to be involved in training and educating other therapists, as well as keeping up with the latest evidence and treatments for pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Rosie lives with her husband and their two daughters. The family enjoys travel, hiking and skiing. They are also foodies who enjoy Chicago’s fantastic restaurants.

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Taylor Shanfeld, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Taylor Shanfeld, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Taylor Shanfeld, DPT received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami University in 2005 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2007. She has been focused on women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction throughout her career as a PT. She has received specialized training from the Herman & Wallace Institute and continues to be passionate about furthering her education in the field. She has presented on various pregnancy related topics as well as urinary incontinence for the National Association For Continence at Prentice Women’s Hospital.

Taylor’s clinical interests include include bowel/bladder dysfunctions, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic and abdominal pain, perinatal and postpartum musculoskeletal and pelvic floor issues, and dyspareunia/sexual dysfunction. Taylor incorporates patient education, manual therapy techniques, biofeedback, visceral manipulation, and therapeutic exercise into her work to ensure successful outcomes for her patients.

Outside of work, Taylor enjoys yoga and staying busy with her two little girls.

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Melissa M Hales, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Melissa M Hales, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Melissa Hales, DPT is a Physical Therapist and Wellness Practitioner, in addition to being a wife and mother of three. She has always valued physical, mental and emotional health growing up as a division 1 volleyball athlete. In pursuit of a way to help people start on the path to their best overall health and life, she became a licensed physical therapist at The George Washington University – trained in women’s health/pelvic floor therapy through the Herman + Wallace Institute, certified yoga instructor through Blue Sun Yoga, certified pre and post natal yoga instructor through Amala School, and health/life coach certified through the Health Coach Institute. She is currently furthering her health coach education and functional nutrition knowledge with the Integrative Women’s Health Institute.

After her first child was born, Melissa went on a long, undiagnosed journey through postpartum depression which was a turning point to finding her path towards specialization in treating pre and post partum women. In a world where it “takes a village” to raise kids, with increasing demands on moms and not enough time or energy left for self care, she is passionate about empowering women, through mindful awareness and presence, to fill their cups first.

Melissa enjoys weaving her women’s health physical therapy education, yoga training, mindfulness training and health/life coaching together to treat the WHOLE person/woman. It is her greatest hope to share the beauty of a happy and healthy heart, mind, body and spirit with you.

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Deanna Jones, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Deanna Jones, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Deanna Jones, DPT received both her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science (2005) and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2007) at Marquette University. Deanna has worked in the orthopedic settings and has focused on Women’s Health and pelvic floor dysfunction for the last 9 years. She has completed specialized training through the Herman and Wallace Institute and continues to regularly attend courses to further her knowledge. Deanna enjoys working with the post-partum population and patients with pelvic/abdominal pain, pelvic organ prolapse and bowel/bladder incontinence. Coming from an orthopedic background, Deanna always looks at the whole body and its effects on the pelvic floor. Deanna enjoys reaching out to the community at various events, studios and clinics to spread the word about pelvic health. Problems are common but not normal. People should not be ashamed to talk about their issues.

Deanna lives with her husband, son and dog in Arlington Heights. She loves cooking and baking as well as running and yoga. Because life is all about balance!

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Nicole Thurow, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Nicole Thurow, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Nicole Thurow, DPT, WCS earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology (2014) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2016) at Marquette University. She completed an internship and independent study in Women’s Health Physical Therapy while at Marquette and continued education through the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Section on Women’s Health (SOWH) and Herman and Wallace Institute. In 2018, Nicole completed a Women’s Health Residency Program at Loyola University Medical Center and earned the title of Certified Women’s Health Specialist (WCS) after passing the certification exam in 2019. She strives to continuously be up to date with optimal treatment strategies with continuing education.

Nicole is passionate about treating all pelvic and abdominal conditions, including fecal/urinary incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse and post-surgical recovery. She has special interests in the pregnant and post-partum population and individuals with pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction. In order to treat the whole person, she is always willing to help her patients reach out to other healthcare professionals to address all issues related to each individual’s unique condition as a team.

At home, Nicole spends her time with her husband and cats and enjoys cooking, singing and traveling as much as possible.

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Megan Buttera

Rehab Aide

Megan Buttera

Rehab Aide

Megan Buttera has practiced a variety of yoga styles for many years. Her practice has helped improve her mental health and pelvic issues. In 2017, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Pulsation Yoga. Her athletic background coupled with librarianship infuses her teaching style with a compassionate and resourceful approach. Her goal is to empower people to take an active role in self-inquiry and healing through gentle yoga.

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Nordene Halloran

Patient Coordinator

Nordene Halloran

Patient Coordinator

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Rosie is a Godsend! I can honestly say I got more out of therapy with Rosie than expected. It took a lot of courage on my part to even go to my first appointment. I was embarrassed about my bladder issues. After countless visits to the urologist, test after test, I was taught to use a self-catheter and was told there was nothing that could be done. Boy did Rosie prove them wrong!