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Physical Therapy Staff

Angela Wilson Pennisi
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Imelda Harper
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Katie Albert
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Stephanie Penny
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Joseph Ascher
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Susan Hardin Rocchini
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Daniel Green

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Occupational Therapy

Caitlin Smith
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Fitness Staff

Rick Wemple
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John DoRosario
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Paula Palmer
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Massage Therapy

Patty Oria
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Emily Smith

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Counseling Services

Sarah Lisenbee
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Angela Wilson Pennisi

Angela Wilson Pennisi, PT, MS, OCS, founded Lakeshore Sports Physical Therapy in 2000 and is the clinic president and director.

Angela graduated from the Program for Physical Therapy at Columbia University in New York, New York in 1997. She has completed extensive continuing clinical education in manual therapy and movement reeducation, is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy and a credentialed clinical instructor for physical therapists in training. She has served as an expert consultant in physical therapy-related litigation.

Angela has served on several professional boards and is currently the treasurer of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She enjoys participating in yoga, playing tennis, bicycling, keeping up with her husband and two sons, and volunteering in her community.

Angela sees patients at our Lakeview and Loop locations.

Contact this provider at angelawpennisi@physiopartners.com.

* This provider participates with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Medicare. Please contact us for information regarding out-of-network coverage for other insurance companies.


Imelda Harper

Imelda Harper, PT, Cert. MDT,has been practicing with Lakeshore Sports Physical Therapy, PC, since 2004. She earned her degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in 1990.

She is certified in the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment, a treatment approach that utilizes specific patient-based exercises and education to accelerate recovery.

Imelda has experience across a broad range of patient populations. Her primary areas of specialty include manual therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, spinal rehabilitation, and the treatment of headaches. Imelda is an active member of both the American Physical Therapy Association and the Irish Physiotherapy Association. 

Imelda sees patients at our Lakeview location.

Contact this provider at imeldaharper@physiopartners.com.

* This provider's participation in insurance networks is limited. Please contact us for information regarding your insurance policy. Members of Lakeshore Sports Physical Therapy's professional staff may be employees of the organization or independent associates of the practice.


Katie Albert

Katie Albert, PT, DPT, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at George Washington University in Washington, DC. where she earned the Academic Excellence Award for highest cumulative GPA.

Dr. Albert enjoys working with patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions, including but not limited to, those with ankle and foot pathologies, hypermobility, back pain, post-operative, and balance deficits. Her goal is always to understand a patient’s injury from the perspective of the whole body, moving beyond symptoms to ensure that the root cause is addressed. She is passionate about collaborating with and learning from her colleagues at PhysioPartners and beyond to optimize patient outcomes. Based on her background in dance, Dr. Albert has a particular interest in working with dancers to ensure a proper balance between flexibility, neuromuscular control, and strength, to reduce injury and promote proper technique.

Dr. Albert was the team captain of the Virginia Dance Team during her undergraduate career at the University of Virginia and has an extensive background in dance training from the Richmond Ballet. In her free time, you can find her cheering on the Virginia Cavaliers, exploring her new city, participating in fitness activities, and spending time with friends.

Katie see patients at our Lakeview location.

Contact this provider at katiealbert@physiopartners.com.


Stephanie Penny

Stephanie Penny, PT, DPT, OCS, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Central Michigan University in 2008 and is a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy.

Stephanie has special interests in scoliosis treatment of adults and adolescents, sports medicine, vestibular rehabilitation and post-mastectomy rehabilitation.  She has completed an advanced certification in the Schroth Method for Scoliosis. Stephanie has completed additional coursework in manual therapy and the rehabilitation and re-education of runners. She is a certified ASTYM® provider. 

Stephanie enjoys utilizing a comprehensive approach utilizing manual therapy techniques, corrective exercises and movement analysis to address patients' specific deficits and assist in their road to recovery.She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.  In her free time, Stephanie enjoys staying active, whether it be playing tennis, walking her dog or spending time with family.

Stephanie sees patients at our Lakeview location. 

Contact this provider at stephaniepenny@physiopartners.com.

Joseph Ascher

Joseph Ascher, PT, DPT, earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015.

Dr. Ascher has strong interests in orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, chronic pain management, and post-operative rehabilitation. He provides evidence-based interventions and works with his patients to design meaningful treatment plans in order to empower his patients to return to, and improve upon, their previous lifestyle. 

Dr. Ascher was a captain of his NCAA Division 1 volleyball team during his undergraduate years at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois and currently plays professionally for the Gateway Volleyball Club, USA Volleyball Premier Volleyball League team. When he is not playing volleyball or cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks, Joe enjoys going to the beach, fitness activities, and cooking.

Joe sees patients at our Lakeview location.

Contact this provider at josephascher@physiopartners.com.

Susan Hardin Rocchini

Susan Hardin Rocchini, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC
Susan Hardin Rocchini earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in 2002 and was the recipient of the Clinical Education Award for superior clinical abilities.  She is board-certified in orthopedic physical therapy. 

Dr. Rocchini completed the Physical Therapy Chicago Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program (2003-2005) and received a Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She enjoys working with a varied patient population and is committed to working with patients to achieve their individual goals. She has applied her skills in the performing arts arena and has worked with the cast of "The Producers", "Young Frankenstein", and "Hairspray" during their tours in Chicago. In addition, Dr. Rocchini is a provider of ErgoScience functional capacity evaluations and has administered over 300 evaluations and has testified in both deposition and court.  

Ms. Rocchini evaluates and treats patients in Spanish and English. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2000. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her young children, traveling and participating in triathlons. 

Susan sees patients at our Loop location. 

Contact this provider at susanhrocchini@physiopartners.com.

Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith, MS, OTR/L, ODT, earned her master's and doctorate degrees in occupational therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a wide range of experience across the health care spectrum from pediatric to geriatric patients. Dr. Smith enjoys working with pediatric patients with sensory processing, emotional regulation and motor coordination difficulties. She also works with patients post upper extremity fracture and with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s, trigger finger, and tennis/golfer's elbow.  

Dr. Smith is passionate about promoting a holistic approach for her patients that addresses both the physical, emotional, and environmental factors contributing to her patient’s impairments. Through her extensive volunteer experience, Dr. Smith has become a strong advocate for expanding access to therapy for cancer survivors and better addressing long term side effects to allow them to return to their meaningful life activities.

Dr. Smith has served on several volunteer boards and currently sits on National Survivorship Council for CureSearch and presents on cancer survivorship topics locally and nationally.

What is occupational therapy?

Your daily life is made up of occupations; the meaningful activities that include everything from getting dressed, to being a parent, to cooking, or working.  We all have occupations; even children.  However, most people do not think about their many occupations and roles until they have trouble completing them. Numerous conditions can impair your ability to complete daily activities, such as a wrist injury that makes it difficult to button a shirt or nerve damage following a finger fracture that makes typing at your job painful.  An occupational therapist is a skilled practitioner who uses current research and evidence to evaluate and develop interventions for patients who are experiencing these difficulties.  With a background specializing in the upper extremity, as well as our patients and clients psychological, physical, social and emotional characteristics, occupational therapists can address your conditions and limitations applying a truly holistic approach. 

Some common upper extremity injuries that your occupational therapist can address include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lateral and medial epicondylitis
  • De Quervain's syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • Repetitive strain injuries and tendonitis of the wrist
  • Arthritis in the wrist and hand
  • Post wrist or digit fractures
  • Scar management
  • Decreased strength or coordination caused by neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease or post stroke

Some common limitations that your occupational therapist can address:

  • Decreased participation, safety or independence with daily and instrumental activities of living
  • Muscle weakness, deconditioning and fatigue
  • Lack of coordination, decreased fine motor control and hand weakness
  • Chronic, pain management 
  • Cancer-related neuropathy
  • Cancer-related cognitive dysfunction
  • Physical impairments or acquired physical disability
  • Evaluation and training on adaptive equipment to increase safety and independence
  • Chronic disease and self-management, helping patients manage follow up appointments, symptoms and long-term side effects independently
  • Establishing balanced routines and incorporation of wellness-based activities to increase life satisfaction

You might need to see an occupational therapist if you have:

  • Difficulty completing activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing
  • Difficulty completing Instrumental activities of daily living, such as working, cooking, shopping and accessing the community
  • Lack of coordination
  • Changes in sensation or tactile discrimination
  • Decreased strength, coordination or range of motion in upper extremity

Sample Diagnoses: Cancer, fatigue, neuropathy, loss of movement, joint stiffness or restriction, RA, OA, De Quervain's, Trigger finger, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, wrist sprain/strain, lateral/medial epicondylitis, UE fractures (including post ORIF), scar management, pain management, rotator cuff injury/surgery, Parkinson's, CVA, brain injury, general deconditioning, overuse injuries, repetitive strain injuries

Rick Wemple

Rick Wemple, MA, NASM-CPT

Rick Wemple is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in addition to having earned a Master’s in Exercise Science from Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Yale University.

He competed in cross country and track & field in college and earned All-American honors in cross country in 1991.

Rick spent 17 years coaching cross country and track & field at the college level and has worked as a personal trainer since 2005.

To date, Wemple has worked with young to middle-age adults looking to get stronger and/or lose weight; helped high school and college soccer and lacrosse players improve their endurance conditioning; trained a 70-year old woman for competition in the discus, shot put and javelin for the 2007 Senior Games competition; and has helped a 79-year old woman regain daily functional capacity after a stroke.

Rick also has worked with runners looking to complete marathons or improve on already established times in road races. His coaching and training philosophy is to approach each client as an individual when designing training programs. Each person has different needs and interests in fitness and he works with each client to personalize their fitness plans.

Rick sees clients at our Lakeview location.


John DoRosario

John DoRosario, NASM-CPT, ATC, MS
, is a certified personal trainer and has more than 20 years of experience in athletic training in basketball and football at the Division 1 college level, as well as working with athletes from high school through the professional level.  John has worked with athletes at the Olympic games in 1996 and 2014, NCAA basketball, tennis and golf championship games, The Red Hot Chili Peppers tour, and the Special Olympics. 

John brings this knowledge to his personal training, working to empower his clients and build them into conditioned "Great Movers" by listening to their needs, goals and dreams and preparing a plan for each individual's sport and or fitness lifestyle. John can assist clients with everything from to preseason conditioning, to preparing for a fitness event, such as Tough Mudder, a marathon or dodgeball, to learning techniques to " jump and dunk" or develop agility.

John continues to enjoy in participating in basketball pickup games himself, as well as 100-mile cycling tours.


Paula Palmer

Paula, Palmer, PMA®-CPT, is a Pilates Method Alliance-certified Pilates instructor.  She first began practicing Pilates in 2003 to improve muscle tone. However, she quickly fell in love with the way she felt after a Pilates session, invigorated and light, as though weight had been lifted off of her joints! She credits Pilates with teaching her how to use her newly found muscles more efficiently in everyday life, such as bending, and squatting without pain and with renewed vigor. Paula enjoys collaborating with the team at Lakeshore Sports Physical Therapy and sharing her practice with others in hopes that they will enjoy the many revitalizing benefits of Pilates for years to come.

Paula sees clients in our Lakeview and Loop locations.


Patty Oria

Patty Oria, LMT, Feldenkrais® and Anat Baniel SM Method Practitioner

Patty is a 20 year graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy where she instructed for 7 years. Her continuing education has taken her through Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage,Pre/Post Natal massage and Movement Re-education(Feldenkrais and The Anat Baniel Method).

She has worked extensively with the athlete and clients with chronic and acute pain. Her work can be subtle yet quite effective blending her extensive trainings.

Patty enjoys outdoor bootcamp, race walking and endless biking.

Patty sees clients at our Lakeview location.

Sarah Lisenbee

Sarah Lisenbee, PSYD is a post-doctoral fellow from California School of Professional Psychology. She has a background in health psychology, using therapeutic approaches to integrate the mind-body connection. Much of her clinical experience is working with patients experiencing chronic pain. She is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, relaxation and biofeedback techniques. In addition to working wtih patients with chronic pain, she works with patients with adjustment disorders ranging from vision loss, life changes, or the loss of loved ones. 

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