Mike has been a physical therapist since 2001. He founded Kinetic Physical Therapy Specialists with his wife Emilie in January of 2008 three months after his youngest son was born (that was smart). He has a special interest in treating orthopedic conditions of the spine as well as knee, shoulder, hip and ankle.
Mike was born and raised in Harvard, IL. He is an avid Chicago sports fan: Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs (Sorry not White Sox). Mike now resides in Huntley with his wife Emilie and their two Children. They enjoy spending time together and attending all of their kids extra circular activities.
Emilie Ulmer graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology in 1997. She received her master degree in Physical Therapy from the HanzeHogeschool Van Groningen in The Netherlands in 2001. She was drawn to this school because of its international reputation for excellence in manual orthopedic therapy, and it fulfilled her dream of studying abroad. She is glad she did because while there, she met Mike and the rest is history. She feels fortunate that she and Mike can work together doing what they love… helping people get out of pain and feel better, with the hands-on therapy, encouragement, and one-on-one attention their patients deserve.
Emilie was born and raised in Duluth, MN but now calls Huntley, IL home with Mike, their two boys, and their dog. Outside of work, Emilie enjoys exercising and staying active. She loves sports especially college football, GO DUCKS, and hockey. She loves being involved in her sons activities, from enduring the elements for hockey and lacrosse games, to working backstage for theater productions, and so much more, they keep her busy. She values making family memories and traveling, exploring new places.
Emery Paredes, PT
Emery is a licensed Physical Therapist. He grew up in the Philippines where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Angeles University Foundation in 1998
He has 20 years of clinical experience and has knowledge to treat a wide variety of conditions. He has achieved success in treating patients with musculoskeletal injuries and orthopedic post-operative conditions. He uses manual therapy and exercises to help patients return to their normal function.
He has attended numerous continuing education courses and seminars over the years to advance his skills and knowledge of developing individualized treatment programs to fit each of his patient’s needs.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. You might be surprised to know he has more shoes than his wife!
Emery enjoys working at Kinetic Physical Therapy.
Amanda Kranz, PT, DPT
Amanda graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2013 with her doctorate in Physical Therapy, and joined the Kinetic Physical Therapy Specialist family in October 2013. Her interest in the profession began from family member’s stories of how rehabilitation helped improve their lives. She eventually was a patient herself in a rehabilitation clinic and her interest grew further. Amanda enjoys seeing a varied caseload of orthopaedic conditions, vestibular/vertigo issues, and dysfunctions of balance. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Illinois Physical Therapy Association. In addition, she loves getting to know her patients and improving their quality of life.
Amanda grew up in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois where she attended Zion Benton High School and was involved in basketball, swimming, and track. She currently resides in Huntley, Illinois with her husband and two children. She enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, reading, cooking, and chasing her kids around.
Peggy Ulmer, Office Manager
Peggy is the office manager at Kinetic Physical Therapy and is in charge of the day to day operations. She loves the family atmosphere here at Kinetic PTS and values being a part of the patient care team. She feels fortunate to be able to spend time getting to know patients and forming relationships to help them through out their physical therapy experience.
Peggy was born and raised in Harvard,IL and still calls it home today with her husband who is third generation owner/jeweler of Ulmer Jewelers. In her spare time Peggy enjoys sewing and spending time with her six grandchildren.
Christelle “Chris” Petrakovic, Head Receptionist
Christell “Chris” Petrakovic is the face you see at the front desk Monday-Friday from 9-5:30. She has been employed with Kinetic Physical therapy Specialist since March of 2019. Chris has worked in the PT field for over 10 years; Her computer skills, attention to detail, and bubbly personality has recently landed her a new position as head receptionist here at Kinetic.
When asked about working at Kinetic, Chris is quick to explain that it givers her the opportunity to meet many great people that she now is proud to call her friends. She also notes that she loves the staff at Kinetic Physical Therapy Specialist, and that “they make everyday a fun work day.” Chris considers being a part of what Kinetic does (and seeing, first had, how the participants and patients’ lives can be enriched by what is offered), as truly wonderful and is happy to be part of the Kinetic family.
Chris lives in Elgin, IL where she resides with her daughter and dachshund Blue. In her spare time you can find her shopping, baking goodies with her Sister, dining out or just relaxing with close friends and family.