Welcome To The Most Comprehensive Practices In The Chicagoland Area.


The specialists of Advanced Physical Medicine believe wholeheartedly in the gentle approach to healthcare coupled with honest information, in order to give their patients the very best care available. We invite you to learn more about our doctors and their life's work:

Dr. Igor RussoDr. Igor Russo, D.C.
A chiropractic physician and certified acupuncturist, Dr. Russo first attended the Medical School of Kiev. Then, after arriving in the United States in 1989, he received a BA in Biochemistry from Loyola University and went on to graduate from the National College of Chiropractic. Always seeking for ways to further his education and professional skills, Dr. Russo continues to attend numerous seminars. As a health care physician, Dr. Russo recognizes that it is most important to diagnose and treat the entire person and not just a person's disorder. His soft approach leads patients to fully understand their problems and encourage them to reach their goals.

Dr. Russo is proud to share with patients and physicians from all over the country his research on a 95% success rate utilizing spinal decompression that was presented at the American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Ryan M. RosenthalDr. Ryan M. Rosenthal, D.C.
Dr. Rosenthal is committed to providing the best in preventative care. Born and raised in New York City, he came to the Midwest to study medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. A serious car accident, however, changed his mind about practicing the traditional medicine he was studying, leading him to refocus his career path on becoming a specialist in chiropractic medicine. With over 15 years of clinical experience, Dr. Rosenthal guides his patients through gentle protocols to allow a smooth return to optimal health. In addition to published research presented at the American Academy of Pain Management on spinal decompression, he has published numerous articles on health and nutrition and is the chief editor of a bimonthly article in the Austin Voice Newspaper called "Dr. Backs." Dr. Rosenthal has been called upon for defense and plaintiff attorneys as an expert witness in automobile-related injuries. He is a Certified Chiropractic Insurance Consultant (CCIC), a recent graduate of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, and has completed the coursework necessary for diplomat status as a forensics professional.

Dr. James J. KopsianDr. James J. Kopsian, D.C.
Dr. James Kopsian, has over a decade of experience in the field of Chiropractic Medicine. He is a 1998 graduate of National College of Chiropractic, holding a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine and bachelor's in psychology and human biology. He spent his first three years of practice with several medical firms focusing on sports medicine, and in 2001, he joined Premier Medical Group, a leader in neuro-diagnostic testing in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Kopsian has training as a running doctor treating marathon and iron man athletes. He is also a licensed electro diagnostic technician, trained in kinesio-taping, and has new interests in pediatric chiropractic.

Alex Aternino, D.C., R.NCS.TAlex Aternino, D.C., R.NCS.T
Dr. Aternino is a board certified chiropractic physician who specializes in musculoskeletal injuries. He has added certification/ training in nerve testing, sports injuries and acupuncture.

In 1994 Dr. Aternino began his education as a Kinesiologist and then entered a certificate program in Sports Therapy. In this environment he gained experience working with varsity athletes in a clinical and field setting. In 2002 he went on to graduate school for Doctor of Chiropractic. Since graduating, Dr. Aternino is constantly improving his skills through advanced training in the areas of neurology, rehabilitation and nutrition. He uses many gentle low force chiropractic techniques along with the traditional adjustments.

Dr. Aternino has many years of experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment with medical doctors, physical therapists, and massage therapists. He understands the importance of utilizing other health care providers’ specialties to optimize each patient’s return to health. He is committed to providing quality care to his patients and encourages them to take an active role in their health.

Dr. Mary Ann BenderDr. Mary Ann Bender, D.P.M.
Dr. Mary Ann Bender grew up in Indiana and graduated from Butler (B.S.) and Purdue (M.S.) Universities. She trained as a figure skater for nineteen years and after seeing many other skaters suffer with foot and ankle injuries, she decided to enter podiatry school. Dr. Bender graduated from William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and remains affiliated with the college as an Instructor in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Bender and her podiatry students provide foot care at eight uninsured and homeless clinics in Chicago . Dr. Bender has also been in private practice since 2001 and treats all foot and ankle conditions. Recently, Dr. Bender published an article on "Women's Foot Complaints" in the Women's Health Journal Watch.

Dr. Mitchel BershaderDr. Mitchel Bershader, P.T.
With more than 20 years of rehabilitation experience, Dr. Mitch (as everyone calls him) specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation. He moved from the east coast, where he has worked for years in a multidisciplinary atmosphere, treating more than 20,000 individuals with once specific approach; quality care in a warm environment, which is why he chose APM as his new home. Over the years, Dr. Mitch has worked side by side with primary care and pain management doctors, podiatrists, orthopedic specialists and chiropractic physicians, improving patients’ quality of life through a referral system that has been directed by outstanding results. He is certified in Functional Capacity Examinations, Work Hardening, Ergonomics, Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management and Manipulation Under Anesthesia. Along with post rehabilitation for the spine, he also has years of experience with shoulder and knee arthroscopy, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand and foot conditions and pain arising from motor vehicle accidents and work injuries. His philosophy and mission statement: to improve quality of life with the most up to date physical therapy techniques, in an environment where one on one attention can be given to the patient.

SashaDr. Aleksandr Goldvekht, M.D.
"Dr. Sasha", as everyone calls him, is board certified in PMR as well as Pain Management. He specializes in the comprehensive multidisciplinary approach of treating acute and chronic pain in patients of all ages. His areas of special interest and expertise include but not limited to treating degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine and peripheral joints, musculoskeletal disorders, acute, sub- acute and chronic pain conditions, post-operative and neuropathic pain. He utilizes interventional fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided procedures, opioid and nonopioid pharmacotherapy and performs nerve conduction/ EMG studies. Postgraduate studies included a residency at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. This broad-based program included in-patient training in Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke at Schwab Hospital as well as out-patient clinic training in Sports Medicine at UIC Musculoskeletal Clinic, U of C Hospitals Pain Clinic, Nortwestern University Hospitals EMG/nerve conduction lab. He also completed a Pain Management Fellowship at the John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County. He is happy to find a new home with APM, where doctors are all working together "under one roof".

Matt GalloMatthew Gallow, MA LPC
Matt grew up in Connecticut and received his BA from St. Lawrence University in New York. After graduating, he came to Chicago and was a grade school teacher as well as speed coach for professional athletes for several year. His interest in the one on one interactions grew, and he returned to school for his Masters In Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Matt prides himself on his extensive work with multiple populations using an identity development model to support and guide his patients to increased self-awareness, ultimately leading to personal growth and healthier lives. In addition to joining the APM team, Matt has two private practices in the northern suburbs.

Erina KastratiErina Kastrati, DC
Dr. Erina Kastrati graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences in 2012. Dr. Kastrati has loved natural medicine from an early age. She focuses on preventing diseases rather managing symptoms and she wants the patient to become an active part of their own health. On her last year of school she enrolled in a post graduate professional Master of Sciences program in Advanced Clinical Practice which focuses on management of chronic inflammatory diseases and nutrition.

Dr. Kastrati uses many modalities to help her patients achieve their full health potential from chiropractic adjustment to rehabilitation exercises, soft tissue manipulation, nutrition counseling and lifestyle modification. She is certified in acupuncture, McKenzie and Webster techniques. She has worked in multi-disciplinary clinic alongside a pain management specialist, neurologist and physical therapists. Dr. Kastrati has successfully treated cases including migraines, neuropathy, chronic low back pain, TMJ, knee pain, fibromyalgia in addition to other various conditions. Dr. Kastrati continues to learn the latest and most advanced methods of treating musculoskeletal conditions through post-graduate seminars.

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