Meet Our Team

All Mettler therapists have intensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, gait training and functional mobility; all have doctoral level degrees.


Jill PayaggapandhaJill Payaggapandha, PT, DPT, MS, ATC

Dr. Payaggapandha (Pa-ya-ga-pun) focuses on a holistic approach to evidence-based practice, in particular, manual therapy-based interventions. Her area of expertise is in treating the neck, shoulder, low back, knee, and foot/ankle. Other areas of specialty include working with the chronic pain population, an area she feels passionate about treating. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Dr. Payaggapandha worked as a certified athletic trainer in Division I collegiate and high school athletic settings with exposure and patient care to over 15 varsity sports teams. Due to her prior career, she has extensive experience working with the athletic population and various sports-related conditions.

Her personal interests include running, biking, hiking, reading for self-improvement, writing, and traveling to explore new cities.

Education

  • BS Athletic Training (magna cum laude), Towson University, Towson, MD
  • MS Exercise Science (cum laude), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2014
  • Women’s Health Section of the APTA since 2014
  • Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) since 2014

Certifications

  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)

Personal Quote

���I truly believe one of the most beautiful aspects of physical therapy is the altruistic nature of helping an individual restore and revitalize their ability to get back to what they love, whether that’s running, walking their dog, or simply being pain-free. Whatever an individual’s passion may be, I find true joy in helping them attain it again.”


Michael BrownMichael Brown, PT, DPT

Dr. Brown uses evidence-based therapy to help guide patient care.  He believes in applying a hands-on approach to the patients’ he serves that consists of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and patient education. As a former certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), he has experience working with athletes at the high school and junior college levels. Along with athletes, he has a passion for working with weightlifters as well as recreational and competitive runners. He specializes in neck, knee, low back, foot/ankle, and shoulder pain.

His personal interests include sports, running, weightlifting, and visiting friends across the country.

Education

  • BS in Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • DPT Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2012
  • Orthopedic Section of the APTA since 2014
  • Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) since 2012

Personal Quote

���I think a unique aspect of physical therapy is helping patients overcome pain and dysfunction while taking the time to get to know them along with way.���


Kara PlanteKara Plante, LMT

Kara is a fully licensed and insured massage therapist in the state of Illinois. She uses soft tissue manipulation, deep tissue techniques, joint mobilization and stretching techniques to reduce pain and hypertonicity, as well as promote relaxation in clients who have experienced a wide variety of injuries or any serious condition (e.g. headaches, whiplash, strains, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, postural deviations.) Kara also adeptly develops plans for continued treatment of clients and recommends self-care between massage appointments. Kara is comfortable treating athletes and performing sports massages. She has volunteered at the last three Chicago marathons with Ronald McDonald House providing stretching and massage for the runners at the finish line. Kara is also a birth and postpartum doula; providing coaching and massage and encouragement during a woman’s transition into motherhood.

Her personal interests include baking, jogging off everything she just baked, and being an awesome aunt to all of her nieces and nephews.

Education

  • BA in Business, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Certificate in Clinical Massage Therapy, The SOMA Institute for Clinical Massage, Chicago, IL

Memberships

  • Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) since 2013
  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 2013

Personal Quote

���I believe that the mind and body are one and truly believe clinical massage can be used as a vehicle to establish this imperative connection. It gives me genuine pleasure to be able to provide my patients’ with this level of well-being through the use of my hands and expertise.”