The Illinois Back Institute’s multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, pain specialists, and nurse practitioners offers patients non-invasive, cutting edge, and life-changing treatments for back and neck pain problems without surgery.

Dr. Amy Harmening, Doctor of Physical Therapy

physical therapy for sciaticaDr. Amy Harmening, DPT is currently working as a doctor of physical therapy in the Orland Park clinic. She received a Dean's Scholarship for Academics and an Athletic Scholarship to participate on the women's basketball team at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. After finishing her undergraduate work, Dr. Amy went on to Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois where she earned her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.

Dr. Amy participated in many practicums while at Midwestern University that included Advocate Christ Hospital, RIC at Silver Cross outpatient physical therapy, and Warren Barr Gold Coast where she participated in post-acute rehabilitation. After graduation from Midwestern University, Dr. Amy worked for Palos Community Hospital and Accelerated Rehabilitation Center for outpatient physical therapy. Dr. Amy also participated in The Barral Institute’s VM1: Visceral manipulation continuing education course as well as multiple courses for sciatica symptoms.

Dr. Amy has been with the Illinois Back Institute since 2012 and has participated in multiple interviews on UIC's "You and Me this Morning" regarding back pain.

Dr. Chris Nguyen, Doctor of Physical Therapy

SONY DSCDr. Christopher Nguyen, PT currently works as a physical therapist in the Arlington Heights Clinic.  He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011 at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. He treats his patients with respect and compassion and formulates a plan of care to improve his patients' quality of life. He enjoys snowboarding, volleyball, and golfing in his spare time.

Vani Sheth, PT

Vani Sheth is originally from India, and studied Physical therapy from Rajiv Gandhi University. She moved to United States in 2010 with her husband, and started working for Illinois Back Institute in March of 2016. As a physical therapist she loves to see her patients succeed, and she strives to do all she can to assist them along the way. “It’s rewarding watching patients get back to activities they love.” She believes her goal as a therapist is to provide patients with a variety of tools in order to best manage their symptoms and move through life without pain.