Ogle County Staff

Steve Merema, PT, DPT, CKTP

Angela Pfeiffer, PT, DPT, CKTP

Bridget Johnson, PT, OCS, CKTP

Heather Walden, PT, DPT

Kelly Diehl, PTA, LMT, BS, CKTP

Kim Girton, ATC, BS

John Cain, ATC, BS, CSCS


Steve Merema Steve Merema, PT, DPT, CKTP

Steve Merema, PT, DPT, CKTP is the clinic director of Ogle County Physical Therapy. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2010, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2012.

Steve's physical therapy experience began in 2005. While studying to become a licensed physical therapist, he worked as a rehabilitation technician for a long-term care facility that specialized in neurologic, wound, and respiratory care. His extensive experience as a rehabilitation technician has carried over into his current interests and pursuits in orthopedic, sports, and industrial rehabilitation.

Since becoming a licensed physical therapist, he continues to expand his knowledge base to provide his patients the most up to date care possible. In 2010, Steve became a certified ASTYM® provider for tendonitis type conditions. He also completed course work on the biomechanics of the foot, allowing him to cast for custom orthotics. Steve continued his education by completing Kinesio taping courses and became a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) in 2012.

Steve is looking forward to continuing his physical therapy education by attending various courses that will further enhance his knowledge in orthopedic physical therapy and sports rehabilitation. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

"The world of medicine is an ever-changing field. As a physical therapist, I feel it is important to continue to expand one's knowledge base to provide the most effective, up-to-date care possible. My personal goal is to provide the maximal functional outcome within the best possible therapy experience. It is important to me that my patients know that they are receiving the same care I would provide to my own family."

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Angela PfeifferAngela Pfeiffer, PT, DPT, CKTP

Dr. Angela Pfeiffer, PT, DPT, CKTP joined the staff of Ogle County Physical Therapy in 2004. She received her terminal degree in physical therapy, a doctorate in physical therapy, from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. She graduated from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL with honors with a Bachelors degree in Health Science with a minor in biology and a Masters of Physical Therapy.

Angela has a special interest in treating the patients of Northern Illinois because she is a native of the region. She is an expert in movement impaired dysfunction striving to treat the cause of the condition, not just the symptoms. She has vast knowledge and expertise in the areas of orthopedics and sports medicine. She has served as a clinical instructor and has presented at the IPTA Fall Conference. Angela has advanced training in biomechanics of the feet and custom orthotics. She has been trained in WorkSTEPS Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and is a certified ASTYM provider for tendonitis type conditions. In 2010, Angela passed the examinations to be certified as a Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP). She has a special interest in orthopedic women's health, sacroiliac (SI) dysfunction, vestibular rehabilitation, and sports medicine. She is dedicated to the enhancement of movement performance in the Ogle County region.

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Bridget JohnsonBridget Johnson, PT, OCS, CKTP

Bridget Johnson, PT, OCS, CKTP joined Ogle County Physical Therapy in the fall of 2005 due to a growing need for physical therapy services in Northern Ogle County. She graduated in 1999 with her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She graduated with high honors in her class and also obtained a minor in Gerontology. She has extensive experience treating a wide array of musculoskeletal disorders.

Her areas of expertise include orthopedic, industrial, geriatric, and sports rehabilitation. She is a certified clinician in Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM®) for treating tendonitis type conditions and fits individuals with custom orthotics for foot and ankle related disorders. In addition, she is also a certified fitter for Juzo Compression stockings and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In 2007, Bridget passed her examination to become a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In 2009, she passed her examination to be certified as a Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP).

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Kelly Rogers Heather Walden, PT, DPT

Heather Walden, PT, DPT is a 2007 graduate of Northern Illinois University where she earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010.

Heather worked in the hospital setting at KSB for 5 years in a variety of settings, including outpatient therapy, inpatient therapy, and home care services. While at KSB, she assisted with educational in-services for the general public and functioned as an instructor for CPR through the American Heart Association.

Heather has experience working with various patient populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric populations. She has extensive experience in working with pediatric patients with vast knowledge in treating torticollis. She is also trained in treating and working with patients with balance disorders including vestibular retraining.

Heather is currently an adjunct faculty instructor for Northern Illinois University in the physical therapy program. She continues to enhance her skills in the orthopedic setting and is planning on obtaining certifications in Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM) and Kinesio Taping. Heather's goal is to bring quality care to her patients and help them achieve their physical therapy goals while putting a smile on their face.

Heather is a native of Rockford, Illinois but currently resides in Byron, Illinois with her husband and daughter. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, and watching her daughter grow.

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Kelly Rogers Kelly Diehl, PTA, LMT, BS, CKTP

Kelly Diehl, PTA, LMT, BS, CKTP is a native of Oregon, Illinois. She graduated from Blackhawk College in 2009, with a degree in Physical Therapy Assisting. In addition to her Physical Therapy Assisting degree, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Eureka College and a degree in Massage Therapy from Northern Prairie School of Therapeutic Massage.

Kelly performed her clinicals in both the outpatient rehabilitation and inpatient, skilled nursing settings. Prior to joining Ogle County Physical Therapy, she worked in outpatient orthopedics at KSB. Kelly is a certified clinician in Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM®) for treating tendonitis type conditions. In 2012, Kelly passed the examinations to be certified as a Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP). She looks forward to continuing her physical therapy education, by attending various courses that will further enhance her knowledge in orthopedic and sports therapy.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, scrapbooking, playing with her three dogs and enjoys spending time with her son and watching him grow and change every day.

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Kim GirtonKim Girton, ATC, BS

Kim Girton, ATC, BS joined the staff at Ogle County Physical Therapy in 2004. Kim attended college at Trinity International University and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. Kim has extensive experience in athletic training to her position at Ogle County Physical Therapy including work at the collegiate level. She is responsible for providing daily coverage to the athletes, evaluating and treating injured athletes, and also providing game coverage for Byron High School's extensive sporting event schedule.

She is also in charge of running the Ultimate Advantage Performance Enhancement Camp at Byron High School each summer. This camp is focused on improving the overall performance of an athlete in the areas of straight ahead speed, lateral speed, agility, vertical jump, and endurance. Kim also assists the staff at Ogle County Physical Therapy and is an active member of the National Athletic Training Association (NATA).

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John CainJohn Cain, ATC, BS, CSCS

John Cain, ATC, BS, CSCS joined the staff at Ogle County Physical Therapy in the fall of 2006. John is the full-time head athletic trainer at Oregon High School and has served in this position since 1990. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training in 1988 from Northern Illinois University and is currently working towards his Master of Science degree in athletic training from Illinois State University. John brings extensive experience to his position at Ogle County Physical Therapy including opportunities to work with the Montreal Expos and Olympic athletes in the past.

He recently completed training to administer pre-employment screenings through WorkSTEPS, due to the growing need for industrial rehabilitation in Ogle County. In the fall of 2006, he earned the distinction of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and also the National Athletic Training Association (NATA). John provides daily coverage to the athletes at Oregon High School and also provides game coverage for Oregon High School's extensive sporting event schedule.

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