Our Philosophy and Process

The GoodLife and FTR family is an independent PT owned business dedicated to our patient’s and profession. We provide the highest quality patient care based on the most current research and methodology. Our therapists participate in ongoing certification programs to help our patients on their journey to better. We believe your rehabilitation deserves our full attention which is why we take the time to perform routine re-assessments and provide patients with educational materials to further progress their recovery.

Meet The Therapists

Mickey Shah

Mickey Shah

PT, Physical Therapist, D.Sc., Certified Vestibular Therapist

Dr. Mickey Shah, PT, D.Sc. OCS, FAAOMPT, Cert.MDT; Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist.

It was his strong desire to help others and a simple treatment philosophy of treating patients like family that motivated Dr. Shah to open his practice over 10 years ago. As a university professor and clinical researcher, Dr. Shah brings innovative and evidence-based practices to examining and treating his patients. Dr. Shah also maintains a specialization in Vestibular Rehabilitation, including Concussion Management, as well as a specialization in Spinal Disorders including: Headaches, Neck Pain, Low back Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

Dr. Shah lives in Frankfort with his wife and two daughters and enjoys putting his ‘handyman’ skills to work on small projects around the house. However, he is quickly realizing that small projects unexpectedly turn into big projects. And when off the clock, he enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, playing hockey and skiing.

Post-graduate clinical certifications in the following:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert.MDT/McKenzie Method)
  • Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Fellow in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT)


James Donahue

James Donahue

PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jim has been practicing physical therapy for nearly 18 years. He received his Masters of Physical Therapy from Governors State University in 1999. He later attended Rosalind Franklin University earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006.

His primary area of interest is orthopedics; however, he completed his Doctorate training studying the current concepts for the treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases. He has begun furthering his understanding of vestibular problems and the dysfunctions that arise from balance difficulties.

Jim enjoys spending time with his family. He attends regular TRX and modified CrossFit training classes with his wife. He spends his summers as a spectator watching his son play baseball and his daughter delight in her love for dance. He has developed and been involved in several off-season training programs for local travel baseball teams, and has lectured on overuse injuries in the overhead athlete. He has attended countless courses on shoulder and elbow injuries. He also finds time to attend and review articles pertaining to Chicago’s Dance Medicine Journal Club.

Jim has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Masters of Management Health Care Administration at Robert Morris University Graduate School of Management and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1997


Dana Weith

Dana Weith

PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Vestibular Therapist

Dana has been practicing Physical Therapy with Functional Therapy and Rehabilitation since 2009. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology where she was also a member of the university’s swim team. She further continued her education at Midwestern University in Downers Grove where she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009.

Dana currently lives in Chicago but grew up in the Tinley Park area. She loves spending time with her husband, son Brayden and her Siberian Husky Dakota. She is passionate about travelling and leading an active lifestyle in which she participates in regular crossfit, running, and triathlons. In the winter months she enjoys venturing out to the ski slopes and during the remainder of the seasons she likes hiking with her family.

Dana is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a credentialed clinical instructor, and is pursuing her certification in MDT, FMS, and vestibular rehabilitation.


Steven Tijerina

Steven Tijerina

PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Vestibular Therapist

Steven Tijerina is a Physical Therapist at Goodlife Physical Therapy in Orland Park, IL. He was born and raised in the south suburbs of IL. He has a passion working with patients suffering from orthopedic, neurologic, and vestibular impairments. Dr. Tijerina believes that every patient should receive the highest level of care possible, and believes that every patient should be treated like close family with personalized one-on-one care.

Steven graduated from Governors State University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduating from school, Dr. Tijerina has pursued specialized training for rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and vestibular disorders. He completed a competency based program for vestibular rehabilitation endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association and is certified to use the LSVT-BIG program, a method designed to help treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Currently, Dr. Tijerina is pursing certification in the MDT approach (McKenzie Method) to treat spinal pain and dysfunction. Dr. Tijerina also enjoys helping patients with chronic foot pain, jaw pain and knee pain.

Apart from treating patients, Steven loves to spend his free time outdoor hiking and serving his community. Dr. Tijerina enjoys hosting patient support groups and community workshops to help educate the South Suburban Community. Dr. Tijerina also uses his free time to help educate other physical therapists on Vestibular rehab, acting as a Lab instructor and Course Liaison for a Physical Therapist Education Company.


Kathryn Ehmann

Kathryn Ehmann

PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Vestibular Therapist

Kate graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services, a minor in Communicative Disorders, and a minor in Nutrition Dietetics and Hospitality. She further continued her education at Governors State University (GSU) where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015.

While attending GSU she was an active member of the Physical Therapy Student Association and played for the GSU volleyball team. Kate is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

She is currently pursuing a certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation. in her spare time, she enjoys attending Pure Barre and SPENGA classes, hanging out with her friends and experimenting with family recipes.


Meet Our Dietitian

Eileen Conneely

Eileen Conneely

RD, LD, CPT, Registered Dietitian, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Women's Fitness Specialist

Eileen Conneely, GoodLife Physical Therapy’s Registered Dietitian, became interested in health and nutrition in high school. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in nutrition to educate and help others.
Eileen earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Dayton and completed her dietetic internship at Indiana University School of Medicine. She began her career in corporate wellness at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Eileen helped create and maintain their internal wellness department from the Chicago office. Her primary mission was to keep the Blue Cross Blue Shield employees healthy.
In 2008 while working as a Registered Dietitian at a fitness center, Eileen became a certified personal trainer. This way she could better serve her clients, as fitness and nutrition go hand in hand. Since then, Eileen has become a certified cycling instructor, certified women’s fitness specialist and enjoys teaching other fitness classes. She also presents corporate wellness seminars, sees patients at a local children’s clinic and volunteers as a driver for The American Cancer Society.
Eileen currently resides in Tinley Park with her husband and 3 beautiful children. She spends most of her free time chauffeuring them to and from their various activities.  Some fun facts include: her favorite foods are peanut butter and anything sweet. Eileen also loves shopping, family time and vacationing in Destin, FL.
You can count on her for practical ideas to make good nutrition easier. Whether it’s balancing your meals, lowering your blood pressure or losing weight Eileen is the one to see!

Our dietitian is now accepting new patients on a cash pay basis and will soon be accepting certain insurances.  

Meet The Team

Robin Clark

Robin Clark

Office Manager

Robin is one of the friendly voices and faces that our patients hear and see when coming into our physical therapy clinics. She has been with the company for a little over 3 years and is excited to grow with the company. As the office manager, she travels between our 3 clinics and handles billing, accounting, and patient records. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves to bake with her niece and nephew. She is very passionate about ministry work and loves her cats.


Laura Petritis

Laura Petritis

Front Desk Coordinator

Laura is the Front Desk Coordinator at our Orland Park location. She handles all front desk operations including patient scheduling, patient registration, insurance verification, and patient authorization. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis University in Human Resources and Psychology, and loves working with people.

Laura is married and has two daughters. She loves going to concerts and going shopping with her girls. Laura and her family are also involved with Special Olympics Illinois.


Jill Ording

Jill Ording

Front Desk Coordinator

Jill is the newest member of our team and is very excited to be working with such an amazing group of people. She works as the Front Office Coordinator in our Homer Glen location and has been enjoying the role very much. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois and has worked as a Personal Trainer for many years. She likes to run, swim, and lift weights for exercise and also enjoys reading in her leisure time. 


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Our Core Values

1.Putting patients first: we are in existence to serve their needs

2.Work Together/Team oriented approach: You can get what you want by helping others get what they want.  Its all about service.  How can we service our patients and fellow employees?

3.Integrity, Be honest, ethical and legal in practice: We say what we mean, and mean what we say. We stick to our commitments, treat everyone equitably, and communicate openly and honestly.

4.Be Excellent & continuously improve Strive for excellence and knowledge – be better than yesterday.  Lead our profession.  Continuous self improvement

5.Be nice to people: Give respect – Earn Respect with your actions:  We treat coworkers and patients the way they want to be treated – with genuine care, kindness and respect.  Candor, avoid talking down to others. We don’t just treat patients we build relationships

6.Be of Service: We give more than what is expected of us

7.Be Accountable: Accountability involves a process of seeing it, owning it, solving it, and doing it. It requires a level of ownership that includes making, keeping, and answering for all commitments.

8.Have FUN!: We also feel it’s important to have a sense of humor. We like to laugh—it makes our work that much more enjoyable. We also invest in community and company events that help our employees and their families feel a connection to Goodlife PT beyond business as usual.

Our Facilities

Goodlife Physical Therapy – Orland Park

16517 106th Ct, Orland Park, IL 60467

Telephone: (708) 966-4386

Fax: (708) 966-4387


Monday8:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM — 3:00 PM

*Hours are subject to change

Goodlife Physical Therapy – Homer Glen (Formerly FTR)

14301 South Golden Oak Drive, Homer Glen, IL 60491

Telephone: (708) 645-7700

Fax: (708) 645-7702


Monday7:30 AM — 7:30 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM — 7:30 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM — 7:30 PM
Thursday7:30 AM — 7:30 PM
Friday7:30 AM — 1:30 PM
Saturday8:00 AM — 12:30 PM

*Hours are subject to change

Functional Therapy & Rehabilitation

Joliet Closing Statement

We want to express our gratitude to the Joliet community for your business over the past 9 years. As of June 30th 2018 we will no longer be seeing patients in our Joliet location. However, you can still schedule appointments in our Homer Glen and Orland Park Locations.

Thank you again for your support over the years.

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