About Us

Our Staff

Joe King

Joe King,
PT, Owner

Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer Joe King opened Physical Therapy Advantage in April of 2007, determined to translate his lifelong interest in the sciences and human anatomy into compassionate and effective care for his patients.

He was introduced to the health sciences by an older brother of his who is also an athletic trainer.

When Joe was in high school, he suffered a severe orthopaedic injury which exposed him to long bouts of physical therapy. He was intrigued not only by what was being done to heal his physical pain, but also by the overall approaches to care from different health professionals. He learned what made him feel better mentally and emotionally as well as physically, and studied the differences in how his health professionals approached him and his treatments.

“That’s why it is so important to me now to treat patients like I wanted to be treated,” he explains. He built his whole practice around evidence-based compassionate care and his clinic has a reputation for that, with clients experiencing more one-on-one time with their physical therapists and a significant education component so they can be empowered to help with their healing.

Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska -Lincoln and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Certified in ASTYM and beginning his certification for Functional Dry Needling (FDN).

Having worked in the western suburbs for more than 12 years, when Joe decided where to open his own practice, he realized he didn’t have to go far from home. In April of 2007, he brought his respected hands-on physical therapy services delivered in a one-on-one setting to the Fox Valley.

Joe has 23+ years of varied experience treating collegiate and high school athletes, orthopaedic patients, and pediatric clients in athletic medicine and outpatient physical therapy settings.

He also has a special interest in pediatric sports medicine and functional foot orthotics. A life-long learner, he is equally at ease treating premature infants with special needs or treating marathon runners. Through the years he has also acquired experience in the fabrication of foot orthotics, myofascial release, cerebral palsy, running techniques, pediatric milestones, lower back dysfunction, pediatric sports injuries, shoulder pathologies, patello-femoral and lower extremity injuries, Mulligan techniques and Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM).

Julie Crane

Julie Crane,
PT, DPT, Clinical Director

Julie Crane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Certified in Functional Dry Needling (FDN) and ASTYM.

She joined the team at Physical Therapy Advantage in March of 2009.

Prior to that she worked in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopaedics, inpatient acute care working primarily with joint replacement patients and in the area of neurological rehabilitation.

Julie oversees our vestibular rehabilitation therapies. Her manual training emphasizes exercise prescriptions. She also has experience in Pilates which she incorporates into her practice. Julie lives in Batavia with her husband and three children.

Shae Phillips

Shae Phillips,
PT

Shae Phillips graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2013 with her doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since graduation she has practiced in several settings including outpatient orthopedics, home health, schools, and skilled nursing.

Shae lives in North Aurora with her husband and 3 young children. In her free time she enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with her family.

Tracy Schalhamer

Tracy Schalhamer,
Patient Care Coordinator

Tracy Schalhamer is the new Patient Care Coordinator at Physical Therapy Advantage. Tracy has been a School Social Worker for the past 28 years but was wanting to interact with people in a different setting and is very happy to have this opportunity. She looks forward to meeting all the clients!

Her home life includes her husband and three children, Kollin, Korrin and Kalene and dog, Kuinci. She loves to hike and walk for exercise, read mysteries, have game night, go to the movies and travel with family when possible.

Rachel Rathe

Rachel Rathe,
Client Care Advocate

Rachel Rathe is happy to be joining the PTA family! Originally from northeast Iowa, she moved to Aurora in 2013 to work in the Chicago regional theatre scene. Theatre helped her discover her love of helping people and she is now pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. Rachel enjoys spending quality time with her nieces and nephews, traveling, trying new foods, reading, gardening, and being outdoors.

Corey McCreedy

Corey McCreedy,
PT Aide

Corey McCreedy graduated in 2020 from Aurora University with her Bachelors in Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is taking post-baccalaureate classes at Northern Illinois University. She aspires to further her education through Graduate School and receiving her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.

During her free time, Corey enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, participating in co-ed softball leagues, and playing with her dog, Tyson.

Danielle Allison

Danielle Allison,
PT Aide

Danielle Allison is currently a graduate student at North Central College in the Occupational Therapy program, graduating in August 2022. She is an active member of NCC’s Student Occupational Therapy Association, holding a committee position.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Danielle is a 2019 graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Danielle is certified through BOCAT, a member of NATA, and licensed in Missouri.
During her free time, Danielle enjoys socializing with friends and family, attending a young adult’s group at church, and being active.

Will Thomas

Will Thomas,
PT Aide

Will graduates from Northern Illinois University in the Spring of 2021 with a degree in Kinesiology. He plans to further his education by applying to graduate school for Physical Therapy. He is interested in strength and performance. Will enjoys working out and trying new restaurants.