Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute 
Sports Medicine
March 2015
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Clinician Focus:
Dr. Shantelle Whitehead

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
AMS Wellness
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ImPACT Concussion Testing:
Think ahead, sign up your child for a baseline screening, today!  

 With spring right around the corner (hopefully), sports teams are starting to head outside for practices. 

  • The CDC reports that 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport
  • 78% of concussions occur during games
  • CDC studies report that headaches (85%) and dizziness (70-80%) are the most commonly reported symptoms after a concussion
ImPACT Concussion Screening is now available at Achieve Sports Medicine Clinics. 
A screening includes:
  • ImPACT computerized concussion assessment
  • Measures symptoms, processing speeds, reaction time, visual memory, and more. 
  • Our Athletic Trainer will also take your athlete through a SCAT 3 sideline concussion exam so multiple baseline tests are available if a concussion should occur
If you or your team is interested in signing up or learning more about concussion screening, please contact us for additional details. 
Community Corner

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Upcoming Community Events:


Weeknight Wellness Workshop

March 25

7:00 pm 

  Join us in our FIRST of three  wellness workshops! 


All are welcome to attend and bring a friend. 


Achieve Orthopedic

Burr Ridge

7055 High Grove Blvd

Burr Ridge, IL 60527 


Debi Rogers, 

Health & Wellness coach 


Gina Pongetti,

Achieve Sports Medicine Director


will host an interactive and FREE workshop for the community. Come over to learn about how inflammation in food can effect your body, your health, and your injury!  


We are proud to be the official sports medicine sponsor for Darien Swarm Football and Cheer!


All boys and girls 5-14: Darien Swarm Football and Cheer are holding open registration days:
March 24th
April 21st
May 27th
Stop by to ask questions, register and sign up for concussion screenings. 

Registration takes place at: 
Darien Police Station 
1710 Plainfield Road
Darien, IL 

For more information, please visit

Want to give your club a shout out ?   Let us know!
In the clinic: 
VO2 Testing with Energie - Demi-Bar Pilates

We were so excited to show some of the staff at Energie, Demi-bar pilates around our clinic. 

One staff member even got an opportunity to get her resting metabolic rate and VO2 thresholds tested! 

 If you haven't checked out ALL that Demi-bar Pilates has to offer, do so now! 

18 West First Street 
Hinsdale, IL , 60521
(630) 734- 3493

             How to treat your feet! 
 Michi Mennecke, MPT


After long work hours, a competitive practice or hours of daily rehearsals, your feet are going to need some attention.  Injuries can obviously range in severity impacting one's ability to dance, work, or even walk; however, I would like to provide some helpful tips on how to keep your feet and ankles healthy and strong throughout all of your daily activities.


Considerations for preventing and treating the following injuries include:

-Blisters: Blisters develop because of increased friction (or rubbing) to a specific area. To avoid blisters- do not wear new shoes for long days of conventions, tournament days, or even a long shift at work. For instance, If you dance barefoot for extended periods, calluses will build up preventing the blisters. Calluses build up for a reason and toughen the skin on areas you need and use most. 

How to treat:  Make sure your shoe is the proper fit-specifically shoes that you're wearing most often. It may take some tweaking to find the correct shoe for your foot. If you continue participating in a shoe that does not fit, you may develop a blister. Some get rid of blisters by  lancing it with a sterile needle to relieve pain and pressure. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, make sure to cover your blister so if it unexpectedly breaks up, you will be at less risk for infection. Always make sure the area does not become infected and apply antibiotic ointment until the blister is healed. Try to locate problem areas so you can prevent it in the future.  See your podiatrist or MD if problems persist. 


-Weakened arch: A weak lateral (outside border of foot) will lead to sickling and supination; a weak medial (inside border of foot) longitudinal arch will lead to excessive pronation, or falling of the arch.  The arch is essential for proper stability and balance, especially seen en releve for dancers.  A problem with the arch can lead to problems with alignment which can lead to more serious injuries.


How to treat:  Low-dye taping works for immediate relief from a fallen arch.  This is not a permanent solution but custom orthotics for walking may be in your future.  For long-term benefit, strengthen the muscles that support the arch.  Specific exercises to start on both feet include:  1) Toe pick-ups:  You can use a towel or small pieces of theraband tied in knots and push heel into floor while picking up towel or theraband with your toes and close your feet into parallel first position.  Repeat 3 sets of 15. 2)  Dome exercise:  Bring the toes of your right foot toward your right heel creating a dome.  Hold for 3 seconds and slide toes back to original position.  Repeat 3 sets of 15.

3)  Castanet exercise:  Alternate tapping of great toe with 4 remaining toes, like to the beat of a drum.  Repeat 3 sets of 15. 4)  Roll ups/downs:  Like the 'wave', roll from your great toe to small toe and reverse.  Repeat 3 sets of 15.


         Read all of How to treat your feet to learn more about ankle sprains, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and more...



Michi Mennecke is a graduate Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Michi has treated athletes of all ages and levels with an emphasis in the Performing Arts with a  special interest in Dance. To read Michi's entire Bio, click here. Michi is available for scheduling out of our Naperville Sports Medicine Clinic. 


Achieve WebsiteAthlete Spotlight: 
                Alexis "Lexi" Biedrzycki                 
Michigan State University
Women's Golf Freshman


Lexi Biedrzycki, a recent graduate of  Linclon Way West High School in New Lenox, is looking forward to starting her freshman year at Michigan State University. Lexi plans to major in business and law while also playing golf for the Spartans. Lexi, a golfer since she was 5, also played soccer until she was 14. Being so active has caused Lexi some unwanted wear and tear. While injuries may have slowed down her game or caused her discomfort, Lexi maintains that physical therapy at Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute and a combination of other preventative treatments (strength training, chiropractor) has allowed her to be successful.


Lexi attributes her holistic training approach to helping her perform at times when she would not be able to due to injury or discomfort. Currently, Lexi is preparing for her first year in college by allowing herself some "down-time" from academics and focusing on her golf game. Lexi has learned from all of her wear and tear that she needs to focus on her mechanics of golf as well as keeping her body strong. Through stability and strength, flexibility programs, and speed and agility workouts, Lexi is concentrating on staying healthy for her first collegiate season. 


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Achieve Website CLINICIAN FOCUS:
         Dr. Shantelle Whitehead

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
AMS Wellness

Welcome to the Burr Ridge neighborhood!

 Each one of our physical therapy clinics strive to maintain  close relationships with our community. We are excited to welcome Dr. Shantelle Whitehead and her partners from AMS wellness to the neighborhood. Although they are new to the neighborhood, Achieve Sports Medicine has worked with AMS wellness for many years. Read on for some more information about AMS Wellness and all they do! 

AMS Wellness is a psychological practice whose mission it is to assist individuals and families to identify, understand, and overcome the barriers that impede their journey toward overall wellness. Every AMS clinician strives to help individuals and families feel they are reaching their fullest potential in all areas of life and tailors treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual to reach their personalized goals. 

Read on to learn about AMS and Dr. Whitehead's specialities and services. 

If you have additional question for Dr. Whitehead you can visit her website, , or call her office (630) 891-3027
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Debi Rogers
Health & Wellness Coach
LivingJade Wellness


"Everyday after school I make my daughter, Livi Jade, a protein smoothie.  It's a great way to get a ton of nutrition in her and give her the energy she needs for homework, after school activities and sports.  She loves them!  We rotate through our usual favs and are always making up new ones.  Since I try to buy not only seasonal and local produce, but a variety of foods, you never know what I might have in the house on any particular day.  We have fun making up names for them and sometimes we have a good laugh at our flops!  Keeping her involved in the process has helped her to try new foods she would have turned her nose up to in the past..."  

Read Debi's entire blog post! 



Tropical Dreamsicle Smoothie



2 mandarins peeled

1 mango

6 oz. raw coconut water

1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (can sub for your fav milk)

1/2 scoop of vanilla protien powder


Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  1 large serving or 2 medium.  Enjoy!



 Interested in learning more? Sign up for LivingJade Wellness Blog and check out their website,   


Come hear Debi speak at our Weeknight Wellness Workshop on March 25 at 7pm for more information on health and wellness. RSVP here

Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute - Sports Medicine