Our Staff

Dr. Nelli Ban

DPT, PT (Owner of Cadence PT Co)

Dr. Nelli Ban was born and raised in Russia but spent summers in Ukraine living with her grandparents. She immigrated to the United States in 2000, where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago.

Shortly after graduating, Dr. Ban started working at a busy outpatient orthopedic/sports medicine clinic in the Skokie area. Thereafter, she began working for a home health agency where she treated more than a thousand patients. Her whole career has been dedicated to helping her patients recover from a variety of injuries and disabilities. Dr. Ban devotes most of her time to ensuring that all of her patients are able to recover and return to their pre-injury state. She also works with the patient's physician to implement rehabilitative treatments, focusing on the patient's recovery.

However, after years of observing that the patient population was not receiving the level of care and attention they deserve at large chain physical therapy clinics, Dr. Nelli Ban decided to start her own practice.  With a firm belief that all patients deserve easy access to high-quality and efficient physical therapy treatments, Cadence Physical Therapy Co. was born. 

At Cadence Physical Therapy Clinic, the patient is the primary focus. Dr. Ban’s team of experienced and highly skilled Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) combines an individualized one-on-one approach to patient care and state-of-the-art equipment that has been shown to get patients better faster with fewer PT visits needed.

Dr. Ryan Towns

DPT, PT (Clinical Director)

Dr. Ryan Towns completed his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Michigan State University and went on to receive his doctoral degree in physical therapy at Midwestern University in Downers Grove.

As Cadence Physical Therapy’s Clinical Director, Dr. Towns oversees and assures the quality of care delivered to patients. His broad experience working in a variety of settings with many different patient populations has given him the full knowledge of the significance of treating each case individually. He believes each case is unique to the specific person, regardless if two people have the same diagnosis.  Dr. Towns is committed to consistently developing and progressing his clinical skills in order to provide the very best care for all patients.  In the near future, he hopes to earn his Orthopedic Certified Specialist and Dry Needling certifications.

Dr. David Thomas

PT, DPT, PPSC, FDN (Director of Marketing)


I am Dr. David Thomas and I am a Physical Therapist and the Director of Marketing here at Cadence Physical Therapy. I earned my Bachelors with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition at University of Illinois in Chicago. I completed my graduate degree to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Governors State University. I have also successfully completed dry needling certification (FDN; Functional Dry Needling), which is a skilled intervention aimed to address myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for rapid management of neurological-related musculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Currently, I am still an active NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). I am also a certified Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC), which allows me to combine the foundational principles of physical therapy with more advanced level rehabilitation for athletes and individuals looking to begin, or return to, sports such as body-building, cross-fit, baseball, basketball, soccer etc. Finally, I completed professional research examining the utilization of direct access for wellness and the prevention of osteoporosis in the outpatient orthopedic setting which can be accessed via google scholar. My aspirations are to further enhance my clinical, therapeutic, and hands-on skills in the Outpatient Setting to better serve a more diverse population suffering from musculoskeletal conditions and sport-related injuries. Finally, I am a firm believer that exercise IS medicine for the body, if done correctly. As Director of Marketing for a private outpatient clinic, I strive to reach out to the Northwest Chicago Suburban community, physicians and patients alike, to demonstrate the benefits of one-on-one skilled physical therapy and why we provide the best patient outcomes.

Dr. Jessica Karluk

DPT, PT

Dr. Jessica Karluk is one of Cadence Physical Therapy's dedicated and bilingual DPTs. For Polish-speaking patients, Dr. Karluk will be able to communicate your needs.

She earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a specialty in Physical Therapy while minoring in Psychology from Saint Louis University, where she also continued her education to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Karluk has clinical experience ranging from various outpatient settings to inpatient settings that include neuro rehab, skilled nursing care, orthopedic and geriatric care. Her diverse background has given her the opportunity to work with various diagnoses and has given her a better understanding of the situations that many patients face before seeking outpatient care.

She strives to treat patients with a patient-oriented and function-based approach to help patients accomplish their health and wellness objectives. Dr. Karluk also intends to continue to develop her clinical skills and, in the near future, to obtain certification in dry needling.

Dr. Dzenan Nezirevic

Occupational Therapist

Dzenan Nezirevic is Cadence Physical Therapy's occupational therapist. He speaks English and Bosnian fluently and Spanish at an advanced level. Apart from that, he's able to understand a lot of Slavic-based languages. 

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Dzenan went to high school in Niles West in Skokie, IL. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. While attending Western Michigan University, he was a Division 1 soccer player for the program where they ranked #4 in the nation at one point. Following his experience at Western Michigan, he also attended the University of St. Augustine down in Miami, Florida where he earned his masters in Occupational Therapy.  

Having worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities, home health, outpatient, and pediatrics, Dzenan has a full understanding of patient recovery. According to him, each patient is different and requires their own unique plan of recovery. 

His goal is to sit for the Certified Hand Therapist licensing exam when he becomes eligible in the near future.

Bobbi Serafimova

Practice Manager

With over a decade of experience working in customer service, Bobbi is well-versed in the ins and outs of the industry. A desire to expand her knowledge and meet new people prompted Bobbi to join Cadence Physical Therapy, where she hopes to build upon her experience. 

As Cadence Physical Therapy’s Practice manager, her job has its perks and difficulties, which she is relishing according to her. Bobbi loves the daily progress she witnesses in patients as a result of their physical treatment. Each day at the office, she gets to see the “meaningful, life-changing results,” which keep her focused on our common goal: changing people’s lives.

Marianna Shapiro

Marianna Shapiro

Marketing Administrator

Marianna came to work at Cadence Physical Therapy in 2019 as a Front Desk Receptionist and Physical Therapy Technician. 

She recently graduated with a major in Health Information Management from University of Illinois in Chicago. Like most of our staff, Marianna is fluent in several languages like Russian and Ukrainian.

Currently, she is the clinic’s Marketing Specialist and our cheery ray of sunshine that ensures our strong relationship with MDs and the multi-disciplinary team.

Angel Parada

PT Technician

My name is Angel and grew up in Waukegan, IL. I am currently working as a Personal Trainer at Anytime Fitness at Libertyville and as a Rehab Tech for Cadence. I’ll be attending Lake Forest College to continue my studies to end in a Physical Therapy school.

Clarizza Ignacio

Clarissa Ignacio

Billing Manager

Clarizza manages the billing and collections process of Cadence Physical Therapy. When it comes to prompt and reliable billing assistance, she is the person to trust. Clarizza brings with her a decade of experience in healthcare, working in the reimbursement and billing sectors. Her background includes positions as a medical biller and healthcare insurance supervisor prior to joining the team.

David Ban

David Ban

Chief Everything Officer

David attended DePaul University for Finance and Loyola University with a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management.   I benefited from those degrees as a transportation analyst for Packaging Corporation of America and as a financial analyst for Stepan Co.     After 14 years in corporate America, my wife (Dr. Nelli Ban) and I opened Cadence Physical Therapy Co in 2016.  Nothing is better than working with physical therapists on a daily basis.  Physical therapists are the most altruistic, and caring people in all of healthcare.   The same cannot be said for the people I worked within corporate America.

Since opening, I have worked in every position in the company except physical therapist.  I was a front desk receptionist, aide (I was terrible and have absolutely no balance to do the exercises correctly), benefits coordinator, internal/external marketing, post office courier, lunch delivery courier for staff, handyman, human resources, biller, office supply purchaser, email marketing person, etc.  I am so grateful for the staff we have now, and Cadence Physical Therapy Co is having an impact on the Buffalo Grove community beyond my wildest imagination.  I am most proud of the fact that our success has come without the branding of a “big box” physical therapy clinic such as ATI / Athletico / Team Rehab.  I really feel that those chain companies take the soul out of physical therapy. 

Nelli and I “bootstrapped” this entire business with the $150 left that we had in our checking account (we got laughed out of the room by all the banks in the Buffalo Grove area when we applied for our physical therapy startup loan).  I still can’t believe that our initial landlord at 1691 Weiland Rd in Buffalo Grove was foolish enough not to ask for any bank statements before giving us his space.  I guess he was desperate and no one wanted to open up next to a nail salon jamming out techno music at a 130-decibel level with hundreds of cigarette buds and Dunkin donut cups in the parking lot….  Thankfully, we have now moved and we are in a new state-of-the-art 4500 sq ft facility.

Most importantly, I am a husband and father of 3 amazing children who have my wife’s intelligence and good looks, and sense of humor.    Cadence Physical Therapy helps support our family and enables us to spend a few moments of quality time with them.  The best part of being a father is when the kids run to me and give me the unsolicited kiss and hug after a long day’s work.  I love the quality time I get to spend with my kids on weekends and whenever they have breaks from school.

My favorite memory was back in May 2009, I went on a dating site, and instant messaged this woman three or four times.   As a student of marketing, I knew that you have to pursue a lead until you get a “hard no.”   After the fourth time texting this girl on a dating site at 10:30 PM on a weekday night she finally responded back and we proceeded to have a great conversation.   Long story short, I married that pretty and smart girl around 1 year, 5 months, and 13 days later after that instant message.  The moral of the story - keep going after a lead until you get a hard no.  Perhaps, that is why you get so many postcards/emails/newsletters from us….you haven’t given us the Hard No!

What Makes Us Different At Cadence Physical Therapy Co

We know that you do not want physical therapy and simply want to get back to the activities that you love, such as playing soccer or going for a run. We RESPECT your time and want you to get better FAST; that is why we only use expert physical therapists in your treatment (no aides or PTAs), and our goal is to discharge you fast because we put our patients first, not our company’s profits.

FRIENDLY AND CARING STAFF. FLEXIBLE HOURS

One-on-One Treatments
Our commitment to you is that you will receive one-on-one attention from one of our staff members who is a doctor of physical therapy. We will never double, triple, or quadruple book your appointment slot. This ensures that you get one-on-one time with your doctor of physical therapy and you never do your exercises alone in the corner like at the hospital or at corporate physical therapy clinics. If you are currently seeing a physical therapist who leaves you alone to perform your exercises while they go to treat other patients and who double/triple books your appointment, please give us a call today!
State-of the-Art Equipment
Even though we are a small and local PT clinic, we still make the capital investment to have only the best equipment for you in our clinic. Our doctor of physical therapy will guide you through an individually customized plan of treatment based on your initial evaluation. Thereafter, we will provide home exercises that will normally be different than your clinic treatment program. If your current clinic is simply having you perform the home exercises in the clinic, please give us a call today!
Russian Speaking
We are one of the few Russian-speaking physical therapy clinics in the Chicagoland area. If Russian is your preferred language, please give us a call today!
Manual Therapy
We believe that manual therapy is an important element toward rehabilitation for many patients. Our doctors are highly trained in the approaches of manual therapy. If your current clinic does not believe in manual therapy, please give us a call today!
Convenient Location
We are located at the corner of Aptakisic Rd and Weiland Rd, in the same shopping plaza as Royal Touch Car Wash and Dunkin’ Donuts. We are directly across the street from the JCYS of Buffalo Grove.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO EARNING THE TRUST OF OUR PATIENTS, COMMUNITY, AND PROFESSION.

We are committed to delivering the highest standard of service, the best value, and optimum results.
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