Our Staff

Dr. Nelli Ban

DPT, PT (Owner of Cadence PT Co)

Dr. Nelli Ban was born and raised in Russia. Since 2000, Dr. Ban has resided in the Chicagoland area. She graduated with a doctoral degree 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. Dr. Ban has treated over 1,000 patients in this setting. Her career has been focused on helping her patients recover from different injuries and impairments. She spends much of her time trying to improve patients’ lifestyle and independence as well as ensuring they all return to their pre-injury status. Her focus is on rehabilitative activities, working collaboratively with the patient’s physician.

Noticing that the patient population does not receive the level of care and attention they deserve at large chain PT clinics, Dr. Nelli Ban started Cadence Physical Therapy Clinic under the proposition that all patients deserve one-on-one treatments with a physical therapy doctor, using state-of-the-art equipment, and where the patient is the focus. We promise all our patients will be seen by the same physical therapist from their initial evaluation visit up until their discharge visit. We are proud to be a physical therapist-owned and operated clinic.

Ryan is one of our physical therapists here at Cadence Physical Therapy Co. He 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.

He has had the opportunity to gain experience working in a variety of settings with many different patient populations, which has taught him about the importance of treating each case individually. He believes each case is unique to the specific person, regardless if two people have the same diagnosis. Ryan is focused on continuously developing and progressing his clinical skills in order to provide the very best care for all patients. In the near future, Ryan hopes to earn his Orthopedic Certified Specialist and Dry Needling certifications.

Dr. Ryan Towns

DPT, PT (Clinical Director)

Dr. David Thomas

PT, DPT, PPSC (Director of Marketing)

My name is Dr. David Thomas and I am a Physical Therapist employed here at Cadence Physical Therapy. I completed my Bachelors with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition at University of Illinois at Chicago. I completed my graduate degree to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Governors State University.

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. I am a firm believer that exercise can heal the body as I have provided successful rehabilitation for myself for several diagnoses such as cervical nerve root impingement, low back pain, and sciatica.

In 2020, I am to become certified for dry-needling, which is a skilled intervention aimed to address myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. I am also currently still a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, which is what ultimately drove my passion to pursue a career in Physical Therapy! I am also a certified Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC), allowing 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.

Dr. Jessica Karluk


My name is Jessica Karluk, and I am a physical therapist at Cadence Physical Therapy. I am also am a polish speaking physical therapist and grew up locally here in Long Grove, IL.
My studies began at Saint Louis University where I earned my Bachelors in Exercise Science with a physical therapy concentration while minoring in Psychology, and where I continued to pursue my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
I’ve had clinical experience ranging from various outpatient settings to inpatient settings that include neuro rehab, skilled nursing care, orthopedic and geriatric care. My diverse background has given me the opportunity to work with various diagnosis and allows me to understand where many patients come from before participating in outpatient care. I strive to treat patients with a patient-oriented and function-based approach to help patients achieve their goals. I plan to continue expanding my clinical skills and, in the near future, undergo dry needling certification.

Dr. Gemmy Ambatt


Graduate of Governors State University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and has over 4 years of experience in orthopedic and geriatric experience in an outpatient setting. Previously, worked at Athletico in Lincolnshire. Dr. Ambatt has an undergraduate degree from UIC with a major in Movement & Science.

Bobbi Serafimova

Practice Manager

Bobbi has been working in customer service for over ten years and enjoying the rewards and challenges that come with it. Bobbi’s passion for customer service and meeting new people led her to Cadence, as she was looking to build upon her experience. Bobbi is excited to maintain strong working relationships and see growth in patients every day due to their physical therapy. Each day at the office, she witnesses the “meaningful, life-changing results,” which keep her focused on our common goal: changing people’s lives.

Anna Erdman

PT Technician

Anna is one of our PT technicians. She assists the Physical Therapist in stretches and exercises, as well s maintaining the cleanliness of the clinic. She plans on becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy and will be attending school in 2023.

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

Billing Manager

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. Clarizza currently manages the billing and collections process of Cadence.

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.


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 delivering the highest standard of service, the best value, and optimum results.
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1300 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
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