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Dr. Deborah Mitchell
Five Star Professional 2014 Award Winner

Dr. Deborah A. Mitchell, PT, DPT, MPT, CGS

Dr. Debbie Mitchell understands how injuries can cause chronic pain and decreased ability to do the things you love. At 18 years old she was in a severe car accident, and it changed her life forever. She went to many practitioners who didn’t understand why her pain persisted after the standard treatments were provided.

She was very frustrated and the pain and headaches were limiting her ability to complete school work, workout, sleep and perform necessary daily tasks. Debbie was even called a malingerer, and was accused of not doing her home exercises, even though she was doing everything prescribed. She was even more frustrated to be dismissed when practitioners wouldn’t even touch her to assess her pain and symptoms. Many doctors would just want to prescribe her medications and send her on her way. 

During her healing journey Debbie became a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and tried all kinds of treatments to relieve her symptoms. She was able to meet lots of practitioners along the way. This allowed Debbie to develop her unique treatment approach, and develop empathy for her patients. She understands each person and injury is unique, and needs to be treated as a whole person. Listening is VERY important. 

After being plagued for years with pain, Debbie found John F. Barnes,PT and his Myofascial Release Approach. It was the missing link. Finally a treatment that addresses not only the symptoms, but the cause of the pain!

It is both physically and emotionally draining to not be able to fully participate in life. Debbie gets it.  It can be scary to do activity if the end result is more pain. Worry can become paralyzing and fear can limit your potential for recovery.  

It doesn’t need to be that way! Debbie has figured out a method to get and keep active adults and athletes to get back to their lives. She offers an alternative to medications, injections and surgery. There are options for you! It has become Debbie’s mission to help people just like you get back on track to living a fully active life. 

If you have been plagued with injuries, accidents, and pain that is keeping you sidelined in your life and you are serious about recovery and returning to the activities you love, Red Rock Physical Therapy and Wellness is the place for you!


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Temple University 2006
  • Master of Physical Therapy, Bradley University 2002
  • BS in Health Science with Biology Minor, Bradley University 2000
  • Expert Level John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach Therapist
  • Certified GoLo Golf Fitness Specialist
  • MPS (Dolphin Stim) Scar, Trauma, Pain and Concussion Specialist
  • Certified APTA Clinical Instructor
  • Member and former Northern District Delegate of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association 
  • Extensive List of Quality Continuing Education Courses Completed

Dr. Debbie Mitchell is committed to quality continuing education in order to provide many additional skills to enhance the healing process, and allow greater customization to an individual’s needs. 

Fun Facts:

Hometown: Schaumburg, IL

Favorite Sports: Volleyball and Basketball

Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking, Art, Hiking and Reading Books

What I love to do outside of work: Cheering on my children’s baseball, and basketball teams.

Awards: Awarded Five Star Outstanding Physical Therapist in Chicago Magazine in both 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Allyson L. Stellmach, PT, DPT

Allyson joined the Red Rock team in 2016. She began her love of activity at a young age playing multiple sports. She attended Truman State University continuing at a competitive level through college where she majored in Biology while playing varsity volleyball. She continued her studies in physical therapy school at the University of Illinois at Chicago graduating in 2016 with her DPT. Allyson enjoys traveling, arts, and playing sports.


  • BA in Biology, Truman State University, 2013
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016
  • Member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association 

Dr. Emily F. Rotert, PT, DPT                                    

Emily joins the Red Rock team with seven years of experience in the outpatient physical therapy setting. She attended Concordia University Nebraska, graduating in 2009 with a degree in Exercise Science. She was a member of the track team where she earned NAIA All American Rankings. She then attended the University of Kansas Medical Center where she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. She has certifications in Concussion Management and Functional Dry Needling, as well as specializing in a variety of manual therapy techniques.


  • BA in Exercise Science, Concordia University Nebraska, 2009
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Kansas Medical Center, 2012

Also at this location

Ami Wilson Kalisek, LMT


Ami is an expert level therapist in the specialty of John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR). She began this training over 15 years ago; graduating from Chicago School of Massage Therapy (now Cortiva Institute) in 1986.  She is a talented partner specializing in MFR, lymphatic drainage, and therapeutic body work, and educates at a local massage therapy program. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings and with a variety of clients including Equine clients, and other animals.

Clients can schedule an appointment directly with her, or dependent on insurance, she can be apart of your physical therapy plan of care.

Phone: 815.354.9916

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