Specialized Clinics & Medical Services

Brynwood Myofascial Therapy

6072 Brynwood Dr., Ste. 102, Rockford,
(815) 904-6163, brynwoodmyofascial.com

Myofascial Release is a whole-body, highly specialized, hands-on technique for the evaluation and treatment of pain. The term comes from “myo,” meaning muscle, and “fascia,” meaning connective tissue.


Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. Trauma, posture, or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia, resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, and/or organs.


Since many of the standard tests, such as X-rays, CAT scans and electromyography, don’t show the fascial restrictions, it’s thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.


Myofascial Release addresses problems that haven’t responded to previous surgeries, therapies and medications, and it can bring lasting changes. Gentle, sustained pressure, applied slowly into connective tissue restrictions, allows the fascia to elongate, thus eliminating pain and restoring motion. Restrictions can occur when there’s physical trauma to the body, such as surgical procedures, motor vehicle accidents, falls, inflammation or infection.


Fascial strains can slowly tighten and spread, and when it happens, flexibility and spontaneity of movement are lost, causing more trauma, pain and movement restriction.


Brynwood offers physical and occupational therapy and lymphedema treatments done by a certified lymphedema therapist. “Loosen Up!” with Brynwood Myofascial Therapy.

Elite Spine & Wellness Center

6833 Stalter Dr., Ste. 203, Rockford (815) 904-6650

Dr. Brittany Sullivan, a Rockford native, earned a bachelor’s degree from Rockford College, now known as Rockford University, before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida. She then moved back home to begin her career.


After working as an independent chiropractor for nearly 10 years, Sullivan has branched out on her own. She opened her new Elite Spine & Wellness Center location this past January at 6833 Stalter Dr., Ste. 203 in Rockford.


Sullivan works with patients who suffer from any type of pain in the neck, back and extremities, including muscle strains, misalignments, arthritis and lifting injuries. She also specializes in Cox Flexion/Distraction, which helps decompress the spine often used to treat disc injuries.


Among her various approaches to chiropractic care, Sullivan performs manual adjustments, though she also uses the Activator method, where a unique hand-held tool allows her to do adjustments with low force.


After taking a full medical history and completing a thorough examination, Sullivan works with her patients to tailor the treatment plan to each individual’s needs. “We start with acute care,” she says. “We’ll do adjustments and passive therapies like muscle stimulation, ultrasound and massage just to keep their pain down. Once their pain improves, we’ll do rehabilitative treatment.”


When she’s not practicing, Sullivan spends her time with her 8-month-old son, Declan, and her husband of three years, Matt.

Dr. Sarah Hagarty

1235 N. Mulford Road, Ste. 200, Rockford
(815) 240-0900, drsarahhagarty.com

Dr. Sarah helps people look their best without looking ‘overdone’ or unnatural, whether through improvements to skin care, injectables, minimally invasive office treatments or surgical procedures.


A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hagarty specializes in several forms of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery for men and women, including eyelid surgery, a type of procedure that repairs sagging eyelids, botox and fillers, which decreases the appearance of facial wrinkle, and lipo-suction, which uses suctioning to remove fat.


Other services include tummy tuck, breast augmentation or reduction and rhinoplasty, a cosmetic surgery that adjusts the contours of your nose.


Before any procedure, you’ll consult with Dr. Hagarty directly to establish your needs and goals. This helps you better understand what options are available to you.


In addition to plastic surgery, Hagarty, a mother of three, understands the need for life balance and minimizing downtime after interventions. She also has a reliable network of dedicated health professionals who are available for the times when life gets over whelming, or when hormonal or weight issues are a struggle.


Visit our website to schedule a consultation, or call (815) 965-6644.

Lloyd Hearing Center

4435 Manchester Dr., Rockford,
(800) 323-4212, lloydhearingaid.com

For more than 50 years, Lloyd Hearing Center has helped people from all over the Midwest to enjoy a better quality of life by solving their hearing problems.


Your sight and hearing are the two senses that connect you to the world. If you suffer from hearing loss, this can greatly affect your enjoyment of life and your relations with others.


Hearing aids work with the remaining hearing function of a person’s ears. Studies have shown that if a person’s hearing problem goes untreated, his or her hearing capacity deteriorates substantially, compared with a person who has been using hearing aids. It’s the “use it or lose it” syndrome.


Lloyd Hearing Center provides hearing aids in a wide variety of styles, and at affordable prices. The clinic remains committed to providing patients the best value for their dollar.


Lloyd Hearing Center is one of the only hearing clinics in northern Illinois working with all of the major hearing aid manufacturers. The center isn’t tied to just one franchise brand or supplier, like many local offices.


A team of professionals is ready to help find the right hearing aid for your individual hearing needs. They look forward to helping you regain and enjoy the sounds of life once again.

 Luxetone Hearing Studio

1656 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, (815) 269-6662
luxetone.com

Luxetone Hearing Studio helps patients regain the portion of life they’ve been missing: the ability to hear clearly and enjoy the sounds of life.


A team of elite hearing care specialists makes the process of hearing simple and effortless. From the moment you call Luxetone or walk through the doors, you are treated with friendly and personalized service. Each member of the Luxetone team possesses proper credentials and has passed rigourous interviews and tests before joining the staff. They are committed to investing in your journey to hear the sounds of life again.


The expert staff takes all the stress and hassle out of choosing a hearing device by ensuring a comfortable, effortless experience. As an independent practice, free of manufacturer affiliation, the hearing care specialists are able to hand-select from any brand or device on the market to offer the best hearing solutions. They are determined to protect your hearing and improve your hearing loss, thus improving your quality of life.


Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a hearing care specialist by visiting luxetone.com or calling (815) 269-6662.

   Maintain Your Smile Dentistry

1110 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, (815) 398-3879, maintainyoursmile.com
1001 Lincoln Highway, Rochelle, Ill., (815) 562-2030, maintainyoursmile.com

The central mission of Maintain Your Smile Dentistry is to provide care that puts the patient first. Using the latest technologies, they seek to offer an accurate diagnosis at an affordable cost – and they’ll always discuss treatments and costs upfront.


Maintain Your Smile Dentistry is a full-service family dental practice that handles everything from routine cleanings and orthodontics to implant and restorative dentistry.


State-of-the-art 5-D scanners help to reduce the need for X-ray radiation and messy impressions while boosting the ability to visualize what’s happening in each patient’s mouth. A new, on-site mill produces lab-quality crowns right in-house, further reducing costs and increasing the speed at which patients can see results.


The seven dentists behind Maintain Your Smile boast a combined 100-plus years of experience in the field, and they’re well-known around the community. Dr. Todd Stern has led the practice for more than 15 years. Dr. John Halversen serves on the county board of health. Dr. Heather Shick ran Above & Beyond Dentistry before joining a few years ago. Dr. Bill Shold ran his own practice for many years before coming onboard. Dr. Marshall Valadez is a recent graduate; Dr. Lionel Gibson once worked at Crusader Clinic; and Dr. Mike Wattles runs a satellite office in Rochelle, Ill., where the same gamut of services is available.

Relief Mental Health

1641 N. Alpine Road, Rockford

(630) 974-6602, reliefmts.com

Rockford Mental Health started as Relief TMS, an organization offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to help individuals struggling with depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other mental health diagnoses. An FDA-approved outpatient procure, TMS sends magnetic pulses to the area of the brain that regulates mood. There are no systemic side effects, no medication is required, and the process is covered by insurance.


Since rebranding as Relief Mental Health, the organization has expanded its services to include Spravato, an intranasal esketamine treatment for depression and the first psychedelic to be approved by the FDA to treat mental health. Often used in conjunction with TMS, the treatment is showing dramatic results for patients who have not achieved remission from other forms of treatment.


Relief Mental Health’s team, consisting of nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and medically trained clinicians, also offer diagnostic and medication management services. The team specializes in OCD and depression treatment, offering patient-specific plans to help OCD and depression patients effectively manage their diagnosis. There are plans to offer therapy services soon.


Relief Mental Health prioritizes an expedited process for onboarding patients. Those who seek treatment for mental health need an effective plan as quickly as possible. With its personalized spectrum of care, Relief Mental Health is dedicated to putting, and keeping, its clients on the road to recovery.

Medlux Rehabilitation & Wellness

345 Executive Parkway, Rockford

(847) 213-9149, medluxrehab.com

Medlux Rehabilitation & Wellness is a group of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners who provide a full spectrum of rehabilitative services. The clinic has been operating since 2007, helping thousands of patients recover from debilitating conditions caused by neurological or orthopedic challenges, sports-related injuries, illness or trauma.


Working upon a wealth of experience and a dedication to best practices, the Medlux team partners everyone in their care with a specialist who will find the most effective path back to a functional, pain-free life. These specialists in pain management are dedicated to a philosophy of care that eliminates or drastically limits the use of opiate drugs as a pain solution as they assist their patients on a journey back to wellness.


Medlux offers many inpatient services at its clinic, including physical and occupational therapy, as well as therapies for injury, post-operative care, spinal injuries and amputations.


The team also provides a variety of outpatient services, such as pain and weight-loss management, platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy.


Outside its core group of specialists, Medlux also works with a vast network of specialty physicians, therapists, nutritionists and psychologists in multiple hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and rehabilitation centers throughout the region. Also, as coordinators of care, Medlux can link patients to other specialists who can help to achieve a particular goal.

Miller Eye Center

2995 Eastrock Dr., Rockford, (815) 226-1500, MillerEyeCenter.com

Dr. Richard Miller, founder and medical director of Miller Eye Center, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal specialist. He is the former director of the cataract division at the University of Chicago.


He utilizes state-of-the-art technology by offering a revolutionary advancement in the treatment of cataracts: PanOptix. The goal of PanOptix is to restore your vision and give you the best chance to see without the use of glasses.


Also on staff is Dr. Ahmet Ozkok, a fellowshiptrained physician who specializes in retina diseases,


including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. His unique set of surgical specialties includes retinal detachment, epiretinal membranes and eye trauma.


Dr. Peter Gunther, a board-certified optometrist, brings a broad range of optometry skills and experience to Miller Eye Center. A retired Navy doctor and veteran, Dr. Gunther offers particular expertise with ocular diseases.


Miller Eye Center’s conveniently located clinic offers many eye-related services, including corneal implant treatment, floater laser treatment, macular degeneration, refractive surgery, diabetic eye care, dry eye, cosmetic procedures and a full optical dispensary for all of your vision needs.

Mobility Connection Inc.

4100 E. State St., Rockford
(815) 965-8090, rockfordmobility.com

Mobility Connection Inc. has been committed to providing personal freedom and independence to its clients for 30 years. Through a large selection of mobility products and equipment, they work on an individual basis to find the perfect solution to specific mobility needs.


Mobility Connection sells new and used wheelchair-accessible vans. If it’s not on the lot, staff members can help you find what you need. Other driver and passenger aids include transfer seats, hand controls and tie-down systems. All staff members will try to work within set budgets.


The showroom has a large display of products that can aid all aspects of mobility, and helpful staff can answer your questions about making your or your loved one’s life easier and fulfilled.


Many hard-to-find, small items for simple solutions to daily living challenges can be found there.

Mobility scooters, power wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs can help clients “on the go,” while lift chairs assist with the extra boost one may need. Portable, threshold and modular ramps are also available. Stairlifts are another product that can help inside the home. Most modular ramp systems and stairlifts can be installed within 10 business days.


This locally owned small business has been serving the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area for more than 30 years. The Assisted Technology Professional (ATP) and staff are prepared to help with all of your mobility needs. Call for an appointment or drop in to visit the showroom.

Northern Illinois Optical Co. Inc.

121 N. Madison St., Rockford, (815) 963-3454, northernillinoisoptical.com

Centrally located in the heart of downtown Rockford for more than 72 years, Northern Illinois Optical Co. Inc. proudly serves the Rock River Valley community and its families with caring for all your vision needs. Our friendly staff provides superior-quality eyecare with a focus on you, the patient. At Northern Illinois Optical Co. Inc., you may schedule a comprehensive eye examination with our licensed optometrist or bring in your own eyewear prescription and browse through more than a thousand frames, name brands and styles. We will custom order for you, too.


At Northern Illinois Optical:
Most insurance plans are accepted.
A complete line of industrial safety eyewear is available.
An expansive product line is sure to satisfy every age group with all of the newest styles and trends to choose from.
There’s an in-house finishing lab.
We offer an extensive stock of contact lenses and convenient, hassle-free overnight reordering capabilities.





Northern Illinois Optical Co. Inc. office hours are Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-noon & 1-5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon. Call (815) 963-3454 to schedule an appointment to come see us.

Northern Illinois Retina

1235 N. Mulford Road, Ste. 100, Rockford, (815) 226-4990, niretina.com

Dr. Susan Fowell is an ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and surgery of diseases of the vitreous and the retina. Fowell graduated college from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., with summa cum laude honors and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

She then graduated from Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical School in Chicago and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed an internship in internal medicine, a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in vitreoretinal disease – all at Northwestern University in Chicago. She began her practice in Rockford in 1990.


She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmolgy and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Retinal Surgeons (ASRS). She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, attends two major CME meetings per year, and offers state-of-the-art university-level care on a full-time basis to Rockford and surrounding communities.


Practice at Northern Illinois Retina is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the back portion of the eye, the retina, macula and vitreous. These include but are not limited to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, ocular trauma, retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and uveitis. Diagnostic procedures performed in the office include Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), OCT angiography and fluorescein angiography. In-office surgical treatment includes laser photocoagulation, cryopexy of retinal tears and pneumatic retinopexy for retinal detachment, and intravitreal injections of Avastin, Lucentis 0.3 and 0.5, Eylea, Ozurdex and Iluvien. Intraocular surgeries are performed in the hospital and include scleral buckling surgery, pars plana vitrectomy and membrane peeling.


Patients are usually referred by other ophthalmic and optometric colleagues, but if you have concerns or questions, visit niretina.net and click on the education tab to learn more about specific eye conditions affecting the retina and their treatment.

Oak Street Health

301 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 668-7810, oakstreethealth.com

Oak Street Health isn’t your typical doctor’s office. The center provides the highest-quality health care tailored to the needs of older adults with Medicare.


At Oak Street Health, paying attention isn’t a specialty, it’s common sense. That’s why the staff spends more time getting to know you, so the doctors can provide you with individualized treatment. After all, nobody knows your body better than you.


At Oak Street Health, you’re treated like a person, not a number. And because your health matters to the staff, they provide you the support you need to stay on track to a healthy life.
Oak Street Health offers 20 minutes or more with your doctor, a 24/7 patient support line, transportation to and from appointments when needed, access to specialist and Medicare advisors, community activities and daily events, an on-site pharmacy and more. This allows more time to understand a patient’s individual circumstance and develop a comprehensive care plan including the ability to connect with specialists.


Oak Street Health is making a difference in the way you experience health care.
Call today and see what they can do for you: (815) 668-7810.

Relief Mental Health

1641 N. Alpine Road, Rockford

(630) 974-6602, reliefmts.com

Rockford Mental Health started as Relief TMS, an organization offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to help individuals struggling with depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other mental health diagnoses. An FDA-approved outpatient procure, TMS sends magnetic pulses to the area of the brain that regulates mood. There are no systemic side effects, no medication is required, and the process is covered by insurance.


Since rebranding as Relief Mental Health, the organization has expanded its services to include Spravato, an intranasal esketamine treatment for depression and the first psychedelic to be approved by the FDA to treat mental health. Often used in conjunction with TMS, the treatment is showing dramatic results for patients who have not achieved remission from other forms of treatment.


Relief Mental Health’s team, consisting of nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and medically trained clinicians, also offer diagnostic and medication management services. The team specializes in OCD and depression treatment, offering patient-specific plans to help OCD and depression patients effectively manage their diagnosis. There are plans to offer therapy services soon.


Relief Mental Health prioritizes an expedited process for onboarding patients. Those who seek treatment for mental health need an effective plan as quickly as possible. With its personalized spectrum of care, Relief Mental Health is dedicated to putting, and keeping, its clients on the road to recovery.

Rockford Nephrology Associates

612 Roxbury Road, Rockford, (815) 227-8300, rockfordnephrology.org

It is estimated that approximately 37 million people, or one in every seven in the U.S., have some degree of kidney disease. Medicare data shows that these numbers continue to rise year after year, with diabetes and hypertension being the leading causes.


At Rockford Nephrology Associates (RNA), the goal of 10 board-certified nephrologists, four nurse practitioners, and their supporting team, is to serve those with kidney disease through quality care and to empower patients through continuing education.


Comprehensive care is available, including consultation and follow-up visits, blood pressure monitoring, kidney disease education and dialysis services. In addition, RNA physicians may diagnose hypertension, kidney disease and situations that could lead to kidney disease.


RNA’s quality programs provide support to patients through chronic disease management as well as acute and post-hospital care. RNA is now offering Ultrasound testing on-site at our Roxbury location five days a week. Ultrasound images help the care team to identify issues with the kidneys, bladder or vessels to create the best plan of care for a patient’s needs.


RNA’s Access Center provides dialysis patients with interventional services in an outpatient setting to ensure the best possible care.


RNA cares for your kidneys. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (815) 227-8300, option 4.

Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center

1016 Featherstone Road, Rockford, (815) 226-3300, rockfordambulatory.com

S pecializing in elective outpatient surgical and pain procedures, Rockford Ambulatory provides patients and surgeons with a quiet, stable environment for operations. Because it’s not a hospital, patients are discharged to recover in the quiet and comfort of their homes.


Rockford Ambulatory’s network of surgeons includes all three Rockford hospitals and experts from around the region. Surgery is all that Rockford Ambulatory does, so the facility is an efficient and cost-effective alternative to the hospital.


At Rockford Ambulatory, every patient is carefully screened to ensure their safety and to minimize the risk of an infection. The center maintains a 0.1% infection rate.
High-tech equipment and five fully equipped operating rooms allow surgeons at Rockford Ambulatory to perform a variety of procedures.


Some of the most common include removal of cataracts, hernias, tonsils and gall bladders; laparoscopies; plastic surgeries; foot surgeries; and ear tube implants. Pain management treatments, including spinal cord stimulation and radio frequency ablation, also are available.
This year, nearly 5,000 patients will choose a different way to do surgery. Discover what makes Rockford Ambulatory an effective alternative.

Rock River Valley Blood Center

(815) 965-8751, rrvbc.org
Headquarters and Downtown Donor Center: 419 N. Sixth St., Rockford
Belvidere Donor Center: 1740 S. State St., Belvidere
Freeport Donor Center: 461 E. South St., Freeport
Perryville Donor Center: 3065 N. Perryville Road, Rockford

At Rock River Valley Blood Center, we are the only supplier of blood and blood products to 13 area hospitals. That means if you need blood, the blood you receive will have come from one of our donors.


Spring and summer are already a challenging time for the blood center. Donations often decrease because of travel and other commitments, but the need increases as outdoor activities ramp up and hospitals see more trauma cases.


Things have changed drastically in our area over the past 12 years. Blood donations have dropped 50% since 2010, and the amount of people giving blood has dropped 40%. This means we are relying on fewer people to give more. The number of new people giving each year has dropped 43%. Meanwhile, hospital usage continues to rise, leaving us to find more donations.


At Rock River Valley Blood Center, we need to see 800 donors per week to meet the demand for blood and blood products so that we can provide supplies to the hospitals that depend on us.
Donating blood is safe and simple, and there are no special requirements. You must be at least 17 years old – 16, with parental consent – and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure do not necessarily disqualify you from donating blood, and neither will most medications. As long as you are in good health on the day of donation, you are most likely eligible to donate blood. The hour that you spend donating with us can save three lives.


With summer nearing, we are urging individuals to continue to make and keep donation appointments. We need you now, so we can save lives later.

Stewart Family Dental

1393 S. Alpine Road, Rockford, (815) 397-5615, stewartfamilydental.com

Since 1984, Stewart Family Dental has been serving the Rockford region as a local, family-owned dental office. A full range of dental services is available, including denture fabrication, cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery. The office also provides convenient care with same-day and emergency services. Staff members are licensed and insured for your protection.


Stewart Family Dental provides personalized care to patients in a family-friendly environment.

Patients can keep gum disease at bay and maintain good oral health by scheduling regular checkups. The compassionate and caring staff can treat the whole family to maintain healthy gums and teeth with regular dental exams and teeth cleanings.


Patients can also make their smile unforgettable with teeth whitening services, tooth-colored fillings, crowns/bridges and other affordable cosmetic dentistry services. The staff can also correct dental issues such as gaps, chips, irregular shaping and more.


Stewart Family Dental also provides quality dentures to enhance a patient’s appearance and improve their ability to eat. The dentures are natural looking, durable and custom made for a patient’s mouth.


To accommodate patients, Stewart Family Dental accepts most dental insurance plans. The office is a Delta Dental Premier provider and accepts CareCredit. To schedule an appointment or a free denture consultation, call (815) 397-5615.

Van Matre Encompass Health Rehab

950 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, (815) 381-8500,
encompasshealth.com/vanmatrerehab

Discover renewed independence at Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital.
Getting back to your routine and the activities you love can be physically and emotionally challenging after experiencing a life-altering illness or injury like stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or hip fracture.


Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital’s unique approach to rehabilitation involves a team of experts with extensive experience in today’s most advanced therapeutic methods and technologies to help patients return to their communities safer and stronger.


Team Approach: An important key to success in rehabilitation is Van Matre Encompass Health’s team approach. The hospital is equipped with a diverse team of experts working together to best benefit each patient.


Targeted Treatment Plans: Each patient’s treatment plan is designed to accomplish his or her therapeutic goals through a sequence of measurable and achievable steps. The hospital team works with each patient to tailor a plan with the patient’s medical and personal goals in mind, while incorporating physical, cognitive and emotional needs.


Rehabilitation Technology: Healthcare is a technology-driven industry – especially rehabilitation. Van Matre Encompass Health offers advanced technologies that make regaining a certain skill quicker, safer and even more enjoyable at times.


When it comes to finding the best rehabilitation services, be sure to understand the differences in available rehabilitation options. Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to have served the Rockford community for 20 years.