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.

Elite Spine & Wellness Center, at 6833 Stalter Dr., Ste. 203 in Rockford, offers services that include chiropractic, medical massage, rehab and therapies.

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 and is 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 enjoys time with her son, Declan, and her husband, Matt.

Dr. Sarah Hagarty

(815) 240-0900, drsarahhagarty.com

7117 Crimson Ridge Dr., Rockford

Dr. Sarah Hagarty helps people look their best without looking “overdone” or unnatural, through skin care, injectables, minimally invasive treatments or surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Hagarty specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery for men and women. She offers a boutique plastic surgery practice where you deal directly with the plastic surgeon.

Treatments include blepharoplasty, to repair sagging eyelids; Botox and fillers, which decrease facial wrinkles; peels, micro-needling and other topical treatments to help your skin get that glow back. Other services include liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, Daddy Do-overs, tummy tuck, breast augmentation or reduction and rhinoplasty, which adjusts the contours of your nose. Before any treatment, you’ll consult directly with Dr. Hagarty to establish your needs and goals. This helps you to better understand your options.

Dr. Hagarty understands the need for life balance and minimizing downtime after interventions. Being a mother of three, she has gone through all of the stages of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond; all of the joys and challenges many women face throughout their lives. This affords her a special gift: insight and empathy that make her patients feel at ease. Women understand women.

Dr. Hagarty’s practice is now located with Dr. Joseph Eckburg’s practice on Crimson Ridge Drive, in Rockford. Visit DrSarahHagarty.com or call to schedule a consultation. ❚

Lloyd Hearing Center

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

For more than 60 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.

Maintain Your Smile Dental

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 Dental 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 up-front.

Maintain Your Smile Dental 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. With this experience, they've been able to win many community awards for outstanding patient satisfaction.

Maintain Your Smile is always looking for talented individuals to join the team.

Medical Pain Management Services

1235 N. Mulford Road, Rockford
(815) 397-8400, medicalpain.com

Living with pain can be a reality that every age group faces.

Medical Pain Management physicians and advanced nurse practitioners, who are highly trained and nationally awarded, specialize in interventional techniques that manage many forms of acute, chronic and debilitating pain. The latest treatment modalities are available for lumbar pain disorders, spinal decompression, regenerative medicine and implantable devices that control pain.

MPMS nurses and physicians are experienced in the field and understand the unique medical and emotional needs of pain patients.

Acute pain signals that there is a problem in your body; the perception of pain is highly individualized. When pain is not resolved after medical treatment lasting a duration of six months or more, the pain then is considered to be chronic in nature.

Chronic pain often causes dramatic changes in a person’s ability to function and lead a normal life. Early intervention is the key in evaluation and treatment. This can reduce the impact of pain and restore a patient’s quality of life.

Call (815) 397-8400 or visit medicalpain.com for more information.

Mobility Connection

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 75 years, Northern Illinois Optical Co. Inc. proudly serves the Rock River Valley community and its families, caring for all your vision needs. Our friendly staff provides superior-quality eyecare with a focus on you. At Northern Illinois Optical Co. Inc., you may schedule a comprehensive eye examination with one of our licensed optometrists or bring your own eyewear prescription and browse through more than 1,000 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 as well as an expansive product line of original vintage and retro eyewear.
• 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. 8 a.m.-noon & 1-5 p.m., Tue.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-noon & 1-5 p.m. Call (815) 963-3454 or stop in for a visit.

Northern Illinois Retina

1235 N. Mulford Road, Ste. 100, Rockford

(815) 226-4990, niretina.com

Recognized as one of 2019-2022 Best Doctors in America in the Field of Ophthalmology.Since 1990, we have been providing state-of-the-art university-level care to patients with vitreoretinal disorders locally, on a full time basis. We are known for our convenient modern office, patient-oriented service and our compassionate care.

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 Life Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and a Fellow of 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 and Ozurdex. 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.com and click on the education tab to learn more about specific eye conditions affecting the retina and their treatment.

Relief Mental Health

1641 N. Alpine Road, Rockford

1-855-205-4764, reliefmh.com

Relief 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 treatment, 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 with other forms of treatment.

Relief Mental Health’s team, consisting of nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and medically trained clinicians, specializes in OCD and depression treatment, offering patient-specific plans to help individuals effectively manage their diagnosis. Relief also offers traditional talk therapy.

Relief Mental Health prioritizes an expedited process for onboarding patients, recognizing that 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 Ambulatory Surgery Center

1016 Featherstone Road, Rockford

(815) 226-3300, rockfordambulatory.com

Specializing 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 0.08% 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.

Rockford Nephrology Associates

p: (815) 227-8300 // f: (855) 243-0207 // rockfordnephrology.org
Main Office: 612 Roxbury Road, Rockford

RNA Sycamore: 2127 Midlands Ct., Ste. 102 Sycamore, Ill.

RNA Dixon: KSB Hospital Commerce Towers, 215 E. First St. Dixon, Ill.

Beloit Dialysis Center: Beloit Memorial Hospital, 1969 W. Hart Road, Beloit, Wis.

Rochelle Specialty Center: 900 N. Second St. Rochelle, Ill.

R ockford Nephrology Associates continues its long history of providing quality care to patients with chronic kidney disease in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Now, as a partner practice of Panoramic Health, it is their shared mission to improve outcomes for patients by slowing disease progression and improving quality of life.

At RNA, 10 board-certified nephrologists, six nurse practitioners, and their supporting team serve those with kidney disease through quality care and empower patients through continuing education. Comprehensive care includes consultation and follow-up visits, blood pressure monitoring, kidney disease classes and dialysis services. Visits focus on the diagnosis and chronic treatment of CKD and the conditions that may occur as part of kidney disease such as anemia and mineral bone disease.

RNA’s quality programs provide support through chronic disease management as well as acute and post-hospital care. Ultrasound testing is available at RNA’s Roxbury location Monday through Friday. These images assist the care team to identify problems with the kidneys, bladder or vessels to create the best plan of care for a patient’s needs.

Interventional services are available at RNA’s Access Center for support of dialysis patients’ access needs in an outpatient setting.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (815) 227-8300.

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

Rock River Valley Blood Center is the only supplier of blood and blood products to 13 area hospitals. For 70 years, we have been able to meet the needs of our community members who need the gift of blood donation.

Spring and summer are already challenging times 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.

Right now, approximately 3% of the eligible U.S. population donates blood. In our region, just 1.5% donate blood. Our region needs 800 donors per week to meet the demand for blood and blood products so we can provide supplies to the hospitals that depend on us.

That is why we have a goal to recruit 7,000 new donors in honor of our 70th anniversary as an organization. Help us reach our goal by committing to give blood this year.

First-time donors are urged to make an appointment, and existing donors are encouraged to come back and bring a friend or family member with them to donate.

Donating blood is safe and simple. 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, and neither will most medications. As long as you are in good health on the day of donation, you are most likely eligible.

To schedule a donation, visit rrvbc.org or call
(815) 965-8751.

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, IL

(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.