The Innovative Team
Keith Ellis, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Keith Ellis owns and operates Innovative Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation in Chesterton. He opened his private practice so that he could give his patients the personalized attention they deserve. Keith became a Physical Therapist because he enjoys helping people regain full mobility. He also finds satisfaction in knowing that his patients are getting the highest quality care from Innovative Physical Therapy’s hands-on methods.
Keith attended Purdue University as an undergraduate. He gained well-rounded preparation through three clinicals at the University of Chicago, Riley’s Children’s Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic. Keith received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Andrews University. He is also a certified Manual Physical Therapist through NAIOMT. Dr. Keith Ellis specializes in the treatment of pelvic issues and failed surgeries.
Dr. Keith Ellis decided to open his practice offering physical therapy in Chesterton– the very town where he grew up. He and his wife, Kristan, are animal lovers. They live together on, what Keith describes as, their “hobby farm” with four cats, three goats, and a dog. Keith enjoys riding his motorcycle, is into fitness, and likes to golf when he gets the opportunity. Keith is Titleist Performance Institute certified.
Nicole Kirkland – Physical Therapist Assistant
Nicole is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and graduate of Ivy Tech. She is a Certified Clinical Instructor and Weight Trainer as well. Prior to joining the Innovative Physical Therapy team, she was a former ACCE liaison at Ivy Tech Community College in Gary, IN.
Nicole continues to take extensive continued education courses outside of the typical coursework of her field. Some of her specialties include: Pelvic and Sacral Muscle Imbalances, Dynamic Movement Assessment, and Evidence-Based Treatment of Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, and Spine.
Nicole looks to promote overall well-being and self-awareness for each of her patients. She is a lifelong Northwest Indiana resident who now lives in Chesterton with her husband and two children. Nicole loves spending time with her family, vacationing, reading, and giving back to the community.
Having worked for other physical therapy practices, Nicole recognizes the small town gem that is Innovative Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation. Nicole says that the therapy team at Innovative always have their patients’ best interests at heart. Being a privately owned practice, Innovative Physical Therapy in Chesterton really allows her to focus on one-on-one patient interaction that she feels is harder to find in this field.
Jen Racette – Physical Therapist
Jen Racette is licensed Physical Therapist who earned her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2005. For nearly 14 years she has been treating patients with a wide variety of orthopedic, vestibular and women’s health issues. Jen’s passion for physical therapy stems from her love of sports and desire to help everyone achieve their goals and return to maximal function.
When she is not devoting 100% of her energy to patient care, Jen enjoys gardening and taking care of her chickens. She is the mother of 2 active boys who keep her busy running from one sport activity to the next. She and her husband are originally from the great state of Kansas but they have enjoyed living in Northwest Indiana with its wonderful change of seasons, close proximity to Chicago and the ski slopes in Michigan. Jen also enjoys volunteering at her children’s school and taking as many pictures with her beloved camera as possible.
Lisa Slavin – Physical Therapist
Lisa earned her Master of Science (MS) in physical therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York in 1991. She subsequently earned a Master of Science (MS) in Kinesiology, concentration in Applied Sport Science, from Indiana University Bloomington in 2002.
She has extensive experience in pediatrics in a variety of settings including: early intervention, school-based treatment (Special Education), outpatient and clinic, covering a variety of diagnoses including: cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, torticollis, spina bifida, prematurity and other developmental disorders. She taught Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories at Purdue University Calumet. Lisa is proficient in gait analysis, orthotics, kinesiology taping, adaptive equipment and functional skills training. She is CPR certified. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, mountain biking, boxing, and roller derby. Lisa believes that physical fitness is important for good health and function and looks forward to helping you achieve optimal physical functioning!
Jessica Neal – Physical Therapist Assistant
Jessica is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated from Ivy Tech. She is trained in the McKenzie Method and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization,) is a certified personal trainer, and is CPR certified. She became interested in the PT field to help people grow and maintain their health and wellness.
Jessica was born and raised in the Valparaiso community, which still she calls home with her husband and three grown sons, and their yellow labs, Mia & Molly. In her free time, she enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, camping, and biking. She’s also an avid runner, and has participated in Ragnar, Savage, and many other OCRs (obstacle course races.) She enjoys rehabbing houses as well.
Jessica believes Innovative Physical Therapy is different from other providers because we do more than just fix the symptoms. Our one-on-one attention helps root out the causes of the pain/dysfunction, with the goal of preventing future problems.
Tricia Robinson – Office & Marketing Manager
Tricia is Innovative Physical Therapy’s Marketing Specialist and Office Manager. She brings over 20 years of occupational therapy and outpatient clinic management experience to her roles at Innovative Physical Therapy Of Northwest Indiana. Tricia maintains her license and registration as an Occupational Therapist, and practices part time in local nursing homes in the region. After graduating from Chicago State University, her experiences placed her throughout outpatient, inpatient, school system, and rehab settings. Her expertise, however, lies in treating neurological and orthopedic patients in the outpatient setting. As Office Manager, Tricia works hard to ensure that every patient’s road to recovery is smooth and seamless.
Tricia is a long time Valparaiso resident who has enjoys instructing a wide variety of fitness classes at Omni of Duneland in Chesterton as well as the Valparaiso YMCA. In her free time, she loves vacationing with her family and volunteering at her children’s school.