Staff

The staff at Grayslake Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy & Wellness care about you!

  • Our physical therapists can help you improve your mobility and quality of life without surgery or prescription drugs, in many cases.
  • Our physical therapists have the most specialized education to help you restore motion.
  • Our physical therapists are required to complete a graduate degree – either a masters or a clinical doctorate – from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows her to practice.
  • Our Physical therapists can teach you how to prevent or manage a condition so that you will achieve long-term health benefits.
  • We care about your wellness and focus on your needs no matter how complex.

Contact us to chart a path to your better future! Get Back Into Your Game.

Robin Erker, PT, DPT

Robin Erker, licensed Physical Therapist and owner of Grayslake Rehabilitation, has been treating patients for over 25 years. Robin graduated from Saint Louis University in 1993 and went on to work as a physical therapist receiving numerous awards including 2008 YWCA Woman of Achievement. Robin is also a clinical instructor and mentor for multiple Physical Therapy schools. Robin’s goal is providing her patients with the best possible care and leading them on the road to wellness and fulfillment.


Gretchen O’Connor, PT

A native of Buffalo, NY, Gretchen graduated from Russell Sage College in Albany, NY. While taking time off to raise her four children, she coached their grammar and middle school track and field teams, trained for and completed 3 marathons. The emphasis on proper movement techniques and training with this young population allowed her to learn from and focus on normal movement patterns. Gretchen is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to be better able to identify abnormal movement patterns, get to the core of the problem and determine the best treatment option for the individual’s needs. Gretchen believes “it’s all connected”, whether in the body from the feet to the cervical spine, or in life from your physical to mental and spiritual self. The body is a complex integrated system, not “a knee problem” or “back pain” and has to be treated as such.


Sheila Taylor, PT

Sheila Taylor graduated from Rosalind Franklin University/The Chicago Medical School in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Over the course of her career, Sheila has worked with neurological, geriatric, sports medicine and orthopedic patients. Her love is neurological as she finds these cases to be more of a challenge in piecing the puzzle together to get the patient back to function.

Growing up in Gurnee, Sheila was an athletic trainer for her high school. The head trainer asked her what she wanted to pursue in college and she was not sure but knew she wanted to work with people in a medical capacity. Sheila was then introduced to a physical therapist and after watching what he did and how he helped his patients, she knew that was her career path!

About a year and a half ago, Sheila was involved in a serious car accident and she suddenly found herself on the other side of the PT equation – she was not the patient. Sheila credits her work as a PT in giving her the insight into what a patient goes through from initial injury to rehabilitation, to coming home and getting back to work. She knows now the hard work you must put into being a patient if you want to get back to 100% – you have to put in the time and desire. Sheila’s accident gave her a better perspective and empathy for what her patients are going through but she also knows that you can get back to a functional lifestyle if you are willing to work hard.


Sarah Cortes, PT, DPT

Sarah attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2017. She was selected to participate in an accelerated Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University that allowed her to complete her bachelor’s degree while also working towards her doctoral degree simultaneously. Sarah received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2018. During her graduate studies, she was chosen to be a Student Therapist where she led healthcare services to the underserved population with orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions alongside other physical, occupational, and speech language therapy students. She also volunteered to be a program leader at GiGi’s Playhouse to plan and coordinate therapeutic programs for newborn to 36-month-old children with Down Syndrome with a focus on communication skills and vocabulary development. Sarah believes physical health and mental health go hand in hand. She is passionate about improving your physical ability as well as putting a smile on your face to brighten up your day.


James Rabbitt, PT

James obtained his Master’s degree from Central Michigan University in 2005 and has been a practicing orthopedic physical therapist for over 14 years working with various orthopedic conditions and post-operative cases including, but not limited to, ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, joint replacement, and lumbar fusion. Throughout that time, he has employed evidence-based practice to provide the highest quality rehabilitation to his patients allowing him to work with people of all ages and abilities ranging from children to Olympic athletes to geriatrics. James is a certified Graston practitioner and employs a combination of manual therapy treatment, corrective exercise, and education with all his patients. He believes that best outcomes are achieved by consistent communication between the patient and therapist, and direct one-on-one treatments.

James is married and has 2 young boys, and lives in Vernon Hills where he spends his free time chasing his children, cooking, practicing CrossFit, and enjoying any outdoor activity that is in season.


Kathy Szalinski, PTA

Kathy graduated from Oakton Community College in 1987 with an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She began her career at Suburban Arthritis and Back Center in Schaumburg, IL working with chronic plain and fibromyalgia patients. In 1993, Kathy joined Caremark Orthopedic Services working in Arlington Heights and Barrington, IL. In 1996, she stayed on with HealthSouth (formally Caremark) where she remained working in Orthopedics until 2005. Kathy joined Grayslake Rehabilitation in 2005 working part-time in the evening and staying home to raise her children for the past 19 years. Her main interests are orthopedics, sports injuries and pain management.


Karen Horton, Office Manager

Karen was born and raised in the Grayslake area. She is married with one daughter and 3 stepchildren. She has an extensive background in the medical administrative field. She started in family practice and made her way over to orthopedics and has now been with Grayslake Rehab for 7 years. Feel free to come to her with any questions concerning your care, appointments, insurance and payments. As the office manager, Karen strives to welcome you with consideration and compassion.


Kristi Smith, Billing

A native of Rockford, Kristi is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. After serving five years in the Supply Corp, she became a stay at home mom for 20 years, raising three girls. She decided to return to the work force and found her way to Grayslake Rehab. Starting as a temporary replacement, as the clinic grew, she found a permanent part-time position in the billing department. She can help you with your insurance questions!


Karen Whalen, Front Desk

Karen has been a Grayslake resident for over 25 years. Prior to being a stay at home mom to her 3 active kids, she was an elementary school teacher. She found her way to Grayslake Rehab front desk in August of 2018. Karen is always eager to greet patients, schedule appointments or show you around our facility.