M.S., Applied Physiology, 1999
Finch University of Health Science, North Chicago, Illinois
M.D., Physician, 2003
Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Jason Gruss is the director of First Health’s department of physical medicine. A 2003 graduate of Chicago Medical School, Dr. Jason did his internship at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where he was awarded Resident of the Year in 2004. With his interest in the proper function of the human frame and nervous system, he chose Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) as his specialty. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago where he became chief resident in 2006.
Dr. Gruss specializes in the treatment of headaches. In 2009, he established the First Health Headache Clinic to offer patients an integrated approach to treating their headaches. The strong link between the body’s chemistries, neurologic patterns, and muscle and joint functions supports the use of the latest in headache medicines, combined with appropriate non-medicinal therapies.
Dr. Gruss, his wife, Kristen and two children, Alyson and Katherine, reside in Park Ridge. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a member of the National Headache Foundation, the American Headache Society, and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.
M.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine - Herbal Medicine/Pharmacology
Shanghai University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology, 1986
Dr. Yu Zhu is the director of First Health’s Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) department. She has more than 30 years of medical experience treating patients with allergies, infertility, migraines, stress disorders, respiratory distress, digestive disorders and women’s health issues.
Dr. Zhu’s medical experience, combined with extensive training as a China-licensed medical physician specializing in acupuncture and herbs, provides patients with an integrated perspective in diagnosis and treatment. Utilizing a TCM holistic system, Dr. Zhu evaluates the body’s physiology and works to restore system balance naturally through acupuncture, cupping, herbal remedies, therapeutic massage, therapeutic manipulation and energy work. She works to enhance the immune system to prevent illness. Believing that “the body knows best,” she uses the body to heal itself.
For over 2000 years, TCM has been used to diagnose and treat illnesses based on an individual’s unique symptom origin. A whole body system of care is the center of Dr. Zhu’s practice. When a patient exhibits a symptom, she does not dispense treatment that simply masks it. Instead, she identifies and treats the cause of the symptom, thus rebalancing the body to prevent future occurrences.
Dr. Zhu received her M.D. from Gansu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where for 13 years she taught and served as Director of the Acupuncture Technique and Research Unit. She completed post-doctorate work at Shanghai University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology.
In 1994, Dr. Zhu was invited to teach TCM and acupuncture at Singman Medical Center in Stockholm, Sweden. From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Zhu worked at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where she established the TCM Unit at its Integrated Complementary Medical Center. She was also a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel. From 2003 to 2006, while continuing her private practice, Dr. Zhu served as chair of the TCM department at the Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine in Ashville, North Carolina. She currently teaches at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.
In addition to her teaching and clinical experience as a Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist, Dr. Zhu has written 18 academic papers and co-authored 5 books on TCM and has taken graduate courses in English literature and educational psychology.
Masters in Community Counseling, M.Ed.
Loyola University, 1999
With over 18 years experience as a counselor Katrina Christie, M.Ed., LCPC brings vast experience in working with child, adult and family issues. Katrina offers yet another patient oriented service at our facility. As an Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Katrina has worked with people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, addictions, trauma/loss, weight management, pain management and many other personally over-whelming patient disorders.
In addition her experience as an elite college athlete and coach, she has gained invaluable experience in helping athletes improve the mental aspects of being competitive as well as coping with performance anxiety, athletic related stress disorders and overcoming athletic injuries.
Katrina earned her bachelors degree in psychological services from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1997. Continuing her studies in human psychology she received her Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois in 1999.
Her past experience includes individual, group and family counseling, family and personal crisis intervention, as well as supervision of Masters level interns at The Learning House Therapeutic Day School in Wheeling, Illinois. She has developed and implemented pyscho-educational and process oriented counseling groups dealing with anger management, female self-esteem/self-image and family issues.
Katrina is a member in good standing of both the American and Illinois Counseling Associations and serves as a coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. She has acted as a liaison to schools, probation departments, private clinicians, psychiatrists and psychologists.
Licensed by the State of Illinois she is a participating provider for Blue Cross, Humana, Aetna and a variety of other insurance carriers.
D.C., Doctorate of Chiropractic, 2000
National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, Illinois
Dr. Joe has more than 16 years of clinical experience helping patients with a variety of spinal and joint issues. He specializes in the diagnosis and conservative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the spine, and sports medicine with a focus on manual and manipulative therapy and corrective therapeutic exercise.
Dr. Joe takes a two-step treatment approach, first providing symptomatic relief through hands-on techniques such as chiropractic manipulation and soft tissue release and massage. Then, under his supervision, patients learn and adopt a corrective exercise program that restores them to full functionality.
Dr. Joe combines extensive experience in alternative medicine, strength and conditioning, and therapeutic exercise to help patients not only feel better short-term, but to keep them feeling better overall.
Dr. Hamm has over 20 years of experience treating a variety of painful conditions of the spine and extremities. Most of his post-graduate education has been in the fields of posture, gait, human movement, and developmental kinesiology.
He takes a unique approach to evaluating and treating patients with muscle, nerve, bone and joint issues. Most musculoskeletal issues are posture and movement based problems, which is what he assesses and corrects to help resolve these conditions.
Conditions he commonly treats include neck and back pain, headaches, shoulder, elbow and hand pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain, postural deficits, as well as a variety of sports and running related injuries.
In his spare time he likes to enjoy various fitness activities, including walking, running, cycling, and strength training. He also likes to cook, travel, scuba dive, and golf.
“My goal is to provide comprehensive treatment, thoroughly educate my patients, and partner with the patient and our other clinicians for lasting results.”
“I integrate the wisdom of modern conventional medicine with the ancient system of TCM to empower your body, mind and spirit.”
“I strive to help my clients to a better understanding of themselves by building upon life skills, distress tolerance and healthy coping skills.”
“My goal is to help my clients feel better and function optimally so they can be at their best all of the time.”
“My passion is finding and fixing the cause of everyone’s pain!”