Physical Therapy



Jake Darragh, MPT, MS completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Sports Science with a minor in Spanish from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2000. He obtained his Masters in Science from Illinois State University with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training in 2002. Jake spent the first few years of his career practicing as an Athletic Trainer.  He then obtained his Masters in Physical therapy at Governors State University in 2007. He has a background is Sports Medicine, and focuses his therapy on postural re-education, functional gains and patient education. Since he began practicing, Jake has been building upon his manual therapy skills, improving his neurological understanding of orthopedic impairments and improving his patients’ understanding of how to self-manage their dysfunction.




Jesse C. Peterson, PTA has been practicing physical therapy since 2001 in a variety of settings ranging from inpatient hospital rehab, skilled nursing care, to orthopedic post-surgical care.  He earned his physical therapist assistant degree in 2000 from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelors of Biology in 2005 from Northeastern Illinois University. Jesse has concentrated his own professional growth in the areas of manual therapy and sports medicine.  His particular interests have always been in orthopedic care where he has learned a multitude of different techniques and philosophies over the years to address and support the needs of the Southwest Orthopedics patient population.

Jesse enjoys helping to heal the human body and determining its complex problems and what pieces are needed to restore it to its normal, pain-free state.  In his free time, Jesse loves playing basketball, running, and working out as well as participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and water activities.