Meet the Team

Muscle & Joint

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist & Founder

Matt Johnson

Dr. Johnson earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the State Universityof New York at Buffalo in 2009 following undergraduate work in Exercise Science.He continued post-doctoral education by completing an orthopedic residency andobtaining specialty certification through the national PT board, a designation fewerthan 8% of physical therapists in the US hold. He has completed advanced trainingprograms in manual therapy and trigger point dry needling, achieving certificationsin both. In 2017, he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy ofOrthopedic Manual Physical Therapy; 1 of 80 in Illinois. Dr. Johnson has vastexperience in treating people with neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder pain,hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and foot pain. This includes sports injuries, post-surgical rehab, and wear-and-tear type pain. He has worked with adults of all agesand fitness levels; from weekend warriors to collegiate and professional athletes. Alarge portion of his patient population includes endurance athletes and marathonrunners. He also enjoys working with golfers and fitness enthusiasts such asCrossFit athletes. He holds certifications through the Titleist Performance Instituteand Institute of Clinical Excellence to treat this population. If you have muscle orjoint pain, he can help you. He realizes each individual is unique and therefore hasparticular needs and goals in mind. He chose continued education and training to beable to address these unique needs. Dr. Johnson is passionate about his professionand the opportunity to help people achieve their goals through the ever-changingfield of healthcare. He is dedicated to life-long learning and believes he can providethe BEST care for his patients by blending the art & evidence of physical therapy.
practice manager

Karolina Ceremon

Karolina graduated from The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with an undergrad in Community Health in 2019. Accompanying her bachelor’s degree, she earned concentrations in Health Education and Promotion as well as Health Administration. She’s worked in the healthcare field for over 5 years.

Prior to joining healthcare, she worked in customer service, which taught her to thrive on client satisfaction. She’s always had a passion for helping people, but her experience and education helped her develop dedication to promoting health and wellness to patients.

Physical therapist

Alexandra Rudenga


Dr. Rudenga was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University Northwest after which she went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Trine University in Fort Wayne, IN. Alex has a passion for providing education and treatment to athletes and individuals of all levels in order to decrease the overall instances of repetitive injuries to their bodies. She is passionate about getting people back to the things they love and helping them live their lives unhindered by pain. Her special interests are in manual therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, sports injury prevention, and neurodynamics. She is an ACE Certified Running Gait Analyst and has additional certifications in Dry Needling, Blood Flow Restriction Training and Functional Movement Taping.

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Physical therapist

Carson Soch


Dr. Soch was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Science degree. Following that, she went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Carson has had experience in treating individuals with both neurologic and orthopedic conditions and has a passion for both. She has a special interest in treating individuals pre/post surgery and with chronic pain via manual therapy techniques, functional strengthening, balance and coordination tasks, and endurance training. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new spots and activities in Chicago and spending time with her family and friends.

Carson is dedicated to helping her patients return to their everyday life activities and fitness goals by incorporating ideals of overall wellness and function to address each individual uniquely. She is committed to having patients feel empowered and involved in their rehabilitation process, as well as, educate them in order to help each individual better understand their body and prevent the recurrence of injury. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goals and living a pain free life.

Physical therapist

Brandon St. Peters


Dr. St. Peters was born in Indianapolis, IN and lived in the Czech Republic prior to moving to Chicago which has been his home for the past 20 years. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and worked as a paralegal at various legal practices before deciding to change careers to Physical Therapy. Brandon went on to attend Northwestern University to complete his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Brandon enjoys treating patients at all levels of their recovery and helping them return to the activities they love whether they have an acute injury or something more chronic. He particularly enjoys treating athletes in their effort to return to sport, especially volleyball players, since he has experience playing at the high school and collegiate levels.

One particular aspect that drew Brandon to M&J Physical Therapy was the significant amount of direct access patients. He enjoys being an early point of contact to help assist a person diagnose their injuries and create individualized treatment plans to treat their specific symptoms to reach their goals.

When not in the clinic, Brandon enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, as well as skiing, surfing, and cycling. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family including his daughter.

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Physical therapist

Meghan Simone


Meghan is an orthopedic and pelvic health physical therapist. She has been working in the Chicagoland area since 2014 after moving here from Connecticut. She obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in 2009 following undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. Following her doctoral education she underwent a yearlong residency program, focusing on manual orthopedic physical therapy. She is a board-certified orthopedic specialist. Meghan is also certified in trigger point dry needling and has undergone advanced training in blood flow restriction therapy. Meghan has extensive experience with treating chronic pain conditions and a passion for incorporating a whole-body approach to patient’s plan of care. Meghan took a special interest in pelvic physical therapy after having her first child. Since then, she has become passionate at helping women become empowered within their own body. She treats a wide variety of pelvic health conditions including pelvic pain, incontinence, GI issues, pre/post-natal. Meghan is passionate about hearing a patient’s story and working together as a team to return her patients to the activities they love. Meghan loves exploring Chicago with her husband and 3 kids. You can find her on most weekends walking the neighborhood, taking in trips to the playground and local coffee shops. Meghan is an avid sports fan, remaining loyal to her Boston sports teams. Meghan enjoys an active lifestyle, as she truly believes movement is medicine.