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The Affinity Integrated Healthcare Team

Dr. James Joseph, DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. James is a highly talented and progressive Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with extensive experience in Advanced Aesthetic Medicine and Regenerative Medicine. A Strong background working in hospital and clinical settings. He is adept in communicating with patients, attending physicians, specialists, and nursing staff. Dr. James’ passion is implementing regenerative medicine as a first line approach to health in an effort to minimize surgeries, and medication dependence later on.

Proffesional memberships include The American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American Academy of Stem Cell PhysiciansAdvanced Aesthetic Medicine 2012Stem Cell Harvesting 2012Orthopedic Stem Cell Applications 2012Liposculpture with Fat Transfer 2012Regenerative Medicine Fellowship 2016Peptide Training 2017Vampire Facelift, Hair, Breast Lift, P and O Shot Certification 2019, SPG Block Exosome Training 2019

Darrel Saldanha, MD
Dr. Darrel Saldanha, MD Anesthesiologist

Dr. Saldanha is a founding member of Midwest Anesthesia and Pain Specialists. He is double-board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. During his training at the University of Illinois, he was chief resident during his final year of residency. In addition, he was recognized with the Walter Kowalski achievement award for most outstanding new resident during his training. He has presented his research in numerous national conferences in the fields of neurobiology, chemistry, anesthesiology, and pain medicine.

In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Saldanha has an interest in developing innovative models for healthcare delivery. He has an extensive background in healthcare management and administration. He is also the founder of the Hyde Park Surgical Center, a state-licensed, multi-specialty outpatient surgical center focused on the care of work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Dr. Saldanha is a compassionate physician who is driven to provide healthcare to patients, regardless of background. He founded a free healthcare clinic serving patients in underserved areas in Chicago which has since provided care to thousands of patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thomas Pontinen, MD
Dr. Thomas Pontinen, MD Anesthesiologist

Dr. Pontinen is a double-board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain medicine specialist, and co-founder of Midwest Anesthesia and Pain Specialists. In addition to training under some of the nation’s top experts in anesthesiology and pain medicine, he has also undergone formal training as a resident in general surgery, which allows him to perform the most innovative procedures in pain medicine safely and skillfully.

Dr. Pontinen has published multiple journal articles, written textbook chapters and has presented at international conferences in the fields of surgery, anesthesiology, and pain medicine. His research on chronic wound pain was featured in Pain Medicine News, the nation’s top source of information in the field of pain medicine for healthcare professionals.

Aside from his research, he is a compassionate physician who works daily to help his patients regain their lives and get back to doing the activities they love. He is passionate about treating the most complex pain cases in a comprehensive, integrative and holistic approach, combining multiple treatment modalities with the most innovative, minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Pontinen also volunteers with various international organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, the world’s largest and most important health care related volunteer organization. Through them, he is able to travel to the most unstable parts of the world, providing medical care to those most in need. He is also an avid snowboarder, mountain climber, and drummer.

Dr. Ronald Rebmann
Dr. Ronald Rebmann, DC Chiropractic Physician & Founder/Owner
  • Practiced chiropractic medicine for over 30 years and treated thousands of patients in the northern Chicago suburbs.
  • Pioneered interactive chiropractic/physical medicine concept by co-working with physical therapists, clinical massage therapists, trainers, and medical doctors.
  • Completed 6 additional years in orthopedics and rehabilitation training to effectively manage multi-discipline practice.
  • Studied in Prague, Czech Republic, to learn advanced methods of treatment.
  • Post Graduate Diplomate Program in Rehabilitation, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.
  • Post Graduate Diplomate Program in Orthopedics, National College of Chiropractic.
  • Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, Western States Chiropractic College.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Keith Luell
Dr. Keith Luell, DC Chiropractic Physician
  • Practiced chiropractic medicine for 15 years; in the northern Chicago suburbs for the last 13 years.
  • Worked directly with medical doctors in multidisciplinary health clinics.
  • Certified in Graston technique, upper extremities Active Release technique and Kinesio-taping.
  • Trained in Cox Technic Flexion Distraction therapy; over 100 hours of acupuncture instruction.
  • Member of American Chiropractic Association.
  • Worked as a pharmacy technician during undergraduate studies.
  • Doctor of Chiropractic, National University of Health Science.
  • B.S. in Biology, National University of Health Science.
  • B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Physical Therapists and PT Techs
Physical Therapists and PT Techs
  • Combined over 60 years practicing physical therapy, strength training and advanced therapeutic techniques.
  • Experienced team collaboration with physicians and clinical massage therapists to enhance patient outcomes.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant degree.
  • Combined team certifications and rich experience include: American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer, Graston technique, Craniosacral therapy, MLS laser therapy, accelerated recovery performance, electrical muscle stimulation, Kinesio-taping, and traction.
  • Coursework includes anatomy, spinal rehabilitation, manual therapy, ultrasound, advanced therapeutic technique, exercise nutrition, and Young Living essential oils.
  • All Affinity physical therapists are licensed in Illinois and actively participate in continuing education.

Clinical Massage Therapists
Clinical Massage Therapists
  • Combined over 70 years practicing clinical massage therapy and team collaboration with physicians, physical therapists, and advanced techniques therapists to enhance patient outcomes.
  • Trained and certified in accelerated recovery performance, MLS laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and ultrasound.
  • Combined clinical expertise include: myofascial release, myofascial trigger point therapy, intra-oral trigger point therapy (for TMJ/jaw pain), Craniosacral therapy, Graston technique, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, reciprocal inhibition, pre- and post-surgical massage, pregnancy massage, deep tissue massage, orthopedic/sport massage and reflexology.
  • Extensive knowledge of human anatomy and mechanics and anatomy related to human movement.
  • All Affinity clinical massage therapists are licensed in Illinois and actively participate in continuing education.