Meet the Team
N. Elbaridi, MD, PT
As a young man Dr. Elbaridi sustained a life threatening head injury after a motor vehicle accident. He fully recovered through extensive rehabilitation, embracing health and fitness as a lifestyle. This experience was a pivotal process in his personal and professional life.
Early in his career, Dr. Elbaridi chose a profession in physical therapy and quickly learned the interplay between the pratice of medicine and the cost of health care delivery. His continued passion for patient care and his quest for higher learning led him to transition to a career as a physician.
As a lifelong athlete and having completed four Chicago marathons and multiple triathalons, Dr. Elbaridi has enjoyed acting as a physician member of the medical staff at many major sporting events including the Boston and Chicago marathons, RCA tennis championships and Head of Charles Regatta.
Buric, Elbaridi, Yong.
Case report to North American Neuromodulation Society, 2016
Elbaridi, Kaye, Choi, Urman.
Overview of Phenylpiperidine Use in the Treatment of
Pain. Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology, pending
Controlled Substance (Illinois, Massachusetts)
DEA/Suboxone waver (Illinois)
Registered Physical Therapist (Illinois, Indiana)
CPR, BLS, ACLS, PALS
Student Council Member, Ross University School of Medicine, 2008-2010
Indiana University School of Rehabilitative Medicine, Class Treasurer 1995-1997
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard school of Medicine, Boston MA
Anesthesiology resident: 07/2010 – 01/2015
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
Doctor of medicine: 01/2007 – 06/2010
Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL
BSc Physical therapy: 01/1992 – 05/1997
Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Mandana Toosi, PhD., LPC
Dr. Toosi currently works at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and as Adjunct Faculty at Eastern Illinois University. Prior to joining our staff, Dr. Toosi worked as a Clinical Associate/Faculty position with the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana. She obtained her Master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.). She is currently licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois and has her certificate as a Clinical Trauma Professional. Dr. Toosi works with a broad range of ages and concerns. She works with couples, adults, teens and children. She is a valued member of our clinical team with expertise in client-centered individual therapy, trauma, anxiety conditions, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), management of chronic pain conditions with interventions specific to children and adolescents and end of life care.
Dijana Zrnich, BA
D. McGovern, PTA, LMT
As a physical therapy assistant (PTA), I provide skilled services, interventions and assistance to patients to meet their goals and restore their functional ability.
In addition to my PTA skills I have been a licensed massage therapist (LMT) for the past 22 years. I enjoy interacting with patients while skillfully treating both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction. My strategy varies with each patient and I utilize a variety of techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point release and assistive stretching.
CJ Raychel, MBA
CJ has proactively pursued a paradigm-shifting strategy of health promotion and optimization working with healthcare providers to anticipate and prevent medical treatment and illness. Loop Medical Center – Interventional Specialists is at the heart of this vision, a place that connects clinicians and consumers to transform medicine from a reactive to predictive model.
Additionally, he is passionate when working with patients and physicians in attempt to create community-driven solutions in healthcare. Through a direct-to- consumer business model; marketing, branding and communication initiatives he wants to promote and facilitate population health management at Loop Medical Center – Interventional Specialists.
CJ has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare roles and private practice. He is a key member of the leadership team adding expertise and insight into the ongoing development of best practices for clinical performance. His interests include legal and ethical issues in healthcare, the medical workforce and patient advocacy. At Chicago Pain Management he will work in the team model to transforming Chicago from volume-to value-based healthcare.
Meet the Team
Nidal Elbaridi, MD, PT
Stefan Kovačević, MD
Aleksandar Antonijević, MPH
CJ Raychel, PA-S, PhD (cand)
Colleen Gillard, PA-C
Rachael Johnson, PA-C
Stacy Propp, DACM, L.Ac.
Melissa Vargas, MA
Rebecca Zagielski, MA