Meet the Team

Here at Emerge we treat you like family, not just another patient. Unlike most large physical therapy companies you will receive individualized care.  Your treatment will always be one on one with your physical therapist and you will see a physical therapist for the full duration of what’s required for you to feel better. 

Nick Barin, PT, DPT, OCS

Nick Barin, PT, DPT, OCS has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2014. His interests in physical therapy started after dealing with shoulder and lower extremity injuries playing club volleyball in high school as well as during his years playing club volleyball at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While in Madison he earned his bachelor’s degree in Dietetics through the Department of Nutritional Sciences and obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Clarke University.

Nick is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association and has obtained his certification in the Clinical Management of Fitness Athletes through the Institute of Clinical Excellence. Nick is certified in Dry Needling 1 and Dry Needling 2 through Myopain Seminars. He has also obtained his Selective Functional Movement Analysis Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications and is a Graston Technique provider. He is trained to provide manual therapy techniques including joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, dry needling as well as prescribe therapeutic exercises required to assist his patients in returning to their premorbid functional level activities.

When he is not treating patients, Nick enjoys traveling, spending time with his nieces and nephews, as well as finding new places in Chicago (and returning to his hometown of Skokie) to grab a good meal. He also likes to stay active by participating in CrossFit, playing volleyball and hiking when possible.

Nicole Wodka, PT, DPT

 Nicole Wodka, PT, DPT received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy education from Saint Louis University.  Nicole has experience working with patients with orthopedic conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction. As an active member of the APTA and Women's Health Section, she stays up to date on current research.  She focuses on continuing advanced training for manual therapy techniques and soft tissue mobilization through the Institute of Physical Art, the Barral Institute, and Herman & Wallace.

Nicole works with patients with orthopedic conditions as well as pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Her personal treatment philosophy is to work with patients and create a tailored and individualized program focused toward their goals.  The initial evaluation includes a detailed discussion of symptoms and a musculoskeletal evaluation. Throughout treatment, she will continue evaluating progress towards goals. Nicole is passionate about helping women prepare for child birth as well as recovery postpartum. Nicole puts an emphasis on educating patients while working with them to improve bladder, bowel, and sexual function.

When Nicole is not at work, she enjoys staying active. She has a love for hiking, tennis, and golf.  Nicole is always looking forward to choosing the next National Park to explore.                                 

Marcus Giron, M.S.

Marcus Giron, M.S. has a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He is an exercise expert with a focus in neuromuscular reeducation, and corrective exercise. For over 5 years Marcus has been working cohesively with a multidisciplinary team of Physical therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Registered Dietitians, and Behavioral Health Specialists; giving individualized care towards reduced orthopedic pain, metabolic disease control, weight loss, and improved mental health. Marcus has worked with individuals ranging from high exercise risk to high functioning athletes. During his graduate program he gained experience in Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Cardiac stress testing with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital.

When Marcus is not at work he enjoys any outdoor activity and is always seeking a thrill.

Carol Zapata, RMA

Carol Zapata, RMA is our Administrative Assistant, she has assisted in the medical field since 2017. She aims to meet all of our patients' needs when it comes to scheduling and obtaining insurance information. She’s one to go an extra mile to offer a gracious experience for your care.

When Carol isn’t helping patients, she enjoys connecting with nature and loves binge watching her favorite show Friends.