Meet the Team

Here at Emerge we treat you like family, not just another patient. Unlike most large physical therapy companies, our team provides 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. 

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 Pelvic 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. Nicole works with both females and males with pelvic health issues.

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 7 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 an adventure.

 Abby Mangefrida PT, DPT

 Abby Mangefrida PT, DPT, received her B.S in Nutrition and Exercise Science from The University of Nebraska and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. During her time at Northwestern, Abby gained experience providing physical therapy in a variety of settings, including orthopedics, athletics, and neurological rehabilitation. 

       Abby combines her education, clinical experience, and the latest scientific evidence to create an individualized, patient-centered plan of care. She enjoys looking at every patient as an opportunity to further improve their day to day function as well as help patients return to their joys and hobbies in life. 
     
 When she is not at work, Abby enjoys participating in any and all outdoor activities, watching soccer, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

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.