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Meet the Team

The clinical staff at Myofascial Physical Therapy has studied under John F. Barnes, internationally renowned Physical Therapist treating patients from around the world at his Sedona, AZ, and Paoli, PA, treatment facilities. Mr. Barnes’ approach to Myofascial Release is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Back Society as the most effective in the treatment of chronic pain.

Carl Patrnchak, PT, CO

Carl Patrnchak is a licensed Physical Therapist and Board Certified Orthotist. He is the founder of the Myofascial Physical Therapy. Carl received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University with a BA in Biology, Northwestern University Medical School, Programs in Physical Therapy and Northwestern’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthotics and Prosthetics. He has conducted orthopedic research at Northwestern University Department of Rehabilitation Engineering and was the Director of Rehabilitation Services at OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford for 18 years.

He has over 30 years of experience helping patients diagnose and successfully treat problems of the fascial system. By completing the necessary courses and hands on clinical requirements, Carl is considered an expert myofascial therapist by the John F. Barnes organization.


Sharon M. Kunkel, PTA

Sharon M. Kunkel is a 1989 graduate of Elgin Community College with an Associates Degree in Science, majoring in Biological and Health Sciences. She is also a 1991 graduate from Oakton Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Sharon briefly studied at William Rainey Harper College as an operating room technician, and worked as a Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician (CRCST) while she was in college. While studying at Oakton, she became the recipient of the Illinois Health Improvement Scholarship. She has had experience in different aspects of physical therapy including acute care, skilled care, outpatient and sports medicine.

Sharon began studying Myofascial Release with John F. Barnes in 2013, and in the summer of 2015 will become an intermediate level Myofascial Release Therapist. Her long term goal is to become an expert level Myofascial Therapist and possibly become an assistant instructor for John F. Barnes.

Austin Shearer, PTA

Austin Shearer graduated with high honors from Elgin Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. While in college, he had experience in various physical therapy settings, and the opportunity to work alongside physical therapists at Rehab Care Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Myofascial Physical Therapy in Rockford and SwedishAmerican Medical Center in Belvidere. During his clinical experience in the fall of 2014, here at Myofascial Physical Therapy, he discovered the effectiveness of Myofascial Release, and enjoyed his time working with the patients and staff. Austin has always been interested with how the body works, especially when it comes to the treatment of chronic pain and disabilities. He strives to help others and make a difference in the physical therapy field.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, family and friends. He is on the worship team at his church, likes to play guitar, go on hikes, and work on cars and exercise. He hopes to continue his education by working towards his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and continuing to use Myofascial Release. 

Kathryn Buck, PTA

Kathryn Buck is a graduate of Kishwaukee Community College, where she earned her Associate of Science degree in 2013. Shortly after graduating, she began studying at Elgin Community College where she earned her degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in May of 2015. During school, she had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including skilled care, acute and outpatient. Kathryn has always wanted to work in a career field where she could help people. She found a passion for physical therapy after watching her father go through it and seeing how much it helped him. After seeing how much it changed his life, she knew from then on that she wanted to help people just as those physical therapists helped her father.

She is very excited to be joining the team at Myofascial Physical Therapy and being able to improve the overall quality of life in her patients.

Michelle Klunk, PTA

Michelle Klunk is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, who earned with honors, her Associate degree in Science in 1996 and Applied Science in 1998 from Elgin Community College. Michelle completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of St. Francis Joliet, IL in 2006. Michelle has over 18 years of experience as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She began her training John F. Barnes in 2013 and continues to attend myofascial release courses to maintain the improved skill set to provide great care to all of her patients.


"For five years I had tried everything for a herniated disc; Physical therapy (at the hospital), water therapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, Reiki (Naturopath,) and yoga. Nothing helped. I couldn’t ride in the car because of the pain. My dynamic life became practically homebound. A friend who had back surgery and pain for 18 years and is now pain free inspired me to try Myofascial Physical Therapy. Now, I have resumed normal activities like gardening, hiking 10 miles in the Rockies and bike riding. I’m pain free and loving life again."
—Margo S.

"It makes me feel wonderful! It has helped me more than any other treatment I’ve tried. It helps lower my anxiety when I have less pain, in a more natural way. Plus I take less medication."
—Sylvia M.

"Myofascial Physical Therapy has really helped my neck movement."
—Greta E. 


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