TMJ Specialist

Michael Karegeannes – Fox Point, WI

Michael Karegeannes

Michael Karegeannes is the owner of Freedom Physical Therapy Services and one of his passions is to treat and assist patients who are suffering from TMD (Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder); CFP (Craniofacial Pain), Cervical pain, Headaches and Myofascial and Chronic Pain.

Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. He then received his Athletic Training License from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and later, Michael completed his Manual Therapy Certification and Master of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine in Florida. In 2005, Michael had the honor of being trained by Dr. Mariano Rocabado, (in conjunction with the University of St. Augustine) who is one of the leading national experts in the field of TMD/CFP. Michael holds a Craniofacial Certification with the University of St. Augustine.

In addition, Michael has attended an Orofacial Pain and TMD residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), and is one of the few physical therapists in the United States recognized as a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist with the AAOP and The Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCTT). Michael currently sits on the board of the PTBCTT.

In 2011, Michael received thorough and extensive training in the treatment of intramuscular dry needling and is certified through Myopain Seminars, the premier post-graduate medical and physical therapy continuing education company in the United States with a focus on myofascial trigger points. Michael is also a teaching faculty member of Myopain Seminars.

In 2014, Michael became one of only 15 Physical therapists in the USA who has received specialized training from Dr. Harry Von Piekartz, and the Cranio Facial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA).

Michael has worked in multiple healthcare capacities treating a variety of orthopedic related conditions. His diverse experience, knowledge and manual skills allow Michael to be highly effective in the evaluation and treatment of his clientele.

Michael is a member of the APTA, WPTA, NATA, AAOP, PTBCTT, PAMA and IMS.

Michael feels any patient suffering from Temporomandibular Disorders, Craniofacial Pain, cervical pain, and headaches, owes it to themselves to pursue the most conservative, yet comprehensive, means of treatment for their condition. It is with a collaborative approach between Physical Therapy, your Dentist, your Orthodontist, your Oral Surgeon, your ENT, your Primary Doctor, your Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, etc., that together we achieve the greatest success and relief of your symptoms. His number one goal is for you to achieve Freedom from Pain and the Freedom to Function!

Pete Balik – Fox Point, WI

Pete Balik

Pete Balik graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1992 and then a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1995. He has attended an Orofacial Pain and TMD residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School. His current practice includes a wide variety of general orthopedic therapies, including extensive experience treating Temporomandibular (jaw and headache) disorders, spinal diagnoses, leg and foot problems and athletic injuries. He has a noted background in biokinetic evaluation that uses slow motion video applications to evaluate running gait and bicycling patients’ structural and anatomical issues. These small assymetries of human movement patterns are often undetected without this technology and lead to inefficient energy expenditure during exercise that can cause pain and injuries.

Pete is trained in dry needling therapy which is a treatment option that, when coupled with traditional physical therapy methods has yielded great success. This therapy is conducted with a small, sterile needle that is inserted into an active muscle trigger point in order to elicit a “twitch response” whereby the muscle tightness, pain and dysfunction are relieved.

Pete also designs custom orthotic shoe inserts for patients who suffer from ankle and foot maladies. This computerized evaluation utilizes a three dimensional scanning of the plantar surface of the foot where every contour is evaluated and documented, then relayed to expert prosthetic centers where a custom-fit device is constructed that fits the patient’s need. Follow-up consultation is then conducted, as needed, in order to assure proper fitting.

Pete’s personal and professional involvement includes: Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association; Member of the American Physical Therapy Association; Guest Lecturer at both Concordia University and UWM; Certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Triathlon; as well as earning triathlon (swimming, biking, running) championships in California, Texas, and Wisconsin.

“Helping patients through an injury or diagnosis can be very difficult, but I really enjoy working with a wide variety of patients. I believe that individualized treatment is very important for optimal results in rehabilitation and with the correct program and encouragement, patients can improve or regain their function, activities, livelihood, or athletic performance.”

Michael Verplancke – Grafton, WI

Michael Verplancke

Michael Verplancke left his roots of St. Louis, Missouri, to both attend and play ice hockey at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where Mike graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He then attended Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois, to obtain his physical therapy degree. He graduated in 2001 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Mike has participated in numerous continuing education seminars with a focus on manual therapy techniques, evaluation and treatment of the spine and TMJ/craniofacial pain, mobilization techniques, and intramuscular dry needling.

In 2002, Mike obtained his credentials as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), which has assisted him with exercise prescription, as well as progression of overall health and wellness for patients.

In 2014, Mike completed his certification in Intramuscular Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars. This treatment approach has provided a technique that improves treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points and their affect on localized and referred pain, as well as muscle activation patterns throughout the body. In addition, Michael has attended an Orofacial Pain and TMD residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School.

Mike has been trained in Temporal Mandibular Disorders (TMD) and Craniofacial Pain (CFP) by Dr. Mariano Rocobado, a world renowned leader in the field of TMD and CFP. Mike has his Craniofacial Certification in conjunction with Dr. Rocobado and the University of St. Augustine.

Mike has been an employee at Freedom Physical Therapy since July of 2005, and is currently the Lead Physical Therapist and clinic director of the Grafton location. Mike has a wide range of hobbies and interests, which include playing ice hockey, softball, golf, and basketball. He also enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Marion, their three daughters, Sophia, Liliana, and Emilia, and their Golden Retriever, Stan.

Jeffrey Verhagen – Brookfield, WI

Jeffrey Verhagen

Jeffrey Verhagen started his career as a Physical Therapist in 1990 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin -Madison. He furthered his breadth of knowledge by attending several post-graduate continuing education opportunities with a focus on manual therapy for orthopedic, spine and sports injuries. He soon learned that he enjoyed treating spine problems and patients with headaches.

In order to properly assess the etiology of headaches, he expanded his studies to include the evaluation and treatment of TMD/craniofacial pain and in 2013 completed a certification in Intramuscular Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars. Dry Needling treats myofascial trigger points and their affect on localized and referred pain. He soon learned that he could successfully treat TMD and craniofacial pain for patients that had tried other treatment approaches and still were left with pain and loss of function.

Jeff has attended several courses and has reviewed the literature to expand his ability to successfully treat this challenging population. Recently, Freedom Physical Therapy Services, commissioned Steve Kraus PT, a well known TMJ therapist and educator, to come to the Milwaukee area and teach the latest treatment techniques and research on TMD/craniofacial pain to our therapy staff. Jeff looks forward to continuing to expand his knowledge to better serve this patient population.

Jeff has been with Freedom Physical Therapy Service since July of 2000 and currently serves as the Clinical Operations Administrator for the practice. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in 1999. He also served 21 years in the Army Reserves and is a Desert Storm veteran. Jeff resides in Brookfield with his wife and two children and enjoys many hobbies to include golf, fishing and reading.

Tracy Pfannerstill – Brookfield, WI

Tracy Pfannerstill

Tracy Pfannerstill is a Marquette University Graduate, receiving her BS in Physical Therapy in 1992. Her career began at Columbia Hospital on Milwaukee’s east side where she focused on treating rheumatic conditions, including osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. She initiated a treatment program to address osteoporosis and taught exercise classes for clients with fibromyalgia.

In 1996, Tracy moved to an outpatient clinic. There, she practiced general orthopedics with a manual therapy emphasis. She became certified in instructing Pilates Mat classes, teaching at the YMCA. Teaching Pilates soon evolved into her passion for yoga, Tracy became trained in Alignment Yoga with the understanding that mind, body and spirit are not separate entities in a client’s progression of wellness. Observing breathing patterns, pelvic health, core strength and overall flexibility became a strong component of her PT treatments and viewing the patient as a whole.

In 2012, Tracy decided to expand her horizons. She began working for a clinic that offered her the ability to work with a mentor in Myofascial Release. She was able to incorporate yoga into treatment for patients dealing with chronic conditions as well as teach small, therapeutic classes. The emphasis was helping clients create, and supporting them in, their individual wellness programs. Since this time, she has been working towards a certification in dry needling and pursuing her interest in pelvic health.

Tracy now lives in Hartland with her 3 boys. Her hobbies include playing chauffeur for her active boys, yoga, running, biking and x-country skiing when there’s snow (and time).

Abigail Jurinek – Mukwonago, WI

Abigail Jurinek

Abigail Jurinek graduated with high honors from Bradley University in 2007 with her Bachelors of Science in Health Science with a minor in biology. In 2010 she graduated from Bradley’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Prior to joining Freedom Physical Therapy Services, Abigail worked over 4 ½ years in private practice in Greenfield, WI primarily working with general orthopedics, vestibular and TMD clients.

In 2012 Abigail was certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars as a manual trigger point therapist (CMTPT). She is able to use trigger point treatments both manually and with the use of dry needling to address muscle pain including but not limited to headaches, jaw pain, pain that seems to radiate into the extremities, back pain, and neck pain.

Abigail has experience treating patients with vestibular conditions. She has taken continuing education to further her skills with this population She also treats and works with balance rehabilitation and training, which often is in conjunction with treatment of vestibular conditions.

Abigail has taken advanced coursework in Temperomandibular Disorders (TMD) and has experience working with patients dealing with general TMD and cranial facial pain symptoms.

Abigail lives in Mukwonago with her husband and their son. In her free time, Abigail enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, mountain biking, and learning new board games.

Physical Therapy for TMJ

Freedom Physical Therapy Services WIFreedom Physical Therapy Services, S.C. is committed to the science of healing and the art of caring.

Owner, Michael Karegeannes,and his staff of professionals are dedicated to offering each client one-on-one care and individualized treatment.

Freedom Physical Therapy Services’ experienced team of professionals provides highly skilled therapy with an emphasis on specialized expertise, individual needs and excellent care.

A success formula for Freedom is the ability to attract an experienced well-trained and professional team of Physical and Occupational Therapists, with each one bringing a unique skill set. The specialties include skills in orthopedics, spine and sports injuries, craniofacial certification, temporomandibular disorders, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy, dry needling, hand therapy, massage therapy, athletic performance and rehabilitation techniques, soft tissue mobility, neurological disorders, cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema, mirror therapy, pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation, pilates and sports injuries.

In addition to this vast array of specialties, Freedom also has expertise in the management of the injured worker, ergonomic consulting and work-site evaluations.

Freedom Physical therapy has 4 locations in Wisconsin around the greater Milwaukee area. These include Fox Point, Brookfield, Grafton and Mukwonago.

TMJ Clinic Locations

Fox Point TMJ Clinic

6908 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Fox Point, WI 53217
Tel: 414-352-2082
Fax: 414-352-5279

Grafton TMJ Clinic

1235 Dakota Dr. – Suite L
Grafton, WI 53024
Tel: 262-376-2085
Fax: 262-376-5156

Brookfield TMJ Clinic

14625 W. Capitol Dr. Suite 200
Brookfield, WI 53005
Tel: 262-790-9800
Fax: 262-790-9893

Mukwonago TMJ Clinic

111 Atkinson St., Suite 2
Mukwonago, WI 53149
Tel: 262-363-3268
Fax: 262-363-3269