Plastic Surgery Resources Chicago


These resources have been collected through recommendations by our patients, and from local groups who have reached out to our practice offering services that we feel will benefit our patients.

General Information

American Cancer Society (ACS)
Provides free, written information on breast cancer, support group information and referral to Reach to Recovery program.

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
2811 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 500
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Provides answers to many questions. Works to eradicate breast cancer and improve quality of women’s health through innovative research, education, and advocacy. Check out their programs. Learn about and join Love/Avon Army of Women.
Provides Breast cancer education site including articles, news, newsletter, and chats.

National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 1300
Washington, DC   20036
800-622-2838 or 202-296-7477
Their voice carries to all levels where breast cancer issues are decided, from Washington D.C. to state capitols, in research and health care institutions, and in local communities.

Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization)
212 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60607
Provides support and counseling through 24-hour hotline. Trained volunteers, all of whom have had breast cancer are matched by background and experience to callers whenever possible.

Cancer Care
Provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. Assistance is also available for breast cancer patients who need help with the costs of oral medications and lymphedema supplies.

Provides online index of cancer resources and Websites providing information and support. Provides a collection of media clips on various breast cancers. To access media clips, choose “Breast Cancer” on the list on the main screen, and hen click on “Multimedia Breast Cancer Resources”.

Kids Konnected
Helping Kids Cope with Parent’s Cancer
Provides the needs of the children of cancer patients. Offers 24-hour hotline, support groups, teddy bear outreach program, and other support tools for children and families.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
U. S. National Institute of Health
Provides free, written information on all aspects of breast cancer

Services offered by the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center, the Lurie Cancer Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Alberto Culver Women’s Health Learning Center
Prentice Women’s Hospital
250 E. Superior Street, First Floor
Chicago, IL
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday – 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A place where women can learn about health and wellness and find useful information on issues such as parenting, care giving, and relationships. Health information specialists are available to answer questions, provide personal education sessions, or assist with searches for information.

Health Learning Center – State-of-the-art Library
Galter Pavilion
251 E. Huron Street, Third Floor, Room 3-304
Chicago, IL
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Houses a vast collection of books, magazines, medical journals and DVDS. Computers with Internet access and a variety of classes and special activities are available.

Healthy Women Fitness and Weight Control Classes
Multiple locations on the NMH campus
Offers Pilates, yoga, and Tai Chi classes; call for times and locations

NIM QiGong for Breast Cancer Survivors Class
QiGong helps stimulate the healing power of the body and decreases stress. Classes focus on learning QiGong movements that can be repeated at home, on the beach or in the park. Call for more information or to register.

Breast Cancer Focused Classes
Multiple locations on the NMH campus
Contact Katie Wilson, LCSW for additional information
Offers the following programs: Breast Cancer Wellness Program; Look Good, Feel Better Makeover; and Sexual Health

Program 360
Integrative Oncology Services. Provides services in the following categories: (1) Acupuncture (2) Bodywork/Massage/Lymphatic Drainage/Reiki (3) Naturopathic consult (4) Sexual Health (5) Smoking Cessation

Oncofertility Program
Fertility during and after breast cancer treatment

Breast Cancer Survivorship Program
SUCCEED Program (Survivor Comprehensive Care, Empowerment and Education)

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Offers information on all areas of breast cancer treatment and support


Bright Pink
400 N. State Street, Suite 230
Chicago IL, 60654
Bright Pink is a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. They provide face-to-face outreach events monthly, and one-on-one matched support through their Pink Pal program.

FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
16057 Tampa Palm Blvd. W, PMB #373
Tampa, FL 33647
866-288-RISK (7475) toll free; 954-827-2200 fax
FORCE is the only national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer.

Sarah Rosenbloom, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
333 E. Ontario St., Suite 4401B
Chicago, IL  60611

Stephanie A. Ross, Ph.D., P.C.
Psychological Treatment of Medical Illness
5225 Old Orchard Rd, Suite 2
Skokie, IL 60077
233 East Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Timothy Pearman, Ph.D.
Director, Supportive Oncology
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Professor
Dept. of Medical Social Sciences
Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
250 E. Superior, Suite 520
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: 312.472.5744
fax: 312.472.5270

Lynne M. Nozicka, BA, CH
Hypnotherapy and Wellness Coaching
Palatine, Highland Park, Chicago
Lynne is a breast cancer survivor herself, and specializes in coaching and supporting others in their journey to wellness. Recommended by patient Leslie Rae, who saw Lynne throughout treatment.

Gilda’s Club Chicago
537 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Cancer Support Group (all types of cancer) and a multitude of lectures, workshops, networking groups, activities, and programs for children and teens
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gilda’s Club Chicago Satellite
Creticos Cancer Center
901 West Wellington, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60657
Cancer Support Group (all types of cancer)
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Resurrection Medical Center- Resurrection Hospital
7435 W. Talcott Avenue
Cancer Conference Room, Ground Floor, Entrance C
Chicago, IL 60631
Cancer Support Group (all types of cancer)
Fourth Wednesday of every month
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Imerman Angels
Imerman Angels matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer. Cancer caregivers can also receive one-on-one connections with other caregivers. This service is free.

Arlington Heights
Northwest Community Hospital
800 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Radiation Oncology/Ambulatory Infusion Clinic (lower level of the hospital)
More information, contact: Kim Jensen, LCSW, OSW-C, 847.618.6914,
Breast Cancer Support Group- First Wednesday of every month 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
All Cancer Patients Support Group- Thursdays twice a month 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

North Shore University Health System
Graham Medical Office Building- 8th floor
1000 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
More information, contact Carole Martz, RN, AOCN, 847.926.5818
Breast Cancer Support Group
Second Wednesday of every month
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Living Well Cancer Resource Center
1803 W. State Street
Geneva, IL 60134
Off Campus locations Aurora, Elgin, Naperville and Warrenville
Contact: Cheryl Rabchok,, 630.262.1111 Ext. 108
Multitude of free wellness activities, programs, classes, support services, cancer discussion groups
Geneva: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Some evening programs & support groups. Check their calendar.)

Wellness House
131 N. County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Multitude of free wellness activities, programs, classes, support services, cancer discussion groups

Cancer Support Center
2028 Elm Road
Homewood, IL 60430
Cancer Support Group (all types of cancer) – Both Daytime & Evening Support

Cancer Wellness Center
215 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062-8010
Multitude of free wellness activities, programs, classes, support services, cancer discussion groups
Monday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wildwood Presbyterian Church
18630 W. Old Gages Lake Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Cancer Wellness Center
2824 Belvidere Road
(Intersection of Green Bay Road and Route 120/Belvidere Road)
Waukegan, IL 60085
Monday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wellness Place
1619 West Colonial Parkway
Palatine, IL 60067
Multitude of free wellness activities, programs, classes, support services, cancer discussion groups
Monday-Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evening & Saturday consultants available by appointment


Second Act
2924 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773.525.2228 (2ACT)
Fax: 773.348.2228 (2ACT)
Wigs, bras, breast forms

55 W. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
312-464-1515 ext. 1240
Certified fit specialist, Dana Askin, and Assistant Manager of the Lingerie department, Evita Munansangu, can help find post-mastectomy bras and forms.

Too Beautiful
Katie Stotler (Patient of ours who created the camisole)
Phone: 312,285.7661
The Perfect Camisole” is made of a soft cotton, modal, lycra blend that is comfortable and washes with ease. It accommodates all the drains with subtle interior and exterior pockets that allow for discreet yet totally functional usage. It is pretty and feminine with details such as delicate lace and adjustable bra straps.

Schwartz’s Intimate Apparel
108 Skokie Boulevard
Wilmette, IL 60091
Bra fitting, prosthesis, and bathing suits for breast cancer patients

Betty Schwartz Intimate Apparel
1833 Second Street
Highland Park, IL 60035

1152 Lake Cook Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

720 D W. Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Bra fitting and prosthesis for breast cancer patients

A Woman’s Place, Inc.
Belinda Dust
619 S. Washington
Naperville, IL 60540
Prosthetic fitter, licensed cosmetologist, certified lymphedema specialist

Naturally Yours
7219 Kingery Highway
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Hair and breast prostheses boutique.

tlc catalog
American Cancer Society
Wigs, hair pieces, hats, turbans, scarves, kerchiefs, bras, swimwear, and much more. Either view on internet or request catalog. Suggest ordering the catalog.

Head scarves designed specifically for hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, or other medical conditions. They’re unique, fashionable, and versatile.

France Luxe
Laurie Erickson, CEO
Order: or call 888.884.3653 – Then click on Good Wishes
Complimentary silk scarf or headwrap in the pattern and color of your choice for women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other illness.

Lady Grace (catalog)
5 Commonwealth Avenue, Unit 1
Woburn, MA 01801
Post surgical bras

Jerome Krause/Fashionhair, Inc.
9150 N. Crawford
Skokie, IL 60076
Top quality wigs and hairpieces. On-site wigmaker will sew one by hand.

Brian Blanchard Limited
333 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 927
Chicago, IL
Patient highly recommends this source for custom wigs which are either 100% hand-tied human hair wigs or 100% hand-tied synthetic wigs.

J. Crager Alternatives
2167 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614
Patient recommended wig maker.  Call for a consultation.

Halos of Hope
P. O. Box 1998
Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1998 (to download cap patterns, visit web site)
Free – Knitted, crocheted or sewn caps, turbans, and scarves (donated by volunteers for chemo patients.)

The Shock Absorber- the running bra and general purpose bra come highly recommended for running
**the product can also be found online at

American Sports Bra- sports bra recommended by breast and plastic surgeons for patients after breast surgery.

Cake Bras
Patient recommended and available at Nordstrom. She specifically liked the “Cotton Candy” and “Rock Candy” styles. These are nursing bras, so allow easy access to the breasts if dressing changes are needed. The bras have multiple back closure clasps for adjustability, are otherwise seamless, have a little side compression, and are stretchy to optimize comfort.

The Coobie Bra
Patient recommended bra for post mastectomy.  Very comfortable and can accommodate changes in size due to expansion.

The Comfort Revolution Bali Bra by Hanes
Patient recommended. Provides support without underwire. Comfortable.


Physical therapy can be a great adjunct to your post-operative care. Indications for physical therapy include, but are not limited to, improving post-surgery range of motion, releasing scar tissue, and reducing or preventing swelling/lymphedema. If you have questions about any symptoms you may be experiencing, please ask!


Angela Wilson Pennisi, PT, MS, OCS , Stephanie Penny, PT, or Katie Albert, PT
2869 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Additional Location: 25 E Washington Suite 1310, Chicago, IL 60602
Clinicians utilize instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques, which have been shown to improve outcomes in patients post-breast surgery.

Jennifer Keegan or Michelle Musiel
14700 South LeGrange Road
Orland Park, IL 60462
Jennifer is a certified lymphedema therapist and both Jennifer and Michelle are trained in pelvic floor dysfunction. Athletico has two Orland Park locations.  Call the number provided to find the one that is most convenient for you.

NovaCare Rehabilitation (multiple locations)
150 East Huron, Suite 803
Chicago, IL
Tom Rosinski , Sajani Shah, and Kelly Chaplin specialize in lymphedema treatment. Pre-op Breast Cancer class offered; please call for details. Offers the Riancorp low level laser, which has been shown to help treat lymphedema and axillary web syndrome or “cording” after axillary lymph node dissection; Graston instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.

Balance Chicago
1 East Erie Street Suite 225
Chicago, IL 60611
p: 773.525.5200 f: 773.525.5276
Physical therapy led by Michele Kehrer, who, herself, is a breast cancer survivor.

Ryan Perry
939 W. North Ave
Recommended manual therapist who is certified to treat with Graston tools which physically assist with scar tissue mobilization.

Total Rehab, P.C. (multiple locations)
Corporate Office
100 East Irving Park Road, Suite 107
Roselle, IL 60172
Physical therapy offices in 20 locations throughout Chicago and suburbs

Wholistic Therapeutics (multiple locations, call for details)
7706 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
Patients recommend Izabela Adamus, P.T. who specializes in Manual Therapy and Myofascial Release.

505 North Lake Shore Drive, Suite 214
Chicago, IL 60611
Meghan Scalise developed this center after working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 7 years. She is a certified lymphedema therapist trained by the Norton School. Feel free to contact her at with any questions.

Chicago Massage Works
Ask for Madge Lockwood, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
1821 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Recommended by a previous patient who raved about her wonderful care.

ARVA Method
Arrabella Schippers MMT, PT
Patient recommended in-home massage, training, and nutrition counseling services. Great for recovery after surgery.

Certified Lymphedema Therapists in your area

Strength and Courage Exercise DVD
Home exercise program video

Chicago Area Rehabilitation Experts
Alicia Bien, LMT
Certified Massage Therapist
2533 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
T: 773-472-2731
F: 773-472-2761

Balance-Fitness For Life, LLC
Betsy Campione PT DPT
545 Plainfield Road, Suite E
Willowbrook, IL 60521
630-321-2146 (fax)
Certified lymphedema therapist offering surgery recovery physical therapy services in a spa like atmosphere.  She has immense experience with oncology patients and is wonderful to work with. 

Lake Forest
Rehabilitation Department of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Claudia Wiser, PT, CLT
660 North Westmorland Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847.535.8000 (scheduling)
847.535.8060 (direct)
847.535.8001 (fax)
Certified lymphedema therapist with considerable experience with patients who have had breast surgery including reconstruction. Our patients rave about her.

Advanced Health
401 North York Road, Suite 4
Elmhurst, IL 60148
Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy and Diabetic Neuropathy

Edward Hospital Occupational Therapy (Lana)
120 Osler Drive – Lower Level
(Park in Parking Lot B)
Naperville, IL 60540
Contact Lana, who comes highly recommended

Kimberly Conenna, BSN, LMT
7916 West Oakton Avenue
Niles, IL 60714
847.757.6628 – Cell
Recommend by one of our patients. Kimberly specializes in trigger pain therapy, Swedish deep tissue, and pregnancy massage.

Dr. Julie
Health Source
555 Plainfield Road
Willowbook, IL 60527
Recommended by patient Kristine Gross who skated through chemo treatments with minimal side effects (one headache). She saw her once a week. Kristine is happy to answer any questions and can be reached at: 312-953-0536 or

Arlington Heights
Dr. Yu Zhu
Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbal Medicine
2010 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Recommended by patient Leslie Rae who was supported by this therapy through chemotherapy. She saw her once per week. Leslie is available if you have questions; she can be reached at


Michael G. Close, M.D. (St. Joseph Hospital)
Internal Medicine
5137 North Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Byron D. Starr, M.D. (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Internal Medicine
Chicago Lake Shore Medical Associates
676 North St. Clair
Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Dimitra J. Tsatsoulis, M.D. (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Internal Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group
20 South Clark Street
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60603

Park Ridge
Maureen Grosdidier, M.D. (Lutheran General Hospital}
Internal Medicine
Ridge Family Physicians
850 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068


Lotsa Helping Hands
Highly recommended by single parent. Friends and neighbors offered their services to help her during her chemo treatment. This site gave her a calendar to post “when and what she needed” which was then viewed by those people who offered to help her. This method of communication simplified her life as she did not have to make any phone calls…she simply entered on her calendar the help she needed. She asked for dinners, child to be picked from school, snow removal, transportation to medical treatments, etc. Patient was extremely thankful for this site and the volunteers who helped her.

Penguin Cold Caps
Recommended by patient Kristine Gross and Leslie Rae who wore the cap to prevent chemo induced hair loss. Kristine and Leslie are happy to answer any questions. Kristine can be reached at 312-953-0536 or, Leslie at

Cleaning for a Reason
Provides women undergoing chemotherapy free housecleaning service once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. Requirements are to sign up and have doctor fax a note confirming the treatment

Anti Cancer, A New Way of Life
By Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, Cancer Survivor and Scientist
Recommended by breast cancer patients

Eating Well Through Cancer
By Holly Clegg and oncologist Gerald Miletetello, M.D.
Has 250 easy recipes created for people in treatment and after treatment.

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book – 5th Edition
By Susan M. Love, M.D.
With Karen Lindseyus
Published by Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group
The bible for women with breast cancer. Recommended by breast cancer patients.

Information on MemoryGel and Saline breast implants for reconstruction

Cancer Survivors Fund
P. O. Box 792
Missouri City, TX 77459
Provides scholarships for people with cancer or children of people with cancer

Surviving and Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
35 Channel Center St., Unit 208
Boston, MA 02210
Assists cancer survivors ages 17-35 with grants and scholarships to pursue their educational or professional goals.

St. Alexander Catholic Church
300 S. Cornell Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
Prayer Blanket made specifically for that special someone. With each knot that is tied, a prayer is said on his/her behalf. Along with the fleece prayer blanket, copies of many prayers are placed inside an envelope to be given to that special someone.

Bee Rescued Balm
Available at Whole Foods
Recommended by a patient for relief of radiation related skin pain, and to aid in healing

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