Jacob received his undergraduate degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and then continued his education at Regis University in Denver Colorado and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Jacob treats all patients with the mentality of therapy being a team effort. He gives each of his patients the necessary tools to succeed, so that they can go forth with independence in their rehab and get back to doing the things they love most.
As a member of the APTA and the Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy sections, Jacob chose Tucson Orthopaedic Institute because of their positive reputation and for the ability to work under one roof with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive, efficient care for all patients.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IMG_6195.jpg
Tracie received her undergraduate degree from Valley City State University; majoring in Biology and Health Science. She then continued her education at University of North Dakota and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Tracie believes it is important to create individualized plans of care and treatments for each patient/client and loves helping people learn how to become autonomous and use their own bodies to reduce pain and return to the activities they enjoy.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IMG_1842-5.jpg
Angela is a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of orthopaedic injuries and postsurgical rehabilitation. She has treated a variety of patient populations and levels of fitness, and she develops each patient an individualized program emphasizing home exercise.
Angela received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University and obtained her lymphedema certification from the Lymphedema Association of North America. Other interests include gardening and fantasy football.
Trevor Brown graduated from Midwestern University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014 after receiving his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. Trevor’s philosophy of practice is the use of evidence-based research to hep dictate treatment, though understanding there is an art to physical therapy and not everyone is cookie cutter in regards to treatment. He believes a physical therapy program should be individually tailored, and address all aspects of a patient’s life to help them reach their fullest potential.
As an APTA member, Trevor chose TOI because of the exceptional quality care and skill provided by the surgeons as well as the direct contact with physicians. Having swam in high school and college, Trevor is passionate about sports and has worked with many baseball players and swimmers. He is currently in the process of OCS and CSCS and also specializes in Parkinson’s Disease Therapy.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/TrevorBrown_8x10.jpg
Kimberly Campion, OTR/L graduated in 1999 from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has continuous experience working with children to older adults with treatment focus on neurological to orthopaedic conditions, including outpatient, inpatient, and home care settings. Other areas of specialty include manual lymphedema treatment and Neuro-IFRAH® in treatment with patients who are recovering from a stroke or brain injury.
A New Jersey native, Kim has practiced occupational therapy in a variety of settings in the Philadelphia area until she relocated to the Tucson area in 2015. She now focuses on orthopaedic treatments in area of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Kim is currently pursuing further education in her field by becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. Kim is passionate about Occupational Therapy and helping individuals regain the skills needed live their life to the fullest. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, photography and is a football fan – go Eagles!
Diane “Dee Dee” graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University followed by a Masters degree in Exercise Sports Science from the University of Arizona. She has worked in outpatient orthopaedic settings, and enjoys working with patients to realize their goals of improving lifestyles.
Dee Dee has a special interest/passion in treating older adults with an emphasis on strengthening, injury prevention, balance, and fall prevention. She is receiving a certification as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults from The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
In her spare time, she enjoys her four adult children, husband Tom, and family and friends. She loves exercise, the Green Bay Packers, reading, cooking and music.
Nancy graduated with a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1978 and has practiced physical therapy in the Tucson area for 32 years. Practice situations have included inpatient hospital therapy, outpatient, home health physical therapy, and contract physical therapy working in a variety of physical therapy settings in the Tucson area.
Nancy has practiced physical therapy at NW TOI Physical Therapy Clinic since it opened in 2008. Since 2000, she has performed functional orthopaedic evaluation and treatment management. She continues her education by taking courses in functional and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Nancy believes that incorporating patient education with a variety of treatment protocols contributes to a successful treatment outcome.
Robert Direnfeld graduated from AT Still University in Mesa with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy after receiving his undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Robert’s philosophy of practice is a team approach between the therapist and patient – both must work together and to the best of their skills to get the best possible outcome.
As an APTA member, Robert chose TOI because he wanted to see a more true orthopedic case load with more post operative patients.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/PT_RobertDirenfeld-1x1-1.jpg
Valerie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska (1994), an Associate of Applied Science Degree of Physical Therapy Assistant from North East Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska (1997), and a Master of Science Degree in Physical therapy from the University of Findlay, Findlay Ohio in 2007. She has spent much of her career working with post-surgical knee and shoulder rehabilitation, neck pain and industrial injuries.
Valerie welcomes knowledge in other orthopaedic areas and pursues continuing education within the field. Valerie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association within both the Orthopaedic and Sports Therapy sections, and a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and cycling in Tucson while trying to locate spicy Thai food.
Jessica graduated with Bachelor degrees in both Exercise Science and Athletic Training from McNesse State University, followed by a Masters in Exercise Physiology from McNesse State University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Texas Woman’s University. Jessica is fellowship trained from the Institute of Athlete Regeneration (IAR) in Sports and Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. She has worked in outpatient orthopaedic settings and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Practicing since 2014, Jessica’s credentials include dual-state licensure (AZ, TX), Athletic training certified (ATC), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Dry Needling Levels I and II from Kinetacore. Jessica believes in a holistic approach to physical therapy, crafting a personalized treatment plan of care for each individual, given not every person is the same.
As a former hurdler for the Mexican national team, Jessica understands the most strenuous demand for physical activity and is comfortable developing individualized care given a patient’s unique physical constraints. Jessica is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Dennis Gyllenhaal graduated with both a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. With over 40 years of orthopaedic physical therapy experience, Dennis sub-specializes in therapy of the shoulder, spine, foot and ankle, as well as workers comp.
Dennis has also taught courses in shoulder, spine, industrial rehab, and functional capacity evaluation.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gyllenhaal-HR.jpg
Brianne Halbur graduated in 2019 from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of General Studies with an Emphasis in Health Sciences followed by a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Brianne prefers a hands-on approach with treatments, and likes to involve the patient in decisions regarding their plan of care. She also likes to emphasize patient education to stress the importance of certain treatments and to increase patient knowledge about their condition.
Brianne choose TOI because of the attention to detail it has, and how patient centered the care is that the entire staff provides. In her free time Brianne enjoys yoga, running, and trying out new recipes.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BrianneHalbur_8x10.jpg
Jean graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2008. She specializes in orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation, earning a Board Certification from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Additional certifications include Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) and Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner (CKTP), with continuing education training in cupping and dry needling.
Jean is passionate about restoring a person’s function and educating them on how to maintain that function while striving towards reaching their maximum potential. She has experience treating orthopaedic conditions in those from 8 to 95 years of age, including balance and strength deficits, sports injuries, chronic pain conditions, sprains/strains, post-op joint rehabilittion, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTs).
In her spare time, Jean enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and going to the theatre.
Kelly received her undergraduate degree from Wright State University; majoring in Exercise Biology and minoring in Psychology. She then continued her education at Wright State and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. The procedures/techniques she primarily uses are MET, Joint Mobilizations, and Spinal Symmetry. The process she uses in her philosophy of practice is joint mobility before muscle length before muscle strength. She is also certified in both trigger point and functional dry needling, as well as kinesio/rock tape. Kelly chose TOI for its very reputable work environment.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3600-2-copy-3.jpg
Austin is a graduate from Northern Arizona University and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the AZ Physical Therapy Association.
His treatment style emphasizes active interventions such as therapeutic exercise and therapeutic activity to build strong and resilient tissues and individuals, of all ages and levels of activity. Austin also use hands-on techniques including manual therapy as needed to manage symptoms and augment active interventions.
Austin’s philosophy when it comes to working with any patient is to identify their functional goals and develop a plan that gets the patient from where they are to where they want to be. He loves to design therapeutic programs that build a patient’s confidence and self-efficacy throughout their journey together.
When working with athletes, his goal is to prepare the individual for safe return to performance, while reducing risk of re-injury. When working with older adults, his goal is to help them address questions, concerns, and misconceptions they may have about aging, physical function, and independence.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IMG_5739-2-scaled.jpg
Brenden Lewer, PT, DPT is a South African native who came to America for his graduate and doctoral studies. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sports Science from Ohio Wesleyan University and then went on to graduate from Northwestern University in 2003 with his doctorate.
Brenden is well versed and experienced in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, manual therapy, Pilates rehab, TRX training, work conditioning, agility/plyometric training, Eastern medicine, sports rehab, spinal and orthopaedic rehabilitation, and is Titleist Performance Institute Certified, to name a few.
Brenden has completed a variety of manual therapy courses through the University of St. Augustine and the Spinal Manipulation Institute. He focuses on orthopaedic injuries, spinal evaluation and management of the lumbo-pelvic hip complex, pre/ post surgery rehab for a variety of pathologies of the shoulder, knee, ankle and foot.
Brenden likes to travel with his lovely wife and enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and activities. His multicultural upbringing and skill set helps his to facilitate trust, empathy, genuine care, passion and a concern for all his patients so that they may return to the highest level of function and athleticism.
Dearl graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 1993 with an occupational therapy degree. He spent over 14 years working with upper extremity diagnosis patients. He has been part of the TOI PT department since January 2009.
Dearl received his Army Officer Commission while attending the University of Missouri Graduate School of Social Work in Columbia, Missouri in June of 1988 and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in social work from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. His hobbies consist of inner growth with family and friends, playing chess, and seeking the challenge of being Dearl.
Rachel graduated with a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Barry University, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. Rachel is a certified hand therapist (CHT), holding advanced knowledge and extensive training in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand specific rehabilitation. Rachel is proficient in splinting the upper quarter to facilitate healing post-surgery as well as reduce pain and improve function in non-surgical upper limbs.
In addition to upper extremity orthopedic specialty, Rachel is certified in neuro-developmental treatment, a treatment approach specific to rehabilitating the upper limb post brain injury/stroke.
Rachel believes the upper extremities provide a level of independence that is directly related to quality of life. Rachel enjoys helping her patients restore function and reduce pain so they can do things that are meaningful.
Outside of practicing occupational therapy, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/RachelLocke-square.jpg
Tal received her undergraduate degree and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville in Indiana.
She enjoys working with a variety of patients from general orthopaedic, young athletes and recreational athletes to geriatrics. She strives to help patients return to their prior level of function, using the most recent evidence-based treatment including manual treatment, dry needling, cupping, taping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and prescribing exercises for home.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC5219Tal-SQR-Bingham-Photo-print-res.jpg
Sarah graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She has spent most of her career treating patients with orthopaedic injuries, post-surgical, and work injuries.
Sarah enjoys spending her time with her family. She is involved in her children’s school activities as well as church activities. She enjoys hiking, reading, movies and watching her kids play baseball.
Tasnim Nafady graduated with an Associates Degree in General Arts and Sciences from Ocean County College in 2007, followed by a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Sports Studies with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2009. Tasnim then went on to obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Long Island University, in Brooklyn, NY in 2012.
With a strong interest in the orthopaedic outpatient setting, Tasnim has a desire to work more closely in the field of women’s health. In her spare time, Tasnim enjoys running, strength training, yoga, traveling, as well as spending time with her family. Tasnim is fluent in both English and Arabic, with some skills in Spanish.
Selene Nance graduated from Northern Arizona University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 after receiving his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. Selene provides a sport medicine technique to the treatment of the industrial patients by early intervention with physical therapy. She strongly believes that the incorporation of patient’s education on proper body ergonomic with the combination of manual therapy and an individualized exercise plan is very important for a successful treatment outcome.
As an ASHT (American Society of Hand Therapist) member and KTAI (Kinesio Taping Association International) member, Selene chose TOI after learning that TOI has a great reputation and it has the best orthopedic surgeons. Selene is bilingual with Spanish being her native language and loves to cook, spend time with her family and enjoy outdoor activities such as running and hiking.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Selene-1x1.jpg
Trenna received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from Grand Canyon University. She then continued her education at Northern Arizona University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TrennaOlson.jpg
Will Orr graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with his Occupational Therapy Doctorate after receiving his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Will believes that patient education is one of the most powerful tools we can use to help patients regain confidence throughout the rehabilitation process. He also places emphasis on being current with emerging practices to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.
Will is currently in the process of becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT), which requires clinicians to have an in depth and current understanding of managing conditions of the upper quarter. Through this certification process he will be better equipped to give patients the care they deserve. Will chose Tucson Orthopaedic Institute because of their commitment to providing the best and most current interventions for patients. In his free time, he enjoys playing billiards, powerlifting, and spending time with friends and family.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/IMG_3986.jpg
Angela graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2005 with a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT). She also earned her undergraduate degree in health science from Slippery Rock.
Angela has been part of the TOI PT department since its inception in October 2006. She has continued her education by taking multiple courses in functional rehabilitation and spine/sacroiliac treatment. She has a special interest in low back/sacroiliac joint and sports rehabilitation.
Angela is also certified in mat and reformer Pilates. Her hobbies include road biking, exercise, and traveling.
David is a graduate from Northern Arizona University. While stressing neurodynamics, manual therapy, postural reeducation, strengthening and stretching, he believes the body has the skills it needs to heal itself and that we are just here to amplify those skills.
Having played sports at a collegiate level (soccer at Brigham Young University) and having had his own surgeries as the result of a serious injury, David is sympathetic to those who are going through an injury that can limit the human experience.
David is also fluent in Japanese having lived there for 2 years serving as a volunteer missionary.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/DavidSanders-scaled.jpg
Kristin graduated in 2006 from Indiana University with her doctorate of physical therapy and has since practiced in an outpatient orthopaedic setting.
Kristin has focused her continuing education in orthopaedics, manual therapy, and selective movement screening. She completed an orthopaedic residency with Evidence in Motion in 2009 and recently completed a Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) and Instrumented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ISTM) course for the lower extremity.
Kristin is passionate about physical therapy and returning patients to prior levels of function. She enjoys hiking, sports, playing Frisbee with her dog and traveling.
Sarah received her undergraduate degree from University of Nevada-Reno; majoring in General Psychology. She then continued her education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and received her Occupational Therapy Doctorate.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SarahSchmeda.jpeg
Bill strives to address patient complaints and functional limitations as a whole. He always want to improve his patient’s function through various treatment approaches. Every one is unique and so everyone’s treatment should be unique.
Coming from a background of working with athletes as an athletic trainer, Bill chose Tucson Orthopaedic Institute because of the close connections with the physicians that refer patients to physical therapy. This provides an amazing opportunity for comprehensive care.
Christy Sorbe graduated with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. Christy has nearly 20 years of experience in physical therapy.
Her philosophy in regards to patient care is to focus on listening to a patients needs and concerns. She enjoys a hands-on approach to treatment and education. This includes verbal teaching, demonstration of technique or exercise, observing while patient attempts the technique or exercise, and encouraging patients while they become independent in reaching their therapeutic goals.
In addition to her role as a physical therapist, Christy enjoys running and spending time with her husband and four amazing kids. She is fluent in Spanish and English and enjoys serving within her church. She is an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and hopes to provide her patients with knowledge on fitness and injury prevention.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Christy12-1.jpg
Colin graduated from Carroll University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014 and received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training in 2011. Colin loves to stress manual skills consisting of but not limited to instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), kinesiology taping, etc. He eventually wants to plan for establishing a certification in dry needling. He is very patient-centered, with a focus on their specific needs and establishing appropriate care for their presentations – avoiding any cookie cutter approach/treatment plan. He fits the treatment specifically to them. When it comes to these certain techniques, having an undergraduate in Athletic Training and history in sports – assists Colin in the ability to work well not only in orthopaedics, but sports-related injuries and assisting those to reach their prior level of function.
Colin chose TOI because of how much he heard continuous positive outcomes from patients who have been through the Physical Therapy department and/or establishing sound care within the network of physicians. Also, personally viewing how organized and well-knit the PT team works together upon his interviewing process.https://www.tucsonortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC5229Collin-SQR-Bingham-Photo-print-res.jpg
Erin graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her therapy background began when she pursued and graduated with an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and simultaneously completed her bachelor’s degree.
Erin enjoys tying the knowledge that she has gained through both disciplines into her patient care. She has been a member of TOI Physical Therapy since 2006 and has enjoyed seeing it grow into the company it is today.
Erin appreciates the variety of orthopaedic issues that she treats in her position, and has pursued continuing education with an orthopaedic focus. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Erin enjoys filling her free time with her husband and son. She also enjoys running, yoga, and gardening.
Jennifer graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2003 with a doctorate in physical therapy. She has been part of the TOI team since its inception in 2006, with four of those years in management.
Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in exercise science and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). Jennifer played women’s water polo at NAU and has been a competitive swimmer most of her life. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, currently sitting on the AZ State Government Affairs Committee and Chair of the AZ Political Action Committee.
As a certified Functional Movement Screen specialist, she has worked with multiple fire departments in Idaho for injury prevention services. Jennifer also has prior experience with training and certifying water aerobics instructors nationally through the YMCA. She has continued her education by taking multiple courses on functional rehabilitation, upper extremity treatment, and instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation. Jennifer is also a level 1 credentialed APTA clinical instructor, which allows her to teach and train PT/PTA students completing clinical rotations at TOI.
Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her amazing husband, two adorable children, their high energy dog and a lovable tortoise.