“I attended PT school in New York from 2005-2008, volunteering with physical therapists who worked with professional dance companies all three years as well as PTs who performed research on movement and injury incidence in dancers.
I started ANS Fitness and Physical Therapy in 2014 as a way to accept payment when dance moms would ask me to look at their kids’ injuries while I was teaching…legally. Then they started asking me to work with their kids privately, at the studio or at home. Since I worked at multiple studios, this allowed me to travel around the metro Phoenix area, working with tons of dancers.
By 2016, there were too many clients for me to continue making house and studio calls, so I got a small treatment space of about 150 sqft in central Phoenix. In 2017, the building my space was in caught on fire…twice. So I moved to a 250 sqft space in 2018 in east Phoenix. Client demand continued to grow and we moved in to a 55o sqft space just eight months after our last move!
Then teachers started reaching out to me looking for the best exercises for dancers or advice about guiding an injured dancer through recovery. So I started creating training programs for dance educators, combining my knowledge of dance instruction (I’m a dance teacher too, don’t think I mentioned that.) with my body and movement knowledge as a physical therapist. In 2018 I rebranded the company from ANS Fitness and Physical Therapy to reach the community that I am passionate about helping, the community that I’ve been in and loved for over 20 years.
We now are in a 1350 sqft space that includes a treatment area and dance space where we provide movement analysis, dance coaching and educational workshops. In 2019, we also expanded and have adopted a sister company, AZ DancemED which focuses solely on education and professional development for the dance community.
Looking toward a bigger and brighter future, we are now AZ Dance Medicine Specialists. and we are here to help you dance your best yet. ”
AZ Dance Medicine Specialists believes in:
fast, safe, and effective treatment to maximize performance,
providing accessible and easy to understand resources to encourage wellness,
helping our patients and clients develop independence in the awareness and management of common orthopedic conditions and movement dysfunctions,
and addressing the physical, mental and emotional needs of dancers and performing artists.
To PREVENT dance injuries through focused assessment
To TREAT dance injuries quickly and safely for optimal performance
To EDUCATE the dance community and keep dancers safe and healthy
AZ Dance Medicine Specialists will be the preferred provider of performing arts rehabilitation and education in the greater Phoenix area, and a national leader in assessment, treatment and education in dance wellness. Our success will be rooted in our commitment to providing highly specialized services to clients, allowing them to return to their chosen activities quickly and safely. We will also be known as a successful provider of treatment of orthopedic injuries for performance athletes and the general population.
AZDM Core Values
INTERNAL CORE VALUES (what we value regarding the functioning of AZDM)
Continued learning and growing: We constantly study to refine our skills to provide you the best and fastest treatment possible. We don’t follow fads and trends if they don’t work for you. We don’t follow traditional treatment methods if they don’t work for you. We continually seek feedback on communication to provide our best service to you.
Doing more with less: We keep things simple and as organized as possible. We are constantly streamlining and automating our systems wherever we can to make business operations and treatment as seamless as possible so you get the care that you need easily, quickly, and safely. Modeling a healthy movement lifestyle: We can’t take care of you, if we aren’t taking care of us. So we strive to exercise regularly, whether for general health, or to optimize our technical performance. Being part of something bigger: AZDM strives to be an international leader of dance medicine and wellness education, helping dancers and instructors everywhere to keep the dance community happy and healthy, with decreased risk of injury.
EXTERNAL CORE VALUES (what we value regarding service to our clients)
Understanding our clients: We see you as a dancer and as a human being, relate to you on that level, then find out what you need to feel and perform your best.
Keeping It comfortable: From our studio floor, to our décor, to our music, we strive to keep things familiar and comfortable for you. Don’t forget, we’re dancers helping dancers.
Not wasting time: We are committed to getting to the source of your problem as quickly as possible and creating a plan that will get you back in class or back on stage in no time.
Not wasting money: We’re thinking about your dancing in a long-term capacity. We charge what we need to get you better quickly and safely, and also to keep you from unnecessary medications, injections, or surgery which could cost tons more. Giving you the attention you deserve: 100% of AZDM treatment and coaching sessions are one-on-one with a trained professional. We don’t see ourselves changing that…EVER.
Our mission is to be your choice for fast, safe and effective treatment for dancers, by dancers. AZDM is serious about safety. Consult with your physician before performing any exercises or activities you see on our website or any of our social or print media. The exercises and activities on this website do not substitute for diagnosing, examining, or treating medical conditions of any kind, or in determining the effect of any specific exercise on a medical condition. Contact us for an assessment of your specific injury or medical condition.
When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage any exercises or activities on this website, you agree that you do so at your own risk, you assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge AZ Dance Medicine Specialists from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of AZ Dance Medicine Specialists’ negligence.