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. ”

AZDM MISSION

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

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.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

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

 

VISION STATEMENT

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 session are one-on-one with a trained professional.  We don’t see ourselves changing that…EVER.

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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.

FAQs:

 

Why should I choose AZDM?

We are dancers taking care of dancers. We understand the demands of your work, your busy schedule and the stress that pain or worry causes you as you decide how to manage your injury. It is our mission to give you the most effective treatments to get you back dancing as quickly and as safely as possible.

Who would benefit most from AZDM services?

AZDM was created by dancers to address their unique health and wellness needs. We focus our care on performing artists including dancers, gymnasts, skaters, cheerleaders and martial artists. But wait! AZDM loves all athletes! Over the years we have worked with numerous sports athletes including marathon runners, swimmers, cyclists and weightlifters/crossfit athletes.

What can I expect during a session at AZDM?

You can expect fast, quick and effective treatment for dancers, by dancers. All therapy and conditioning sessions are completely one-on-one without the distractions of other patients in the clinic. All sessions are provided by licensed personnel. We focus on hands-on treatment techniques during therapy sessions, combined with functional dance conditioning exercises to help you return to dance quickly and safely. All sessions usually end with tips to help you manage your symptoms and keep you on track with your improvements between sessions. Lastly, we are always available by phone, text, or email to answer any questions or address any concerns you have while we work with you.

How long do I have to go to AZDM before I start to see results?

Many of our clients experience decreased pain or improved function during their first session. On average, most dancers visit AZDM 4-6 times before returning to dance without compensation or pain if they are injured. Dancers wanting to improve performance start seeing resulting in 6-8 conditioning sessions typically. More complicated injuries may take longer before results are achieved but it is always our goal to get you back dancing as soon as possible.

Does AZDM offer group classes or workshops?

Yes we do! Check out our Wellness Services for group class offerings or contact us with what you’re looking for and we will create a class just for your dancers!

Can AZDM come to my studio or gym?

Absolutely! Go to our Education and Community Services page for descriptions of the programs we offer. Looking for something else? We will create a custom program based on your needs. Tell us what you’re looking for and we will make it happen! AZDM offers virtual sessions for many of our services too! Contact us for details.