About Dr. Alexis and how AZDM got started:
“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. ”
Now we want to know about you!
Are you a dancer who is tired of being told “rest for 2 weeks and work your way back in to dance when you’re ready”?
Are you a dance instructor or studio owner who is looking for practical, easy to use info to help you dancers and staff understand dance injuries and recover quickly and safely?
Are you looking to take your teaching to the next level and develop better communication, feedback, and instructional skills for any type of dance?
If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then AZDM can help you!
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.
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