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.
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 session 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.