Who is Dr. Alexis?
Dr. Alexis Sams, PT has over 20 years of dance performance and teaching experience and over 10 years of experience in outpatient physical therapy, specializing in orthopedics. Dr. Sams is the sole owner and operator of AZ Dance Medicine Specialists.
Dr. Sams received her pre-professional training at Old Dominion University Ballet in Norfolk, Virginia under the direction of Istvan and Cornelia Ament. While at ODU Ballet, she trained in the Vaganova method of classical ballet, and had ample exposure to other disciplines including Hungarian character dance, Horton technique, jazz, and tap.
In 2008, Alexis received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University. With her degree, Dr. Sams has focused her efforts on providing physical therapy services to dancers and has worked with both ametur and professional dancers across the country.
Alexis is currently teaching ballet, pointe, modern, and dance conditioning at local studios across the Phoenix metro area of Arizona. Her ballet teaching style largely blends Vagonova and Cecchetti principles. When teaching other genres, she focuses on developing dancers’ musicality and performance dynamics while striving to maintain the integrity of the technique in itself.
In 2014, she established AZ Dance Medicine Specialists where she provides provides therapy services to injured dancers, training for physical therapists in the treatment of dance injuries, and training for dance instructors to improve teaching techniques and prevent dance injuries. She aims to provide enjoyable and informative educational opportunities to all members of the dance community to keep dancers healthy, safe, and performing their best.
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.