“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 550 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 to AZ Dance Medicine Specialists 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, DancemED Coaching and Education which focuses solely on education and professional development for the dance community. In 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we created Renatrition to address the health and wellness of the rest of the body, not just muscles and joints, focusing on immune health and management of chronic pain and disease.
Looking toward a bigger and brighter future, we are now The Dance Medicine Specialists Network, and we are here to help you live your best life. ”
Dance Medicine Specialists Network Guiding Principles
To provide an experience that creates amazing results for amazing performance.
Do what works. Do what's safe. Make it simple. Make it amazing.
To create a better world by sharing the simple truths to make anyone's life more amazing.
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 traditions, fads, or trends if they don’t work for you.
Doing more with less: We keep things simple and as organized as possible. We streamline our systems wherever we can to make our services 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 focus on self-care everyday in as many ways as we can.
Being part of the community: We will come to your show, support you at competition, visit you after surgery, buy an ad, or speak at your event as often as we can.
EXTERNAL CORE VALUES (what we value regarding service to our clients)
Understanding our clients: We get to know you first, then find out what you need to feel and perform your best.
Keeping It comfortable: From our décor, to our refreshments, to our music, we strive to keep things comfortable for you.
Not wasting time: We don't waste time with things that we don't think will help you. Our goal is always to get you feeling better as quickly as possible.
Not wasting money: We’re thinking about you in a long-term capacity. We charge what we need to get you better quickly and safely, and to keep you from unnecessary medications, injections, or surgery which could cost tons more.
The Dance Medicine Specialists Network 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 The Dance Medicine Specialists Network from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's negligence.