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Our Physical Therapists

Thomas J. Curtis, PT, DSc

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Dr. Curtis is co-owner and a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). He earned his PT degree from Northern Arizona University and post-professional Master’s and Doctorate of Science in Orthopedics/PT from Rocky Mountain University. He has published research and worked with professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams. He has served on several professional advisory boards and currently serves as Chair for the AzPTA Ethics Committee and sits on the Institutional Review Board for AT Still University/ASHS.

Blair J. Packard

Blair J. Packard, PT, MS

Mr. Packard is co-owner with over 40 years of experience as a clinician and administrator. With a Master’s Degree from Duke University and Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University, he has served as past-president of the Arizona Physical Therapy Association and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. He is also co-founder of Care for Life, a non-profit charitable organization engaged in sustainable community development work in Mozambique, Africa.

Robert L. Whipple, PT, DPT

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Dr. Whipple earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Utah, a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University and a post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Rocky Mountain University and is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). He has worked in a neurological rehab hospital, managed a statewide home health division while on the board for the Utah Association for Home Care and developed and directed orthopedic clinics.

Randy Case

Randy Case, PT, DPT

Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Dr. Case earned his Physical Therapy degree at University of North Dakota and his transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at A.T. Still University and is a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS). He has practiced extensively in both administrative and direct patient care positions in areas of home health, out-patient clinics, and acute care hospitals. He currently directs our aquatic program. He has a special interest in the field of geriatrics and in the care of osteoporosis.

Sarah Slade

Sarah Slade

Certified Nurse Practioner

East Valley Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the complementary and integrative practice of Sarah Slade Wellness. Her Nurse Practitioner specialty includes Regenerative Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

When was the last time you got to spend an entire hour with your health care practitioner?
When was the last time you had a personalized comprehensive lab test and treatment plan designed just for you?

Sarah provides high quality care which includes finding the root problem of your ailments. Sarah will assist put in your healing journey from the inside out. Her consultations include a holistic approach at every body system starting with your digestive tract.

Sarah treats patients with various conditions such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Joint Pain, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, PMS, Heavy Menstrual Cycles, Menopause, Andropause, Anxiety, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Infertility, Insomnia, Acid Reflux/GERD, Iron Deficiency Anemia, SIBO and many more conditions.

Janell Keller

Janell Keller, PTA

Ms. Keller earned her Associate in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) from Pima Medical Institute. She has practiced in skilled nursing facilities and pediatric therapy and completed continuing education in aquatic therapy. She is a member of the APTA and serves as a member on the PTA Advisory Committee for Pima Medical Institute. She has completed the APTA credentialed clinical instructor program and strives to continue to expand and share her knowledge of therapy.


Shelby Wade, PTA

Ms. Wade earned her Associate in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) from Pima Medical Institute.  She plays an integral role in advancing our aquatic therapy program.  She is also interested in furthering her education in Therapeutic Exercise. Although, Physical Therapy is her passion, on weekends she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys volunteering her time in world wide education work.