Oro Valley


We believe we can do more together than we can alone. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we touch by applying current and effective treatment paradigms in a healthy, healing atmosphere, encouraging progress. We look forward to serving you!

Our Team

Robert KlingmanClinic Director - PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT


Robert continues to serve as a faculty member and guest lecturer for the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Residency Program, and he has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Arizona Medical School Orthopaedic Residency Program.

Robert has published articles that have appeared in such journals as Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy and The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. In 2000, Robert was the winner of The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy & Ball Dynamics Award for Excellence in a Published Case Study. He has conducted several courses on topics such as hip/knee biomechanics, foot/ankle pathology, and manual therapy of the spine and shoulder. Robert has rehabilitated and trained both amateur and professional athletes. In his free time, Robert enjoys mountain biking, running and spending time with his family and friends. He resides in Oro Valley, AZ with his wife Karen, also a physical therapist, and their three sons, Noah, Matthew, and Drew.

Residency: Graduate, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA
Master’s in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, minor Physiology, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
Summa Cum Laude

Michelle KlineOffice Manager


Michelle received her Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism degree from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. She then relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 2009 applying her skills to the hospitality industry working at a four diamond luxury resort in Tucson.
With her interests changing in hospitality, she was able to join Team Movement for life as a front office support, and than later offered the Front Office Manager position. Her ability to learn quickly and be self sufficient as well as her experience providing great customer service in hospitality proved to be a seamless transition into providing the same great customer service into health care. In her free time Michelle enjoys staying active and taking advantage in the many things Tucson has to offer.

Amanda FoxePT, DPT


Amanda studied exercise physiology during her undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University and continued her studies at NAU to obtain her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. She returned to her hometown, Tucson, and has been practicing with Athlon ever since.

Her practice experience includes orthopedic injury, post surgical recovery, geriatrics, and sports injury. Amanda also directs Athlon’s Parkinson’s wellness program and has a passion for helping patients create great quality of life throughout their lifespan.

Amanda enjoys living an active lifestyle with her husband, Rusty. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and playing guitar. She mentors young ladies from her church and is a proud new mom of her son, James, since March 2012.

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Northern Arizona University

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science with a minor in Chemistry
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ

Rocio FloresPT, DPT


Rocio knows that healing encompasses the physical, emotional, and mental aspect of the patient and makes it her point to target all facets of the patient’s experience. She creates an environment of listening and compassion coupled with a focused approach to solutions.

As an Arizona native, Rocio Flores, PT, DPT attended the University of Arizona earning a degree in Physiology with minors in both Chemistry and Spanish. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in 2012. Rocio has a strong passion for the UE and is working towards her Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) certification.

Her love and desire for physical therapy developed at a young age. After her father fell during construction work he brought Rocio to his physical therapy sessions and after months of therapy, it was there that she watched as he regained functional mobility of his elbow and hip and ultimately re-learned how to walk.

Through this experience she was able to realize the benefits of physical therapy and sought to be a part of the health care system that aids in the recovery of many. To this day, her father still states that if it were not for physical therapy, he would not have recovered as well as he did. Rocio enjoys living an active lifestyle. In her free time, Rocio enjoys running, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Joseph CyphertPT, DPT

Joe grew up in West Virginia before leaving the state to play basketball in Kentucky and Connecticut. After deciding to end his career in sports he continued his journey landing in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina where he completed his undergraduate studies in Biology from the College of Charleston in 2005.
After graduating he worked in various management positions throughout the state of Florida spending most of his time in Tampa and Sarasota before deciding to attend physical therapy school. Joe returned home and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from West Virginia University and began working in an inpatient physical therapy setting in Morgantown, West Virginia. There he served on the traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury teams helping patients regain their movement and independence.

Following his love for the outdoors, the majestic scenery of the Southwest, and his desire to be closer to dear friends he acted on a long time dream and drove across country to take up residence in Arizona. Joe hopes to continue his career serving the residents of Oro Valley and surrounding communities. Joe is dedicated to helping others reach optimal health and spends much of his time immersed in strength training and his yoga practice to stay healthy. In his spare time, he spends time reading his many books and studying Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory. Joe also has a photography website where he enjoys sharing his passion for traveling and hiking in the beautiful outdoors!

College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
Bachelor of Science, Biology, May 2005

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2012

Shauna DuranPT, DPT


Shauna is a southern Arizona native whom first became interested in physical therapy after an injury while participating competitively in Tae Kwon Do. Injured to the point where she struggled with walking and movement of any sort she got a first-hand experience as to the effects physical therapy can have in the lives of injured people. While unable to return to competitive fighting in Tae Kwon Do, Shauna was able to return to high level physical activity and took to teaching Tae Kwon Do, working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and Physical Therapy Technician to gain experience in the medical profession while attending college to pursue her new endeavor of becoming a Physical Therapist.

Shauna achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology at the University of Arizona in 2011 then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in 2016. It was there she developed an interest in working with the geriatric population and with individuals with neurological conditions. Shauna has participated in multiple volunteer opportunities including teaching Tango for Parkinson’s disease, and working in neurological summer camps for people of various ages and conditions. It is Shauna’s personal goal to tailor physical therapy to the individual with compassion, teamwork, and quality she believes the therapist and patient can achieve their goals together as team.

Outside of work Shauna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children as well as cooking, traveling, and participating in community events.

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2016

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Bachelor of Science, Physiology, December 2011
Minor: Psychology


Stephanie Karns-AcostaPTA, LSVT, PWR Certified


Stephanie received her Associate of Occupational Science in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Pima Medical Institute in Tucson, Arizona in 2007. Prior to receiving her associate’s degree she obtained her license in Massage Therapy in San Diego, California in 2003.

Her passion for helping others manage their pain through massage therapy prompted her to learn more about the body and further her education in the field of physical therapy. Being able to utilize both skill sets, she enjoys assisting physical therapist on a daily basis in an outpatient care clinic.

Stephanie has pursued continuing education courses with special interest to help treat Parkinson’s Disease. She is LSVT and PWR certified and has helped treat many Parkinson’s patients with one on one care that restores function, movement, and quality of life. She is an advocate for Parkinson’s speaking at local Parkinson’s support groups and with Neurologists in the Oro Valley area, educating both on the benefits of seeking physical therapy for this particular disease.

Stephanie is inspired by her patients’ every day. She believes in Movement for Life and that the only way she can be an advocate is to practice it in her own life and foster it in the lives of her family and friends. She loves to promote health and fitness by participating in many self and friendly competitive challenges amongst friends. She has completed a 90-day P90X challenge, a 60 day insanity challenge and a few 5K runs working her way up to a full marathon. In her free time Stephanie enjoys life with her husband, Rick, and their three sons Austin, Xzavier, and Ricky.

Dariel SanchezPTA


Dariel earned his Associates Degree in Occupational Science in Physical Therapy at Pima Medical Institute in 2011. He first graduated from Apollo College in 2007 as a Physical Therapy Technician and also became certified by the NFPTA as Personal Trainer.
In 2007, Dariel joined Team Movement For Life at Athlon in Oro Valley. Over the years, Dariel has completed three separate clinical rotations at other facilities which include Northwest Medical Center, Health South, and Kindred Hospital. During his rotations, he shadowed two different Orthopaedic Surgeons performing total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty. He also served as a PTA student in the Acute Neurological Department at Health South where he gained experience working with patients who had suffered from traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and spinal cord injuries. He enjoys volunteering for the community by attending local high school football activities and helping with on-field injuries. Dariel is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2015, Dariel got certified by Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's (non-contact regimen) and later transitioned into the Knock Out Parkinson's program here at Athlon. He enjoys helping others fight back against Parkinson's and not letting it claim their lives. 

Other than enjoying such a rewarding career, he spends most of his time off with his family and friends. Dariel is proudly married to his wife Michelle and has two beautiful boys Jordan and Mathew. In his spare time he loves to travel and visit family in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Joshua SmithPTA


In 2006, Josh graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. He then moved to Washington, DC where he worked as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

As a personal trainer, he enjoyed helping clients of all ages improve their health and reach their fitness goals. Josh’s journey toward becoming a PTA at Athlon started as a patient. Personal experiences with injuries, surgeries, and chronic pain inspired him to become a PTA so he could help others experiencing injury and pain. He received his Occupational Associate Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute in 2013. As a PTA his areas of interest include orthopedics, pain neuroscience, and the treatment of chronic pain.

Josh is a native of Tucson, AZ. In his free time he is a guitar player and songwriter and enjoys performing with other local musicians.

Susan HowlandPTA


Sue attended San Jose State University focused on Marketing Communications, and during that time took a job at ISS/Sperry Univac. She worked there for 4 years until hired away by Seagate Technology Inc. Sue lived in Santa Cruz while working for Seagate for almost 17 years. She worked in the Sales and Marketing department, and her OEM customer was Apple computer. This partnership allowed her to travel to Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand performing line qualifications for Apple specific builds. Towards the end of her time at Seagate she transferred to the Marketing Communications department coordinating Trade Shows and Special Events both domestically and internationally.

In 2005, Sue moved to Tucson because of her dad’s failing health. She had various Marketing jobs in Tucson and decided to make a career change because of her dad’s numerous requirements for Physical Therapy. Sue started with Athlon Physical Therapy in 2008 as a PT Tech and then started PTA school in 2011. She received her Occupational Associate Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2013 and re-joined Athlon Physical Therapy in Oro Valley in 2015.

Sue is an avid photographer, distance swimmer with dreams of someday swimming the English Channel, loves to hike, make jewelry, and still makes sure that her mom is her #1 priority.

Pima Medical Institute - Physical Therapist Assistant Program -
Associate of Occupational Science, May 2013 - CPR certified

San Jose State University Extension Program - Marketing Communications Program; 1991

Melinda CoyPTA


Melinda got her start in physical therapy as a technician at the Fort Lowell clinic after she graduated from the U of A, and has been excited to work and learn in the field ever since. In July of 2016, she completed the physical therapist assistant program at PMI with honors. In her free time, Melinda enjoys rock climbing, hiking, painting, and spending time with her fiance and three dogs. 

Pima Medical Institute, Tucson, AZ
Associate of Occupational Science in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Sam YoungPTA


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