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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

Amanda TvedtClinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS

mandy@athlonpt.com

Mandy received her undergraduate degree at Chadron State College in 2001, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2004, in her native state of Nebraska.

Upon completion of her graduate studies, Mandy moved to the central coast of California. While there she was very fortunate to have opportunities to participate in two year long manual therapy sessions and worked directly with physical therapy residents and fellows associated with the Kaiser Permanente program.
She relocated to Tucson in 2007, and immediately felt right at home. That same year, Mandy became a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) through The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

This certification indicates Mandy possesses a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to her area of practice, placing her in an elite group of physical therapists nationwide. Clinically, her specialty is in orthopaedics and manual therapy, as well as developing a women’s health program in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions. Her clinical goal is to provide a professionally integrated approach to health and wellness. In September, she married her husband Lukas, who is also a physical therapist.

Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2004

Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska
Bachelor of Science, Health Science, May 2001

Rhonda HongsermeierOffice Manager

tvoffice@athlonpt.com

Rhonda has been married to Mark for almost 40 years, and both were born and raised in Rockford Illinois. They have family there, including 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

They also have another daughter and 2 other grandchildren in DeBary Florida. Before Rhonda came to Tucson AZ, she worked as an Office Manager in a physical therapy facility in St. Louis, MO for 2 years. Prior to that she was the Executive Secretary for 2 vice presidents and 1 manager at a hospital in Rockford Illinois for 10 years.

Many patients say Rhonda is genuine, kind, and caring when talking to others and that the company is lucky to have her be the first person visitors see when they come to the office. A current patient heard Rhonda offer her best to a patient whose husband called to say the patient was in the hospital, noting that it’s rare to see that kind of concern shown for others. Rhonda always has a smile on her face and finds common ground with everyone that comes in the door at the clinic. It’s obvious she is a people person and cares deeply for others.

Rhonda’s passion is singing. Her father had her on stage when she was young and she often hid behind her sister while singing. Now she enjoys being behind the microphone and singing reminds her of wonderful times ‘jamming’ with childhood friends and family on weekends. She also loves to read crime dramas and suspense novels and is thrilled to be in the warm climate of Tucson. She and Mark always say how happy they are to have moved across the country to this beautiful city.

Anna StutzPT, DPT, OCS

anna@athlonpt.com

Anna completed her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Wyoming. It was in Laramie, WY she was first exposed to the physical therapy profession by working as a PT aide and developed a passion for the career.

She returned to Nebraska, her home state, to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Anna is dedicated in providing high quality care and the best outcomes for her patients by staying updated on current literature and relying firmly on evidence-based practice to guide her treatment. Professionally, she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Sports Physical Therapy Section. In addition, she plans to pursue an Orthopedic Specialty Certification.

Her motivation stems from seeing her patients return to and even exceed their prior level of function and increasing the longevity of their quality of life. Outside of work, she enjoys the recreational activities Arizona has to offer and can be found outdoors enjoying the sunshine.

Abby BirdPT, DPT

abigail.bird@athlonpt.com

Abby received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition from The Ohio State University in 2011. It was at The Ohio State University where she developed a passion for physical therapy, as well as, strength and conditioning while performing fitness testing on the general population as well as the local police and firefighters.

After working as physical therapy aide for 1 year, Abby attended the University of Colorado in Denver to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015.

Abby believes that physical therapy is an interactive relationship between the therapist and the patient. She strives to create individually tailored programs for each patient with an emphasis on empowering the patient to become better at his or her own care. She has a particular interest in working with lifters and the weekend warriors, and is currently pursuing her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In her free time, Abby enjoys being outdoors hiking, cycling, or simply relaxing at the pool.

Education

University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2015


The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, August 2011

Jacalyn DeSotoPT, DPT

jdesoto@athlonpt.com

Jacalyn was raised in a small Southern California town, where she participated in competitive cheerleading for 12 years. She attended San Diego State University where she earned her bachelors of science in Kinesiology emphasizing in Pre-physical therapy in August 2011.

She then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, in June 2016.  While completing her graduate studies, she held leadership roles with the Student Physical Therapy Association, and was a co-investigator for a peer reviewed published abstract. Her primary interests are in orthopedics and pediatrics. Outside of her professional role, she enjoys country line dancing and hiking.

D.J. ReppPT, DPT

drepp@athlonpt.com

DJ was born and raised in the southwest, growing up in Albuquerque, NM. He has always had a passion for sports, but was particularly gifted in the sport of gymnastics. After high school, DJ became a Division 1 gymnast at the University of Minnesota where he would eventually go on to become a 4-year letter winner, national champion, and NCAA All American. After graduation, DJ returned home to Albuquerque where he would eventually graduate at the top of his class while completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of New Mexico. DJ’s primary interest in PT is orthopedics and tries to bring his unique sports background and experiences into his PT practice while trying to be creative with treatment and interventions. During his off time, you can find DJ weightlifting at the gym, cliff jumping, going to concerts, or lounging outside by the pool.

Education
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2017

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minnesota
Bachelor of Science, Health and Wellness, May 2012
Specialty: Public Health 

Kevin DerrickPTA

kderrick@athlonpt.com

Kevin was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He became interested in physical therapy through his interest in injury prevention in martial arts. While working towards a degree in mechanical engineering he felt a career in physical therapy would be more suited for him based on his personal skills and love for exercise. In November of 2015 he became a licensed PTA and began working. Kevin is in constant pursuit of knowledge and is excited to learn and grow with the Movement for Life team. In his free time he enjoys practicing and competing in Brazilian jiu jitsu, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

Education

Pima Medical Institute, Tucson, Arizona
Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assisting, November 2015

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