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Oro Valley

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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

Robert KlingmanClinic Director - PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

robert@athlonpt.com

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.

Education
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

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Rocio FloresPT, DPT

rocio.flores@athlonpt.com

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.

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Shauna DuranPT, DPT

sduran@athlonpt.com

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.

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

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

 

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Jason KleinPT, DPT, SCS, ATC

jklein@athlonpt.com

Jason is a Tucson local who completed his undergraduate and graduate schooling at Northern Arizona University.  As an undergraduate Jason worked with Northern Arizona University’s football, volleyball, soccer and track teams, as well as, The University of Arizona’s football and tennis teams.  After graduating from physical therapy school, Jason continued his passion towards sport and orthopedic physical therapy joining the Denver Broncos Football Club as the team physical therapist and an assistant athletic trainer.

After transitioning out of the NFL, Jason returned to Tucson, and continues to work with athletes of all levels to optimize sport performance, preventing injuries and post injury rehabilitation. Jason specializes in the evaluation and treatment of concussions, and was Tucson’s first ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist. Jason frequently presents on concussion evaluation and management, as well as, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rehabilitation. 

Jason is passionate about providing patients with the highest quality of physical therapy. He utilizes a combination of evidence-based interventions, individualized patient education, and facilitates a fun, motivational environment for each person to achieve their physical therapy goals.

Outside of work, Jason enjoys spending time with family, is an avid sports fan, collects and reads antique medical books and is a connoisseur of cookies and fine sweets. 

Education
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2013

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Bachelor of Science: Athletic Training, May 2010

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Joshua SmithPTA

josh.smith@athlonpt.com

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.

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Susan HowlandPTA

susan.howland@athlonpt.com

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 2010 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.

Education
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

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Melissa VesterPTA

melissa.vester@athlonpt.com

Melissa was raised in the Midwestern city of Springfield, MO. After high school Melissa moved to Tucson, AZ where she began a long career in Retail, working primarily in Risk Management and Administrative Support. Her favorite role has been that of wife and mother, enjoying time with her husband and their son. She loved being involved in their son’s extracurricular activities such as baseball, rugby, and 12 years in Boy Scouts of America. 

Melissa was exposed to physical therapy when her mother suffered a severe head injury and several more times when other family members needed assistance in their quest to return to normal functional activities of daily living. She was inspired to pursue a career as a PTA after needing physical therapy herself in 2014. In her quest to achieve this new dream she found a program in her home town of Springfield, Mo, that would allow her some invaluable time with her father who was in failing health. Two years away from her husband and son were difficult but well worth the challenges when Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ozarks Technical Community College in May 2019 with an Associate of Applied Science from the Allied Health PTA program. 

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves outdoor activities such as kayaking, camping, hiking, nature photography as well as attending sporting events and concerts.

 

Education

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO
Associate of Applied Science for PTA, May 2019

Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
Associate of General Studies, December 2016
Focus on Photography and Business Executive Assistant

 

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Michelle KlineOffice Manager

ovoffice@athlonpt.com

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 then 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 of the many things Tucson has to offer.

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Shannon RotterFront Office Assistant

shannon.rotter@athlonpt.com

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