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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

Anna StutzClinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS


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. She has since completed an Orthopedic Specialty Certification.
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 Orthopedic Physical Therapy Section. 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 and her husband enjoy particpiating in the variety of recreational activities Arizona has to offer and can be found outdoors enjoying the sunshine.

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Rhonda HongsermeierOffice Manager


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.

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Abby BirdPT, DPT, ITPT


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.


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

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

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Mikelle ThielePT, DPT


Mikelle was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND. She earned a Bachelor of General Studies in 2016, followed by a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018 at the University of North Dakota. Following graduation, she moved to Mississippi and worked at the local hospital in a variety of settings including acute care, skilled nursing, outpatient, and pediatrics. She relocated to Tucson to be with her husband who is a pilot in the Air Force. She is very excited to be part of the Athlon Physical Therapy Team and enjoys treating a wide variety of patients, including but not limited to, athletes of all ages, individuals with orthopedic or neurological conditions, and pediatric patients.  She is excited to explore the local area by hiking, biking, and of course eating at several restaurants! Outside of the clinic, she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, cooking, baking, traveling, and exercising.

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2018

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Bachelor of General Studies with Health Science Emphasis, August 2016

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Kevin DerrickPTA


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.


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

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