Richard Sedillo, PT, COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist), is passionate about making patients feel better. Richard earned his degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota, and completed his COMT certification from Maitland Australian Physiotherapy in 2004. He is licensed by the Arizona Board of Physical Therapy and is board certified as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist. Richard began practicing physical therapy in the Scottsdale area in 1995 and opened Arizona Manual Therapy Centers in 2005. His vast experience is invaluable when working with other healthcare professionals to develop personalized plans for each patient. Richard’s professional golf background creates a particular affinity for golfers and the many health and pain issues the sport can create. He also helps tennis players, dancers and athletes of all types quickly and efficiently resume activities. When he’s not helping patients, Richard enjoys playing golf, dancing, cooking and gardening.
Avery Griff PT, DPT, CIDNClinical Operations Director
Avery earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University with various clinical experiences ranging from acute inpatient to orthopedic sports rehabilitation. She has advanced manual trainings with a certification in Integrative Dry Needling (CIDN), Bell’s Palsy, and the Graston Technique. She has a certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS) and enjoys treating orthopedics, post-operative, sports rehabilitation and chronic pain. Her various experiences and training provides a whole-patient perspective, with a hands-on approach to help them reach their personal goals. A native of Arizona, she enjoys watching and attending local sporting events as well as participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, intramural sports, and playing with her two dogs. She treats patients primarily in the Chandler clinic.
Laurie Mackler PTScottsdale
Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in upstate New York and has been working as a physical therapist in the Scottsdale area since 1985. Her clinical specialties include outpatient orthopedics, spinal rehabilitation and sports medicine. She also has extensive experience treating neck and back problems caused by sports injuries, industrial and traffic accidents, and everyday mishaps. She has accumulated many hours of continuing education to learn the latest techniques. When she’s not at Arizona Manual Therapy Centers, Laurie enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, traveling and reading. This high level of activity helps her empathize with patients facing physical limitations and motivates her to help them get back in action.
Tara Velez PT, DPTScottsdale
Tara moved to Arizona to attend University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Physiology. She then attended Midwestern University in Glendale where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Tara is trained in dry needling and has experience treating a variety of orthopedic conditions. She is passionate about treating orthopedics, post-operative care and sports injuries. She enjoys motivating her patients and using her manual techniques to maximize her patients’ success. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Brooklyn, and spending time with family and friends.
Breana Tomaszewski Ruffino PT, DPTScottsdale
Breana Tomaszewski Ruffino earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University in Mesa, Arizona in 2018. She attended Arizona State University for her undergraduate degree. Her broad clinical experiences range from orthopedics to acute inpatient, prosthetics and sports rehabilitation. She is LSVT BIG and LOUD certified for Parkinson’s Disease with experience in neurological rehabilitation. Breana has a passion for treating orthopedic, post-operative care and sports injuries, drawing on her 16 years as a soccer player. She enjoys motivating her patients using an individualized, patient-first approach and manual techniques. She is an Arizona native who enjoys being outdoors, hiking, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.