Staff

 

Richard Sedillo PT, COMT
Scottsdale

Richard Sedillo, PT, COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist), is passionate about making patients feel better.

Walk into Arizona Manual Therapy Centers and you’ll often see (or hear) Richard encouraging a patient to go just a bit more to help them improve their strength, increase their range of motion or break through a plateau to help them achieve a full recovery. While ensuring each patient achieves the best outcome is the top priority, he always makes the process fun and enjoyable as well.

Key to Richard’s approach is that he doesn’t simply tell you what to do – he wants you to understand why you’re doing it. When he develops a treatment plan he will go over it with you step-by-step, explaining the purpose of each component and the milestones you’ll achieve together.

Richard has been providing this same level of personal involvement since he began practicing physical therapy in the Scottsdale area in 1995. During that time, he has treated everything from sprains and strains to the most difficult pain syndromes. This vast experience is invaluable when working with other healthcare professionals to develop personalized plans for each patient. It has also helped shape his belief in going beyond traditional stretches and exercises to deliver a more comprehensive and effective form of treatment.

Of course, with his professional golf background, Richard has a particular affinity for golfers and the many health and pain issues this seemingly sedate sport can create. After working with Richard, golfers are soon able to return to the links pain-free and typically hit with more distance. Richard also specializes in helping tennis players, dancers and athletes of all types quickly and efficiently resume activities. He also helps men and women of all ages return to work or to the active lifestyle they enjoy.

Richard earned his degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota, and completed his COMT certification from Maitland Australian Physiotherapy. He is licensed by the Arizona Board of Physical Therapy and is certified as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist – one of only five currently practicing in the Valley. Richard advances his knowledge with continuing education courses to learn new techniques to treat shoulder, neck, hip, back, ankle, knee injuries and more.

When he’s not helping patients, Richard enjoys playing golf, dancing, cooking and gardening.


Laurie Mackler PT
Scottsdale

Ask her patients what they like best about working with Laurie Mackler, PT, and they’ll tell you she makes every session fun. Laurie loves to laugh with her patients and engage them on a personal level to help them keep going even when they’re ready to quit. She also takes Arizona Manual Therapy Centers’ “hands-on” approach very literally, by manually guiding patients to demonstrate how to get the most out of each stretch or exercise and even working alongside them when they need it.

Laurie has been providing that same high level of enthusiasm and encouragement since she began working as a physical therapist in the Scottsdale area in 1985. While she covers all sorts of needs for men, women and teenagers, her specialties are 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.

Laurie is always seeking new approaches to provide her patients with the best possible outcomes. She has accumulated many hours of continuing education courses to learn the latest techniques and treatments, and is always looking for new information to help her tailor more effective treatment plans.

When she’s not at Arizona Manual Therapy Centers she 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in upstate New York.


Tara Velez PT, DPT
Scottsdale

Tara moved to Arizona to go to University of Arizona, where she earned her BS 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 patient’s success.  On her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog Brooklyn and spending time with family and friends.


Avery Griff PT, DPT, CIDN
Scottsdale and Chandler

Avery earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2016 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. From her various experiences and trainings, she looks at the whole patient 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.


Holly Martin PTA
Scottsdale and Chandler

Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Kentucky in 2015. She then went to South University to earn her Physical Therapist Assistant license in 2017. She has a passion for orthopedic care as her grandfather was an orthopedic surgeon and a founding member of the Cleveland Clinic. She spent many hours observing and volunteering in the operating room at the Cleveland Clinic in high school and throughout her college years. Holly has been Avery’s assistant for the past two years and they make the perfect rehab team. Holly enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband.