Meet The Preferred Physical Therapy Team
Get to know the Preferred Physical Therapy team by clicking on their photos below:
Nick Hunter, PT, DPT
President and Owner of Preferred Physical Therapy
Nick is a Physical Therapist who grew up in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. He then went on to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy.
While in school, Nick was able to work in a hearing and balance center, pain management clinic, and several orthopedic clinics. In 2010, Nick moved back to the Phoenix area to begin his physical therapy career. After just 2 years in practice, Nick was promoted to partner physical therapist, managing a team of physical therapists and support staff. With this experience, he decided to continue his care for patients by starting his own clinic. Some of his special areas of interest include orthopedic rehab, vestibular impairments, and trigger point dry needling. He is particularly skilled with the spine, knee, and foot/ ankle areas.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys CrossFit training, cycling, triathlon training, jeeping, and spending time with his wife and four boys in the outdoors (by camping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter).
Born: Provo, UT
Lives now: Gilbert, AZ
Place: Codon, Catanduanes Philippines
Restaurant: The Keg Steakhouse
Food: Chinese Food
City: Moab, Utah
TV Show: Stranger Things
Movie: Growing up: Dumb and Dumber, Now: Thor Ragnarok as well as The Power of One
Singer/ Group: Imagine Dragons
Celebrity: Lebron James
Book: Lee Childs Jack Reacher Series and many books by David Baldacci
Hobbies: Crossfit, basketball, 4 wheeling in my Jeep
Sports Team: The Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Cardinals
Owner and CFO
Jessika was born in Las Vegas, Nevada but now calls Arizona her home. She attended the Marriott School of Business Management at Brigham Young University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree.
A few years ago, Jessika returned to the workplace as a marketing representative for a dental office in the East Valley. She is now looking forward to bringing her experience to Preferred Physical Therapy and getting to know the patients that she serves.
In her spare time, Jessika enjoys staying active by running, CrossFit training, snowboarding and hiking. She loves spending him with her husband, Nick, and their four boys (... even if it includes being in a Jeep).
Born: Las Vegas
Lives now: Gilbert
Restaurant: Any I am so not picky and love to try new ones, but I do like Thai restaurants
Food: A big delicious Salad
City: New York
TV Show: Fixer Upper
Movie: Father of the Bride
Singer/ Group: Imagine Dragons
Hobby: Interior Decorating
Alyssa Charbonneau, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert-DN
Alyssa is a Physical Therapist who grew up in rural SW Minnesota but now calls Glendale her home. She received her Bachelor of Science majoring in Athletic Training from Augustana University and then went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota.
While in PT school, Alyssa worked in rural clinics, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and orthopedic clinics. These experiences allowed Alyssa to gain experience and to find a passion for working with middle-aged to older adults. Alyssa hopes to continue and grow as a Physical Therapist so that she can help people return to the activities they love, and live the pain free life that they desire.
In her spare time, Alyssa loves to spend time with her husband, Brandon, and their cat, Lucy. She also loves to read, try new restaurants, hike, and fish.
Born: Jasper, MN
Lives: Glendale, AZ
Place: Any place with mountains or beaches
Restaurant: China Inn in Pipestone, MN or Ohya Sushi Korean Grill & Bar in phoenix
Food: Sushi and bacon
City: Denver, CO
TV Show: The Office
Movie: The Incredibles
Singer/ Group: Eric Church or Old Dominion
Book: Harry Potter series
Hobby: Reading, spending time with friends/ family, hiking and fishing
Sports team: Minnesota Twins
PT, DPT, ATC, Cert-DN
Hannah Andersen, PT, DPT
Hannah is a Physical Therapist who grew up right here in Peoria and is an Arizona native. She attended Grand Canyon University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis on Physical Therapy. She then went on to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University.
During her clinical rotations, Hannah had the opportunity to work under Nick Hunter (here at Preferred Physical Therapy) as a student. During her rotation, she had the chance to work with patients of all ages, from only a few months old, to patient’s celebrating a birthday in their 90’s. As much as she loved these experiences, she found herself being drawn towards an outpatient clinics where she is able to work with individuals motivated to return to their favorite activities, or even find ease with their daily routine.
In her spare time, Hannah loves spending time with her fiancé, Matt, old high school friends, and her family. She loves to do anything outdoors, play sports, watch movies and being able to catch up with loved ones.
Born: Peoria, AZ
Lives: Peoria, AZ
Place: Anywhere in the Mountains
Food: Mexican food - tacos
City: Flagstaff, AZ
TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy, Riverdale
Movie: The Grinch (The Jim Carrey one)
Singer/ Group: Backstreet Boys, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapelton
Celebrity: Jo Koy
Book: I need to read more books...
Hobby: Any Sports or outdoor activity (softball mostly)
Sports team: Arizona Cardinals
Jessica is a Certified Physical Therapist Assistant who grew up in San Diego but now calls Phoenix home. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University and then her Associates in Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assisting from Gateway Community College.
After graduating from NAU, Jessica spent some time personal training, where she gained a passion for helping clients with previous injuries reach their fitness goals to allow them to live the life they dreamed. This sparked her interest in returning to school for physical therapist assisting, where she gained more knowledge in how to help people recover from pain, stiffness, or surgeries so they could get back to doing the things they loved. Jessica now brings her passion and knowledge together to help people return to greater freedom in their daily lives and activities with less pain, more mobility, and independence.
In her spare time, Jessica likes to delve into good movies, books, and spend time with her husband and their dog going on walks and hikes.
Born: San Diego, CA
Lives now: Phoenix, AZ
Place: The Beach
Restaurant: Valle Luna
City: San Diego, CA
TV Show: Friends
Movie: The Princess Bride
Singer/Group: Chris Young
Celebrity: Ryan Reynolds
Book: The Host
Hobby: Watching movies
Sports Team: The Arizona Diamondbacks
Colton Harper, PTA, BS
Physical Therapist Assistant
Colton is a Certified Physical Therapist’s Assistant who grew up in Vancouver, Washington. He studied at Central Washington University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He then relocated to Arizona where he received his Physical Therapist Assistant Certificate at Brookline College.
Colton has always been driven to help people. He started at Preferred Physical Therapy as a Patient Care Specialist in 2016. In fact, PPT’s mission To help people make better decisions about their health that allows them to find joy in their journey is what originally appealed to him. He’s excited to join the PPT team, as a Physical Therapy Assistant, because “I love the environment, drive, and focus that the team has to better the profession of Physical Therapy by taking care of patients as if they were family.”
In his spare time, Colton enjoys spending time in his pool, going to the gym, playing basketball, playing video games, and spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their dog, Roxy.
Born: Bend, Oregon
Lives now: Glendale, AZ
Place: Anywhere with a great beach.
Restaurant: First Watch
Food: Anything that involves tortillas.
City: Astoria, Oregon home of The Goonies
TV Show: How I Met Your Mother.
Movie: The Dark Knight or Gladiator
Singer/Group: Kid Cudi and Thomas Rhett
Celebrity: This is a thing?
Book: Harry Potter Series
Hobby: Collecting broken ankles on the hoop court
Sports Team: Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks
Kristy was born and raised in California but now calls Peoria her home. She attended school in Fullerton, CA and Irvine, CA where she studied Physical Education.
Kristy is excited to now be a member of the Preferred Physical Therapy team. She loves the company’s core values. It makes her happy to know that she is helping people feel better and influencing them in a positive way.
She spends her spare time with her husband and 2 daughters.
Born: Anaheim, CA
Lives: Peoria, AZ
Place: Anywhere in nature with a pretty sunset (and her camera)
Restaurant: Any place that has tacos or sushi
Food: Street tacos
City: Any city where my family is
TV Show: Heartland
Movie: City of Angels
Singer/ Group: 80’s pop or country
Celebrity: I don’t really follow them
Book: Facebook! Lol. Kidding! Anything informative on health, fitness, or relationships.
Hobby: Photography, yoga, & smiling
Sports team: Any team my kids are playing on
Operations Manager, Marketing Director
Shelby was born in Phoenix, AZ. She attended Arizona State University where she majored in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance. Recently, she returned to AZ after spending the last decade in Los Angeles where she studied acting (at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts) and writing (at UCLA Extension).
As a storyteller, her mission is to tell stories that celebrate diversity and champion our differences with an inclusive spirit. She aims to serve the people of her community and strives to help people make better decisions about their health.
In her spare time, Shelby loves to travel, attend film festivals, read literature, support local theatre, binge her favorite shows, write, and dance.
Born: Phoenix, AZ
Lives: Glendale, AZ
Place: Green & rainy places
Restaurant: Ago Restaurant (West Hollywood, CA)
City: Portland, OR
TV Show: Parks & Rec
Movie: The Goonies
Singer/ Group: Iron & Wine
Celebrity: William Shakespeare
Book: The Count of Monte Cristo
Hobby: Travel, literature & culinary arts
Sports team: Los Angeles Dodgers
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