Meet The Preferred Physical Therapy Team


Get to know the Preferred Physical Therapy team by clicking on their profile 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: Peoria, AZ

Favorites

Place: Codon, Catanduanes Philippines
Restaurant: The Keg Steakhouse
Food: Chinese Food
Holiday: Christmas
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

Dr. Nick Hunter, PT, DPT

President and Owner of Preferred Physical Therapy

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

Favorites

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

Colton Harper, PTA, BS

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hannah Baylon, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Physical Therapist


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 husband, 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

Favorites

Place: Anywhere in the Mountains
Restaurant: Chilis
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

Dr. Hannah Baylon, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Physical Therapist

Dr. Kyle Kornowski

PT, DPT, Physical Therapist


Kyle is a Physical Therapist who grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. He then went on to attend Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy.

While in school, Kyle was able to work in several orthopedic clinics throughout the greater Phoenix area and in a skilled nursing facility in Utah.  Kyle graduated in June 2022 and decided to continue his career in Glendale, AZ at Preferred Physical Therapy. Kyle worked at Preferred Physical Therapy as a student in the spring of 2022 where he learned a great deal from the Physical Therapy Staff. Kyle has had the most experience with treating the low back, hips, and neck.

In his spare time, Kyle enjoys participating in CrossFit competitions, playing recreational sports with his friends including softball, volleyball, and basketball, finding new trails to hike in the area, and enjoying all of the restaurants that the greater Phoenix area has to offer.

Born: Green Bay, WI
Lives now: Glendale, AZ

Favorites

Place: Anywhere near a body of water
Restaurant: Oregano's
Food: There is so many, probably steak dinner
Holiday: Christmas
City: Green Bay in summer, Phoenix in the winter
TV Show: The Office
Movie: The Other Guys
Singer/ Group: Bon Jovi, Eminem, Luke Combs
Celebrity: Ryan Reynolds 
Book:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Hobbies: CrossFit, sports, hiking
Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers

Dr. Kyle Kornowski, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kristy Snyder

Sales Administrator


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

Favorites

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

Kristy Snyder

Client Success Specialist

Julia Espindola

Client Success Specialist


Julia is a native to the Valley of the Sun and loves the summertime. She spent the first two decades of her career in Senior Healthcare Sales and Marketing and was blessed to come across Preferred Physical Therapy at a time in her life when her family needed her presence more than ever.

Julia loves the family atmosphere of Preferred PT and loves being able to help those with physical ailments get back to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Julia has two daughters and two sons who keep her busy and she loves it. She likes to visit her father in Overgaard to enjoy the cooler weather, the lakes and pines.

Born: Phoenix, AZ

Lives:  Goodyear, AZ

Favorites

Place: In the Mountains of Northern Arizona
Restaurant:  Crazy Jim's
Food: Cajun and Italian
Food: Italian
City: San Diego
TV Show: iZombie
Movie: Shawn of the dead
Singer/ Group: John Legend/Sia/Prince/Miguel/Maluma/Luke Bryan/The Weeknd/Khalid/Ne-Yo/Audioslave/5FDP/Chevelle/(sorry I don't watch TV I prefer Music)
Celebrity: Gordon Ramsey
Book: The Happiness Advantage (My read of the month)
Hobby: Doing anything outside with my kids and family to stay active
Sports team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Julia Espindola

Client Success Specialist

Mallorie Brinkman

Client Success Specialist


Mallorie was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin and later on after school moved to the Twin Cities (Minnesota). She furthered her education in Bloomington MN and studied Business Management and Human Resource Management. Currently, she works remotely out of the MidWest and appreciates hearing all the stories of the much nicer weather that Arizona has.

She loves the values that Preferred Physical Therapy holds and appreciates how deeply every single staff member cares about helping people heal. It feels great to see people so satisfied with their health and what they are able to achieve, and how we can help them reach all their goals.

In her free time, Mallorie loves spending time outdoors, being with family, and taking care of her (not so little) Bulldog puppy.

Born: Stillwater MN
Lives: St. Paul MN

Favorites

Place: I'm for sure a homebody!
Restaurant: Anywhere with Mexican food.
Food: Tacos, anything with cheese, and a sweet tooth.
City: New York City
TV Show: Friends
Movie: Too many... After, was a favorite.
Singer/ Group: Jon Bellion
Book: Five Strangers
Hobby: Playing with my dog, hiking, adventuring

Mallorie Brinkman

Client Success Specialist

Casey Capece

Marketing


Casey was born and raised in Wisconsin but currently lives in the Peoria area. She went to college in Wisconsin but then moved out to Arizona. She went to Grand Canyon University her last two years of college and graduated there with a Bachelors in Marketing and Advertising.

Casey is excited to now be a member of the Preferred Physical Therapy team. She enjoys being a part of the marketing team and working with everyone.

In her spare time she enjoys working out, watching her boyfriend golf, relaxing by the pool, reading a book, hanging out with her boyfriend and friends.

Born: Hayward, WI

Lives:  Peoria, AZ

Favorites

Place: Anywhere with people I care about
Restaurant: Charleston's
Food: Mexican food - Not picky, I just enjoy trying new foods
City: Sedona, AZ
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Movie: Grown ups
Singer/ Group: Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Post Malone
Celebrity: Whitney Simmons, more of an influencer
Book: Love and Gelato
Hobby: Working out, reading
Sports team: Green bay Packers, Bucks, and the Brewers

Casey Capece

Marketing


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