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 grew up in Glendale and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. He then attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

While in school, Nick was able to work in a hearing and balance center, pain management clinic, several orthopedic clinics and as a student athletic trainer at Brigham Young University Athletics to help shape his clinical experience. 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 that 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 and ankle areas.

With these skills and his focus on his continued education, he loves being able to help his patients get their lives back on track. When he isn’t working or continuing his PT education, Nick enjoys CrossFit training, cycling, triathlon training, jeeping and spending time with his wife and four kids in the outdoors by camping in the summers, and snowboarding in the winter.

Born: Provo, UT
Lives now: Gilbert, AZ


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

Nick Hunter

Jessika Hunter

CFO and Marketing Director

Jessika received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Marriott School of Business Management at Brigham Young University.

A few years ago, Jessika returned to the workplace as a marketing representative for a dental office in the east valley. She is excited to bring her experience to Preferred Physical Therapy and get to know the patients and doctor’s offices she’ll serve. She enjoys building friendships with people and seeing patients transform their lives. Jessika enjoys staying active by running, CrossFit training, snowboarding, and hiking. She loves spending time with her husband, Nick, and their 4 boys (even if it includes being in a Jeep).

Born: Las Vegas
Lives now: Gilbert


Place: Hawaii
Restaurant: Any I am so not picky and love to try new ones, but I do like Thai restaurants
Food: A big delicious Salad
Holiday: Christmas
City: New York
TV Show: Fixer Upper
Movie: Father of the Bride
Singer/ Group: Imagine Dragons
Hobby: Interior Decorating

Jessika Hunter

Lea Tibbs

Administrative Office Manager

Lea was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ but has lived in Illinois as well as South Dakota which is where her husband is from. She’s been married for 5 years to her complete opposite and best friend. She has two spirited little boys who keep her and her husband on their toes. She enjoys spending time with good friends and family and going on road trips. She also loves a good coffee or latte, chocolate, and binge watching a good show on Netflix.

Her love for the medical field started when she was 14 years old when she began volunteering every summer and winter break at Del Webb Hospital all through high school. She went to Estrella Mountain Community College for Secondary Education and then attended Carrington College and received her Medical Assisting certificate. She’s worked in the medical field for 10 years now in both hospital and office settings. She knew she wouldn’t be happy in any other field. She’s so excited to be a part of the Preferred Physical Therapy Team and can’t wait to learn more from everyone here!

Born: Phoenix, AZ
Lives: Surprise, AZ


Place: Sedona, AZ and the Black Hills in Rapid City, South Dakota
Restaurant: Anywhere with a really good margarita
Food: Italian and Chinese, Chocolate too if you consider that a food group
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy
Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Singer/ Group:  Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan
Celebrity: Adam Sandler,  Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon
Book: The Bible, The Reason I Jump
Hobby: home decorating, make-up, playing volleyball, and spending time with my family
Sports team: Arizona Cardinals

Lea Tibbs

Jennifer Aphaisuwan

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer was born and raised here in Arizona. She owns a home and lives there with her boyfriend and her 2 dogs. She enjoys staying active by doing yoga, power lifting and running. Jennifer is first generation Thai and can speak the language fluently.  She has experience working as a physical therapist tech before and absolutely loved it! She finds joy in making people laugh and brightening their day. Working as an admin assistant has given her insight into the other side of the PT world and is learning so much each day. Jennifer believes that being happy and positive will bring happiness and positivity to your life.

Born: Glendale, Arizona
Lives: Glendale, Arizona


Place: Seal Beach in California
Restaurant: PT Noodle in Avondale
Food: Rice
City: Cerritos, California
TV show: Dragon Ball Super
Movie: Transformers
Singer/ Group: Rudimental
Celebrity: Ellen Degeneres
Book: Attack on Titan
Hobby: Working Out
Sports team: Arizona Cardinals

Jennifer Aphaisuwan

Jessica Rondeau


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
Food: Pasta
Holiday: Halloween
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

Jessica Rondeau

Rainey Raimonde

Marketing Assistant

Rainey is currently studying Biomedical Sciences at Arizona State University and has called Phoenix, AZ her home for the past 21 years. She received her Associates in Science at Paradise Valley Community College. Upon completion of her Bachelors of Science in December of 2018, Rainey wishes to attend medical school and one day become a doctor. She hopes to help people steer clear of lengthy hospital stays, avoid illness and ultimately continue to live their lives in good health. This has led her to Preferred Physical Therapy where she is able to assist people in making better choices about their health through community outreach.

In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her dog, Dave, binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix and hiking the mountains around her neighborhood.

Born: Phoenix, AZ
Lives:  Phoenix, AZ


Place: Washington D.C.
Restaurant:  The Stinking Rose
Food: Spaghetti squash
City: San Francisco
TV Show: New Girl
Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Singer/ Group: Chris Cornell and Halsey
Celebrity: Kristen Bell
Book: The Glass Castle
Hobby: Hiking
Sports team: The New York Giants

Rainey Raimonde

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