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
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
Alyssa Charbonneau, P.T., D.P.T., A.T.C.
Alyssa is a Physical Therapist who grew up in rural SW Minnesota, spent the past 6 years in SE South Dakota and just recently moved to Glendale. She received her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Athletic Training from Augustana University and then her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota. During her time at Augustana University, Alyssa gained experience as a student athletic trainer and first responder working with high school and college athletes. While in PT school, Alyssa worked in rural clinics, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and orthopedic clinics.
These experiences allowed Alyssa to gain experience and find a passion for working with middle-aged to older adults. As a new graduate, Alyssa wants to continue to learn and grow as a physical therapist so she can help people return to the activities they love and life the pain-free life they desire. In her free time, Alyssa loves to spend time with her fiance, Brandon, and their cat, Lucy. She also loves to read, try new books, 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
P.T., D.P.T., A.T.C.
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, P.T.A., B.S.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Colton is originally from Vancouver, Washington and studied Biology at Central Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then relocated to Arizona to study Physical Therapy at Brookline College. In 2019, he received his Physical Therapist Assistant certificate.
Colton has always been driven to help people. In fact, Preferred Physical Therapy’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. Colton started with PPT as a Patient Care Specialist in 2016. He is excited to join the PPT team in his new role as 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
Owner and CFO
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
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
Kristy was born in California and lives in Peoria, AZ. She went to school in Fullerton and Irvine, studying physical education. She aspires to do all things in life with a smile and a happy heart. She is passionate about helping people, loving, her family, and making people feel cared for. She is happily married to her husband of 26 years and has two daughters. Kristy is excited to now be a member of the Preferred Physical Therapy team. She loves the company’s core values. It makes her heart happy to know that she is helping people to feel better and being a positive influence in someone’s life.
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
She was born in Illinois, but moved around the U.S. quite a bit. She has lived in Phoenix for 9 years now. She attended high school in Surprise, AZ. She would like to work in the medical field either as an RN or a Psychologist. Some of her passions include baking and makeup. She feels makeup it is a great way to express yourself. She calls herself a real-life nerd with the glasses to prove it! She loves spending time with her family and her dog, Buddy. She is excited to be a part of the Preferred Family and looks forward to meeting new people and learning new things.
Born: Lincoln, Illinois
Lives: Youngtown, AZ
Restaurant: Porta Bella in Carmel, CA
Food: Mac N Cheese
TV Show: ER and Doctor Who
Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Singer/ Group: John Mayer and Coldplay
Celebrity: Keanu Reeves
Book: Ready Player One written by Ernest Cline
Hobby: Binge Watching TV
Sports team: 2018 US Olympic Curling team
Operations Manager, Marketing Director
Shelby was born in Phoenix and has recently returned to AZ after living in Los Angeles for the last decade. She studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As an actor, filmmaker and playwright, her mission is to tell stories that celebrate diversity and champion our differences with an inclusive spirit. In her spare time, she loves traveling to film festivals, supporting local theatre, binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix and hiking. She wants to serve the people of her community and help people make better decisions about their health and is happy to be the newest member of the Preferred Physical Therapy Team!
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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