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
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
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
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
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
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
Sports team: The New York Giants
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
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
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