Central Phoenix

physical therapy

Central Phoenix Address

300 W. Clarendon, Suite 285
Phoenix, AZ 85013






Monday: 7 am – 6 pm (Close 1-2 pm)
Tuesday: 7 am – 6 pm (Closed 1 – 2 pm)
Wednesday: 7 am – 4 pm (Closed 1 – 2 pm)
Thursday: 7 am – 6 pm (Closed 1 – 2 pm)
Friday: 7 am – 3 pm (Lunch 11 – 12 pm)

IMG951267Alicia Austin PT, CSCS  – Physical Therapist

Alicia graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences. She earned her M.S. in Physical Therapy from the Arizona School of Health Sciences (AT Still University) in 2000. During her professional career, she has had the opportunity to work closely with orthopedic surgeons to gain an extensive knowledge of post-surgical rehabilitation. Alicia is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is also certified as a Mat I Pilates Instructor through PHI Pilates. She has had the honor of being a past presenter at the state Athletic Trainer’s Convention. Her presentation was about integrating Pilates into the athletic training room. Her most recent accomplishment has been becoming a Certified Kinesio® Taping Practitioner (CKTP) as well as becoming certified in Dry Needling through the American Dry Needling Institute. Alicia is a native of Arizona and enjoys spending time with her family. She has a young son and enjoys watching college basketball, reading, and golfing.

carlos central phoenix desert handCarlos Ramirez, COTA – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Carlos moved from California to Arizona in 2005 and was hired at Desert Hand Therapy shortly thereafter.  Prior to moving into therapy, Carlos was certified as a Licensed Massage Therapist in CA.   While at DHT, Carlos earned his Associate degree in Applied Science for Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Since then, he has dedicated his career to the treatment and rehabilitation of the upper extremity while being mentored by several Certified Hand Therapists.  He has worked with therapists at our Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, Cofco and Clarendon offices.  He has a particular interest in tendon injuries and pursuing further continuing education in modalities, such as kinesiotaping.  He is currently in the process of pursing his Masters Degree of Occupational Therapy.  Carlos is actively involved in daily managerial duties at the Clarendon clinic when not treating patients.

Carlos, his wife, and 3 boys enjoy outdoor activities which include riding bicyles, soccer, football, and going to the zoo.  They live in Mesa.

Chris Reynolds, PT, MHS, CHT

Chris received his Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan in 1979. He moved to Phoenix one year later to begin his career in hand therapy and has been part of a growing profession ever since. He worked for a group of hand surgeons and hand therapists for 17 years and helped lay the groundwork for this burgeoning specialty. During this period Chris authored several chapters in Rehabilitation of the Hand and a number of other publications, while giving over 100 talks and presentations nationally and locally. He became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991, and received his Masters of Health Science Degree from the University of Indianapolis in 1994.

In 1997 Chris started Desert Hand Therapy and has been the Director ever since, establishing 10 clinics in the Valley of the Sun. He continues to see a full caseload of patients finding immense joy in helping patients with injured upper extremities regain motion, strength and function. He recently patented a continuous passive motion machine for the elbow and is working on a new brace/splint combination for injured hands and wrists. Through the years Chris has had the pleasure of mentoring individuals who have expressed an interest in entering the field of hand therapy.

Chris served on the Board of the American Society of Hand Therapy and has been an item writer for the Certification examination. He is a member of the APTA, AZPTA, and  ASHT.

When Chris is not at work he enjoys his involvement with his church, participating in sports of all kinds, and spending time with his “little brother” through Valley Big Brothers and Sisters. He particularly enjoys family vacations with his wife Laure, daughter Jessica and son Chase.


Diana Rivera, PTA

Diana is a native of Tucson, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. She joined the staff of Desert Hand Therapy as a Tech in 2001. While on staff at DHT, she received her BS in Kinesiology from Arizona State University in 2008 and then went on to earn her Associates Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA in 2017.

Over the years, Diana has worked with and been mentored by many of the therapists at DHT but has worked exclusively alongside DHT’s Director, Chris Reynolds, for the last 16 years.

She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish and is a skilled custom splint fabricator.

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