A belief that our bodies should operate pain-free to their maximum potential has guided Dan Chitwood’s impressive health career for more than two decades.
Following a tour of military service, Dan began his formal training in 1991 while volunteering at the Downtown YMCA in Tucson, AZ. Initially he graduated (in 1994) from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson with a Certificate in Massage Therapy and he continues to be a self-employed Massage Therapist in Arizona for more than 20 years.
Life-long learning was his mantra and his next goal was to become a physical therapist.
The Southern Arizona native graduated (Summa Cum Laude) with his Bachelor of Science in Health Science from the University of Arizona in 1999.
He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2007.
Throughout the years, he also served as a personal trainer and manual therapist and gained wide experience in a variety of settings as a physical therapist.
To this day, he continues to advance his knowledge and understanding of the human body as it relates to movement and overall health. For example, he is now board certified to deliver dry needling therapy.
Dan holds professional certification and membership with the "gold standard" credentialing associations and boards in the country for Physical Therapy (APTA), Massage Therapy (AMTA), and physical conditioning (NSCA, CSCS). He is also board certified in Dry Needling in Arizona.
He enjoys being physically active and teaching. He is an avid mountain biker, hiker and camper. When he is not doing something outdoors, he has fun building bikes and playing with computers in his spare time. He and his wife are small business owners in Flagstaff and are regular donators to community charities. They also have a seven-year-old daughter.
Known for using a variety of manual approaches to accomplish optimal mobility and strength in both spine and extremity related injuries, Judy Stratton grew up in Minnesota.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Luther College in 1981 and graduated from Mayo Clinic's School of Allied Health Science Physical Therapy Program in 1983.
Judy has lived in Arizona since 1986 and has been working primarily in outpatient orthopedic clinics providing post surgical care along with treatment of acute and chronic work or sport related injuries.
Her specialized training beyond graduate school has focused on manual therapy approaches for joint mobilization and therapeutic exercise.
Judy's family, which includes her husband and two sons enjoy all that Flagstaff has to offer for quality of life and outdoor activities.
Physical therapist Bev Pishkur takes a hands-on approach to helping her clients, incorporating manual therapy, exercise and education into each treatment program.
Originally from Phoenix, she attended Northern Arizona University, graduating with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1981.
Following a few years in Southern California, she returned to Flagstaff in 1983 and has made it her home since.
At Physical Therapy at Flagstaff Athletic Club, Bev enjoys working with people with various work, sports, trauma and degenerative surgical and non-surgical injuries.
Don an AZ native, graduated from the NAU Physical Therapy program in 1986. He lived and worked in Tucson, Durango, CO and Aztec, NM before moving back to Flagstaff in 1989. He opened his own clinic at the Flagstaff Athletic Club in 1992.
His PT practice emphasizes patient education, manual techniques, exercise, mindfulness and ergonomic analysis. He has continued to increase his skills and knowledge in these areas both in continuing education courses and extensive graduate studies at NAU in exercise science and Physical Therapy.
Before becoming a Physical Therapist, he worked for many years with folks with mental, sensory and/or physical disabilities. That work took place in pre-schools, institutions, sheltered workshops and recreation programs. It was while working towards a Special Education degree that he discovered Physical Therapy.
He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an Orthopeadic Certified Specialist through the Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a Manual Therapist Certified through the Institute of Physical Therapy. He has been a member of the Arizona Chapter of the APTA since his PT school days. www.aptaaz.site-ym.com
Don has expanded his universe of service to his patients and clients by becoming certified in Zero Balancing, a specific body work practice and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Originally Don pursued hypnotherapy to help his patients with pain, function and medical issues but now uses hypnotherapy and related techniques in its full spectrum. Formal Hypnotherapy is practiced in a different clinic and is not part of PT at FAC. The principles and techniques of using the power of the mind to help the patient achieve their goals are incorporated in his PT practice. For more information about Zero Balancing or Hypnotherapy, visit www.flagstaffhypnotherapy.com or talk to Don.
Don enjoys laughing, being in nature, road trips, meditation and self-hypnosis, strength and endurance exercise, cycling, hiking and yoga. He seems to read constantly. A science nerd in general, he is fascinated by the mind and biology. He keeps his mind as open to different ideas as he can. For fun he writes and takes nature (and the occasional pet) pictures (no selfies).
Don also teaches part time at a massage school and has a radio program “Mind and Body Talk” FM 101.5 KSZN www.radiosunnyside.org on Wednesdays 10:00 to 11:00 AM.