Ashley Church is a fitness enthusiast who became a certified personal trainer in 2006 while receiving her B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. Before earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s in Los Angeles, she was the General Manager of a nationwide corporate gym allowing her to learn invaluable business experience. She is a licensed physical therapist in the state of Arizona and is ASTYM and dry needling certified as well as a functional range conditioning mobility specialist and certified in applied functional science.
Ashley appreciates a patient centered approach to physical therapy focusing on patient’s goals, manual therapy, functional movement, and corrective exercise. She enjoys the investigative process of finding the ROOT CAUSE of a client's pain or injury rather than just treating the symptoms. She enjoys treating the various orthopedic injuries but has a special interest in functional exercise, sports related injuries, and reducing risk for injuries. She has furthered her knowledge as a clinician by completing courses focusing on ASTYM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization), Gary Gray's Chain Reaction, Certified Applied Functional Science (CAFS), Functional Golf System (FGS), trained by American Academy of Manipulative Therapy on dry needling and high velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation, Functional Range conditioning mobility specialist (FRCms) and Brian Hoke's foot and ankle course.
Ashley has a passion for youth sports and reducing risk for injury and Co-Founded Dynamic Athlete Performance Academy with her husband, Tim Church, in 2015. Since 2015 she has focused her spare time on youth sports performance and programming for injury reduction in the greater Phoenix community. They have worked with athletes of all levels and ages to improve athletic performance while reducing their risk for injuries.
Ashley started her physical therapy career working for Endurance Rehab where she gained invaluable experience working with triathletes, general orthopedics and sports rehab and has spent the last 5 years of her career with world renown The Fischer Institute. At the Fischer Institute she had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best physical therapists and strength and conditioning specialists in the world who helped her grow into the physical therapist she is today. Ashley's entrepreneurial background and ambitions to make a difference in the profession of physical therapy and sports performance has motivated her to be the founder of Dynamic Performance and Recovery. She believes in hospitality and a family-oriented culture that allows clients to heal, recover and perform to the best of their ability. She surrounds herself with an ambitious, ethical, and hard-working team that aligns with her vision. Kaizen, "continuous improvement", is an important aspect of the business culture because she believes there needs to be continuous improvement of the facility, the business, and the staff professionally in order for their clients and patients to have continuous improvement and reach their full potential. She strives to provide a positive working environment for her staff to continue to improve professionally so they can provide the best care to their clients.
Ashley has an athletic background attempting most sports at an early age but enjoyed basketball and was a standout soccer player, before multiple knee injuries ended her athletic career. She has no regrets as her rehab experiences introduced and sparked her interest in physical therapy. She has endured the mental and physical obstacles athletes experience to overcome a major injury (multiple times). She enjoys all outdoor activities and attending any sporting events. In her spare time she enjoys running and training for marathons, biking, playing soccer, cooking, hiking, snowboarding, golfing, watching football, and traveling the world.
Mariah is our Office Manager. She is here to answer any scheduling, billing, or insurance questions you may have. She has been in the customer service industry for over 12 years and is a certified Medical Assistant. She enjoys getting to build close relationships with our patients and educate our patients on their physical therapy benefits and the insurance billing process. She genuinely cares about each patient and makes it her priority to ensure that they have the best experience possible. She also has a creative side and enjoys photography and has helped with our amazing photo and video gallery for Dynamic Performance and Recovery's website and social media platforms.
In her free time, she loves to play beach volleyball, dabble in photography, ride her longboard, hike with friends, and take road trips.
Brennen joined the DPR team at the start of 2023 and brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of sports medicine and performance. His drive for gaining new skills and better processes in training injured and healthy athletes has set him a part in his field. His journey in health and fitness started with the acclaimed Athletic Training Program at Sterling College where he received his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. Brennen went on to get his Masters of Healthcare Administration at Grand Canyon University. While at GCU he first became recognized for his success in working with athletes in the sports of soccer, wrestling, track and field, and lacrosse.
His skills would eventually take him into professional soccer with Phoenix Rising FC where he worked as the director of sports medicine. During his seven seasons at the Rising Brennen worked hand in hand with world renowned athletes. He was an integral part of the player care and success the club has experienced.
His unique background and accreditation's allow him to help patients/athletes make a seamless transition from injury to return to sport. Brennen works with our patients on an individual and group basis seeking to bring specificity to his programming so that those he works with reach their goals.
Abby started as an intern while finished up her degree at GCU in Spring 2022. She nothing but amazed our team and was hired in July and quickly promoted to lead physical therapy tech in the Fall of 2022. Abby grew up in Orange County, California and made the move towards Phoenix, Arizona in 2018 to attend Grand Canyon University. She graduated in 2022 with her B.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sports Performance. She plans to pursue a Master's program in Sports Performance as well. She truly fell in love with the Phoenix area and found that there are so many opportunities as a young woman entering this field.
She started dancing at 3 years old, and was a competitive dancer for 13 years. For years her family tried to put her in sports with a ball, but they could never pull her out of the studio. In high school she competed with both her dance team and company team. She always loved learning
different dance styles and figuring out how the body can move to match that specific style. Because of her dance experience, in high school she was hired by a gymnastics company to help choreograph women's beam and floor routines. Between coaching gymnastics and cheering on the sidelines, she knew that she wanted to be involved with sports.
At Dynamic Performance & Recovery, she believes the sky is truly the limit. She loves working with patients, putting smiles on their faces and making connections, while teaching proper exercise form. Progress is never completed in a linear line, there will be bumps in the road, but if patients can see and feel continuous improvement then she knows she is doing her part in their program.
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